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The University of the Arts

48 months
46530 USD/year
46530 USD/year
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Discover and develop your distinct visual voice in the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at The University of the Arts. You’ll be trained in technique, image-making, concept development and self-promotion. We celebrate the range of career paths for illustrators, from children’s books to concept art, to comics to product design and beyond.


Our curriculum encourages you to explore materials, processes and markets/areas, so you can develop a portfolio of deeply personal work. Housed in the School of Design, the Illustration program encourages experimentation and collaboration with students in other majors, including those in Animation, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Interaction Design and Product Design. Our small class sizes and shared studio spaces create a supportive environment that allows you to inspire, and be inspired by, one another.

Program Goals

Students graduating from the Illustration program at The University of the Arts will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of figure study and picture making, along with traditional and digital technical skill development, leading to successful image making as it relates to the ever-changing illustration industry;
  • Discover and develop point of view. This includes acquiring critical drawing and thinking skills and developing intellectual curiosity leading to successful problem solving and meaningful visual communication;
  • Understand the unique aesthetic of the illustrator as a designer and develop knowledge and skills leading to successful design outcomes;
  • Discover the languages, concepts, and practices of contemporary illustration across connected disciplines and have options to further explore those areas in depth;
  • Acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the history of illustration.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Drawing as Seeing & Meaning 
  • Design Process, Theory & Communication 
  • Digital Design Lab 
  • Thinking Through Science 
  • Writing Placement 
  • General Elective

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Submit an Application for Admission.
  • Submit the non-refundable $60 Application Fee.
  • Submit official High School Transcripts. 
  • Submit a Writing Sample.
  • Complete a Portfolio Review, Interview or Audition.
  • Though not required, feel free to submit any of these Optional Materials.
  • A writing sample
  • Portofolio

Tuition Fee

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    46530 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 46530 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    46530 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 46530 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Philadelphia

1313 - 2284 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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