Illustration degrees
at UCA

If your dream is to tell stories and convey messages through illustration, our undergraduate and master's degree courses can help you master the skills you need.

Whether you're interested in reportage illustration, manga, fashion illustration, illustrating children's books or developing complementary animation skills, our courses will encourage you to explore a wide range of styles and mediums as you develop your own unique voice.

Because our programmes are relatively small and many of our staff are also practising illustrators, they're able to bring valuable industry contacts into the classroom.

You'll also benefit from extensive industry-grade facilities including stop-motion, printmaking and book production studios, Mac suites equipped with Adobe Illustrator and all the latest design and editing software, 3D printing, laser cutting, textiles, metal and woodworking workshops, photography and video studios.


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Wondering what jobs you can do with a degree in illustration?

There's a huge range, with the graphic design, illustration and animation sector employing around 1.7 million people in the UK. Our courses will prepare you for careers in fields such as:

  • Book and editorial illustration
  • Art direction
  • Web and broadcast design
  • Set and spatial design
  • Printmaking
  • Animation
  • Editing
  • Filmmaking
  • Design
  • Production and post-production
  • Project management
  • Digital media
  • Public Arts
  • Curation
  • Research
  • Artistic practice
  • Digital imaging
  • Web authoring
  • Multi-media production
  • Education
Beth Peters

"The course has opened up new ways of thinking and taught me to apply this to my practical work. We've been encouraged to experiment and always had the resources to try new things. We have also been lucky to meet people working in the industry, from illustrators to agents."

Beth Peters BA (Hons) Illustration