48 months
15360 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The BA Illustration (Hons) at Ulster University will introduce you to a huge range of highly experimental practices and skills that will help you to develop your own visual language and prepare you for working in the diverse and exciting world of Illustration.


The Illustration (Hons) course at Ulster University is taught by dedicated and experienced tutors who work, exhibit and publish internationally. We are passionate about illustration and encourage and support you to become a skilled creative problem solver through innovative and experimental use of pictures, language and ideas to convey specific meaning and messages. You will explore multiple illustration contexts including books/publishing, comic novels, packaging, 2D animations/films/gifs, magazines/zines, and many more.

At Ulster you will learn from creative experts, professionals and alumni. Our Illustration graduates have won high profile prizes and work for clients around the world. You will build real world connections and develop your unique practice to help you stand out as you begin a career in vibrant Illustration industries.

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Illustrator
  • Designer/Freelance Designer/Illustrator
  • Creative Art Director
  • Motion designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Illustrator for Publishing
  • StoryBoard Illustrator

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Exploring Illustration Practice
  • Illustration Influences
  • Illustration Research and Writing
  • Illustration Studio
  • Professional Illustration Practice
  • Illustration, Visual Narrative and Motion
  • Illustration Development

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


480 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

A level

  • Grades BBC

Irish Leaving Certificate

  • 112 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English at H6 if studied at Higher level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level.

Scottish Highers

  • Grades BBCCC

International Baccalaureate

  • Overall profile is minimum 25 points (including 12 at higher level)


  • For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above in English Language.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    15360 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15360 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 48 months.
  • Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and EU Settlement Status Fees: £4,630

Living costs for Belfast

561 - 887 GBP /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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