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Graphic Design and Illustration BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Live brief collaboration with publishers including Frances Lincoln and Lemniscaat (Netherlands) and publications such as You Magazine (Mail on Sunday)
  • Illustration teaching is led by a team of permanent staff including Tobias Hickey, whose professional achievements are acknowledged in international illustration contexts
  • The course is structured to develop your strengths, ideas and creativity, equipping you for a career in graphic design and multimedia, by exposing you to commercial and professional situations as your knowledge and abilities grow
  • Exciting, annual programme of guest speakers, including Olivier Kugler, Isabel Greenberg, Jonny Hannah, Katerina Manolessou, Ben Newman, Jane Ray, Nobrow and Flying Eye Books
  • Teaching methods are varied and include a programme of lectures by visiting practising designers, all taught by enthusiastic lecturers’ used to working with commercial clients and whose teaching is fed by international contemporary practice and their own experience as professional designers
  • Final year students’ portfolios are presented to creative directors of professional and commercial companies, demonstrating to them that you are working to industry standards
  • 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 Graphic Design and Illustration.

The entire course staff have been nothing but supportive over the last three years, while encouraging and developing creative skills with all students.

Martin Price, Graphic Design BA graduate.

Increasingly in today’s world of multimedia communication and publishing, illustrators and designers work with overlapping interests and on common projects. Joint honours Graphic Design and Illustration is therefore full of possibility: many aspects of these disciplines are complementary and studying them in combination could lead to an innovative, interdisciplinary final year project.

Both subject areas place emphasis on drawing as a tool for thinking and visualisation and both nurture your creative development alongside development of craft, digital and ‘transferable’ skills that are applicable to a very wide range of graduate career and employment options.

Graphic Design supports your development as a graphic designer with the flexibility to work in today’s contexts, from print to web to multimedia design. Your creative ideas and approaches will grow alongside your use of computer technology and your critical understanding of design and visual theory. You will develop your team working skills and your understanding of how to respond to professional briefs, building your knowledge and experience of the current market. There are plenty of opportunities to work on ‘live briefs’ set by real clients from a variety of contexts, including businesses, museums, local authorities and charities. You will be encouraged to develop work for entry into national and international competitions and increasingly to follow your own interests, whether those involve a passion for typography or a preoccupation with motion graphics. Throughout, you will be introduced to the multitude of professional possibilities that are open to graphic designers, and there are plenty of opportunities to visit design studios and meet industry clients.

Illustration aims to cover the complete range of illustration genres and forms, including children’s books, editorial and magazine illustration, the graphic novel, reportage, authorial illustration and advertising. With its comprehensive foundation in drawing during students’ first year, it will support development of your work across a wide range of applications encompassing traditional techniques and digital realisation. Cross media projects are encouraged and, in your final year, there is increasing emphasis on growing your knowledge of, and interaction with, professional contexts of illustration. You are taught by lecturers who, themselves, are also professional, published illustrators.

There are regular visits to museums and exhibitions in London, Bristol, Oxford and elsewhere; there is an annual opportunity to take part in a visit to a destination in mainland Europe; students submit to international competitions and regularly exhibit in venues locally (with an opportunity for third year Illustration students to showcase their work at a London gallery). Student performance is assessed entirely by course work.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Ree Han
Course Leader, Graphic Design & Multimedia

Tobias Hickey
Course Leader, Illustration

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Drawing for Animators and Illustrators
Image and Text
Design: Skills and Theory
Graphics: Creative Digital Typography and Imaging


Module options:

Illustration and Print Making
Illustration: Origins and Function
Multimedia in Context Concept

Year 2

Core modules:



Module options:

Visual Statement
Illustration Forms and Genres
Location Drawing and Reportage
Concept Generation, Research and Preproduction
Digital Photography
Graphic Design for Internet and Multimedia
Graphic Design for Print
Children’s Book Design

Year 3

Core modules:

Contemporary Practice


Module options:

Professional Practice
Authorial Practice
Negotiated Project
Documentary Photography
Green Design
Major Project
Design Awards and Exhibition
Live Brief
Industry Collaboration
Pressure Projects



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.

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in sectors such as publishing, graphic design, web design, media and arts administration, or are self-employed. This course also provides an excellent basis for further studies. Its interdisciplinary nature means that students develop skills that are attractive to employers. In a Destinations Survey carried out by the University of Worcester Careers Service, 94% of Graphic Design students had found work or had gone on to further study within six months of graduating.

How to apply

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Graphic Design & Multimedia and Illustration BA (Hons) - W292

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