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BA (Hons) Illustration

On the BA (Hons) Illustration programme, you’ll be guided through a series of practical illustration projects and activities.

You’ll also create your own illustration portfolio – to showcase to prospective employers and help set you on the path towards a successful career as a professional illustrator.

Image: IDI Student Katalin Lacey

Course Overview

Through our online study website, you’ll receive unlimited one-to-one tuition from tutors who are all experienced design professionals. This is also where you’ll discuss projects with your peers, and upload your work for assessment and feedback.

With IDI, you’ll develop an individual creative approach, and graduate with confidence in your aesthetic, design and commercial judgement.

Course Structure

Our online illustration degree is split up into three levels: Level 4, Level 5 and Level 6. These are delivered over four calendar years.

Each level has four semesters, each of which consists of twelve weeks of study followed by four weeks of assessment processes.

While studying, you’ll be expected to set aside a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for your directed activities. You should also consider additional time needed to read supporting materials, upload your work to the site, and for discussion with your tutors and peers in the forums.

What Will I Learn?

  • Level 4: Certificate of Higher Education

    Develop the fundamental skills and techniques used in visual communication, and get an introduction to a wide range of media and materials - working with traditional media and modern digital technology.

  • Level 5: Diploma of Higher Education

    Learn to produce work to a professional standard, and within the constraints imposed by clients in the creative industries - as you progress towards working independently as a professional illustrator.

  • Level 6: BA (Hons)

    ‘The portfolio year’, Level 6 is centred on building a portfolio of professional-level illustration work. You will develop a critical approach to your work and be encouraged to enter national design competitions.

Am I Eligible?

We consider all applications on an individual basis and are open to assess non-standard qualifications. The first step is to complete an application form and we’ll send you an invite to access your own secure admissions area within the study site.

You’ll then be assigned an Admissions Advisor, who’ll guide you through the application process and answer any questions you might have.

For more information about what’s required for your application, see our handy admissions guide, or read up on our entry requirements here:

Course Fees and Discounts

Fees are payable per level, there are three levels in the BA (Hons) Illustration degree:

£4,500 per level

Studying for your illustration degree online means you’ll pay just half the cost of doing the same degree on-campus. We also have several payment options available to help you manage your course fees while studying with IDI: including the option to pay in instalments, discounts and loans:

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