Image credits

Course Content

The course teaches the breadth of illustration practice and its possibilities for a networked 21st century. You will explore creative ideas of culture, commerce and society, framed through ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’ to develop a unique illustrative voice.

Glyn Brewerton
Course Leader

  • Year One
  • Broaden your understanding of what contemporary illustration can be
  • Drawing languages
  • Visual communication
  • Design principles
  • Visual narrative and sequence
  • Digital and physical image making
  • Book design
  • Printmaking
  • Visiting practitioners
  • Year Two
  • Develop and apply skills within specific platforms, including narrative, reportage and authorial illustration
  • Research and investigation
  • Archives and collections
  • Understanding audiences
  • Collaborative working
  • Visual storytelling
  • Creative industries
  • Self promotion
  • Year Three
  • Produce a significant body of work in relation to your evolving illustration practice and career aspirations
  • Visits to art and design studios
  • Professional practice
  • Peer reviews
  • Exhibition and curation
  • Practitioner visits and lectures
  • Live briefs and competitions

Visiting Lecturers

  • Chris Gibbs
  • Peter Knock
  • Catrin Morgan
  • Toby Morison
  • Bee Willey
    Illustrator and book designer
  • Leah Fusco
  • George Mellor
  • Sinead Evans
    Studio Operative

Graphic illustrator Catherine Anyango discusses the stages of producing a graphic novel.

Learning and teaching

Find out more about learning and teaching on this course and how NUA courses are assessed.


Turner Prize nominated collective visits NUA

Turner Prize nominee’s, Assemble delivered a Professional Practice lecture to illustration students in November. Assemble are a London based collective who work across the fields of art, design and architecture, to create projects in tandem with communities. The collective also visited work by our illustration students currently on display at the Build Your Own exhibition at Norwich Castle. Find out more about Assemble and their nomination for the Turner Prize 2015.


Students work with Norfolk Heritage Centre

Illustration students have been visiting and using The Norfolk Heritage Centre as an important primary resource and as an introduction to research methodology to provide starting points for projects. During the second year of the course, students act as ‘visual researchers’ to investigate a current social, cultural or political theme – to tell stories about people and place, culture and society. Year Two students have developed an exhibition of their work alongside items from the centre’s archive in The Forum, the NUA Library and at The Norfolk Heritage Centre (5–14 June).