Birmingham City University

Course name : BA Illustration
BA Illustration at BCU, is a commercial, collaborative, energetic and engaging course. Illustration is rapidly changing within the creative industries. Our goal is to set an active pace of learning, as we prepare students for a future that is new, exciting and at the forefront of a wide range of career avenues.

We are fascinated by new ideas, technologies, and issues that affect today's developing illustrators, and are committed to exploring unfamiliar territories throughout our three year degree, and beyond. We actively seek out new methodologies and interdisciplinary connections, to equip our illustrators and creatives with a toolbox for their future. It is the very essence of taking risks, and experimenting with new ideas and forms of production that gives an Illustration student the best chance to make their mark once they leave.

Underpinning all of this is a really positive studio environment, where students are encouraged to work hard, but also to enjoy the course as fully as possible throughout their three years with us. We offer stimulating live projects, routed in industry, which stretch our students’ capabilities and potential. We aim to build confidence, provide key networking opportunities, offer fun trips, and meet student expectations. This course equips students with the skills they need in order to be a successful creative thinker and practitioner.

Birmingham is a vibrant, multicultural city, but even more relevant to our students is the illustration and design scene which is bubbling under the surface. Through events and venues such as GLUG, Birmingham Design Festival, Flatpack Film Festival, Digbeth First Friday, the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, and regular art markets and zine fairs, students have a huge range of opportunities to collaborate and get involved. We foster strong relationships with all of the above, providing invaluable experience and exposure for our students throughout their time on the course.

This degree provides you with opportunities, connections, and invaluable insight. It will open doors, and expose you to a wealth of knowledge from experienced members of academic staff. Access to excellent facilities, workshops, visiting speakers and skilled technicians, will prepare you to go confidently into working in industry. This is followed up with career support for an extra three years after finishing the course. Not to mention the lifelong friends you will make along the way!