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Illustration:

where words falter, images fly. Discover your visual language and learn how to articulate the world’s social, political and cultural conversations through multimedia mark-making.

Camberwell College of Arts
BA (Hons) Illustration Opens in a new window.
Central Saint Martins
BA (Hons) Graphic Communication Design Opens in a new window.
London College of Communication
BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media Opens in a new window.
Certificate in Higher Education: Preparation for Design, Media and Screen Opens in a new window.
London College of Fashion
BA (Hons) Fashion Imaging and Illustration Opens in a new window.
  • Colourful illustration of two women wearing togas and dancing. Work by Helena Cartledge on BA (Hons) Illustration course at Camberwell College of Arts.
    Helena Cartledge, BA (Hons) Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts
  • Three colour illustration, in block-print style, of a studio bedroom.
    'The Stunning View' by Daniele Giovagnoli, BA (Cons) Illustration and Visual Media, London College of Communication
  • Student work showing three pieces of clothes with bold colour print
    Daisy Henshall, Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, Camberwell College of Arts
  • Three abstract illustrations using only a few colours, set against a deep blue background.
    'Covid Triptych' by Mark Henson, BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media, London College of Communication
  • Ruth Sarah McCarthy, BA (Hons) Fashion Illustration now called BA (Hons) Fashion Imaging and Illustration, London College of Fashion

The courses in this list are at undergraduate degree level. We also offer the following courses in this subject area at pre-degree level:

See the Pre-degree courses page for more information.

Student spotlight:

Helena

"Throughout my three years of study there’s been so much guidance, especially through talks from visiting artists and UAL alumni, who come in and share their experiences."

Helena studied an art foundation diploma in Manchester where she began to build her confidence as an illustrator. She was always interested in UAL because of its world-class reputation, but it wasn’t until she visited an Open Day at Camberwell College of Arts that she knew it was the perfect fit. The opportunity to live in London as a young artist confirmed her decision, and she has never looked back.

“I moved to London from Manchester. I was slightly nervous at first, but I met so many amazing new friends who were all in the same boat. They soon started to feel like family, and my advice to anyone considering making the move to London would simply be not to worry! Just make the most of the opportunities and get to know the city. London began to feel like home really quickly for me.

Through UAL and the Illustration department I’ve built up an artistic network that has helped me feel prepared to enter industry. It’s made me feel comfortable that I’ll still be in a creative network when I graduate from UAL and won’t be overwhelmed by what can be a tough industry. Throughout my three years of study there’s been so much guidance, especially through talks from visiting artists and UAL alumni, who come in and share their experiences.

I’ve managed to gain valuable work experience through contacts at UAL. Personally, I’m aspiring to work as an art technician within the University next year so I can stay in a creative environment. My tutor has put me in touch with previous students who followed similar paths, and I’ve been able to shadow them in their jobs. In my second year, I was given the opportunity to work with an art class at a primary school. This changed my outlook on Illustration completely, and inspired me to explore the educational, skills-sharing side of the field.

One final tip I would give to new students is to enjoy every second of your time here and meet as many people as possible! From tutors and friends to artists and visiting practitioners – they will be connections you’ll have for life.”

Helena Cartledge
BA (Hons) Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts

Images © Alys Tomlinson