Undergraduate BA (Hons)


Explore traditional, hybrid and experimental forms of visual communication to develop your own creative illustration practice.


Course Overview

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  • Main location

    City Campus
  • Attendance

  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    20 Sep 2021

This course will enable you to push the boundaries of illustration and develop the skills to work in the creative industries.

As part of your course you’ll:

  • Develop concepts and narratives through drawing, sequential illustration and animation, digital practices, three-dimensional forms, performance and creative writing
  • Underpin these practices with an emphasis on drawing and image-making
  • Challenge the conventions of the discipline of illustration
  • Define and locate your own practice within the professional context of illustration
  • Investigate established unfamiliar and emerging processes, to inform your own individual methodologies

See examples of work from previous students by visiting the Leeds School of Arts festival site.

You’ll learn from experienced lecturers who practice and research in diverse industry fields with the knowledge and skills to support multidisciplinary explorations. 

You’ll develop your ability to communicate and contribute to a team project by working with students studying different disciplines. This will simulate the working environment and enable you to practise collaborating on projects and briefs, a skill you’ll need in the workplace whether you choose to join an agency, studio or work as freelance.  

Specialist facilities
Professional-standard spaces and facilities will enable you to explore and refine your creative practice and prepare for the demands of today’s competitive workplace. 

Guest Lectures
We often run a number of guest lectures and workshops throughout the year, both on campus and in conjunction with external organisations. The INSIDE/OUT lecture series brings together some of the most exciting names from the fields of art, architecture, design, fashion, film, music, performing arts and beyond. You can catch up on previous lectures by visiting the Leeds Arts Research Centre site.

Why study Illustration at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. An experimental course that provides you with a wide range of practical experience within a community of like-minded artists
  2. Benefit from the school's close links to industry and creative businesses in the Yorkshire region, throughout the UK, and beyond
  3. Your tutors will have extensive experience of working as active practitioners, allowing you to gain from their knowledge and professional networks
  4. Study within Leeds School of Arts - one of the largest university arts communities in the north, with 3000 students spread across over 40 courses and 170 years of inspiring, challenging and innovative practices
  5. Take advantage of the interdisciplinary nature of the course and the school; gain access to a vast range of ideas, skills and facilities which will allow you to take your practice in whichever direction you want to
  6. Leeds has a thriving creative sector; home to hundreds of innovative start-ups, agencies, design businesses and countless other opportunities for illustration graduates

BA (Hons) Illustration This course will enable you to challenge the conventions of the discipline of illustration. You will explore traditional, hybrid and experimental forms of visual communication to develop your own creative practice.

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