Staffordshire University

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Our Illustration degree is ideal if you’re interested in image-making, visual communications, printmaking, visual storytelling or animation. You’ll become a versatile illustrator and will establish a personal voice and vision within an engaging portfolio of work. With an emphasis on creative visual thinking and craft, this course reflects the rich and diverse nature of contemporary image-making, inviting you to challenge its boundaries through both digital and craft-based media. Our flexible studio space fosters an integrated approach to learning and we encourage you to collaborate, experiment and engage in a wide range of related visual practices. These include: image making techniques, drawing for illustration, illustration for information and promotion, photography and art direction, visual storytelling, editorial/book illustration, and crafts and animation.

Course details


Year 1 (Core) Visual Communication, Introduction to Illustration and creative thinking including a range of 2D/3D Craft Workshops, Digital and Computer Workshops and Studying Visual Communication (research and theory) , Life Drawing , Drawing for Illustration , Introduction to Animation , Visual Application 1 including Image Making and Moving Image Year 2 (Core) Illustration and Communication including Visual Exploration and Industry Mapping , Visual Storytelling , Illustration and Application, including Illustration in Context and competitions , Life Drawing , Professional Practice including Work Placement opportunity Year 3 (Core) Negotiated Programme 1 including themed briefs and competitions , Research, Analysis and Communication , Creative Practice in Context, including Design Futures and industry set projects , Negotiated Programme 2 including self- authored briefs and competitions

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Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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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
International £14000 Year 1

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Illustration at Staffordshire University - UCAS