BA (Hons) Illustration with Placement Year

Perhaps you already have your own style of illustration and want to explore it further. Or you’re looking to get a good grounding in the possibilities available. We take a wide-ranging approach, letting you experiment and focus on your individual creativity. You’ll have the chance to develop your unique style across a wide range of media, and get to know more about the current trends and practices in illustration.

We like to keep the course as open as possible, to help you find your own areas of interest.

Why study Illustration?

  • In your first year you’ll have the chance to experiment with a range of materials and concepts, which will enable you to develop your practical skills and your individual strengths.
  • On to second year you can expand on what you’ve learnt, and we’ll also take a look at what’s going on in the wider field of illustration. From industry and cultural contexts through to the latest professional practice, we’ll aim to get you thinking about what steps you might take in your career.
  • We'll also give you the chance to work on live projects, and briefs set by our contacts in the industry.
  • You'll have the opportunity to go on a placement year after the second year if that takes your fancy, providing real-world experience of what it’s like to work in a range of illustrative practices, developing your professional skills.
  • In your final year you'll consolidate what you've learnt and build up your own portfolio. We know what employers are looking for, we know what employers are looking for, the course structure ensures that you will fine tune your portfolio to the highest professional standard, to provide excellent opportunities.

During your time here there will be plenty of chances to hear talks from guest speakers and professionals from the world of illustration and art. We are college members of the Association of Illustrators, and our industry links could get you involved in live projects, competitions, awards and exhibitions. And we’ll arrange field trips to events and galleries too.

The course is part of a suite of three that also includes Contemporary Art BA(Hons) and Contemporary Art and Illustration BA(Hons). Whichever one you enrol on, you can switch to any of the other two courses while you’re here with the agreement of your tutor. We really are truly flexible, as we want you to develop your own path. You only have to apply for one course from the suite, but you could go off in any direction once you get here.

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£16,500 Per Year

International student tuition fee

4 Years


Sep 2024

Start Month

Aug 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • September 2024
  • September 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time