University of Brighton Illustration

University of Brighton Illustration

Study Illustration at Brighton and you’ll develop your understanding of the subject intellectually as well as practically.

You’ll get to grips with issues at the heart of how we communicate visually and develop your own visual language. Stimulating studio-based practice is rigorously underpinned by cultural and critical studies, skills workshops, seminars and one-off live projects.

Our strength is in an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach, mixing traditional craft with modern digital practices. You will be able to develop work through analogue techniques as well as digital, print, web and interactive mediums.

Optional study trips abroad, packed with studio and gallery visits, will enhance your experience. Opportunities to exhibit are plentiful, culminating in a graduate show that attracts about 12,000 visitors each year. This rich, instructive and creative course provides an excellent springboard for working in the creative industries or forging a creative practice of your own.

Entry requirements

A-levels or BTEC
Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBB–CCC (120–96 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DDM–MMM. Our conditional offers typically fall within this range. We are looking for highly motivated and creative students. We will consider you on an individual basis. Your portfolio is the most important and mandatory part of your application. If your predicted or actual grades fall below the range below but you can evidence your thinking, ideas and abilities through a high-quality portfolio we will still consider your application.

Art foundation diploma
Pass. A foundation diploma is not a requirement for entry – it is just one of a range of qualifications that is accepted for admission to this course.

International Baccalaureate
32 points.

Access to HE diploma
Pass with 60 credits overall. Art and design courses preferred. At least 45 credits at level 3, and 30 credits must be at merit or above.

GCSE (minimum grade C or grade 4)
At least English language and maths.

Foundation degree/HND/degree
May enable you to start the course in year 2 or later depending on the qualification you hold and the level of your creative and practical experience.

For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and at least 5.5 in the other elements.

Portfolio advice

Pre-selection portfolio – online portfolio of 15-20 images
We are looking for evidence of ideas in any format (sketchbooks, layout books etc), backed up by a broad range of skills showing how you generate and develop ideas, and that you are passionate and inquisitive about the subject.

  • Drawing is essential in all its forms
  • Narrative, storytelling – these should also be key components in your work
  • Key words to think about are: invention, imagination, expression, exploration

At interview
You need to be highly motivated and well prepared as we normally interview over 170 applicants. In the interviews we expect applicants to show evidence of:

  • Drawing ability and use of sketch books or worksheets
  • Imagination and visual awareness through enthusiasm for images (collected work)
  • Evidence of independence and initiative in work produced
  • Being able to articulate ideas and problem solve
  • Have an understanding of the historical contexts of subjects
  • Openness to having work critically judged and developing critical judgment
  • Varied interests in general subjects
  • Skills in making objects

We are not looking for highly finished work. The portfolio, ideally in chronological order, should show a broad range of work both successful and unsuccessful.

Fees and funding

Your fees

UK/EU (full-time) 9,250 GBP

International (full-time) 13,920 GBP

The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2017–18. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and are subject to an annual increase of no more than 5% or RPI (whichever is the greater). The annual increase for UK/EU students, who are subject to regulated fees, will increase no more than the statutory maximum fee. Further details regarding tuition fees are available from the university’s student contract and tuition fee policy (pdf).

The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

What’s included in the fee?

When costs such as health or DBS checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply check with the school that provides your course using the contact details in the Find out more tab (at the end of this page) for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

See our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee-paying status.

Find out more

If you have a question about this course, our enquiries team will be happy to help.01273 644644

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