BA (hons) Illustration

Illustration always has a purpose. This applied art form covers a vast range of methods and media, and is constantly growing in its contexts both through new technologies and traditional media. From enhancing literature, to enabling understanding of science, medicine and health, politics and commerce; illustration brings sense, understanding, empathy and humanity to complex and difficult subject matter.

Illustration is integral to the animation and film professions, as well as printed and digital media such as books, advertising, newspapers and magazines. Illustrators illuminate ideas, texts and narratives. These are often initiated by commercial clients and collaborators, but Illustrators are increasingly becoming authors and directors of their own projects.

Illustration brings sense, understanding, empathy and humanity to complex and difficult subject matter

Our programme helps you to discover what kind of illustrator you want to be through explorations in subject matter, materials and skills. We will enable you to develop the robust range of skills, ideas and fluidity to fulfil your unique potential!

The course structure is full of variety enabling you to undertake a work placement, carry out research with one of our Professors, or to travel to study illustration in countries where the traditions are very different.

In the third year you will work towards producing a refined body of work which reflects your passion for communicating ideas arising from your chosen subject matter. We ask our students to constantly question the power of images in our visually oversaturated world and to consider how their work will speak to audiences humbly, helpfully and inclusively.

Illustration spans a broad area so in their third year students may choose to complete a detailed business plan instead of the traditional dissertation. Full support is offered to students whether students are considering further post-graduate study or preparing themselves to launch their freelance career upon graduation.

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Course information on this page relates to September 2016 entry.

Key Facts

UCAS code: W220
Course length: Three years full-time.
Subject Leader: Amelia Johnstone;

For course specific enquiries please contact Subject Leader Amelia Johnstone
t: +44 (0)2920 416642

Click here to read full course details on the Cardiff Metropolitan University website.

Download a BA Illustration prospectus here

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Cardiff School of Art & Design,
Cardiff Metropolitan University,
Llandaff Campus,
Western Avenue,

Tel: +44 (0)29 2020 5898

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