University for the creative arts illustration

By | 18th May 2017

University for the creative arts illustration

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Our specialist BA (Hons) Illustration course has a reputation for visual narrative and storytelling, underpinned by an understanding that the best illustrations are based on exciting, original ideas.

So we offer you a real emphasis on visual experimentation, investigation and innovation, supported by the development of strong drawing and storytelling skills.

University for the creative arts illustration

Course overview:

Based in studios equipped with high-caliber resources, you’ll also have access to an extensive range of facilities on campus for printmaking, book production, animation, ceramics, digital printing, 3D design, textiles, photography and video.

The course content and delivery on our BA (Hons) Illustration course reflects recent trends in the creative industries for illustrators to be collaborative and flexible, initiating new opportunities for shared and individual work.

You’ll be taught largely through studio-based projects and workshops, supported by regular tutorials and group reviews. There’s also a lively programme of visiting speakers, practical skills-based workshops, pop up exhibitions and external visits.

Our Illustration course benefits from a wide range of well-established industry links which give our students the opportunity to get involved with external competitions, shows, and live projects, as well as producing promotional work.

We have fantastic connections with the likes of the Association of Illustrators, Nobrow Books, GAS Art Agency, Ambit Magazine, Penguin Books, The Pound Shop, The Folio Society, and Loop Magazine.

To add a deeper range of insight for you, our course attracts a variety of guest speakers such as Rosy Nicolas, Graham Rawle, Robert Sae-Heng, Olivier Kugler, The Association of Illustrators, Stephen Appleby, and David Lemm. These individuals, along with many others, help to provide specialist industry knowledge, as well as networking opportunities.

University for the creative arts illustration

Entry requirements – 2018 entry:

As a leading creative arts university, we want to attract the best and most creative minds in the country – so we take a balanced approach to candidate assessment, taking both individual portfolios and exam results into account. 

That’s why your portfolio is an especially important part of your application to study with us – and we can help. Our academics can offer you expert advice on how to showcase your creative work and build a portfolio that will make your application stand out. More advice on how to create an exceptional portfolio is also available here.

Entry requirements

Along with your portfolio, the standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 280 old UCAS tariff points), see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2)

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades –  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.