BA (Hons) Illustration


3 years

Start Date


Hr's Per Week


UCAS/UKPASS Code: W221 Please Apply through UCAS

Study Type: HigherEducation

Hours per week: tbc

Study Days: tbc

Location: North Star Campus

Course Fees

Tuition Fee: £7570.00

Award body exam fee: £0

Our BA (Hons) Illustration course encourages students to become creative and innovative illustrators and image-makers. The programme is aimed at those looking to work as illustrators, be it for editorial, graphic novels, comics, cartoon strips, television and film animation storyboarding, advertising storyboards, computer games and children’s books. Students quickly develop the ability to create highly creative illustrative solutions. In addition, the programme helps students gain a meaningful understanding of historical and contemporary influences on illustration. Self-motivation, personal confidence and marketing skills are all fostered to enable graduates to win commissions in a fiercely competitive field. During your final year exhibition, you will exhibit your work to a variety of representatives from the creative industry. This event offers networking and employment opportunities and ensures the School of Art maintains strong links with regional employers. Each year comprises of interrelated modules emphasising approaches to making narrative images with creative flair and consistency. Students will study the following modules: YEAR ONE: • Visual Communication in Illustration • Drawing • Visual Narrative, Storyboard and Scripts* • Digital Tools for Illustration and Animation • Illustration in Context YEAR TWO: • Drawing for Illustration • Sequential Illustration Anthology Project* • Live Briefs and Collaborations • Illustration Research Project • Personal and Creative Style YEAR THREE: • Self-Initiated Major Projects • Extended Research Project/Dissertation • Professional Practice and Exhibition *module changes are subject to approval.


Entry Requirements

Typically, applicants must have one of the following:
• Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in an art related subject
• 2 A Levels at grade A-D (one of which should be art related)
• Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies Art and Design
• Access to HE Art and Design

Additionally, 5 GCSEs at grade A-C (9-4), including English.

You will be required to provide a satisfactory portfolio of practical work. 

You may be also invited to attend an interview. Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient and relevant industrial experience, will be considered. 

What do I need to bring?

Students will be expected to attend lessons equipped with writing/notetaking material and/or a laptop or tablet if preferred. Access to college computers will be provided with specialist software where applicable. Each Module will provide details of indicative reading which will benefit your knowledge and understanding of the topics covered. Students are encouraged to purchase their own copies of some core text books, where possible. Students will have access to the Library at College, and Oxford Brookes, including electronic resources. Please see ‘Additional costs for your course’ for further details on other things you may need to buy or pay for. Course Specific: Students will need to provide their own sketch books throughout the course for developmental work involved in each module.

Assessment/Exam Information

Teaching will be delivered as formal lectures to examine the historical and contextual bases of the topics being explored, however the majority of the teaching will take place through interactive workshops. Skills, techniques and ideas are explored as a group and individually, both with the lecturer for targeted sessions, and with technician support for consolidation, and to facilitate more individualised work. Students are encouraged to participate in active dialogue throughout the teaching and assessment process, where formative feedback, both verbal and written plays a large part in the development of individuals work and professionalism. All assessment tasks are made explicit by the lecturer, from the brief detailing the task and learning outcomes, and verbal discussion of expectations. Feedback both formative and summative is focussed on development and used to shape and develop learning as much as to measure outcomes. There are no formal written examinations within the programme. Students will be assessed mainly though coursework, involving projects which are informed by professional practice and/or industry led. If you are concerned about studying at this level, or are returning to studying after a break from education, have a disability or additional need, or want some advice on the support available, please see our website information on support for students 

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the course, students can progress into careers such as: Art Worker; illustrator; animator; copy writer; and various roles allied to the creative industries and image creation which could include advertising, marketing and publishing. Illustrator: £14,000 to £40,000 average per year. Advertising copywriter: £20,000 to £80,000 average per year. Students may also take on free-lance work, and set up their own business as a creative entrepreneur.
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