Illustration is a way of seeing and understanding the world. You’ll discover how to connect and communicate with different audiences across a range of platforms.
Looking to start in 2019? This course is still open to International applications only and there is still time to apply through UCAS. Visit our how to apply page for more information.
Please note, this course is now closed for UK & EU applications to start in 2019. You might be interested in our BA (Hons) Visual Communication or BA (Hons) Drawing courses which are still accepting applications.
What you'll study
In our dynamic studio environments, you’ll learn to experiment, test and develop your illustration practice. You can explore drawing, painting, sewing and printmaking, as well as photographic, digital, moving image and interactive media.
You can read more about what each of the three years involves and what you’ll study here. You can also download the full programme specification.
What students are doing
Like to know more about the kind of work our students are working on? Browse the gallery below to explore the work of our current BA (Hons) Illustration students.
Students studying this course achieve great things and have won prestigious and high profile awards, such as:
- Creative Conscience Awards 2016; Finalist
- Macmillan Prize 2016: Highly Commended
- The Book Illustration Competition 2016
- Folio Society 2016
Studios and Resources
As a BA (Hons) Illustration student, you’ll work in a combination of multi-use studio spaces and tutorial areas.
You’ll benefit from access to a number of University facilities, such as specialist print areas, workshops and lecture theatres.
A window into our community...
Staff on the course
You can find out more about the teaching staff on the BA (Hons) Illustration course by exploring their profiles.
BA Fine Art, MA Fine Art (Painting), PhD
Christian is an artist and researcher based in Dorset. He completed his PhD at Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2016 and is working on an edited publication that examines the impact of ‘non-representational theory’ on the creative arts.Full profile
What Graduates are doing
Our BA (Hons) Illustration graduates are working within the creative industries across a range of diverse visual art and design practices. Some graduates are employed by creative agencies, design departments or digital businesses – while others work as independent freelance illustrators or form illustration collectives.
Your Interview and Portfolio
If your qualifications meet our entry requirements, we’ll invite you to an interview. We’re looking for candidates with good drawing skills who are curious and can talk confidently about what they like doing. We’ll ask you to bring a portfolio with you. You can download our BA (Hons) Illustration portfolio guidelinesto help guide you.