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Illustration - BA (Hons)
Choose to study illustration and you’ll learn the language of drawing and image-making. As you harness a wide range of techniques and methodologies, we’ll guide you through an inspirational exploration of visual language.
Benefiting from your own dedicated workspace within our illustration studio, you’ll develop skills in observation, perception and literary interpretation. You’ll learn life drawing, the use of colour and draughtsmanship as well as also how to use the latest software to develop your work.
This is a dynamic and fast paced course that will push you to the limit of your imagination.
Throughout the programme, you’ll complete a variety of project briefs that will allow you to experiment and explore your talent further. These projects cover everything from pictorial narrative and documentary work to web design and artists’ books. Recent assignments have included ‘Drawing Book’, a project to develop storybooks for primary schools, and collaborations with local publishers Fledgling Press and tea emporium Eteaket.
As these projects progress, you’ll grow in confidence and develop the communication skills needed to present your work to best advantage.
Explore all outlets for your work
One of the most exciting aspects of illustration is the wide-range of media where your work can make an impact. We won’t pigeon-hole; we’ll encourage you to explore, applying your talent across a diverse range of end channels, from books and advertising to packaging, graphic design, digital media and environment design.
Preparing you for the career that you want
Illustration graduates can follow a wide range of careers from freelance illustration for the publishing and design industries such as childrens' and general book publishing; editorial design, packaging and paper products; web design and the games industry; printmaking, art and craft commissions and exhibitions; agency work in print, design and digital media; education and community arts.
Including journals, image databases, and local collections.
A fully operational, entirely student-run 90-seat theatre housed in a neo-gothic church.
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The Centre for Research Collections (CRC) is the main space for anyone using the University of Edinburgh’s historic collections.
CSE caters to a diverse range of users from occasional exercisers to international athletes.
Work spaces are available across the University. ECA's computers include software tailored to the disciplines studied here.
At the heart of the Evolution House Learning and Research Zone, the ECA Library provides an innovative environment for learning, teaching and research resources in art and design.
ECAfé provides a full catering service to all staff, students and visitors to Edinburgh College of Art.
EUSA represent the student voice. They provide services, run events, and facilitate student societies.
Information and guidance on financial matters for all students of the University of Edinburgh.
A Georgian garden that doubles as a venue for performances in the centre of the city.
The International Office's mission is to encourage internationalisation, enhance the student experience, create and develop partnerships.
The primary collection of books, periodicals, manuscripts, and research material.
By day, a café, bar and study space, and by night a club venue. Potterrow’s dome is also home to the Advice Place and the Potter Shop.
Includes a screen-printing room, relief room, lithography room, process room, intaglio room, and caseroom.
The neo-classical Sculpture Court in the ECA Main Building is home to the many pieces from the Edinburgh Cast Collection, and is regularly used for student exhibitions.
Offering counselling services for students, workshops, consultation and training for staff.
Supporting students with dyslexia, mental health issues and students on the autistic spectrum, as well as those who have physical and sensory impairments.
Talbot Rice Gallery is the public art Gallery for the University of Edinburgh.
Home to six distinctive bars, Teviot is the oldest purpose built students' union in the world.
Screen-printing facilities, a camera room, a digital fabric printer, and drawing studios with individual workstations.
265 plaster casts of Antique, Renaissance, and Gothic statues, bas reliefs, and architectural passages.
A hub for the University Societies and setting regular live music, comedy, spoken word and poetry nights.
A bar at the Lauriston Campus which hosts regular events including club nights and gigs.
Scholarships & bursaries
For students or recent graduates of a Scottish university pursuing an overseas project. (£1500)
For students doing undergraduate honours projects, masters projects or PhD projects. (£2,500)
News & events
Ailsa Johnson is awarded a work placement and £1,000 by Penguin Random House.