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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Central area campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

"To make clear, to explain or elucidate by means of pictures, to cast light upon..." -These words seek to define illustration, which is an element within the architecture of the page. Illustration encompasses form, colour, line, composition and pictorial space. The idea of the page embraces a variety of actual and virtual formats, and it reflects the evolving nature of the contemporary art, design and publishing industries. Illustrations are seen in many settings, illuminating a range of printed material, advertising, graphic and web design, packaging, periodicals, books and more. Contemporary practice includes the theatre, music, television, museum-related work and exhibitions. We teach drawing and image-making from a broad methodology including observation, perception and literary interpretation. You will be guided through a range of themes and briefs, to visualise your ideas and texts towards individual ways of seeing. An illustration philosophy includes intellectual and aesthetic sensibilities, allied to practical methods within evolving disciplines of the graphic arts. As such, this builds upon the energy and application of those who study, teach, and instruct students in reaching their full potential. As a part of this process, we collaborate with publishers, designers and writers. You will experience both academic and live briefs. Our studio environment is a vital and creative space in which to explore perception, imagination, and the visual interpretation of texts. Our illustration students study a challenging academic programme which encapsulates contemporary practice, its historical contexts, and aspects of professional applications. Illustration provides an education as well as a preparation for professional life. A series of projects will enhance your awareness of the above elements, and will introduce collaborative working and interdisciplinary connections. Integrated with the practical studio work, Design and Screen Cultures courses provide a contextual and theoretical understanding of the holistic nature of contemporary design.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

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A level : ABB

Required subjects: A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at C or 4.


University information

University of Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    15th out of 86 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    171 76%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64 64%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.86 77%



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