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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

You’ll learn to tell innovative visual stories on this BA Illustration, which encourages you to experiment, question and take risks in order to develop a strong and distinctive illustrative style.

WHY CHOOSE THIS COURSE?

You’ll be able to explore drawing, photography, printmaking, digital image making, collage and 3D techniques and find out which media you’re truly passionate about. There’s a big focus on project work, including real briefs from employers and arts organisations like QUAD in Derby and Buxton Festival Fringe.

IS THIS COURSE FOR YOU?

Are you eager to make your mark on the world of illustration? Are you open to new ideas and challenges? Are you willing to speak up, stand up and stand out? Then you belong on Derby’s illustration degree.

HOW YOU WILL LEARN

Your focus will be practical project work - including briefs from genuine clients - so you develop a broad set of skills: technical, analytical, intellectual and organisational. There will also be workshop practice, lectures, demonstrations, seminars, group critiques, work checks, individual tutorials, reports and assignments. We’ll visit museums, galleries, exhibitions and other events for further inspiration.

OPPORTUNITIES AND EXPERIENCES

This is not a place where you can hide away. Experience what working as a freelance illustrator is really like through the student-led design group, PLY. Show off your talent at prestigious competitions and exhibitions, including New Designers in London. Excel in challenges set by organisations like Macmillan, Penguin Books and the Royal Mail.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

You’ll graduate from BA Illustration with a distinctive professional portfolio and a suite of promotional material to launch your career. You could go into newspaper and magazine editorial, education, children’s books, graphic novels, print production, advertising or the wider design industry. Your improved business skills and entrepreneurial outlook will also make freelancing a viable option.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 14,045per year

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University information

University of Derby

  • University League Table

    96th

  • Campus address

    University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, Derby, DE22 1GB, England

The award-winning international team offers guidance from initial enquiry to graduation and beyond.
There are a range of scholarships and discounts available to international students.
The University of Derby has around 1,700 students from 100 countries, studying at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    58th out of 85 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    117 53%

    61st

    1
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%

    30th

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%

    58th

    8

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