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About this course

Accreditations and partnerships:

The UK Socrates-Erasmus Council
  • Entry year: 2015/16
  • Course code: W224
  • Applications: UCAS
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Tariff points: 280
  • Department: Art and Design
  • Campus: Bower Ashton
  • Duration: Three years
  • Delivery: Part-time, Full-time
  • Study abroad: Yes
  • Programme leader: Christine Hill
  • Key fact: You will learn in a creative and supportive studio environment with professional-standard facilities and a real-world dynamic.


Why BA(Hons) Illustration?

Our BA(Hons) Illustration consistently produces award-winning students who enter high-profile careers across the creative industries. You will work across a range of media, including 2D, 3D and moving image. Self-directed projects could range from editorial to narrative, 3D model-making to film, animation to artists' books, providing excellent preparation for the commercial world.

Why study this course?

You will be based at Bower Ashton Campus alongside UWE Bristol's other Art and Design courses with your own individual studio space and access to unrivalled facilities and resources. These include our state-of-the-art media studios, 3D, EPI and print centres, and specialist software and resources for laser cutting, digital stitch and wood, metal and plastic.

The course encourages you to create and develop your own personal visual language. Problem-solving through drawing and making is core. You will explore a range of traditional and digital media and deepen your awareness of the traditions of illustration through theoretical studies. Individual experimentation is underpinned throughout by an awareness of the professional world and the development of core skills.

Real-world experience

Our strong industry links with the thriving city of Bristol ensure input from illustrators and creatives. Close partners include Spike Island, the Arnolfini and Watershed, while visits from respected practitioners will keep you up to date with contemporary illustration practice.

Innovation and individualism are celebrated. You will be encouraged to investigate potential places for your work and will regularly test yourself against industry expectations through live briefs and externally judged national and international competitions.

Where it can take you

Alongside established freelance illustration career paths, our graduates work across the creative industries in roles such as film directors, set designers, art/creative directors, illustration agents, visualisers, designers, model-makers, animators, storyboard artists, puppeteers, theatrical/film costume and prop designers.

See some of our students' work on Flickr.

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