• CollegeCamberwell
  • Start dateSeptember 2017
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW222

BA (Hons) Illustration

Clearing places available
This course has places available for international applicants for 2017/18 entry. If you are interested in applying for this course, please call us on +44 (0)20 7514 7514. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2017/18 entry, visit the UAL Clearing page.

BA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts takes an innovative, experimental and critical approach to the broad practice of illustration.

Our 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.

Student video work

Chronopolis - Daniel Clarke

Arkham - Bea Wilson

Course detail

Content: what students can expect

  • To develop their understanding of the key principles, themes and debates that define illustration through practical experimentation and production
  • To explore notions of authorship and the reproduced image
  • To identify audiences and consider how they can make their work visible in a ‘real world’ context through end of year exhibitions
  • To consider the constantly evolving and creative environments illustrators exist in through workshops, technical inductions, tutorials and seminars; and define their practice accordingly
  • To examine their identity as an illustrator, whilst planning and realising practical projects
  • To be challenged and have their ideas tested through rigorous evaluation of both practical and written work
  • To investigate ideas and issues through seminar discussions, presentations and writing
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section

Structure

Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to BA Illustration, Graphic Design and 3D Design
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is Illustration?
  • Unit 3: Context 1- Primary research
  • Unit 4: Subject - Possibilities

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Context 2 - Platform
  • Unit 6: Subject - Method
  • Unit 7: Context 3 - Focus
  • Unit 8: Subject - Audience and visibility

Year Three

  • Unit 9: Context 4
  • Unit 10: Subject - Realisation

Work experience and opportunities

Our students gain first-hand experience through course projects with leading organisations and businesses that have previously included Adidas, American Express, Channel 4, Dorling-Kindersley, The Guardian, Jelly and MTV.

BA Illustration students also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second year of their degree as part of the Erasmus scheme.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative work
  • Group and individual tutorials and crits
  • Independent study
  • Individual programmes of study
  • Introductions and inductions to university, college and course resources
  • Key ideas lecture programme
  • Learning skills in practical and technical workshops 
  • Lectures and visiting speaker talks
  • Project based learning
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Studio, external venue and other visits
  • Use of resource venues and institutions

Assessment methods

  • Development file
  • Essays
  • Evaluative reports
  • Peer assessment 
  • Practical work
  • Presentations 
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment
  • Tutorial records 
  • Written assignments

Facilities

  • Digital media facilities

    Digital Media

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  • Printmaking

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  • Camberwell's 3D workshops - foundry.

    3D Workshops

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How to apply

Please note, this course has places available for international applicants only for 2017/18 entry. Applications for 2018/19 entry will open in Autumn 2017.

Home / EU applicants

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W222

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.

Home / EU applicants for this course will be invited to submit a mini-portfolio of 15 images via the University’s Electronic Portfolio Review Tool (EPRT) following the 15 January UCAS deadline. 

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview and should bring their portfolio.

Applicants may be offered a place on one of the following alternative courses:

  • BA Graphic Design at Camberwell
  • FdA Graphic Design at Camberwell
  • FdA Illustration at Camberwell
  • BA Graphic Design Communication at Chelsea College of Arts

This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants’ creative potential and interests.

International applicants

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

Find out more information about applying through UCAS.

Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
  • At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

Study Abroad

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.

Entry requirements

We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.

Applicants will have, or are expected to achieve, either:

  • A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • BTEC Extended Diploma or NVQ Level 3
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • University of the Arts London level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above

or

  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 
  • An equivalent level of performance in other internationally recognised national school leaving or university entrance qualifications

or

  • Other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements 

In exceptional circumstances, applicants may be considered if they present a portfolio of equivalent standard to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and have:

  • 2 GCE A Levels
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

Where conditional offers are made to GCE A Level applicants these will normally be at grade C or above.

If English isn’t your first language

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

Portfolio advice

  • You should show evidence of research, the development of ideas and problem solving
  • Portfolios should include work that shows the application of imagery within a design and illustration context
  • It is important to include sketch books which help us to see your working process and indicate your developing research interests and influences

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
  • An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
  • Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities 
  • An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
  • An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.

Fees and funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2017/18). 

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

BA Illustration graduates go on to work in advertising, animation, curation, film, journalism, motion graphics, photography, publishing and teaching, while many others go on to postgraduate study.

Alumni