If you’re looking to start a course in September 2017, the great news is we still have places available on our Illustration degree. Speak to one of our advisers on 03330 432414 who can give you further information about the Clearing process and how you could secure your place with us this September. We may consider applicants who do not meet our tariff points, offers will be based on interview.
The Illustration course is all about drawing stories. Learn how to use visual narrative to communicate. Refine your creative and professional skills with support from our award-winning illustrators. Gain experience through events such as East London Comic & Arts Festival (ELCAF), BD Angouleme (France) and Cheltenham Illustration Awards. Undertake essential work experience and direct your own projects. Visual storytelling connects many aspects of illustration production, from the graphic novel to children’s books, storyboards and animation. You’ll focus on drawn ideas, a gateway to areas such as concept art and digital visualisation – and a key employment area in the wider creative industries.
In your first year you’ll develop skills in life and location drawing, printmaking, specialist techniques and animation. In your second and third years you’ll take your work to a professional level through modules such as Sequential Illustration which focuses on using drawn images to create visual narratives such as comics and graphic novels. You’ll also begin preparing for industry, developing your expertise in self-publishing and promotion. You’ll be equipped with the creative, technical and enterprise skills you need to progress into the creative industries on graduation.
You’ll have opportunities to showcase your work alongside world-famous illustrators at major events such as Cheltenham Illustration Awards, the London Book Fair, ELCAF (the UK’s leading independent comics festival) and the Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme festival in France (Europe’s most famous comic festival). You can also self-publish and sell your work under the university’s own 'imprint', Pittville Press, and in our illustration publications Unseen, Techne, and Olio. Our modern design facilities include printmaking studios, an Apple Mac suite, Risograph stencil printer, letterpress workshop and book-binding equipment.
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How to apply
Call or email us with your grades to see if we can offer you a place.
Zanna Goldhawk and Harry Marshall
We’ve set up our own illustration business, Papio Press. It started with a humble pocket mirror and we recently featured in Home Magazine!
Our work has come-on so much at university which gave us the confidence to start the business. We love the freedom to create and experiment. Our studios are the base for a strong illustration community for discussion and feedback. Our lecturers are great, they take the time to find out who we are. They’re practising illustrators. They know about what’s current and we have a lot of one-to-one contact time.
"I’ve illustrated many editorial magazines and books since I first became an illustrator in 1982, including for the Sunday Times, Radio Times, the Listener, Car magazine, Nursing Times, Penguin, Longman, and Oxford University Press. I have explored many different media in the last 20 years, producing animated films, illustrations and a graphic novel using digital 'natural media' software. More recently I’ve made a return to traditional, black and white pen and ink."
Get your work published
We provide the platform for you to publish, exhibit and sell your work under the university’s imprint, Pittville Press. Students have also produced illustrations for books published by leading global independent children's books publisher Walker Books.
Exhibit your work alongside famous illustrators
You will have the opportunity to exhibit alongside world-famous illustrators at the Cheltenham Illustration Awards, an international competition that attracts over 700 submissions from more than 20 countries worldwide.
Become an independent producer and entrepreneur
This course will equip you to initiate and manage projects, control the quality, production and distribution of your work, and engage with new markets and audiences through publishing and promotion.