FdA Illustration

Places available 2016/17

This course has places available. View the Apply section on this page for more details. For a full list of UAL courses open for 2016/17 entry, including others available at Camberwell College of Arts, visit the Places available page.

FdA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on contemporary industry practice in graphic image making. This course explores the expanding avenues of employment in animation, interactive media, publishing and motion graphics.


Course Leader

Angela Hogg

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts, Peckham Road

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17)

Please note that fees for the 2nd and any subsequent years is subject to inflationary increase. 

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

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


Start DateSeptember 2016
Autumn Term DatesMonday 26 September - Friday 9 December 2016
Spring Term DatesMonday 9 January - Friday 17 March 2017 
Summer Term DatesTuesday 18 April - Friday 23 June 2017 
Application Route

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Application DeadlineOpen for UK, EU and international applicants for 2016/17 entry. Applications for 2017/18 entry will open in Autumn 2016.
UCAS CodeW224
University CodeU65

Content and Structure

Content: what students can expect

  • To develop a unique visual language that’s underpinned by an understanding of the commercial market place
  • To explore image making through a range of processes, from screen-based technologies to more traditional hands-on approaches
  • To work in a simulated design studio alongside FdA Graphic Design students, examining communication and management strategies necessary for successful team-working
  • To be taught creative processes and business skills in an industry context, including teamwork and project management, through work-based learning that involves research, report writing and either a work placement or live project
  • To build an understanding of technological developments, economic strategies, the contemporary market for illustration, contractual and legal conventions, ownership, workflow, production, marketing and promotion as their practice develops


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to study in Higher Education - Design
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - Process, methodology and diagnostic study
  • Unit 3: Work based learning 1- Making contact with the industry
  • Unit 4: Defining the subject - Sustained specialist exploration

Year Two

  • Unit 5: Evaluation and individual programme of study planning
  • Unit 6: Work based learning 2
  • Unit 7: Reflection, planning and presentation
  • Unit 8: Individual programme of study

At the end of the year, students are given detailed guidance about how to appropriately approach employers. Students holding a Foundation degree (FdA) may also be considered for the third year bridging unit, which enables students to apply to the third year of the Camberwell BA Illustration course.

Work experience and opportunities

FdA Illustration students get to work with Camberwell’s partners from the illustration industry, taking part in simulated live projects facilitated and supervised by a professional design studio that has previously included onedotzero, Kin and Moving Brands.


Angela Hogg - Course Director



Having completed a work placement and / or live project, our FdA Illustration students are able to go straight into employment or set up as freelance practitioners. Potential areas of employment could include publishing, animation, motion graphics and interactive media.

Students can also apply to the third year of Camberwell's Graphic Design or Illustration degree courses, subject to their grade at FdA level and successful completion of the College's bridging studies programme.


Entry Requirements

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

Applicants are expected to have:

  • A portfolio of work
  • 1 GCE A Level or equivalent (achieved or expected)
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above
  • International Baccalaureate with 3 certificate passes, 2 at higher level and 1 at standard level, with a minimum grade 4 in each certificate pass
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • IELTS Academic Test for UKVI level 5.5 or above, with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking, if English isn’t your first language (please check our English Language requirements). You must take the IELTS Academic Test for UKVI test. No other test can be accepted. IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability

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

Portfolio advice 

  • Your portfolio should provide evidence of an ability to visually solve problems and to research, develop and explore ideas
  • The portfolio will mainly be made up of illustrative work, but ought to include work relating to the exploration of ideas and the application of imagery within a design context
  • It is important to include work books which help us to see your working process and indicate your developing research interests and influences

Home / EU applicants

All applicants for this course will be invited for interview.

Interviews will take place between the following dates:

  • 15 - 19 February 2016
  • 22 - 26 February 2016
  • 14 - 18 March 2016

International applicants

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

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



Home / EU applicants

You must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W224

International applicants

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

To apply through the College, you’ll need to download and complete our international undergraduate application form and send this, along with your portfolio and any supporting documents, to the address below.

Download International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

International Office
Chelsea College of Arts 
16 John Islip Street

Deferred entry

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

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