Children's Books

Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)
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Course summary

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This highly specialised degree in Children’s Books aims to help you develop both your illustrative style and flair for storytelling. The course covers the practical, professional and artistic sides of writing and illustrating books for a younger audience. The programme will expand and develop your illustrative knowledge and ability, equipping you for a successful career in the creative industries. Students will: • learn about writing, storytelling and theories of narrative structure • develop a unique personal style and produce a professional portfolio • be encouraged to expand their abilities through workshops and practical projects • learn creative skills from generating ideas to technical production through printmaking, bookbinding, 3D materials, life drawing, traditional and digital media • be encouraged to work on live briefs and competitions • learn freelance skills such as marketing and self-promotion to contracts, invoices and working with clients Key Course Features: • You will be part of a vibrant and creative community of commercial artists including children’s book artists, illustrators, animators, game artists and designers. • You will be taught by a teaching team with a broad range of experience working professionally in the children’s publishing and illustration industries. • We encourage our students to self-publish and learn how to produce high-quality production prototypes to pitch to the publishing industry through the use of our in-house Bindery. • Our students have won illustration prizes and awards such as the Oxford University Press Illustration competition, the Macmillan Children’s Book competition, the Caldecott Society and D&AD awards and been nominated for prestigious Eisner and Silver Reuben Awards.

Course details


YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4) The first year introduces students to the fundamental principles of illustration that will help you develop your illustrative style. This includes developing an understanding of the tools and creative techniques you will be using, the historical contexts and theories of illustration, creative writing, print, production, bookbinding techniques and an understanding of the industry. MODULES • Visual Communication • Media & Techniques • Contextual Studies 1 • Creative writing for visual narrative • Print & Production • Creative Futures 1 YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5) The second year enables students to develop their individual approach to character design, scriptwriting and visual storytelling, the practical aspects of writing and illustrating for children as well as exploring the basics of running a business as a freelancer. MODULES • Characters in Context • Writing for Children • Contextual Studies 2 • Picture Books • Print & Publishing • Creative Futures 2 YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6) The final year is negotiated. You will work with staff to pitch the projects that demonstrate your flair for storytelling, your skills and abilities, your ambition and your understanding of the children’s publishing industry. MODULES • Negotiated Practice • Contextual Studies 3 • Creative Futures 3 • Children’s Publishing Degree Project YEAR 4 (LEVEL 7) MODULES • Locating Practice • Practice & Application (VFX) • Advanced Professional Practice The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

Students are assessed in a variety of ways over the course of their degree, from individual tutorials, group critique, peer assessment and presentation of final artwork. Feedback is tailored individually to help you develop your artwork to a professional standard.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeCBMD
Institution code G53
Campus nameWrexham
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

This course is not currently available to those requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 120 points
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma 120 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher 120 UCAS Tariff points
AS Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Scottish Advanced Higher 120 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 120 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff point requirement.
Extended Project Accepted as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 120 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 120 UCAS Tariff points

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1
Channel Islands £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Children's Books at Glyndwr University, Wrexham - UCAS