BA (Hons) Illustration — Overview
It takes an illustrator with a bold, clear vision to create striking and memorable images.
Our BA (Hons) Illustration programme will teach you how to develop your own style, reflecting the unique way you see the world.
You’ll explore different contexts of image-making, from traditional publishing and commercial applications through to independent books, zines and illustrative products.
Taught by a dedicated team of illustrators, artists, printmakers and graphic designers, throughout the programme you will extend your drawing skills to develop your personal visual language and identity.
We value your imagination, alongside your conceptual thinking and ideas development, and we will help you become a professional, working with different clients in different contexts, learning how to connect and communicate with diverse audiences.
You will work collaboratively, develop skills in different disciplines and get involved with national and international competitions where there will be opportunities for securing work placements, live briefs and commissions.
As well as introducing you to commercial practice, we also encourage you to explore your own ideas through self-directed and authorial approaches which will extend the boundaries of your visual language.
We’ll challenge you to develop a culturally curious attitude, stay aware of contemporary trends and actively engage in creative communities, finding that spark of originality that will set you apart from the crowd.
What will I achieve?
You’ll learn to work independently, critically and creatively in different contexts, as we support your drive to design, manufacture, market and distribute your own work.
Illustration is a competitive discipline which requires high levels of commitment – we will help you develop professional skills through each assignment, including creative problem-solving, project management, working to brief and completing to deadline.
You’ll have opportunities to build a professional network, as well as the chance to show off your skills by exhibiting, publishing and promoting your work outside the college.
Through self-reflection, you’ll develop and identify personal strengths, helping you to recognise transferable skills and how they will be useful for employment once you graduate.
As you develop your interests you can choose to tailor your study to a range of creative specialisms, including editorial illustration, children’s books, independent publishing, printmaking, graphic design and art direction.
From designing for Lego to writing and illustrating children’s books and exploring the world of indie publishing, our graduates secure fantastic diverse careers in the booming field of illustration.
BA (Hons) Illustration — Highlights:
Explore image-making in a range of contexts including editorial, publishing (children’s books, book design and illustration, comics and graphic novels), surface pattern and print, moving image, graphic design and design-to-sell products (zines, toys, limited edition prints, etc).
Develop traditional and digital skills, as you define your visual identity and get ready to enter the creative industries.
Benefit from high contact time with our dedicated team of illustrators and artists who offer a range of creative specialisms including comics, independent publishing, editorial, children’s books, printmaking, graphic design and art direction.
Think beyond traditional collaborations with designers, creative directors and publishers and start building illustration communities, forming collectives or running pop-up shops.
Develop your talents for enterprise and entrepreneurship through our programme initiatives such as independent publishing with Pylon Press or selling your work through the Illustration Shed – our very own pop-up shop.
Have a question for our team? Email: ILLUSTRATION@pca.ac.uk