Anglia Ruskin University

Illustration Anglia Ruskin University Degree level: Undergraduate


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Course summary

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Discover and develop your own visual language at the renowned Cambridge School of Art. Follow in the footsteps of award-winning, nationally and internationally recognised graduates, on your way to a career as a professional illustrator.
This course will equip you with the knowledge and creative skills you need to succeed as a professional illustrator.

Through discussion, critiques, tutorials, set briefs, and self-managed learning, you’ll discover and develop your own visual language, which is so important in today’s competitive market.

As well as our staff team - Course Leader Chris Draper, Pam Smy and Jim Butler - you’ll work with nationally-recognised practising visiting lecturers, who will give you their perspectives on modern-day illustration. Recent visitors include Jonny Hannah, Mark Hearld, Laura Carlin, George Butler and Graham Rawle.

You’ll also attend Professional Practice talks and discussions, which offer advice on how to succeed in this dynamic and exciting field.

Our course continues a 150-year tradition of drawing at Cambridge School of Art. By studying here, you’ll follow in the footsteps of designer and war artist Edward Bawden, acclaimed satirist and illustrator Ronald Searle, Roger Law and Peter Fluck, founders of the TV phenomenon Spitting Image, and more recently, Bethan Woollvin, winner of the Macmillan Prize in 2014, and Dominic McKenzie, who won YCN’s Student of the Year Award in 2011.

Course details


Year one, core modules

Illustration Practice 1 Print and Process Image Manipulation

Year one, optional modules

Contextual Studies Understanding Images English for Study 1 & 2

Year two, core modules

Debates and Practices Illustration Practice 2 Ideas Through Design

Year two, optional modules

Moving Illustration Narrative Printmaking Writing for Images Business for the Creative Arts Anglia Language Programme

Year three, core modules

Portfolio Development Research Project Major Project

Assessment method

You’ll demonstrate your progress through a combination of written and practical work.

As well as verbal feedback given in taught sessions and tutorials you will be given thorough, personal written feedback, highlighting successes and indicating areas of improvement for future submissions.

How to apply

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 code W225
Institution code A60
Campus name Cambridge Campus
Campus code C

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 points UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.
A level 96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English.

2020 Entry requirements are under review for the next cycle and have been published using the current cycle information. Please check back when apply opens for the exact requirements.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.0 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

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Additional entry requirements



Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 * Year 1
EU £9,250 * Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information 2020 International Fees are to be confirmed

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