Illustration with Foundation Year at Middlesex University - UCAS

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Why study BA Illustration with Foundation Year with us? This BA is an independent, studio-based programme which looks specifically at illustration as professional practice. Learn to challenge the boundaries of illustration in a creative studio environment with your peers, and discover where you can make a difference in the exciting world of illustration. Our course is specifically focused on developing your skills as a professional illustrator and finding your personal visual language. The course has a strong focus on drawing and you'll be able to continue developing your drawing skills in life and observational drawing classes each work throughout the three-year degree. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and as part of your blended learning, you'll have access to The Grove, an £80 million learning facility. We have a number of illustrators, agents, publishers and designers who make themselves available to discuss your portfolios. Many of our students get the opportunity to publish their work before they graduate. Our north London campus is perfectly located for you to explore museums and galleries to gain inspiration. In previous years, illustration students have also visited Edinburgh and Lisbon to be inspired by new surroundings. Year after year our students produce outstanding industry-standard work and leave the course with an impressive portfolio to launch their career. Take a look at some of the work from last year’s graduates on our Creative Graduates 2022 exhibition site. Gain specialist illustration skills We ensure that you graduate from our course with the specialist skills you’ll need to approach agents, set up studios, and produce a website as you start on your career path. Many of our students go on to work in magazine publishing, editorial illustration, advertising, animation, and more. We have strong industry links with art and design employers, and all the teaching staff are all creative practitioners. Our course is unique, in that we provide you with an individual workspace in the specialist illustration studio, that you can treat as your own throughout your studies. Previous students have told us that they have really enjoyed this lively and supportive learning environment. As part of your blended learning, you will also have access to our amazing workshops, illustration students often use the printmaking and digital media workshops, laser cutting and photographic studios. In your second and third year, you'll have the opportunity to enter many Creative Industry competitions. Past graduates have won many yellow pencils in the D&AD while others have been shortlisted for the Folio Society and Macmillan children’s book prize. Get the support you need We know that sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you’ll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help, then we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand to help.


Foundation Year Studio modules Stage 1: Exploration and Diagnostics (30 credits) - Compulsory Stage 2: Creative Specialism (30 credits) - Compulsory Stage 3: Major Project Portfolio and Exhibition (30 credits) - Compulsory Contextual modules Creative London (30 credits) - Compulsory Year 1 Introduction to Illustration (120 credits) - Compulsory Year 2 Illustration Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory Illustration: Collaborations, Collectives, Research and Professional Development (60 credits) - Compulsory Year 3 Illustration Major Projects and Portfolio (60 credits) - Compulsory Illustration: Professional Practice and Context (60 credits) - Compulsory

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry requirements listed are accurate at the time of publishing and vary between programmes. Please check your chosen course page for specific entry requirements. Depending on your chosen course, we also consider a combination of qualifications. The latest entry requirements can be found on the course page at We have a personalised admissions approach in which we make fair, but aspirational offers to our applicants. We feel it’s important that you continue to aim high and achieve great results. If you don’t quite make the grades you hoped to, we’ll look at more than your qualifications when making our final decision. We’ll take into consideration any barriers you may have faced in your learning, especially with potential disruption due to the coronavirus, your achievements in other areas and your personal statement. At Middlesex, we’ll always aim to be as flexible as possible. We pride ourselves on how we recognise potential in our applicants, and support them to succeed in the future.

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6With a minimum of 5.5 in each component
TOEFL (iBT)72With at least 17 in listening & writing, 20 in speaking and 18 in reading
PTE Academic51With at least 51 in all components

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £15100 Year 1
International £15100 Year 1

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Illustration with Foundation Year at Middlesex University - UCAS