Arts University Plymouth

Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

Plymouth College of Art has been granted full university status and formally recognised with the new title of Arts University Plymouth, following approval by the Privy Council. This makes us the City of Plymouth’s first specialist arts university. The title of Arts University Plymouth signifies a change to the way that the world will see us, our position within the sector and the mobility of our graduates; but not a change in the way that we see ourselves or what we do. Arts University Plymouth will build upon the existing strength of our unique culture and incredible community; we have no plans to change the specialist focus of the work we do together. The name Arts University Plymouth will appear on our qualifications, making it easier for employers and peers to recognise that our students were taught at a leading specialist arts university. In May we were awarded the Best Small or Specialist University at the 2022 WhatUni Student Choice Awards, coming top in a list of well-respected specialist UK universities, based on unbiased and honest reviews from students across the UK, in a category that highlights the quality of our provision as a specialist creative university. It takes an illustrator with a bold, clear vision to create striking, memorable images. This programme will encourage you to develop your personal style, reflecting the unique way you see the world. You’ll explore different contexts of image-making, from traditional publishing and commercial applications through to independent books and products.

  • Gain traditional and digital skills, as you define your visual identity and prepare to enter the creative industries.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and high contact time with our dedicated Illustration team, whose creative specialisms include independent publishing, children’s books, printmaking and art direction.
  • Think beyond traditional collaborations with designers, creative directors and publishers; build illustration communities, form collectives and start pop-up shops.
  • Develop your talents for enterprise and entrepreneurship through Pylon Press, and gain opportunities to promote and sell your work in the Illustration Shed – our very own pop-up shop.
We value your imagination and energy, alongside your conceptual thinking and idea development, and we will support you in honing your creative skills and knowledge of professional practice and contemporary trends. You will be encouraged to enter national and international competitions, secure work placements, and work on live industry briefs and commissions. Illustration is a competitive discipline that requires high levels of commitment – we will support you in developing professional skills including creative problem-solving, project management, and working to briefs and deadlines. You’ll have opportunities to build a professional network, as well as the chance to exhibit, publish and promote your work. You’ll develop and identify personal strengths, helping you to recognise transferable skills and how they will be useful for employment. In Years 2 and 3, you will have your own dedicated workspace in our studios and opportunities to work with other specialist workshops and facilities within the college. Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

Course details


Illustration is a competitive discipline which requires high levels of commitment – we will help you develop professional skills through each assignment, including creative problem-solving, project management, working to brief and completing to deadline. You’ll have opportunities to build a professional network, as well as the chance to show off your skills by exhibiting, publishing and promoting your work outside the college. Through self-reflection, you’ll develop and identify personal strengths, helping you to recognise transferable skills and how they will be useful for employment once you graduate.

How to apply

Application codes

Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but studying the arts is about more than can be captured on forms. We encourage you to visit the college, so that you can see our facilities, meet our teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have; however we appreciate this may not be possible, and are happy to talk to you via an online platform (such as Google Meet or similar). We accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


We will ask you to upload a digital portfolio which we will use to help us make a decision about your application.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS (Level B2):overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5
Trinity ISEPassIntegrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grades required: Reading: Pass Listening: Pass
PTE Academic50PTE Academic (Level B2), minimum grade required: Listening: 50, Reading: 50, Writing: 50, Speaking: 50

Click here to find out the most up-to-date information on our English Language requirements

Unistats information

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Student satisfaction
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15800 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £15800 Year 1

Additional fee information

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