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BA (Hons) Fine Art & Illustration

University of Worcester
3 years
Full time/part time
Bachelor's degree
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About this program

BA (Hons) Fine Art & Illustration

From the outset, Fine Art students work using diverse processes and methods, with critical and contextual studies, drawing, object making and online and time-based media integral to learning. In your first year you review your previous experience and engage with art making through personal experimentation, workshops and set projects. In your second year, ongoing critical enquiry develops your individual 'language'. This is consolidated in the third year through development of work for public exhibition and of the curatorial skills required to present your own and others' practices. The course focuses, throughout, on individual progress and on supporting you to explore and articulate your own work and your aspirations for it: the aim is to enable you to become confident about presenting your practice and ideas to others - a vital skill when your graduate.

Illustration aims to cover the complete range of illustration genres and forms, including children's books, editorial and magazine illustration, the graphic novel, reportage, authorial illustration and advertising. With its comprehensive foundation in drawing during students' first year, it will support development of your work across a wide range of applications encompassing traditional techniques and digital realisation. Cross media projects are encouraged and, in your final year, there is increasing emphasis on growing your knowledge of, and interaction with, professional contexts of illustration. You are taught by lecturers who, themselves, are also professional, published illustrators.

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Admission requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

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Program content

Year 1


  • Research: Looking through Writing
  • Making: Space, Surface, Time
  • Drawing for Illustrators
  • Image and text


  • Illustration: Digital Processes
  • Illustration and Printmaking

Year 2


  • Research: Writing as Practice
  • Making: Experimentation, Presentation, Reflection


  • Visual Statement
  • Illustration Forms and Genres
  • Location drawing and Reportage

Year 3


  • Contemporary Practice
  • Making: Exit Portfolio


  • Final Research Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Authorial Practice
  • Negotiated Project
  • Research: Critical Commentary
  • Site and Context

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


UK/EU students

  • Tuition fee for full-time students: £9,250 per year
  • Tuition fee for part-time students: £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

International students

  • Tuition fee for full-time students: £13,100 per year

Career paths

Graduates from the Fine Art aspect of the course have had success in a variety of careers in the arts as well. Increasingly, graduates are undertaking a variety of freelance commissions. Often they progress to setting up their own creative businesses or undertaking postgraduate study at some of the UK's most prestigious institutions. Illustrators are in increasing demand as the media industries expand.

Options for the professional illustrator include newspapers and magazines, books, advertising, exhibiting independent work, television and the internet. All these fields are potential showcases for graduates' work. Our interdisciplinary approach gives flexibility and a wider view of the world that is attractive to employers. Graduates will find career opportunities not only in illustration but also television motion graphics, graphic design, story writing, studio management and advertising.

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University of Worcester

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University of Worcester

University of Worcester, Henwick Grove
WR2 6AJ Worcester
United Kingdom

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