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Illustration (Hons), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The BA Illustration (Hons) at the University of the Arts London (UAL) takes an innovative, experimental and critical approach to the broad practice of illustration. The students are encouraged to challenge the position of the illustrator within commercial, social, political and cultural contexts whilst maintaining and developing the core values that underpin the practice.


What you can expect

  • To gain an understanding of key illustration principles, themes and debates. You will develop this through practical experimentation and production
  • To explore authorship and the reproduced image
  • To identify audiences for your work
  • To consider how you can make your work visible in a ‘real world’ context through end of year exhibitions
  • To consider the creative and ever changing environments illustrators exist. You will do this through workshops, technical inductions, tutorials and seminars. This will help you define your practice
  • To examine your identity as an illustrator, whilst planning and realising practical projects
  • To have your ideas tested through evaluation of your practical and written work
  • To investigate ideas and issues through seminar discussions, presentations and writing


Graduates of the BA Illustration (Hons) at the University of the Arts London (UAL) go on to work in advertising, animation, curating, film, journalism, motion graphics, photography, publishing and teaching. Many others go on to postgraduate study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to BA Illustration, Graphic Design and 3D Design
  • What is Illustration?
  • Primary research
  • Possibilities
  • Platform
  • Method
  •  Focus
  • Audience and visibility

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

Entry requirements
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)
Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19930 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19930 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 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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