Tom Harley
Rosy Higgins
Daisy Hillyard
Becca Homer
Rosy Higgins
Becca Homer

Course content

Our Illustration, Graphic Novels & Children’s Books degree will equip you with all the skills to work professionally in the creative industries. We have a strong practical focus on narrative and creative problem-solving alongside the core values of design such as audience and social responsibility, sustainability, environmental awareness, functionalism, ethics, matching appropriate use of materials to cost effective solutions, as well as innovative, aesthetic and cultural values.

The work you produce will be primarily illustrative, allowing you the creative freedom to explore illustration from a variety of different standpoints, from conceptual editorial work to graphic novels & comics to books & illustration for a younger audience.

You’ll be encouraged to develop your own unique style, and see how layout, typography, colour and your choice of materials can be used to solve design and storytelling problems. You will be introduced to both traditional drawing skills and of digital media to create powerful, individual ways of communicating your illustration ideas and stories.

Emphasis is placed on problem solving and the design and creative writing process that forms a key part of the work of an illustrator or visual storyteller. You will understand the social, economic and environmental impact of the work you produce and boost your professional skills in industry software and computer applications.

Our staff are practicing professionals with a wealth of experience. They give lectures and exhibit internationally, publish books and are fully engaged with their subject specialisms. We have a number of visiting professional speakers each year that have included David Lloyd (V for Vendetta, Kickback) John Allison (Scarygoround, Bad Machinery) amongst many more.

How will I study?

There will be taught sessions, comprising of individual tutorials, group discussion, practical demonstrations of media and techniques and presentations of subject specific material. Students will gain instruction through taught software workshops into all the latest industry software. As well as private and self directed study days were students are expected to use the colleges resources and library to their full advantage in relation to their project work.

What will I study?

In Illustration, Graphic Novels and Children’s Books, a student will get a broad experience at Level 4/Yr 1 to introduce them to as many of the fundamental elements of communication as possible. These range from exploring the design process to typography, media & techniques, creative problem solving and creative writing and how all these areas relate to the professional world. Level 5/Yr 2 takes the skills learned and developed during the first year and builds upon them. Students are encouraged to focus on a specific aspect of the course, illustrating for children for example, and develop their portfolio in the direction that best suits their desired career path. Your coursework at Level 6/Yr 3 is negotiated to allow you the creative freedom to explore your artwork and approach.


Your assessment is based on the coursework that you produce. We will advise you on how well you are doing and direct you towards a strategy for further improvement.

Our Aim.

Our aim is to produce graduates who can not only combine their conceptual and technical skills in art, design, media and storytelling, but who are also practitioners who share a common vision i.e. be able to view things holistically, strategically, objectively, socially, economically as well as creatively.

If you would like more information on the course please contact Senior Lecturer Dan Berry. or 01978 293521


Course duration


Three years


Five to six years

Entry Requirements and applying

200 points at A Level or equivalent. Your portfolio will be reviewed at interview. It should demonstrate your creative and visual skill, interests and abilities. Students undertaking projects in Illustration for Children’s Publishing may require a CRB check if working with minors.

UCAS code: W222