From day one you’ll be encouraged to embrace the studio culture of creative communities.
Become adept at problem solving and creating your visual language on this Illustration course, renowned for its professional practice and industry connections.
You’ll maximise your employability in the visual communications industry by learning about marketing, copyright, tax and more. Our academic team has experience in every aspect of the sector, creating a diverse learning environment with multiple specialisms available, preparing you for the evolving needs of the creative industries.
- Create your own online marketing campaign; building a portfolio website, setting up a professional Instagram account and creating your LinkedIn profile
- Have the opportunity to showcase your work in our professional online magazine Wunderkammer, circulated to art directors, editors and designers all over the world
- Attend guest lectures from alumni and industry leaders such as Sara Fanelli, Owen Davey and Edel Rodriguez
- Develop your professional practice with the chance to meet clients and win commissions for live briefs, and to secure work placements and internships
- Participate in our industry feedback week, where you will gain personalised feedback on your portfolio from agencies, publishers and design houses
- Have the opportunity to exhibit work in London and participate in shows such as D&AD
The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2022 and subject to validation.
On this Illustration degree, you'll have the opportunity to gain a BA(Hons) degree over three years or study Illustration BA(Hons) with an Integrated Foundation Year.
Through this Illustration degree, you'll cover everything from drawing and visual studies to historical and cultural studies – developing peer and self-evaluation skills for the professional world. We'll teach you core business skills in licenses, copyright and tax, and essential technical skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver. You'll learn to analyse a text, come up with strong ideas, compose an image, and properly market yourself when you enter the industry.
Beginning with visual problem solving, you'll develop your conceptual skills as you explore a range of thinking strategies. You'll also take part in life drawing and other themed visual studies sessions, and learn about critical theory and illustration's historical contexts.
Travelling to London, you'll learn about illustration in the design industry from influential art directors and illustration agents, and take part in a major illustration forum.
Visual Problem Solving
This module focuses on conceptual thinking and consists of a range of projects. It will provide you with strategies for generating conceptual solutions to prescribed visual problems, including systematic and intuitive thinking.
Visual Studies 1
Forming an exploration of visual language, this module will provide you with opportunities to experiment with a wide range of media and mark making techniques and drawing styles. In this way, you'll begin to identify and strengthen your own visual language. Life drawing, printmaking and digital skills sessions will alternate with studio-based sessions that will allow you to engage in an experimental approach to media, process and mark-making.
In this module, you'll undertake text-based, thematic projects and explore in depth some of the main contexts of illustration. You'll explore how illustration is applied within the industry of visual communication, while also considering your audience. We'll also cover the major domains of illustration: editorial, advertising, narrative and information.
Visual Studies 2
This module focuses on the development of visual language, providing you with further opportunities to experiment with media and mark making techniques and drawing styles.
You'll start with a series of applied illustration projects, spanning advertising, book cover design, editorial illustration, children's book illustration and information illustration.
Putting your knowledge into practice, you'll then manage and develop your own projects, finding a unique direction and focusing on a specific area of the industry.
You'll be introduced to the main contexts of illustration through a series of projects in which you'll evaluate and put into practice the knowledge you've gained so far. Projects will relate to a key context of contemporary Illustration practice and will enable you to make decisions about the future direction of your work.
Visual Language 1
This module offers new opportunities to evaluate and evolve existing strengths and weaknesses within your visual language. Through digital workshops and seminars, you'll be provided with the tools to experiment with a variety of media and learn strategies with which to develop and refine your personal visual language. Practical work will be supported by reflective analysis of images related to your chosen themes and should demonstrate a depth of understanding, supported by annotation.
In this module, you'll begin to establish a personal direction within the field of illustration while fostering both independent and collaborative working practices. Collaboration could one of many forms, such as collectives, zines, joint exhibitions, student-led discussion forums, external community outreach projects, or external industry collaborations.
Visual Language 2
Through continued experimentation with a range of processes and techniques, you'll identify strengths and interests within the broad spectrum of Illustration. You'll develop and refine your visual skills throughout the module, and by continuing self-reflection and intellectual analysis of the work produced, ultimately develop an emerging authentic visual language.
You'll develop a physical and digital portfolio of work, write a research project and produce a professional practice dossier. Connecting with industry, you'll have the chance to show your portfolio to the best art directors, editors and designers, either in the UK or aboard, receiving valuable feedback.
During this final year of your illustration course, there'll also be an opportunity to take part in a placement or internship to gain industry experience.
