Ravensbourne University London

BA (Hons) Illustration for Communication

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Illustration for communication across commercial graphic design, advertising, fashion, interaction, web and app design and in animation and gaming is increasingly ubiquitous – illustrators are contemporary visual storytellers.

The Course
This practice-led course uniquely prepares its graduates for entry into a rapidly changing field of contemporary illustration through the exploration of ideas and themes across commercial, social, political and cultural contexts utilising narratives in compelling and innovative ways. Ravensbourne’s illustrators will comprise the most experimental and creative practitioners equipped to work across media and formats, aware and informed by illustration’s rich heritage yet forward thinking in their understanding of the application of contemporary illustration in the 21st century.

Exploiting the numerous existing and evolving platforms for visual communication and storytelling, this course identifies the professional scenarios and applications for the illustrated image and prepares you for entry into the creative industries.

Contemporary illustration is positioned at the intersection of graphic design, advertising and publishing, fashion and product design, animation and games design. Illustrators create images and narratives for print and screen and are the creators of direct visual communication. There are unparalleled opportunities for image-makers to work with time-based, sequential and narrative forms. Contemporary illustration practice is increasingly integrated across the creative industries.

*This course is available subject to validation

Course details



3 years full time

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Validating body

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to possess five GCSEs (grade C/level 4 or above) or equivalent (including English) and also to hold at least one of the following or equivalent UK or international qualifications:

  • 2 A levels, grade C or above
  • Level 3 Foundation Diploma or Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate, 28 points or above

Admission queries: 



  • Design
  • Advertising
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Communications
  • Creative direction
  • Design management
  • Design research
  • Marketing
  • Web design

What your course will look like


You will be assessed through the completion of practical and written work including essays and a range of individual or group artefacts, presentations, projects and reports that focus on practical and business skills.

Year 1

This studio-led introduction to illustration expands mindsets and skillsets through workshops and projects that explore ideas generation, documentation and process experimentation and the creation of image-making through computing, animation, photography and digital print. A programme of industry practitioners and speakers supplements and enhances the core delivery.

Year 2

Year Two explores a more individual approach to image-making and encourages the development of creative thinking and ideas generation, combined with a deeper understanding of the subject. The ability to have a personal vision, a point-of-view and philosophical stance is explored and a range of electives help facilitate collaborative projects with other disciplines.

Year 3

The culmination of three years of study in Illustration is channeled into practical projects, increasingly professional in scope. A range of self-directed project solutions form the basis, along with a major project, of the final portfolio of work appropriate to applied contexts across a range of disciplines.

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