Illustration and Design (Hons), B.A. | University of Sunderland | Sunderland, United Kingdom
B.A. On Campus

Illustration and Design (Hons)

36 months
14000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Push the boundaries of illustration, develop your own style and release your personal creativity and enter the inspiring world of professional illustration with the Illustration and Design (Hons) programme of the University of Sunderland.


If you are passionate about drawing and are full of creative ideas then the Illustration and Design (Hons) programme of the University of Sunderland will cultivate your talent. At Sunderland we encourage students to push the boundaries of illustration. The course blends traditional techniques with computer technology, such as virtual reality and 3D design.

Your first year combines an exploration of design principles, printmaking and drawing. You will then pursue a specialist study of illustration during your second and third years.

Perfect your craft alongside experienced academics, all are practicing professionals at the cutting edge of their field; they bring their industry insights and experience directly into their teaching.

Career options

Our graduates go on to have diverse careers. One of our graduates works for a publishing house in Japan, dealing with the design and illustration of children's wildlife books. Another was offered a three-book contract at a New Designers Graduate Show and has subsequently won further contracts for illustrations.

Many graduates also operate as freelancers as part of a 'portfolio career' alongside other creative work. They create illustrations for advertising, packaging and editorial purposes. Whatever route you choose, your course will put you on a fast track to getting work published and recognised.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Design Theories, Practitioners and Context
  • Illustration - Exploring Media and Techniques
  • Key Principles of Drawing for Still and Moving Image
  • Digital Illustration – Contemporary Practice and Innovation
  • Advanced Illustration Practice and Desktop Publishing
  • Advanced Printmaking for Illustration

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The typical offer is 112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).
  • We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.
  • We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language; or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.
  • We are interested in your creative potential; please prepare a portfolio of work you have completed so far.  We are not looking for perfection as we appreciate you may still be developing work.
  • If English is not your first language, please provide English language proficiency scores.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • Part-Time: £6,935 for 120 credits

Living costs for Sunderland

758 - 1438 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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