Become adept at problem solving and creating your visual language on a course renowned for its professional practice and its connection to the illustration world. From day one you’ll have your own desk space, and be encouraged to embrace the studio culture of creative communities.
|Course Duration||3 years|
This course is in Clearing
You’ll maximise your employability in the visual communications industry through learning about marketing, copyright and tax. Our academic team have experience covering every aspect of the industry, meaning you’ll benefit from different staff specialisms.
- Create your own portfolio website and have your third year work showcased in our in-house professional publication Wunderkammer.
- Develop your professional practice with work placements and internships.
- Participate in study visits to places like Bristol, London, Bologna and New York, attending conferences, visiting agencies and organisations and, in the third year, exhibiting your own work.
- Attend guest lectures from alumni and industry leaders such as Graham Black and Graham Rawle.
- Work on live briefs and meet clients.
What our students do
Illustration Student Highly Commended for MacMillan Children’s Book Prize
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Students Shortlisted for World Illustration Awards
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Stephen Fry Lends Voice to Student Conservation Film
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Four Students Shortlisted for Coveted Design Award
Four Falmouth students have been shortlisted for this year's Penguin Random House UK Student...
Illustration Students Visit Bristol Studios
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What our graduates do
Our graduates have won awards like the Kate Greenaway Gold Medal, the Guardian Clearing Cover Illustration, and the Pushkin Press Student Illustration Award. They’ve also gone on to work in areas like graphic design, branding and packaging, tactile imagery, and book design.
Illustration Alumnus Part of Team That Has Won $100K in NASA Competition
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Illustration Graduate Commissioned by VOGUE
Sophie Melissa, 2017 BA(Hons) Illustration graduate, has been commissioned by British VOGUE...
Illustration Graduates Listed at Blue Peter Book Awards
Two Illustration graduates, Lauren Humphrey and Joe Lillington, have been recognised at the...
Award-winning Illustrator goes Global
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Alumni Illustrate Winning Talent
Illustration talent has again been recognised by the country's most prestigious children's book...
Alumni Win Prestigious Publishing Prizes
Two Illustration graduates are amongst this year's Bologna Ragazzi Award winners for their...
What you'll learn
You’ll cover everything from drawing and visual studies to historical and cultural studies - developing peer and self-evaluation skills for the professional world. We’ll teach you core business skills in licenses, copyright and tax, and essential technical skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and Dreamweaver. You’ll learn to analyse a text, come up with strong ideas, compose an image, and properly market yourself when you enter the industry.
Beginning with visual problem solving, you’ll develop your conceptual skills as you explore a range of thinking strategies. You’ll also take part in life drawing and other themed visual studies sessions, and learn about critical theory and illustration’s historical contexts.
Travelling to London, you’ll learn about illustration in the design industry from influential art directors and illustration agents, and take part in a major illustration forum.
Visual Problem Solving
Visual Studies 1
Visual Studies 2
You’ll start with a series of applied illustration projects, covering advertising, book cover design, editorial illustration, children's book illustration and information illustration.
Putting your knowledge into practice, you’ll then manage and develop your own projects - finding a unique direction and focusing on a certain area of the industry.
Visual Language 1
Negotiation 1 (Development)
Visual Language 2
You’ll develop a physical and digital portfolio of work, write a dissertation and produce a portfolio website. There’ll also be opportunities to participate in industry placements.
Finally, you’ll get the opportunity to show your portfolio abroad. This is your chance to get real feedback on your work from the best designers and art directors in the business.
Negotiation 2 (Consolidation)
Negotiation 3 (Completion)
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
Balancing creativity with professional practice, you’ll gain hands-on knowledge and experience through project work, live briefs and client meetings. Supporting this will be lectures, seminars, tutorials and optional study trips.
Our visiting speaker series has seen our students learn from Dave McKean, Noma Bar, Laura Carlin, McFaul, Nobrow, Sue Coe, Paul Slater, Sara Fanelli, Russell Cobb, Graham Rawle, Matthew Richardson, Posy Simmonds, Jason Ford, Kai & Sunny, Owen Davey and John Vernon Lord.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
Assessment will take place at the end of each semester, and you’ll get feedback and evaluation throughout the year. You'll be assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including your portfolio, as well as a dissertation or final-year project.
Our teachers are practising illustrators with experience working for the Wall Street Journal, the Lancet Medical Journal, United Airlines, and Varoom. They’re often key in helping our students find work connections and opportunities.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Keryn Bibby is qualified with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Information Design from the Falmouth School...
Nick Mott is a musician and founder member of the cult experimental music group Volcano The Bear...
Having been Head of Illustration at Falmouth University since 2011 I decided to step back...
Graduating from St Martin's School of Art in 1989, Sue Clarke has been a highly successful...
Working mostly on the 2nd year of the illustration course as a studio-based tutor....
Rachel Dunn's background is as colourful and varied as her artwork and illustrations. She has...
Linda joined Falmouth University in 2004, relocating from London where she worked as a freelance...
Dr Carolyn Shapiro
Dr Carolyn Shapiro received her MA and PhD in Performance Studies from New York University (2004...
Dr Caroline Pullee
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BA(Hons) Fine Art, PGCE, MA 20th Century Art & Design
- Dedicated open plan studios and seminar rooms.
- Dedicated desk space for every student.
- Printmaking workshop.
- Life drawing studio.
- Range of IT facilities with full software and printing facilities.
- Access to over 140,000 books, comprehensive electronic journal resource and DVD library featuring over 17,000 titles.
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code W221
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Has visual problem-solving skills, with a specific focus on generating ideas.
- Shows development of visual language in drawing, life drawing, media, mark-making experimentation, reflective analysis and finished pieces.
- Has a good contextual understanding of what illustration is.
- Is confident in their abilities and prepared for the challenges of higher education.
- Can communicate effectively.
- Has a theoretical understanding of visual arts issues.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2019-20
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
£250-£550 - Recurring annual costs
£100 - One off costs for the course duration (compulsory trips, final portfolios or shows, etc)
£1,400 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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