Illustration BA (Hons)


Course Code

UCAS Code: W225
International Code: AHU094


Coventry University (Coventry)


Study mode



3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement

Start date

September 2023

We are reviewing this course for 2023-24 entry and the validated module information will be added shortly. Please keep checking back on this course page to see our latest updates.

Course overview

Study level: Undergraduate

If you want to turn your interest and passion for drawing and creativity into an exciting professional career in Illustration, then this course is for you.

It is designed and run by successful practicing illustrators, artists and designers, who all share a common desire to push the boundaries of illustration.

The course has an inter-disciplinary and student-centred approach, enabling you to develop your individual creative practice and gear your portfolio towards a wide range of potential career paths.

With a programme of traditional and digital technology workshops, you will learn transferable skills and how to use a wide range of tools to bring your ideas to life. We will teach business and marketing skills with the aim of ensuring you are industry ready upon graduation.

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Global Ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • Professional practice and employability skills are embedded into the course and run as a strand throughout the course
  • You will be taught by staff who are active practitioners in the field of creative practice (staff may be subject to change)
  • You will be provided with workshop skills as well as skills needed to use industry standard software
  • You will develop your professional understanding of illustration and associated creative practices and develop a portfolio to target your career goals and aspirations
  • You will have the opportunity to work on live and real-world briefs to develop your confidence in working with and presenting to external clients

Student Mariam Abdurahman talks about the course and the support she received.

How you'll learn

Teaching and learning on the course is student-centred and focuses on working with students to develop your individualised creative practice and professional goals.

You will be taught through a range of methods including workshops, lectures, studio practice, software skills sessions, tutorials, and seminars. You will engage in team working, active learning and problem-solving.

Modules are practice based and revolve around working to specific briefs that focus on various aspects of developing a professional and job ready creative practice.

Additionally, you should be prepared to invest a proportion of your time exploring and self-directing your practice.

The School of Art and Design may provide opportunities to engage in external or collaborative activities such as competition/Industry briefs and speakers beyond your course studies2. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to support your learning journey.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

Teaching contact hours

We understand that everyone learns differently, so each of our courses will consist of structured teaching sessions, which can include:

  • On campus lectures, seminars and workshops
  • Group work
  • Self-directed learning
  • Work placement opportunities.

If you would like more information, you can request information about teaching hours.

Part of university life is undertaking self-directed learning. During a typical week you will have time that allows you to work independently to apply the skills and knowledge you have learnt in taught or facilitated sessions to your projects or assignment briefs. This self-directed learning allows you to use your research skills, consolidate your knowledge or undertake collaborative group work.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.


This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which may vary depending upon the module concerned. Assessment methods include:

  • Practical coursework
  • Essays/reports
  • Presentations
  • Individual assignments and/or group work elements.

This course is predominantly assessed by coursework.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.

International experience opportunities

Each year, when possible, we also offer study trips abroad2. For example, second and third year students will be provided with opportunities to visit an international university as part of their studies.

Students can also engage in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects with participating institutions and other international universities around the world.

Please note that all international experience opportunities may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, availability and meeting applicable visa and travel requirements are therefore not guaranteed.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023 entry.

Requirement What we're looking for
A level BBC
GCSE Minimum five graded 9-4 including a level 6 in English.
IB Diploma 29 points

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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Are you eligible for the Fair Access Scheme?

We believe every student should have the opportunity to dream big, reach their potential and succeed, regardless of their background.

Fair Access Scheme

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

If you do not have the typical entry requirements, you may want to consider studying this course with an international foundation year. Upon successful completion our International Foundation Year - Art, Design and Media will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress onto this undergraduate degree.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall (with at least 5.5 in each component area)

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

Student Full time Part time
UK TBC per year Not available
International TBC per year Not available

If you choose to do a work placement2, you should consider travel and living costs to cover this. There is also a tuition fee3 of £1,250 that will cover your academic support throughout your placement year.

For advice and guidance on tuition fees and student loans visit our Undergraduate Finance page and see The University’s Tuition Fee and Refund Terms and Conditions.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them. Find out what's included in your tuition costs.


The course facilitates learning and production of innovative design solutions through access to specialised facilities4 including: PC and Mac suites running the latest industry standard software, traditional print-making and making workshops (etching, silk-screen printing, relief printing, woodwork, laser-cutting, 3D printing) as well as a generously stocked letterpress room. You will be encouraged to use our spaces and facilities to explore multiple materials, techniques and equipment.

You will be taught by dedicated software demonstrators on our up-to-date Apple Mac studios industry standard Adobe Creative Suite software.

You will have access to workshops such as print workshops, wood and metal workshops, 3D workshops, Print Bureau, and rapid prototyping and laser cutting.

You will have access to the media loan shop where you can hire out professional cameras, video and lighting equipment.

Careers and opportunities

On successful completion of this course, you will:

  • Develop your understanding of illustration from a professional and historical standpoint
  • Develop your ability to develop originate ideas that effectively communicate to specific audiences
  • Give you the opportunity to experiment with both traditional making techniques and contemporary technology as means to innovate within the field of illustration
  • Embed in you a philosophy of continued independent learning, critical reflection, and fluid engagement in multi-disciplinary activities, resulting in the acquisition of valuable transferable skills
  • Produce a portfolio of professional work relevant to your chosen career aspirations
  • You will develop contacts and become part of a global community of practice
  • Equip you with the entrepreneurial skills and resilience to turn their your passion into a sustainable career.

The course offers a creative and exciting range of employability destinations in illustration, as well as underpinning many other creative professions.

After studying, our students have gone on to work as freelance illustrators, comic book artists, graphic designers, games designers, children's book writers and illustrators, animators, marketing professionals, textile and homewares designers, printmakers, artists, as well as working in associated creative professions such as fashion editorial, advertising and marketing, tv and film production, arts management, self-publishing, teaching, and study at postgraduate level.

Where our graduates work

Graduate destinations include: Post-graduate study, internships, freelance work and commissions, creative design and visualisation roles including:

  • Codemasters Gaming, Warwickshire
  • Design-by-Touch toy and app design agency, Leamington Spa
  • Nettl Web Design, Birmingham
  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
  • McCann creative agency – Birmingham
  • HanSpringett Ltd, Bucharest Romania
  • Armstrong Wolfe, Cheltenham
  • 22 Digital Ltd, UK
  • Havas Design, London UK
  • Uncrowd, Germany
  • Hutch, UK

Our students have been shortlisted and won various National and Internationally recognised competitions including: D&AD, The Silent Book Prize, The House of Illustration, Macmillan Prize for Children’s Picture Book Illustration, Adobe Championships, the Creative Conscience Awards, and ‘The one to watch’ Award at New Designers.

Further study

You can choose to continue your studies at Coventry University with:

You may be entitled to an alumni discount on your fees if you decide to extend your time with us by progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate study.

How to apply

  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.