FdA Illustration

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)

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.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

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 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
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section


Year One

  • Unit 1: Introduction to FdA Graphic Design and FdA Illustration
  • 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.

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



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


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 - W224

International applicants

There are two 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.

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