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Illustration [with Foundation Year] BA (Hons)

Anglia Ruskin University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Cambridge Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Become a professional Illustrator with a unique approach to creative problem solving.Find your distinctive approach to communicating messages and meaning through diverse media in our supportive and vibrant studio culture. You’ll have your own desk space in our light and airy Illustration studios with excellent access to our printmaking, 3D, animation suites and life-drawing facilities. You’ll also work closely with illustrators in other years and with students from across our creative community. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get time, guidance and support from our team of professional illustrators, dedicated to your creative development.At Cambridge School of Art, you’ll experiment, make mistakes, find solutions, discover, develop and create. Our Design & Crafts courses ranked 8th in the UK for 'Satisfied with Course' and 3rd for 'Satisfied with Teaching' in The Guardian University Guide 2020 reflecting how our students value their experience at Cambridge School of Art.Our BA (Hons) Illustration continues a 150-year tradition of drawing at Cambridge School of Art. You’ll follow in the footsteps of acclaimed illustrators such as designer and war artist Edward Bawden, and satirist and illustrator Ronald Searle.We’ll support you to enter national and international competitions, undertake live industry briefs (recent briefs have been set by Doc Martens, Stansted Airport and Cambridge Corn Exchange), take up internships and attend professional practice talks and discussions, giving you an awareness of the ‘business’ of illustration and what it takes to work as a professional illustrator, as well as a chance to make important contacts for your career. Recent speakers on the course have included Mellissa Castrillon, Angus Greig, Jonny Hannah, Olivier Kugler, Laura Carlin, George Butler and Graham Rawle.You’ll go on group drawing/reportage trips in the UK and overseas, as well as visits to museums and galleries. These will assist your own visual research and help you understand how illustration intersects with cultural, environmental and ethical issues, which play an important role in editorial illustration. You’ll find lots of visual inspiration in Cambridge from the Botanic Gardens to the Museum of Zoology as well as natural and architectural beauty. You’ll find opportunities to exhibit at local venues in Cambridge and further afield and, when you graduate, you’ll showcase your work to the public and professional commissioners at our Cambridge School of Art Degree Show and, optionally, New Designers in London.As well as our dedicated illustration studio, you'll have use of a printmaking workshop; letterpress studios; 3D workshops; a digital photography lab; photography studios and darkrooms; and all our other facilities. Our expert technicians will always be on-hand to give you training and guidance on all equipment.**Careers**We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements. Our past students have found success in many creative industries, often as a direct result of making contacts at our end-of-course Degree Show or New Designers in London. Past employers and commissioners have included Sky TV, Oxford University Press, Katana (creative media design agency), Eljo's Haberdashery, Moonpig Greetings Cards, The Mill (post-production company), Wilkinson (for work on a luggage range), Hallmark Cards, Tigerprint and Tesco.Our recent graduates include Bethan Woollvin, winner of the Macmillan Prize 2014 and New York Times' Best Illustrated Children’s Book 2016.Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. You

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25 January

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To join the first year of our undergraduate course applicants need GCE A levels from a recognised UK examination board. A university foundation course recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. For applicants whose first language is not English, we accept IELTS 6.0 or equivalent, with nothing lower than 5.5 in any of the four elements (listening, speaking, reading and writing). Some of our courses may have higher English language proficiency requirements; for details and exceptions regarding IELTS, and they are listed on o


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Anglia Ruskin University

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  • Campus address

    Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PT, England

Vibrant and bustling city campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford, both under an hour from London on the train.
A friendly and welcoming community of students and staff from around the globe.
A range of international scholarships available.

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    54th out of 87 13

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    123 55%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    57.0 57%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.99 80%



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