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Pre-Bachelor On Campus


University of Portsmouth

12 months
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Do you love to draw, develop engaging visual narratives, and bring stories to life? Do you want to take your illustration practice to degree level and gain new knowledge and techniques to fuel your creative professionalism? If so, this HNC Illustration course is ideal for you.

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Illustration is about absorbing the world around you and putting your personal spin on visualising such observations.

You'll explore industry-standard design software and equipment to produce innovative, dynamic illustrative briefs – as well as make use of our:

  • Adobe-equipped digital suites
  • 3D modelling workshops
  • Spacious photography dark rooms
  • Richly resourced print facilities (including screen-printing, dry-point etching, letterpress, and heat-press)

When you graduate, you can progress to the second year of BA (Hons) Illustration at the University of Portsmouth , enabling you to finish the degree in two years. You'll also have a variety of employment options in your reach, including many aspects of design and illustration, graphic art, model making, digital publishing, and marketing – or you can even branch into puppetry, textile design, or animation.

What you'll experience

  • Explore the disciplines, practices and theories of illustration
  • Improve your drawing, printing, digital software and fundamental making skills, over a challenging and varied curriculum
  • Enhance your exhibition and presentation skills
  • Develop an awareness of professional practices in illustration and beyond through talks by creative professionals
  • Be enrolled at both the University of Portsmouth and Eastleigh College, so you'll have access to activities and certain facilities at both locations
  • Display a selection of your work at a final exhibition and learn the various ways in which contemporary illustration is disseminated
  • Be taught by teaching staff who have professional experience as illustrators and digital media specialists

Work experience and career planning

Completing this course successfully allows you to enter university-level study of illustration and other visual design disciplines. For instance, you'll only need to complete a further 2 years of study to gain a BA (Hons) Illustration degree.

The skills and knowledge you develop could also allow you to advance your existing career or secure your first role in the industry. Areas you could work in include:

  • Traditional print-based media
  • Digital publishing
  • Graphic design companies and agencies
  • Animation/model-making industries

Industry work also delivers a range of flexibility not seen in more traditional sectors and the knowledge and skill that you obtain from this course will be applicable to work in small start ups businesses, global multi-national companies, as well as in a freelance capacity.

Teaching & Programme Assessment

Teaching on this course includes:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops
  • tutorials
  • group critiques

This course has a practical focus, covering the traditional and digital technologies used by professionals.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

You'll be assessed entirely through coursework on this course.

The academic year runs from October to May with breaks at Christmas and Easter.

  • October to January – teaching block 1
  • February to May – teaching block 2

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Illustration
  • Cultural Studies and Critical Theory
  • Line, Colour, Form and Development
  • Narrative and Storytelling
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Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A Levels, or equivalent. All shortlisted applicants will need to attend an interview with a portfolio of work.

Tuition Fee

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Living costs for Portsmouth

710 - 1099 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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