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International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
- Respond to social, technological, economic and political challenges through your work.
- Experiment with a variety of techniques and materials in state-of-the-art studios.
- Work with practising illustrators who bring their experience and networks to the course.
- Master the traditional, new and technological skills you'll need for a successful career.
As you progress through the course you'll develop solutions to illustration problems of increasing complexity. You’ll be supported to create unique and personal responses that embody what the future of illustration can be.
Watch student Ruby Cunningham talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
You’ll experiment, engage, contextualise and apply your illustration to a number of professional contexts. You’ll work with external industry partners and have the opportunity to apply for placements. The distinctive portfolio of work you create will demonstrate your unique strengths and prepare you for a successful career after graduation.
You’ll learn through
- problem-based and practical activity-based sessions
- applied industry (live) projects
- group work and collaboration
- working with industry visitors
- self-directed study
- group and individual tutorials
- exhibitions and presentations
- study trips
- independent study
- Blackboard online learning portal
- presentations and feedback sessions
Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on.
Course leaders and tutors
Member of the Art and Design Research Centre
You'll have opportunities to arrange single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years. Placements give you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. You may also be able to work or study abroad with the possibility of funding (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).
You’ll engage in authentic work experiences in each year of the course, working with external partners and live briefs. Our students have worked with Museums Sheffield, Wessex Archaeology and Grimm & Co (Apothecary to the Magical).
You’ll have the opportunity to go on study trips and visits in the UK and abroad – with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips. These could include workshops, design conferences or visits to practitioners’ studios, museums and special collections. You may further enhance your studies with optional field trips, though these will incur additional costs. Recently the course has visited Dublin, Reykjavik, New York and Tokyo.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet guest lecturers, graduates and industry practitioners – both within our studios and on field trips to practitioners' studios.
You’re supported to develop and showcase your professional creative work by entering national and international competitions. Our students are winners of competitions such as the Association of Illustrators annual competition and highly commended for the Penguin Books Student Design Award.
Come to an open day
Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for your place.
This course prepares you for future study and careers in
- motion, interactive and games
- children’s books
- surface pattern design
- art direction
- digital publishing
Previous graduates of this course have had work commissioned by
- Sheffield Council
- Twinkl Educational Publishing
- BBC Publications
- Wessex Archaeology
- New Balance
- Everton FC
- The Sunday Times
- The Big Issue
- The Economist
- Which Magazine
- Hodder Children’s Publishing
- Templar Children’s Publishing
- Harper Collins
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
You'll have access to a wide variety of facilities across the university campuses – including a 24-hour learning centre, Students’ Union, cafes and eateries, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces and more. You'll be based in a fully equipped and purpose-designed studio, with state-of-the-art facilities including
- industry-standard software and equipment
- printmaking facilities
- life drawing
- professional print output
- laser printers and risograph
- textile printers
80 UCAS points, including 56 points from two A levels or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course. Must include Art, Design, Media, Graphics, Photography, Film, Animation, Media or Textiles.
If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BA Illustration with Foundation Year.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
|Module: Design Principles: Illustration||Credits: 60||
|Module: Illustration In Context||Credits: 60||
|Module: Moving Illustration||Credits: 60||
|Module: Professional Practice||Credits: 60||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Graduation Projects (Illustration)||Credits: 120||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Art and design courses (PDF)
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