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Illustration BA(Hons)

2024-25

Undergraduate Open Days
Undergraduate Open Days

Start date

16 September 2024

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - BBC-BCC

BTEC - DMM-MMM

See full entry requirements

Places available (subject to change)

70 across the suite of Fine Art and Illustration courses

About the course

Reasons to study

  1. On our Illustration BA(Hons) degree course, you could undertake a career-enhancing work placement, providing real-world experience of being employed within a range of creative roles relevant to your illustration practice. Or you could apply for the Enterprise Placement Year to kickstart your own small business, with dedicated support and guidance from our enterprise team.
  2. To enhance your professional profile, you’ll have the chance to work on live projects and briefs, set by our industry contacts, and exhibit your work in and around the town of Huddersfield.
  3. Your hard work and achievements will be celebrated at our annual summer degree show – a highlight of the academic year.

With a focus on illustration, this course aims to help you to develop into an independent, creative thinker with the ability to create and deliver exciting visual communication and image-making through your visually engaging work.

You’ll create storyboards and characters or environments for animation and games design on this course. You’ll also develop comic strips and build narratives for children’s books or make interesting and desirable packaging and merchandise.

On this flexible Illustration degree course, you’ll be taught by tutors who have professional industry experience within art and illustration. You’ll be able to develop the techniques and skills required to pursue a broad range of careers within the creative industries.

Why study Illustration BA(Hons)

By studying Illustration at the University of Huddersfield, you’ll get to work from our state-of-the-art Barbara Hepworth Building, which features collaborative studio spaces, advanced photography and CAD studios and a high-quality digital print centre. Art at Huddersfield is top in Yorkshire* for Learning Resources, scoring 88%, based on experimental statistics from the National Student Survey 2023.   

During this degree, you’ll develop an authentic and personal visual language by experimenting with a broad range of media and processes, as well as established and emerging technologies.

You’ll learn the art of evaluation; curation and the presentation of your illustration works through your chance to work on live projects, competition briefs and public exhibitions.

With several arts and cultural institutions nearby, you’ll be given the opportunity to attend field trips to events and galleries in Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. This includes the Tate, Henry Moore institute, The Hepworth and Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Plus, as college members of the Association of Illustrators and Design and Art Direction (D&AD), there will be chances to hear talks from guest speakers and professionals from the world of art and illustration.

As well as all of this, we will help you to build your portfolio to a professional standard, based on our knowledge of what employers are looking for. This will help to prepare you for a variety of potentially rewarding career opportunities within Illustration.

When you enrol onto an illustration course like ours, you are opening the door to a wide range of possibilities.

The course is part of a suite of three courses, which includes Fine Art BA(Hons) and Fine Art and Illustration BA(Hons). While you only apply for one course on the suite, you can choose to pursue any of the three throughout your degree, to tailor your studies to your interests within the subject.

*Institutions in Yorkshire with a turnover of over £100 million.

Course detail

Core modules:

Studio Practice 1

The module will concentrate on promoting an in-depth and disciplined approach to the breadth of contemporary practices in contemporary art and/or illustration. The focus is on exploration and experimentation, in both ideas and materials, as a broad introduction to approaches to practice. You’ll be encouraged to draw upon existing knowledge to establish the frameworks within which to operate as a creative practitioner. You’ll be encouraged to engage in processes such as drawing, painting, printmaking, lens-based media and 3D work, and examine these processes in relation to your personal conceptual and critical development.

Studio Practice 2

Building on your experience during the first term, this module continues to promote research and experimentation in the production of practical work. You’ll be asked to draw upon knowledge and progress gained in Studio Practice 1 in order to extend the range of your visual practice. Debates and issues within contemporary practice will continue to inform your thinking and development, and you’ll begin to recognise a range of contexts in which you might work. You’ll continue to evaluate your approach in relation to your studio work.

Contemporary Practice in Context 1

This module introduces you to vital discussion and debates surrounding the influences, production and critical reception of contemporary art and/or illustration. We will explore the culture of the subject with reference to a wide range of images, artefacts, selected texts, film excerpts, reviews and exhibitions. We will help you to learn to recognise and appraise key conventions and contexts and apply that knowledge in the studio, in discussion, and in a series of written formats which recognise the breadth of creative and critical styles deployed by today’s practitioners. This will help to develop your confidence and ability to demonstrate your understanding of and engagement with contemporary art and/or illustration.

Entry requirements

BBC-BCCat A Level or equivalent.

112-104 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

Merit at T Level.

DMM-MMM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma.

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above.
  • 112-104 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.
  • Pass in Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design combined with A Level or BTEC qualifications, to total an equivalent of 112-104 UCAS tariff points.

Applicants will be invited to attend an Applicant Visit Day, at which you will have the opportunity to present and be given feedback on your portfolio.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Placements


The course offers an optional (36 weeks minimum) one-year work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Students within the area of Contemporary Art and Illustration have previously taken up placement opportunities with companies including: The House of Illustration - London; The Association of Illustrators - London; Plum Pudding Publishing – Surrey; Advocate Art – Worthing and Derma Décor – Rotherham.

Alternatively, if you are a student from within the UK, you could consider starting your own small business by applying for the Enterprise Placement Year in conjunction with the University’s Enterprise Team. You’ll have the opportunity to benefit from business advice, mentoring and networking sessions. You can find out more information on the Enterprise Placement Year here.

You can find out more information on placements here.

Student Work

A gallery of work by our Illustration students and graduates. Click on each image to find out more.

Your career


The course aims to help you to develop the skills needed for roles in a range of areas within the creative industries including: freelance design and illustration, editorial, publishing, children’s books, fashion, lifestyle and giftware, animation, games design, surface pattern design, exhibiting, community and public art projects, art therapy, teacher training and further research. Some companies our graduates have gone on to work for include Baker Ross, Banana Moon, Grain Creative and Route 1 games.**

*Percentage of our undergraduate students from this course go on to work and/or further study within fifteen months of graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2019/20, UK domiciled, other activities excluded).

Source: **GEMS

90% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

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For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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