BA (Hons) Illustration: the strands
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After learning the fundamentals which apply across illustrative practice in Year 1 you can choose in Years 2 and 3 to keep a broad area of study, or concentrate on a particular area of interest, such as:

Animation & the Screen

Illustrators have an important role in the animation pre-production process and often work on concept design, character and background design, storyboarding, keyframing and the creation of animatics (moving storyboards set to sound)

Children's Markets

Not only illustration for picture books, but also character design and related merchandise, printed and online learning materials, stationery, toys, games, interactive media, clothing, interior furnishings and more, all aimed towards a child audience.

Comics & Visual Narratives

Comics are branching out from their superhero confines and becoming a much broader creative medium with both mainstream appeal and critical acceptance. With this option you could learn to master the art of the panelled narrative.


This technique-led option allows you to explore a range of processes including woodcut, silkscreen, etching/mezzotint, drypoint, lithography and collagraph, to name but a few. Doing so allows you to find different ways to communicate concepts that connect to contemporary illustration practice.