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BA (Hons)


3 years
September 2024
Foundation year available

Our Illustration degree course can open doors to a wide variety of careers. From freelance illustration and design, to work in media and advertising, publishing and much more.

Why study with us

  • 2nd
    in the North West for student satisfaction
    Complete University Guide (Art and Design)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for NSS teaching
    Guardian University Guide (Graphic Design)
  • 3rd
    in the UK for learning opportunities
    National Student Survey (Design Studies) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • Top
    in the UK for overall positivity
    National Student Survey (Design Studies) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • This is a studio-based course where you can make use of the very latest digital and printing facilities.
  • You’ll get the opportunity to spend a semester or a year studying overseas. In recent years students have chosen to study part of their course in Sydney, Australia and many European countries.
  • There are opportunities to create illustrations for live projects. Including the Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration, D&AD Student Design Awards, and the Association of Illustrators’ World Illustration Awards.

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Degree Show 2024

Discover the award-winning creative work produced by our undergraduate Illustration students. The degree show features work in a range of mediums by students from the School of Arts & Media.

Access the Degree
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2020 Degree Show - work by Daniel Nelson
2020 Degree Show - work by Daniel Nelson
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George tells us about studying Illustration here

What you'll do

  • You'll have opportunities to create live project work for industry connections. And professional organisations like Tate Liverpool. Past students have worked with greetings cards studios, galleries and design agencies.
  • You’ll be able to meet visiting speakers and work alongside creative industry practitioners.
  • Enjoy visits from industry professionals, practising illustrators, publishing and design commissioners, and agents.
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Illustration facilities


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

Adobe Creative Cloud

Unleash your creativity at anytime, anywhere. From September 2024, you'll have access to the industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud package on both your personal device and on campus. Get hands-on with this widely recognised package and create a portfolio that showcases your skills.

Future careers in Illustration

We’ve designed our Illustration course so that you’ll be able to build up an impressive portfolio of work. Which will enable you to work as an independent artist or illustrator. 

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,500 for the sandwich year
Full-time£16,500 per year
Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,575 for the sandwich year
Full-time£17,325 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

Select your country to see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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