Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

Develop your creative skill set by studying our illustration degree programme with emerging digital and commercial disciplines. Benefit from our industry-standard facilities, including the latest Adobe software, and learn from experienced lecturers.  This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.

Course highlights

  • It provides the specialised skills needed for those who want to go on to work in such areas as editorial, advertising, and commercial storytelling
  • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern facilities and access to the latest software including Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, Illustrator & After Effects in modern Mac studios
  • It gives you the chance to combine a traditional approach with digital methods
  • You will have opportunities to get involved with live industry briefs, work placements and competitions
  • Being taught over two full days per week, the course gives you more flexibility in balancing work or family commitments

Why study this course with us?

Illustrators are usually commissioned to create drawings that tell a story, message or idea for a variety of brands, advertisements, books, magazines, packaging and more. It can be an exciting varied role that puts creativity at the heart of your career.

At Farnborough, you will work on live industry briefs, design work placements and enter international design competitions. You will also be taught the latest Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects in up-to-date Apple Mac studios.

This course explores a number of areas of illustration; from editorial and character design to comic books and book cover design. You will develop a portfolio to industry standard, preparing you for your transition into employment or further study.

This new degree will launch in September 2020 and is subject to change and validation.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is suited to those with a passion for art who would like to specialise in illustration. This degree is the perfect area to study if you are looking to further your skills or retrain in the commercial creative industry. This course has been set up to provide you with a vocationally relevant qualification in the dynamic world of commercial illustration. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course in its second or third year following relevant qualifications and/or experience in the workplace.

What will I study?

The first year of this degree focuses on exploring illustration practices, visual practices and sequential Illustration. In your second year you will explore narrative illustration, editorial illustration and motion graphics. You will also undertake a work placement to develop your on-the-job confidence, experience and skill set. The final year of your degree focuses on your specialism through your major project as well as undertaking industry competition briefs.


Fee Per Year £8000

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Studies include

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in a series of practical lectures and workshops, with supporting theory lectures.

What modules are covered?

Year 1

  • Exploring Practices 
  • Design With Materials 
  • Academic Skills 
  • Digital Image Techniques 
  • Visual Practices 
  • Professional Practice & Development
  • Introduction to Illustration
  • Sequential Illustration 

Year 2

  • Concept Art
  • Narrative Illustration 
  • Editorial Illustration 
  • Research Practice 
  • Motion Graphics 
  • Personal Practice 
  • Industrial Placement 
  • Collaborative Production 

Year 3

  • Major Project Proposal 
  • Major Project 
  • Dissertation 
  • Technical Application 
  • Applied Practice 
  • Creative Narrative 

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in class tests, practical work, coursework, assignments, examination, practical demonstrations, and production report and project presentations.

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What Next?

There are a wide number of careers where your new Illustration degree will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.

Jobs directly related to your Illustration degree include:

  • Animator
  • Children’s Book Illustrator
  • Comic Book Illustrator
  • Concept artist
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Printmaker
  • Production designer, theatre/television/film

Jobs where your Illustration degree would be useful include:

  • Advertising account executive
  • Arts administrator
  • Artworker
  • Fashion designer
  • Fine artist
  • Higher education lecturer
  • Special effects technician
  • Textile designer
  • VFX artist
  • Web designer

Transferable Skills

  • You will learn how to adapt your creative style to work in a commercial setting
  • Initiative to work independently
  • Design skills and methods - drawing and sketching, moving image and digital media
  • IT skills – use specific creative software confidently ready for the working environment
  • Effective communication skills
  • Entrepreneurial networking - using social media to brand and promote yourself and your creative products
  • Business management capability - knowing how to deal with tax, copyright and licences
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Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'.
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are separate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - ILL1

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?


  • 72 UCAS points from relevant subject(s)
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma, with suitable grades
  • As a mature students who has relevant evidence of work experience and/or relevant recent study following a successful interview

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required. 

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