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FdA Illustration

Start date
September 2018
Course length
2 years
UCAS code

Course suspended for 2019/20

FdA Illustration at Camberwell will not be taking applications for 2019/20.

If you are interested in illustration take a look at Camberwell BA Illustration.

FdA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on contemporary industry practice in graphic image making.

You will explore a wide range of skills including animation, interactive media, print and motion graphics.

Student work

McKay Felt.

Course overview

What you 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. These will range from screen-based technologies to more traditional hands-on approaches
  • To work in a simulated design studio alongside FdA Graphic Design students. Through this you will examine communication and management strategies necessary for successful team-working
  • To be taught creative processes and business skills in an industry context. This will happen through work-based learning. It will involve research, report writing and either a work placement or live project.
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

You will build an understanding of a wide variety of design business areas including:

  • The contemporary market for illustration
  • Contracts, legal information and ownership
  • Technological developments
  • Economic strategies
  • Workflow and production
  • Marketing and promotion

Course units

Year 1

  • 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 2

  • 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.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Group critiques
  • 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
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Use of resource venues and institutions
  • Work based learning

Assessment methods

  • Development file
  • Essays
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Self-assessment
  • Student logs
  • Tutorial records
  • Written assignments


How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

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

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • A portfolio of work


  • 1 A Level
  • 3 GCSE passes grade C or above


  • Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma with 3 certificate passes, 2 at higher level and 1 at standard level, with minimum grade 4 in each certificate pass

We will also consider 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.

English language requirements

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

  • Your portfolio should provide evidence of an ability to visually solve problems and to research, develop and explore ideas
  • The portfolio should include work relating to the application of imagery within a design context
  • It is important to include sketch books. These help us 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.

Making your application

2019/20 entry

Course suspended for 2019/20 entry.

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

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W224

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

Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.

What is a selection event?

A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.

More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.

This course does not accept entry into year 2.

2019/20 entry

Course suspended for 2019/20 entry.

There are 3 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.

Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19 fees).

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

£19,350 (2018/19 fees).

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.


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

Scholarships and awards

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Careers and alumni

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 BA Graphic Design or BA Illustration. This is subject to their grade at FdA level and successful completion of the college's bridging studies programme.


Find out how careers and employability helps our students and graduates start their careers.

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