We use cookies to ensure the best user experience and to serve tailored advertising. To learn more about our cookies and how to manage them, please visit our cookie policy

Close icon

Personalise what you see on this page.

Choose from the options below. We'll show you information based on your current location as default.


  • United States
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.


  • United States
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.


  • Undergraduate courses
Please select so we can show the most relevant content.
Viewing as a student from United States living in United States interested in Undergraduate courses

Illustration [with Foundation Year] BA (Hons)

Anglia Ruskin University

Add to favourites

Course options

  • 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

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

Information not available

Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

Entry requirements

Choose a qualification

A level :

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications), including Art, Design or Media subjects.


University information

University image

Anglia Ruskin University

  • University League Table


  • Campus address

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

Welcoming local community and buddy scheme.
Diverse student cohort from all over the world.
Specialised international student advice service.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    63rd out of 86 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    129 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    53 53%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%



Is this page useful?

Yes No

Sorry about that...



Thanks for your feedback!