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Course summary

BA Hons Illustration at Ulster will introduce you to a huge range of highly experimental creative practices and skills. We encourage risk-taking and individuality to help you develop your own visual language for working in the diverse and exciting world of illustration. You will explore multiple illustration contexts including books/publishing, comic novels, packaging, 2D animation/film, gifs, magazines/zines, and many more. The course is taught by dedicated and experienced tutors who work, exhibit and publish internationally. We are passionate about illustration and encourage and support you to become a confident and skilled problem solver. At Ulster you will learn from alumni and industry leaders. Our Illustration graduates regularly win international competitions and work for clients locally as well as around the world. There are many opportunities to build real world connections alongside your unique individual practice to help you stand out as you begin a career in professional illustration and creative industries. Foundation Year A foundation diploma year gives you the opportunity to explore a range of art and design approaches and disciplines to help you choose your undergraduate specialism. Find out about our Foundation Year

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements for international applicants The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores. Applicants to this course will be required to submit a portfolio. Acceptable alternative qualifications include: Pass HND with overall Merit to include distinctions in 15 Level 5 credits/units may be specified. Pass HNC with overall Merit to include distinctions in 45 Level 4 credits/units may be specified. You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met).

Additional entry requirements


Applicants to this course will be required to submit a portfolio.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4750 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £4750 Year 1
EU £16320 Year 1
International £16320 Year 1

Additional fee information

Further information about full time undergraduate fees can be found at
Illustration at Ulster University - UCAS