Our BA Visual Communication Illustration programme will equip you with the creative skills to communicate a range of narratives and messages. This includes the generation of strong ideas, but also your own unique approach to the use of visual language. The course is hands-on covering a wide range of processes and materials including etching, relief and screen-printing, 3D, book arts, mixed media, digital technology as well as the core activity of drawing.
The programme embraces illustration within the context of commercial illustration industry including live briefs and work experience but you will also learn to create one-off artefacts and multiples. The course will teach you about how you can apply your work in a commercial setting and the skills that you need to do this successfully.
Your newly acquired skills and knowledge will give you the edge in this diverse industry enabling you to do the work you love. For example you could illustrate books, take on editorial assignments or self-publish. You will also learn a range of transferable skills that will equip you for related careers in education, community arts, arts administration.
Our tutors will draw on their years of industry experience to help you learn from real life examples but will also provide real value and quality through their experience as teachers.
Hastings (Station Plaza)
HE (Degree Level)
Higher Education (HE)
Minimum of 64 UCAS points (160 old system) from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma / A Levels / Foundation Diploma / Access Diploma in a related subject; if English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6 in writing; proof of qualifications; a satisfactory reference.
Once you have graduated, you will have a diverse range of transferable skills that will enable you to start your career in this exciting and growing industry. You will be fully equipped to seek out roles and apply your knowledge as a freelance illustrator, or perhaps in an agency. Other options could include further study onto MA Illustration programmes.
Meet our course leader, Andrew Scrase. He’ll tell you more about the course, some of the exciting topics you’ll cover, the opportunity to learn from experienced guest lecturers, and reveal where this degree can take you once you’ve graduated. You’ll also meet third-year student Ashlyn, who has been able to develop her skills during live briefs and client-led projects.