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Course Length

36 months


£7,570 per annum

Awarded By

Oxford Brookes University

UCAS codes

  • Course Code: W221
  • Institution Code: O66
  • Campus Code: N

BA (Hons) Illustration

About the course

This programme is aimed at those looking to work as illustrators, be it for graphic novels, comics, cartoon strips, television and film animation storyboarding, advertising storyboards, computer games or children's books.

Students quickly develop the ability to create highly creative illustrative solutions. In addition, the programme helps learners gain a meaningful understanding of historical and contemporary influences on illustration. Students will have access to our professional art studios.

Topics in year one includes: Visual Communication in Illustration; Drawing; Visual Narrative, Storyboard and Scripts*; Digital Tools for Illustration and Animation; Illustration in Context.

Topics in year two includes: Drawing for Illustration; Sequential Illustration Anthology Project*; Live Briefs and Collaborations; Illustration Research Project; Personal and Creative Style.

Topics in year three includes: Self-Initiated Major Projects; Extended Research Project/Dissertation; Professional Practice and Exhibition*

*module changes are subject to approval

This course can be studied full-time or part-time for 36 months.

The majority of the teaching will take place through interactive workshops. Skills, techniques and ideas are explored as a group and individually, both with the lecturer for targeted sessions, and with technician support for consolidation, and to facilitate more individualised work.

Students are encouraged to participate in active dialogue throughout the teaching and assessment process, where formative feedback, both verbal and written plays a large part in the development of individuals work and professionalism. There are no formal written examinations within the programme. Students will be assessed mainly though coursework, involving projects which are informed by professional practice and/or industry led.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs incl. English, 9-4 (A*-C). Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken. PLUS 48 UCAS points from at least one of the following:

  • A Levels - 2 A Levels at grade A-D (one of which should be art related)
  • Vocational - Level 3 BTEC National Extended Diploma in an art related subject
  • Access Diploma - Level 3 Foundation Studies in Art & Design

For mature students over 18, suitable work experience may be taken into consideration instead of formal academic studies.

Where next?

On successful completion of the course, students can progress into various roles allied to the creative industries and image creation, including; advertising, marketing and publishing. Students may also take on free-lance work, and set up their own business as a creative entrepreneur.

Example job roles:

  • Art worker
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Copy writer
  • Creative Entrepreneur

Work experience and employability


What additional resources will I need?

Applicants will be required to attend an interview and provide portfolio evidence of their skills and knowledge.

Fees information

Tuition fees for 2022 entry: £7,570 per annum.

Find Student Finance Information on the Government Website.


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Important COVID-19 update – Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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