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BA Illustration overview

The NUA Illustration Degree Show was one of the strongest student shows I’ve seen.

Patrick Burgoyne
Editor, Creative Review
Faculty of Design Creative Industry Liaison Group


The Illustration course has established a reputation for exploring and challenging the breadth of contemporary illustration practice. There is a strong, vibrant and supportive studio culture with an emphasis on experimentation, investigation and invention. The curriculum reflects a shift in the creative industries towards collaboration, networking and shared entrepreneurial practices.

The studio-based aspect of the course is an important feature, with exciting and lively day-to-day activities that include lectures, workshops, visits and peer reviews of work. Practical workshops include printmaking, 3D, photography and digital design.

You will learn about wider contexts and purposes of illustration and its connection to art, design and the written word, with specific emphasis on narrative, documentary, design and self-authored illustration. Core lectures and seminars explore key principles and practices and these are supplemented by talks and activities from visiting practitioners that provide an awareness of current debates and future possibilities within industry.

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Best for resources


Specialist arts institution in the UK for learning resources in design studies (National Student Survey 2014)

Student work

Visit the Illustration 2014 Degree Show website.


I think it’s important for students to see that educators are making their own work as well. The short sharp shock of somebody new coming in to give a guest lecture is a nice disruptive element.

Catherine Anyango
Graphic illustrator


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Course content

  • Visiting Lecturers include
  • Chris Gibbs
  • Bee Willey
    Illustrator and book designer
  • Sinead Evans
    Studio Operative

Find out about how the course combines practical making and professional skills in Years 1, 2 and 3 and more about the programme of Visiting Lecturers.



Tutors respect individuality, so they will advise but allow you to explore briefs with your own style — this support encourages me to produce really unique work

Karla Alcazar Martinez
Illustration graduate


NUA provided me with both the support and facilities to hone my practice, but also the direction and knowledge I needed to actualise a career in the creative industries.

Consider your career progression as a NUA graduate and read about the experiences of graduates such as Illustrator Adam Avery.

Course Leader Q&A

The staff are all practitioners and this is an integral part of the course, the majority exhibit work nationally and internationally and present at conferences.

Course Leader Glyn Brewerton answers your frequently asked questions about the course.


Campus Resources

See the industry-standard facilities available to students.


Teaching Staff

Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.

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