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  • Qualification

    BA - Bachelor of Arts

  • Location

    Open College Of The Arts

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Study a Illustration degree with OCA

Illustration has the power to take someone on a journey through the use of imagery. Make sense of the world and communicating information through creativity and visual storytelling. If you’re ready to learn new skills and enhance your ability, practice and confidence as an illustrator, then this is the course for you!

Our BA (Hons) Illustration degree introduces you to all different types of drawing and image-making like magazine and book illustration, editorial and commercial briefs, collage, mixed media, comics and graphic novels.

The course provides the opportunity for you to sketch, draw and create captivating imagery, interpret a brief, experiment and communicate your ideas using your own personal, visual language. You’ll become a creative problem solver, learning how to generate ideas, create narratives, undertake your own visual research and develop a fluency in all illustrative contexts.

You’ll be challenged and encouraged to expand your definition of illustration both on and offline. Throughout your course of study, your specialist tutor will support you and your work, enabling you to work independently, ready for the world of visual creativity.

Careers & Employability

Upon completing the BA (Hons) Illustration degree, you’ll be set with skills to help you navigate the workplace. You could use your practice as a professional illustrator, graphic designer or digital designer – the possibilities are endless. Prospects can help you with a variety of options of where your degree could take you.

While you’re pursuing your dream of being a professional illustrator, you can find a range of options to support your work. You could use your creative and research skills to work in visual communications, marketing, and many more roles.

In 2017 the Department for Culture, Media, & Sport estimated there were some 3.12 million jobs in the UK creative economy, and 80,000 new jobs were created in 2017 alone. The creative industries are growing faster than any other sector in the UK.

Creativity is a sought-after skill in today’s job market. Learning this as part of your degree will set you apart from the rest of the pack.

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University information

Open College of the Arts

  • Campus address

    Open College Of The Arts, Michael Young Arts Centre, Redbrook Business Park Wilthorpe Road, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 1JN, England

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