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Course summary

Explore traditional, hybrid and experimental forms of visual communication to develop your own creative illustration practice. This course will enable you to push the boundaries of illustration and develop the skills to work in the creative industries. As part of your course you’ll:

  • Develop concepts and narratives through drawing, sequential illustration and animation, digital practices, three-dimensional forms, performance and creative writing
  • Underpin these practices with an emphasis on drawing and image-making
  • Challenge the conventions of the discipline of illustration
  • Define and locate your own practice within the professional context of illustration
  • Investigate established unfamiliar and emerging processes, to inform your own individual methodologies
Find out more You’ll learn from experienced lecturers who practice and research in diverse industry fields with the knowledge and skills to support multidisciplinary explorations. You’ll develop your ability to communicate and contribute to a team project by working with students studying different disciplines. This will simulate the working environment and enable you to practise collaborating on projects and briefs, a skill you’ll need in the workplace whether you choose to join an agency, studio or work as freelance. Specialist facilities Professional-standard spaces and facilities will enable you to explore and refine your creative practice and prepare for the demands of today’s competitive workplace. Guest Lectures We often run a number of guest lectures and workshops throughout the year, both on campus and in conjunction with external organisations. The INSIDE/OUT lecture series brings together some of the most exciting names from the fields of art, architecture, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts and beyond. Why study Illustration at Leeds Beckett University...
  • 95% of students on BA (Hons) Illustration were positive about the way teaching staff explain things*
  • Close links to industry and creative businesses
  • Tutors with extensive professional experience and networks
  • Study within one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across over 40 courses
  • Interdisciplinary study - gain access to a vast range of ideas, skills and facilities
  • Leeds' thriving creative sector has countless opportunities for illustration graduates
*National Student Survey 2023


Year 1 Core Modules:

  • Introduction to Illustration
  • Illustration Processes
  • Visual Literacy
  • Illustration Projects
  • Contextual & Historical Studies
Year 2 Core Modules:
  • Specialist Illustration Projects 1 (Responsive)
  • Specialist Illustration Projects 2 (Disruptive)
  • Key Debates in Illustration
  • Negotiated Illustration Projects
  • Critical & Professional Study
Year 3 Core Modules:
  • Negotiated Studio Practice
  • External Opportunities & Professional Practice
- Extended Studio Practice

How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2023.

If you already have a 2023 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Graphic Arts & Design.


At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Graphic Arts & Design.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification

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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

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Illustration at Leeds Beckett University - UCAS