Negotiation 2 (Consolidation)
Through continued negotiated projects, you'll identify strengths and interests within the broad spectrum of illustration. You'll experiment visually and intellectually, and refine your skills and self-reflection in order to develop an emerging signature visual language. The projects that you design via negotiation will help you to push and challenge yourself in your chosen areas and enable you to develop fundamental skills accordingly, such as research, visual problem solving and technical visual skills. Work undertaken at this level will provide a platform for you to demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the discipline.
Negotiation 3 (Completion)
Continuing to work on negotiated projects, you'll build a body of work based on your strengths and interests, demonstrating your intellectual, technical and self-reflective skills, in order to consolidate an emerging authentic visual language. Professional practice forms a key part of this module, and you'll prepare for a career within the creative industries through a programme of lectures.
Why study an Integrated Foundation Year route?
If you’re taking on a new subject that you haven’t studied in depth before, have been out of education for a while or have a non-standard educational background then an Integrated Foundation Year degree may be the right choice for you. It is a four-year degree with an Integrated Foundation Year to start, which allows you to explore the primary elements of your subject before progressing on to the remaining three years of the BA(Hons) degree.
What you'll study in your Foundation year
If you choose this pathway, you'll study five core modules in your Foundation year. These are all designed to help you explore the foundational elements of your subject. You'll gain relevant technical skills, learn to experiment and take risks, develop an understanding of professional practice, have opportunities to work across disciplines and collaborate with other students on live project briefs.
You'll begin your foundation year by working collaboratively with others to explore themes of the future. You'll take risks, experiment through play and be supported to break through barriers.
You'll take subject-specific workshops and develop essential technical and practical skills in your area of study. You'll also enhance your analytical and organisational abilities.
You'll work with your peer group to think beyond discipline by addressing a societal or global issue. You'll then showcase your work to your peers and deliver and accompanying evaluation of your process.
You'll enhance your creative and practical skills in your subject specialism by responding to typical industry briefs, underpinned by focused research and experiments. You'll also gain industry insights through guest lectures and workshops.
You'll develop your unique identity in your specialism through the production of a self-initiated body of work. Your final project will be the bridge to your next year, fully supported by evaluative reviews and critical analysis of the work you have created.
After the Foundation year, you progress into Year One of the full three-year degree, equipped with a deeper knowledge of your subject, a clear understanding of your strengths, and develop a practical and technical skillset and the confidence to excel in your chosen subject.
The Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course is new for entry year 2022 and subject to validation.
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details
We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.
This course page will be updated when these changes have been finalised and applicants will be notified.
How you'll learn
Balancing creativity with professional practice, you'll gain hands-on knowledge and experience through project work, live briefs and client meetings. Supporting this will be lectures, seminars, group crits, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and optional placements or industry visits.
Our visiting speaker series has seen our students learn from Dave McKean, Noma Bar, Laura Carlin, McFaul, Nobrow, Sue Coe, Paul Slater, Sara Fanelli, Russell Cobb, Graham Rawle, Matthew Richardson, Posy Simmonds, Jason Ford, Kai & Sunny, Owen Davey and John Vernon Lord.
At Falmouth, we use a 'digitally enhanced learning & teaching' approach. Your experience will always be predominantly in-person, including seminars, tutorials and studio teaching, with some, more targeted elements, being online either live (synchronous) or pre-recorded (asynchronous). You can read more here.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
Assessment will take place at the end of each semester, and you'll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio, as well as a research proposal.
If you choose the Integrated Foundation Year pathway for this course, all assessments within your foundation year will be 100% coursework based.
What our students do
Unprecedented success for Falmouth at 2022 D&AD Awards
26 July 2022
There was significant success for Falmouth’s students at the 2022 D&AD New Blood Awards, with ...
Student makes World Illustration Awards longlist
08 July 2022
Illustration BA(Hons) student Abby Mundell has been longlisted by the Association of Illustrators at...
'My cancer scars map the pain of animals held in research labs' © Sarah Edge
Falmouth students go big at the V&A Illustration Awards
17 June 2022
Three Falmouth students and a Falmouth graduates have been shortlisted at the 2022 V&A Illustrat...
Fresh From Falmouth: March Edition
30 March 2022
After a brief hiatus, Fresh From Falmouth returns with even more exciting stories from our wonderful...
Illustration students get a taste of the industry on Bristol studio tour
25 March 2022
Last month, second-year Illustration BA(Hons) students spent the week in Bristol, forging indus...
Falmouth Illustration Festival sketches out pathways for student success
15 February 2022
Illustration students welcomed an incredible line-up of artists, industry workers and activists to t...
Veganuary has chosen its art competition winner
25 January 2022
Abby Mundell has been announced as the winner of Veganuary's art competition, which challenged stude...
