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BA (Hons) Illustration

The online BA (Hons) Illustration programme from IDI will teach you the fundamentals of illustration, honing your skills in drawing, animation and visual storytelling as you build up a portfolio of professional-level work.

Image: IDI Student Sandrine Pilloud

Start Date: 18th February

Future start dates: June, October 2019

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You can speak with an Admissions Advisor, or apply now to start on the path to gaining your degree in illustration.

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What You'll Learn

Master the Fundamentals

Throughout the BA (Hons) Illustration programme, you’ll build your confidence in the essential illustration skills and the use of creative techniques in drawing, animation and visual presentation.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of core principles and skills in image-making, problem solving, experimental practices, software for illustration and other key areas – and will learn how to use these principles to craft a compelling visual message.

Key Modules

Illustration Essentials Part 1, Illustration Essentials Part 2

Develop Your Personal Style

During your studies, you’ll develop your individual language and style as an illustrator, as you begin to define your future contribution to the creative industries.

You’ll be given the opportunity to develop a personal portfolio in a range of print and digital formats, allowing you to demonstrate your own unique individuality, style, skill and quality of work to professional standards.

Key Modules

Illustration: Professional Development, Illustration Advanced Practice 2

Embrace Visual Storytelling

Throughout the programme, you’ll learn how to clearly communicate ideas through the use of visual media and deliver a compelling visual message with your illustrations.

You’ll be challenged to consider your creative thinking while producing exciting visually narrative artwork, as you develop your awareness of target audiences and refine your presentation and communication skills.

Key Modules

Visual Communication

Improve Your Core Drawing Skills

While on the course you’ll also enhance your core drawing skills, refining your technique to give yourself the best possible foundation for future development and innovation.

You’ll build a variety of skills in typography, layout, print formats and production, digital design software and problem-solving – producing a portfolio of both print and digital graphic design outcomes.

Key Modules

Illustration Essentials Part 1, Illustration Essentials Part 2

Make Use of Emerging Techniques

Through your BA studies you’ll experiment with digital media and animation, using multiple mediums to equip yourself with all of the skills needed in a multi-skilled professional workplace.

You’ll be introduced to emerging industry techniques and encouraged to investigate these further, widening your knowledge of contemporary illustration practice and the varied platforms available for image-making, equipping you with a more advanced visual toolbox.

Key Modules

Illustration Essentials Part 1, Illustration Essentials Part 2, Visual Communication

Complete Live Award Briefs

Take the opportunity to enter live briefs and respond to international student design awards and competitions as part of your studies.

Opportunities to enter awards and competitions are built into selected modules at both Level 5 and Level 6. Past IDI illustration students have been successful in awards such as the D&AD New Blood Awards, the Adobe Student Achievement Awards and more.

Key Modules

Illustration Advanced Practice 1, Illustration Commissions

The Interactive Design Institute has been partnered with the University of Hertfordshire since 2008, with the aim of giving everyone the opportunity to get their degree in a design subject without having to attend college or university.

73% of our students gain a 2:1 or above
Over 1000 online students from over 70 countries
Our most recent completing postgraduate students had a 100% pass-rate

*All percentage figures come from our performance in the most recent academic year, 2016/17.

Why Choose Us?

We believe that our level of online support and tuition is second-to-none, but we don’t want you to just take our word for it.

We encourage you to compare us with alternative providers and ask them the following questions to see how they stack up against our BA (Hons) Graphic Design.

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Course Overview

  • Level 4: Certificate of Higher Education

    The first level of your degree is designed to improve your core knowledge and understanding of illustration and the creative industries.

    You’ll explore and develop a foundation of fundamental skills in a wide range of media, using both traditional illustration techniques and industry-standard digital software.

  • Level 5: Diploma of Higher Education

    In this next level, you’ll develop your newfound skills through activities in development and presentation as you progress towards working independently as a professional illustrator.

    You’ll also learn how to produce professional-standard work within constraints imposed by clients in the creative industries.

  • Level 6: BA (Hons)

    In your final bachelor’s level, you’ll focus on building a portfolio of professional-level illustration work, while developing a critical approach to your design process.

    You’ll work on professional projects such as live briefs and competitions, while also expanding your self-promotion work by applying your illustrative style to 3D packaging design.

How Online Study Works

As an online student with IDI you’ll benefit from our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication.

To learn more about the study site and how the online programme works, click here.

Start Dates & Schedules

The four-year programme is split into three levels: Levels 4, 5 & 6.

Each level has four semesters, consisting of 12 weeks of study followed by four weeks of assessment.

While you’re studying, we recommend you set aside a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for activities, as well as additional time to read supporting materials and for discussion with your tutors and peers.

Gabriella O’Driscoll,
Programme Coordinator

Meet Your Programme Coordinator

As the Programme Coordinator for the BA (Hons) Illustration programme, Gabriella will be your first points of contact for any non-tutorial enquiries.

Gabriella has oversight of all aspects of the programme, and will therefore be best-placed to provide you with guidance and advice throughout the entirety of your studies.

Are You Eligible?

We consider all applications for the BA (Hons) Illustration on an individual basis.

To be eligible you’ll normally meet certain academic or professional requirements, but we also welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications.

Read up on our entry requirements below, or see our handy admissions guide to see what’s required for your application:

Advanced Entry

If you already have an HND-level qualification or equivalent work experience, you could be eligible to ‘top-up’ to an honours degree in as little as 2 years.

Our Accredited Prior Learning (APL) process means you may be able to count this previous experience towards the completion of your degree.

There are two types of Accredited Prior Learning which can count towards your BA (Hons) degree:

If you’ve previously studied a course with similar learning outcomes to IDI’s programme, then you can apply to have these credited against your degree. However, if your qualification or credit is more than 5 years old, it could be considered out of date and may not be used towards a degree.

If you have international qualifications, we may ask you to provide an official document that states how your international qualification compares to UK qualifications.


If you’ve previously developed skills and knowledge through experiences outside the formal education and training systems (normally in a work environment), you may also be able to have this recognised and credited towards your degree.

APEL is different from formal learning, as it’s often unstructured and can be more personal and individualised. Please be aware that learning must be at an equivalent level to the modules offered on our programmes, and you’ll need to provide evidence of this. This is typically done by means of a portfolio. It’s usual for this to involve some sort of reflective writing about your learning, but it might involve many other forms of evidence too.

Fees and Payment Options

The tuition fee for the BA (Hons) Illustration is £4,500 per level, and there are three levels in the degree programme.

You can choose from a number of payment options:

  • Full payment per level: £4,500
  • Payment per semester: 4 instalments of £1,152 (£4,608 per level)
  • Payment per month: 16 instalments of £288 (£4,608 per level)

If you’re based in the UK, you may be able to apply for a private student loan. We also offer discounts to self-employed students or employers supporting employees to study.

Ready to Get Started?

To take the next step, get in touch or click ‘Apply Now’ below to access the Admissions Portal.

There’s no obligation to enrol, and you can return to complete your application any time between now and the next start date.

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