University of Arts London Illustration

University of Arts London Illustration

Course detail

Content: what students can expect

  • To develop their understanding of the key principles, themes and debates that define illustration through practical experimentation and production
  • To explore notions of authorship and the reproduced image
  • To identify audiences and consider how they can make their work visible in a ‘real world’ context through end of year exhibitions
  • To consider the constantly evolving and creative environments illustrators exist in through workshops, technical inductions, tutorials and seminars; and define their practice accordingly
  • To examine their identity as an illustrator, whilst planning and realising practical projects
  • To be challenged and have their ideas tested through rigorous evaluation of both practical and written work
  • To investigate ideas and issues through seminar discussions, presentations and writing
  • To have access to Camberwell’s shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section


Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to BA Illustration, Graphic Design and 3D Design
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject – What is Illustration?
  • Unit 3: Context 1- Primary research
  • Unit 4: Subject – Possibilities

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Context 2 – Platform
  • Unit 6: Subject – Method
  • Unit 7: Context 3 – Focus
  • Unit 8: Subject – Audience and visibility

Year 3

  • Unit 9: Context 4
  • Unit 10: Subject – Realisation

Work experience and opportunities

Our students gain first-hand experience through course projects with leading organisations and businesses that have previously included Adidas, American Express, Channel 4, Dorling-Kindersley, The Guardian, Jelly and MTV.

BA Illustration students also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second year of their degree as part of the Erasmus scheme.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative work
  • Group and individual tutorials and crits
  • Independent study
  • Individual programmes of study
  • Introductions and inductions to university, college and course resources
  • Key ideas lecture programme
  • Learning skills in practical and technical workshops
  • Lectures and visiting speaker talks
  • Project based learning
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Studio, external venue and other visits
  • Use of resource venues and institutions