Illustration - BA (Hons)

Programme video: Illustration - BA (Hons)

Illustration at ECA

Our approach

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.

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