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Full-Time or Part-Time

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Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Taught by award-winning illustrators, we create a platform for you to publish, exhibit and sell your work.

Illustration depicting large creature and child in the snow

Get your work published

Illustration of holidaymakers
Antique printing equipment

The Illustration course is all about drawing stories. Taught by a team of award-winning illustrators, we create a platform for you to network, publish, exhibit and sell your work.

Visual storytelling is given special emphasis because it links together so many aspects of illustration production from the graphic novel to children’s books, storyboards and animation. You’ll also focus on drawn ideas which form a key part of many areas within the wider creative industries such as games, concept art and digital visualisation. In your first year you’ll learn life and location drawing skills, printmaking, specialist software and animation skills before focusing on areas such as sequential illustration, professional practice and publishing in your second and third year.

Gain first-hand experience through a work placement with names such as ELCAF (East London Comic & Arts Festival), London Book Fair, BD Angouleme, Cheltenham Illustration Awards and Cheltenham Literature Festival. Previous students have worked under the education director for Cheltenham Festivals to produce illustrations for Walker Books, leading global independent children's book publisher. You’ll have the chance to showcase and sell your work through 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). Publish your work under the university’s own imprint, Pittville Press, and take the opportunity to appear in annual illustration publications such as Techne and Olio.

Study style

You'll explore a range of print and production options as part of the assessment of the course. These include publishing, exhibiting, selling products and attending book fairs.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2016 entry*

280 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2016 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details. If you do not meet the standard entry requirements for year 1 you can apply for this course with a foundation (year 0). More information on the course with foundation option.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by portfolio and interview

Tariff information for 2017 entry*

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2017 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

For international students please see entry requirements in your country for full details. If you do not meet the standard entry requirements for year 1 you can apply for this course with a foundation (year 0). More information on the course with foundation option.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by portfolio and interview

Details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.

UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeW220

Careers

  • Self-published illustrator
  • Art director
  • Game artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Animation
  • Advertising

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Student Focus

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.

Industry links

We have a variety of industry links and live briefs through the course, including Walker Books, London Book Fair, Angouleme BD Festival, Cheltenham Literature Festival, Fumio Obata (lecturer), the Pittville Press, and our own Cheltenham Illustration Awards.

Programme specifications

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Staff Profile

Kieren Phelps

"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."

Nautical illustrations, whaling story

Get your work published

We provide the platform for you to publish, exhibit and sell your work under the university’s imprint, Pittville Press, and through the course's external contacts. One such opportunity is to produce illustrations for books published by leading global independent children's books publisher, Walker Books, under the co-ordination of the education director for the Cheltenham Festivals.

Exhibit your work alongside famous illustrators

Exhibit alongside world famous illustrators at the Cheltenham Illustration Awards, an international competition that attracts over 700 submissions from more than 20 countries. You’ll have the opportunity to showcase your work at the London Book Fair and at Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme festival in France.

Historic street in Brussels

Spend a year in Brussels

As part of the Erasmus programme, you can study at the prestigious art school, Institut Saint-Luc in Brussels.

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