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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.

What Will I Learn?

  • 'The Essentials Year'

    Level 4: Certificate of Higher Education: Starting out can be pretty daunting, and so this first level is designed to improve your knowledge and understanding of design and the creative industries. You will explore and develop a foundation of fundamental skills in a wide range of media using both traditional graphic design techniques and industry standard digital software.

  • Level 5: Diploma of Higher Education

    Level 5: Diploma of Higher Education: Having been equipped with essential skills and knowledge, you will now develop these through advanced practice activities in development and presentation as you progress towards working independently as a professional illustrator. You will learn to produce professional-standard work within constraints imposed by clients in the creative industries.

  • 'The Portfolio Year'

    Level 6: BA (Hons): Your final bachelors year focusses on building a portfolio of professional-level illustration work. You will develop a critical approach to your creative process and work on professional projects such as live briefs and design competitions. You will also be encouraged to further expand your self-promotion work through applying your honed illustrative style to innovative 3D packaging design.

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.

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 in illustration 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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