BA (Hons) Illustration

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.

Facts

Course Leader

Darryl Clifton

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years
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.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee

£17,920 (2017/18).

Fees are subject to an inflationary increase as students progress through their course. 

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

Start DateSeptember 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April 2018 - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application Deadline15 January 2017
UCAS CodeW222
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

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.

Staff

Darryl Clifton - Course Leader

Darryl Clifton is the Design Programme Leader and Course Leader for BA Illustration at Camberwell. He studied MA Illustration at the Royal College of Art.

He has a broad experience working in education at home and abroad and spend five years developing the education profile at cutting edge moving image events / production company onedotzero, working with high profile institutions like the V&A museum and Hayward Gallery.

Clifton is also co-founder of the illustration think tank Mokita.

Staff

Careers

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

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:

IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability. 

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

Home / EU applicants

All 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 full 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

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

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

FdA bridging unit entry requirements

To join the third year of the BA Illustration course, FdA graduates must:

  • Be experienced in Illustration
  • Demonstrate competence to an appropriate level
  • Demonstrate willingness and readiness to undertake extended academic writing
  • Have achieved or be expected to achieve a Merit or above
  • Have IELTS level 6.0 or above if English isn’t their first language

Please note: candidates’ suitability will be explored at at the portfolio review.

FdA portfolios must demonstrate:

  • An understanding and application of subject knowledge and underlying principles
  • Management of learning through reflection, planning, self-direction, subject engagement and commitment
  • Skills in the selected media
  • Awareness and adoption of appropriate conventions
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the audience
  • Systematic identification and investigation of appropriate sources

Funding

Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

How to apply

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

Home / EU applicants

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W222

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

Deferred entry

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application from Home, EU and International applicants.

Study Abroad applicants

Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course for a period of up to three terms. 

For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section

FdA bridging unit applicants

To apply to join the third year of the BA Illustration course you'll need to download and complete the bridging unit application form.

The deadline for applications is 30 April.

Download FdA bridging programme application form [Word, 58 KB]

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