Illustration (Online) at Falmouth University - UCAS

Course summary

Discover your unique illustrative voice. Learning from experienced academics and connecting with an impressive programme of guest speakers, you’ll be challenged to test boundaries, explore new approaches and apply your illustration practice to a diverse range of industry sectors. On this online Illustration degree, you’ll gain the professional practice and entrepreneurial skills needed to turn your talent into a successful career as an illustrator. You will: Experiment with a range of media and practices, integrating established and emerging technologies, to realise your own authentic visual language. Master visual communication and visual problem-solving through working on industry-informed projects and briefs. Receive feedback on your final year work from leading international art directors, publishers, editors and designers. Gain exposure to key players in the creative industries by submitting your work to our dedicated online magazine Wunderkammer. Prepare for industry by exploring multiple creative pathways and considering the wider contextual, ethical and professional contexts of your practice.


On this accelerated Illustration degree, you'll be encouraged to push your creative limits and enhance your technical and practical skills through project work, live briefs and client meetings. You'll also gain valuable professional practice experience through a combination of lectures, webinars, guest talks and discussion forums, while expanding your critical analysis and visual problem-solving skills. Stage One: You'll begin the online Illustration course by exploring the art of visual problem-solving, identifying a range of strategies for research and idea development. Through practical work and critical theory sessions, you'll discover and experiment with varying media and processes, using established and emerging technologies to explore your own visual language. You'll also investigate the wider contextual, ethical and professional environments of the industry, focusing on Editorial and Narrative applications. Modules: Innovate Apply Explore Communicate Stage Two: Through critical theory lectures, workshops in life drawing, digital skills, colour and composition and print-making, you’ll refine your practice and expand your industry knowledge. Embarking on project briefs independently and in collaboration with your peers, you’ll investigate information illustration and then move on to an advertising project. Collaborative work will build your project management, communication and team-working skills, which are vital in industry. Modules: Shape Evolve Refine Share Stage Three: Through self-negotiated projects, you’ll continue to refine your creative practice and visual problem-solving skills, formulating a range of strategies to best communicate ideas to audiences. In ambitious live projects, working with clients and/or your peers, you’ll showcase your honed team-working and professional practice skills. You’ll also evidence your strategic critical and analytical skills, choosing to take an entrepreneurial, educational or illustrative pathway.    The final Employability module is all about launching your illustration career. You’ll gain real feedback from leading international designers, publishers, editors and art directors and have the opportunity to participate in a self-organised work placement. Modules: Define Reflect Reach Connect The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

The online Illustration degree employs a variety of assessment strategies over the course of the year. These can include submission of portfolios, reviews and reports, pitches, reflective journals, competition analysis and final projects. Your summative (final) assessments occur at the end of each module, usually at the end of the study block. You may also have interim formative assessments part way through a module as well. These assessments help ensure that you remain on track with your work. You will receive continuous written and/or verbal feedback on all your work throughout the year. At the end of the module, you will receive detailed feedback in written form. You'll be able to check in with your online tutor to discuss your progress and ask any questions you have about your course.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at

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If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

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Illustration (Online) at Falmouth University - UCAS