Illustration at East Sussex College - UCAS

East Sussex College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Brighton


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Course summary

Our BA Visual Communication Illustration programme will equip you with the creative skills to communicate a range of narratives and messages. This includes the generation of strong ideas but also your own unique approach to the use of visual language. The course is hands-on covering a wide range of processes and materials including etching, relief and screen-printing, 3D, book arts, mixed media, digital technology as well as the core activity of drawing. The programme embraces illustration within the context of commercial illustration industry including live briefs and work experience but you will also learn to create one-off artefacts and multiples. The course will teach you about how you can apply your work in a commercial setting and the skills that you need to do this successfully. Your newly acquired skills and knowledge will give you the edge in this diverse industry enabling you to do the work you love. For example you could illustrate books, take on editorial assignments or self-publish. You will also learn a range of transferable skills that will equip you for related careers in education, community arts, arts administration. Our tutors will draw on their years of industry experience to help you learn from real life examples but will also provide real value and quality through their experience as teachers.


The first year will give you a thorough introduction into Illustration. You will discover the broad cultural history of visual communication referencing the history of illustration since c.1900. We will challenge your assumptions about the nature and scope of drawing; you’ll explore the relationship between image and text, and understand the mechanics of visual communication including visual language, cultural context and function. The second year will build on the knowledge you have gained in year 1, helping you to develop a more assured and critically informed language and direction in your studies. You’ll also extend your understanding and expertise in the wider context of self-publishing, including mixed media, printmaking, book arts, digital practice and type, setting you up perfectly for your final year projects. In your final year, you will be able to cultivate innovative approaches and reflect upon past practice. You will contextualise your work and undertake your dissertation project and fine tune your illustration skills further by undertaking work experience, all helping you to find your future pathway in the industry.

How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6

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

Year 2 - 60 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. HNC, FdA or BA) Year 3 - 120 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. HND, FdA or BA) Year 4 - 180 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. BA) Year 5 - 240 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. BA) Year 6 - 300 CATS points from degree-level study (e.g. BA) Content of completed modules from previous study will be reviewed to ensure they map across to learning aims/outcomes of the new course. Please contact us for further information.

International applicants

International students will need IELTS 6.5 overall with a 6 in writing. For visa information visit

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applications from mature students without formal qualifications, and will consider relevant work experience, and/or a portfolio. Please contact us for further information.

Additional entry requirements



English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6.56.5 overall with mimimum 6 in writing.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £3997 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3997 Year 1
Scotland £3997 Year 1
Wales £3997 Year 1
Channel Islands £3997 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £3997 Year 1

Additional fee information

Studying with us will give you excellent value for money. Our lower fees, compared to many other universities, help you to save money while getting the very best from our expert tutors.
Illustration at East Sussex College - UCAS