Illustration with Diploma in Creative Computing at Norwich University of the Arts - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW Illustration at Norwich University of the Arts is a forward-facing contemporary degree that values and nurtures individuality and has a reputation for challenging conventional thinking. At the heart of our highly regarded course is the power of illustration to communicate, be it through telling stories with different media from the page to the screen, or in a diverse range of creative applications including those which value sustainable, ethical practices and champion inclusivity. You will have the opportunity to engage directly with an exciting mix of real work experiences and collaborative projects throughout your time on the course. You will be encouraged to push experimental approaches to image making and make work that has grounding in research and issue-based content. Our aim is to inspire you to consider the power of your own illustration voice and to develop an illustrative language that has conviction and confidence, enabling you to progress into a wide range of employment including freelance, publishing, design, education and further study. KEY FEATURES

  • Learn core skills and techniques through digital and analogue workshops including printmaking, laser cutting, photography and bookbinding along with essential training in industry standard digital software
  • Become a creative problem-solver, using key illustration approaches to experiment with a range of techniques, materials and processes
  • Learn to communicate and present ideas to different audiences clearly and persuasively
  • Consider your work and how it is situated within a global context, develop your critical evaluation skills, encouraging reflection on your creative practice
  • Explore storytelling and how your own understanding of the changing world we live in can be represented and visualised across an exciting range of creative contexts
  • Engage with drawing as fundamental practice, for observation and research, interpretation of subject matter and responding to industry requirements
  • Develop awareness of sustainable and responsible ways of thinking and working
  • Understand the importance of research and how evidence can give weight to your ideas and opinions
  • Consolidate the development of a professional standard portfolio in line with your own career directions alongside the production of a contextual research report
YOUR FUTURE The course has an established track record of student and course successes including the RSA Student Design Award, D&AD New Blood, Penguin Design Awards, Carmelite Prize for Children’s Picture Books, YCN Awards and New Designers Best in Show. Competition success is another way students can gain direct access to the illustration and creative industries; many students have secured graduate placements and full-time employment as a direct result of entering and winning competitions. Our industry visitors include agents and industry organisations such as Arena, The Artworks, Jelly London, the House of Illustration and the Association of Illustrators (AOI) as the main organisation for the national and international illustration industry. As College members we are up to date with developments in the industry while our students have access to their lectures and advice, campaigns and entry to awards. DIPLOMA IN CREATIVE COMPUTING The year-long Diploma in Creative Computing year takes place between Year 2 and 3 of the course and is designed to introduce you to creative computing and gain an understanding of how you can use coding skills to advance and complement your creative practice. You do not need any prior experience of coding to participate, just a curiosity about creative computing and a desire to push your own practice digitally. OUR STUDENTS’ WORK Explore our online Graduate Showcase – celebrating the very best Norwich University of the Arts graduate work at


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Assessment method

The University assesses you through the coursework you produce as you complete each unit. Each unit will require you to present a portfolio of work which may include finished pieces of work, written work, your research, and a reflective journal which allows you to evaluate your learning and highlight your strengths and areas for further development. You can find out more information about our assessment methods at

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

For Year 2 entry you will need 120 credits at Level 4 from a similar course, or equivalent experience.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

NUA welcomes applicants of all ages from all backgrounds. Your application will be primarily assessed through your portfolio, responses to questions asked and personal statement, so even if you have no formal qualifications or do not meet our typical offers it can still be worth applying. If you are studying at the time of your application and your application is successful it is likely that you will receive a conditional offer. If the qualification that you are studying is not shown, do not worry as we are able to accept other pre-entry qualifications as well as combinations of different qualifications.

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Additional entry requirements


Once you have applied to BA (Hons) Illustration with Diploma in Creative Computing at NUA, we will ask you to prepare a portfolio. This will be used to assess your suitability for the course. Your portfolio should clearly demonstrate your passion for the subject and your individual creativity. For more information please visit our website at

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £18000 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
International £18000 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Illustration with Diploma in Creative Computing at Norwich University of the Arts - UCAS