Student commissioned to illustrate Britain’s most decorated Paralympian
22 December 2021
Third year Illustration student Sally Waite presented 28-time Paralympic medal winner Dame Sarah Sto...
D&AD New Blood Awards: Falmouth students scoop Pencils & 'portfolio picks'
13 July 2021
Falmouth’s Creative Advertising and Illustration students have once again excelled at the annual D...
Introducing Wunderkammer: A new online illustration magazine
16 April 2021
Keryn Bibby, Head of Illustration at Falmouth, has collaborated with Illustration courses teams, stu...
Grayson Perry: access all areas
17 November 2020
Illustration students enjoyed a private viewing and tour of the Turner-Prize winning artist, Grayson...
Illustration Students in the Running for Penguin Student Design Awards
03 August 2020
Congratulations to Falmouth Illustration students, Adriena Fong and Isabelle Walker for being shortl...
Emerging Talent Celebrated at Global Awards
14 July 2020
Falmouth University Graphic Design, Advertising and Illustration undergraduates and postgraduates ar...
Students Webcomics on The Promise
02 June 2020
The Promise is a new collection of webcomics produced by BA & MA Illustration students at F...
Students heard on BBC Radio 3 Saturday Sounds
30 April 2020
Illustration Associate Lecturer, Ashley Hold, featured on the BBC Radio 3 Breakfast Show’s Saturda...
Illustrators Focus on Climate Emergency at Annual Forum
13 March 2020
The annual Falmouth Illustration Forum, organised by MA Illustration: Authorial Practice students, t...
Student Selected for Illustration Competition
21 February 2020
Third year Illustration student Amita Sevellaraja has been longlisted for this year's Book Illustrat...
Illustration Student Highly Commended for MacMillan Children’s Book Prize
01 July 2019
For the second year running, Alfie Steveson-Kelly, one of our third year Illustration students, has ...
Illustration Students Smash iJungle Awards
26 June 2019
Four ambitious third year Illustration students have made their mark at this year’s iJungle Illust...
Students Shortlisted for World Illustration Awards
25 June 2019
With two students and three graduates being shortlisted across a variety of categories, Falmouth has...
Our teachers are practising illustrators with experience working for the Wall Street Journal, the Lancet Medical Journal, United Airlines, and Varoom. They’re often key in helping our students find work connections and opportunities.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every staff member who teaches on the course.
Head of Illustration
Keryn Bibby is qualified with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Information Design from the Falmouth School of A...
Nick Mott is an illustrator, artist and musician; being a co-founder of the underground, experimenta...
Having performed the roles of both Head of Illustration and also Course Leader since 2011, I decided...
Senior Lecturer, Illustration
Sue Clarke has been an academic and illustrator for over 30 years; she graduated from Central Saint ...
Tilly is an Illustrator and art and design educator with over 10 years of experience teaching in FE ...
Hugh is the Course leader for MA Illustration Authorial Practice at Falmouth. He is also an Editor /...
Rachel Dunn's background is as colourful and varied as her artwork and illustrations. She has been e...
Linda joined Falmouth University in 2004, relocating from London where she worked as a freelance Ill...
Dr Carolyn Shapiro
Associate Professor of Visual Culture
Carolyn Shapiro has been teaching at the Falmouth College of Art, University College Falmouth, and F...
Lecturer, Illustration BA(Hons)
After graduating from Falmouth University in 1999, Chris Odgers has gained over 20 years experience ...
Dr Caroline Pullee
Academic Lead, Quality Assurance & Enhancement
Caroline is currently academic lead for Quality Assurance and Enhancement and senior lecturer in His...
Julie Ann Monks
Since graduating from Kingston University in 1996, Julie worked as a freelance illustrator based in ...
Georgie Bennett is a freelance illustrator, workshop facilitator, and lecturer. Clients include The ...
Graham graduated from Brighton Polytechnic with a BA(Hons) degree in Graphic Design and Illustration...
Maria Christoforidou is an artist, writer and researcher. Maria was born in Zambia, grew up in Greec...
Cally Gibson works at Falmouth University as a senior technician, solving software queries and teac...
Associate Lecturer, Illustration BA(Hons)
Emma Lewis is an illustrator and writer from London, and creates work spanning both narrative and co...
I joined Falmouth University in 1991, I have taught across a number of courses including Art and Des...
Associate Lecturer, Drawing
BA(Hons) Fine Art, PGCE, MA 20th Century Art & DesignAcademic interests/teaching themesDrawing, ...
- Dedicated open plan studios and seminar rooms.
- Dedicated desk space for every student.
