There has been a powerful shift in the creative industries towards collaboration, networking and shared entrepreneurial practices.
This is reflected in the BA (Hons) Illustration course which has established a reputation for exploring and challenging the breadth of contemporary illustration practice as well as producing award-winning student work in a wide range of national and international competitions including the Penguin Book Awards and D&AD Yellow Pencils.
Students experience a vibrant and supportive studio culture with an emphasis on experimentation, investigation and invention. 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. With the support of a team of specialist technicians you will have access to printmaking workshops, the drawing studio, digital print and laser cutting and 3D modelling workshops.
You will explore briefs with your own unique style through activities with visiting practitioners such as Luke Best (Peepshow), Hugh Frost (Landfill Editions) and James Cartwright (It’s Nice That). You will conclude your final year with a degree show, which has been described by Creative Review editor Patrick Burgoyne as: “one of the strongest I’ve seen”, and an opportunity to show your work in London at D&AD New Blood.
Visit the Illustration 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.”
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
“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.
“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.
See the industry-standard facilities available to students.
Read about the achievements of the practitioners who teach on this course.
The best way to experience what NUA has to offer is to see for yourself at one of our open days for undergraduate or postgraduate courses.
To find out more about how to apply for a course at NUA, talk to Lynne, Tom or Tori in the following ways:
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