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.
You'll explore a range of print and production options through practical learning and creative assignments. These include publishing, exhibiting, selling products and attending book fairs.
Tariff information for 2017 entry*
112 tariff points
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.
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|Single Honours - 3 years full-time||W220|
- Self-published illustrator
- Game artist animation
- Graphic designer
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.
You’ll gain first-hand experience through a work placement. Students have recently worked with ELCAF (East London Comic & Arts Festival), London Book Fair, BD Angouleme, Cheltenham Illustration Awards and Cheltenham Literature Festival. They’ve also worked with Cheltenham Festivals to produce illustrations for global children's book publisher Walker Books.
"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.