- Printmaking workshop.
- Life drawing studio.
- Range of IT facilities with full software and printing facilities.
- Access to over 140,000 books, comprehensive electronic journal resource and DVD library featuring over 17,000 titles.
Art & Design Facilities
Primarily located at the Falmouth Campus in a subtropical garden, our studios and workshop facilitie...
We facilitate a range of printmaking techniques and encourage both traditional and non-traditional p...
Offering extensive collections, our two libraries provide a wealth of digital resources, magazines, ...
Our Sports Centre, on Penryn Campus, includes a spacious gym with up to 90 of the latest, new statio...
Our graduates have worked as:
- Freelance illustrators across a broad range of national and international clients, including the BBC, Google, The Guardian, Penguin, The New Yorker, Vodafone, Walker Books and The Wall Street Journal
- Designers, art directors and animators in companies such as the British Museum, Dorling Kindersley Publishing, Goodgame Studios, Nickelodeon, The Telegraph and Vault49 Design
Rachael Saunders, Patterned Panoramic of Krka National Park, Croatia
Falmouth graduates shortlisted for AOI World Illustration Awards 2022
20 September 2022
Four Falmouth University graduates have been shortlisted by the Association of Illustrators at the 2...
Graduate is inaugural artist in residence at Una St Ives
06 July 2022
Illustration BA(Hons) alumni Jordan Amy Lee has been named as the inaugural artist in residence...
Drawing inspiration from Illustration graduate Sophie Melissa
17 February 2022
Creating content for Vogue, Liberty London, Penguin, Harper Collins, Hardie Grant, WIRED and...
Cowabunga! Illustration graduate scoops collaboration with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
02 September 2021
Illustration BA(Hons) graduate Lily Stock has won the Prospect 100 Global Desi...
Illustration student to Lloyds Banking Group Design Lead: Meet Ross Breadmore
Graduate lands Google doodle
01 March 2021
Falmouth graduate Elin Manon has collaborated with Google to create a 'doodle' for St David's Day. H...
Graduate illustrating the Telegraph
05 October 2020
Jake Hawkins graduated BA (Hons) Illustration in 2019. We caught up with him recently to find out wh...
Graduate Illustrates Book Seven in Series
03 July 2020
Owen Davey graduated Falmouth in 2009. Since then he has been a professional freelance illustrator, ...
The Hilton Christmas Illustrator
05 December 2019
Rupert Skelton has gone from strength to strength since graduating from Illustration this summer.&nb...
Illustration Alumnus Part of Team That Has Won $100K in NASA Competition
12 June 2019
A degree in Illustration can take you much further than book covers, editorial pieces and product de...
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? You can apply for September 2022 through Clearing or for September 2023 through UCAS Apply and Track. You'll need to reference the course and University code (F33).
Applying as an international student?
International students can apply for a course through UCAS, via an agent or directly with the university. For more information about how to apply as an international student, visit our International applications page.
|Course route||UCAS code|
|Illustration BA(Hons) three year degree||W221|
|Illustration BA(Hons) with Integrated Foundation Year||FY12|
Application advice & interview informationGo to Toolkit
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
|Course route||Entry requirements|
|BA/BSc(Hons) three year degree||104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
|BA/BSc(Hons) four year degree with Integrated Foundation Year||80 – 120 UCAS Tariff points|
UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
For starting your studies in 2022
UK applications: 26 January 2022 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 26 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
For starting your studies in 2023
UK applications: 25 January 2023 (for equal consideration)
Applications after the 25 January will be considered on a first-come, first-served as long as there are places available. Apply for this course now.
International fee payers
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Has visual problem-solving skills, with a specific focus on generating ideas.
- Shows development of visual language in drawing, life drawing, media, mark-making experimentation, reflective analysis and finished pieces.
- Has a good contextual understanding of what illustration is.
- Is confident in their abilities and prepared for the challenges of higher education.
- Can communicate effectively.
- Has a theoretical understanding of visual arts issues.
Fees, costs & funding
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
|Annual tuition fee||Student|
|£9,250 per year||Full-time UK|
|£17,460 per year||Full-time EU/international|
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Typical course costs
£250-£550 - Recurring annual costs
£100 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
£1,400 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
Additional typical course costs for Integrated Foundation Year pathway
- £250 for materials
- A laptop/desktop computer
- Adobe Creative Suite
In order to participate in our digitally enhanced learning approach, you'll need to have a personal laptop/desktop computer. Depending on your subject, you may need a specific type of computer. If you're unsure about what you might need, please contact our course advisors.
For information about funding available, please visit our student funding pages.
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