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Fine Art and Illustration BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Experience a variety of Fine Art making processes, contexts and media through innovative practice-based research
  • Work with internationally recognised artist-lecturers whose own research interests and networks inform the studio culture in which you will learn and develop
  • Illustration teaching is led by a team of permanent staff including Tobias Hickey, whose professional achievements are acknowledged in international illustration contexts
  • Benefit from a vibrant programme of visiting lecturers and MA students from the Royal College of Art and guest speakers, including Olivier Kugler, Isabel Greenberg, Jonny Hannah, Katerina Manolessou, Ben Newman, Jane Ray, Nobrow and Flying Eye Books
  • Live brief collaboration with publishers including Frances Lincoln and Lemniscaat (Netherlands) and publications such as You Magazine (Mail on Sunday)
  • Participate in PiLOT, our new student-led platform where students present work alongside visiting artists
  • Develop a diverse set of skills and leave with a professional portfolio of practice through work placements, collaborations with practising artists and the opportunity to study abroad in Europe and North America
  • Opportunity to travel to destinations in mainland Europe and introduced to exhibition practice through illustration fairs, card sales and exhibitions in the final year graduation show, as well as through an opportunity to showcase their work in London

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Fine Art and Illustration.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Maureen Gamble
Course Leader, Fine Art
01905 542541

Tobias Hickey
Course Leader, Illustration

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Visual Enquiry
Studio Practice 1
Drawing for Animators and Illustrators
Image and Text


Module options:

Illustration and Print Making
Illustration: Origins and Function

Year 2

Core modules:

Visual Research
Studio Practice 2


Module options:

Visual Statement
Illustration Forms and Genres
Location Drawing and Reportage

Year 3

Core modules:

Exit Portfolio
Contemporary Practice


Module options:

Dissemination of Research
Site and Context 2
Professional Practice
Authorial Practice
Negotiated Project



Graduates from the Fine Art aspect of the course have had success in a variety of careers in the arts as well. Increasingly, graduates are undertaking a variety of freelance commissions. Often they progress to setting up their own creative businesses or undertaking postgraduate study at some of the UK's most prestigious institutions. Illustrators are in increasing demand as the media industries expand.

Options for the professional illustrator include newspapers and magazines, books, advertising, exhibiting independent work, television and the internet. All these fields are potential showcases for graduates’ work. Our interdisciplinary approach gives flexibility and a wider view of the world that is attractive to employers. Graduates will find career opportunities not only in illustration but also television motion graphics, graphic design, story writing, studio management and advertising.

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Fine Art and Illustration BA (Hons) - WW1F

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