Illustration - BA (Hons) [Full Time]

Level 6 - Honours Degree or BTEC Advanced Professionals or NVQ Level 6 or Equivalent

Subject Area Digital Arts

Attendance Full-Time

UCAS Code  WW28


The programme aims to develop skills that are essential within the area of contemporary illustration based on the needs of local and national industry. The course prides itself on forward thinking and new approaches to working with narrative visualisation through a host of personal and client based projects. The practical techniques that are delivered to students develop both traditional and digital skills with the emphasis on drawing and visualisation techniques as a foundation for studio practice.

Students are introduced to alternative methods of working that allow a free flow of creative and experimental work to be produced as well as a clear understanding of industry practice and workflows that will benefit students in future careers within the creative Industries. Students will gain experience working with print making, drawing and painting, digital visualisation in 2D and 3D. All staff are all established practitioners that use their experience of contemporary practice to inform the curriculum.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: September 2021. For further information, please call 0191 200 4000 or email
Duration: 3 Years
Venue: Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus

Work Ready Guarantee

Work-based projects are part of the course and previous placements and opportunities have included working with; Arcus Studios, After Midnight, Pictoplasma, Association of Illustrators, Live Theatre, Channel 4, Sony Playstation, Sega, Orange, St Lukes, Saatchi and Saatchi, Studio Moo, Little Tiger Press, Cheltnam Illustration Awards, House of Illustration, V&A and Penguin Books.

Who the course is for

The course is designed for individuals that have a passion for creative arts and want to pursue a career within the sector. We are looking for motivated, interesting and informed applicants who embrace their subject and are willing to commit to a programme of study that will allow progression either in to employment or level 7 study.

Qualification Gained

BA (Hons) Illustration awarded by NCG.

How to Apply


Applications for full-time degrees at Newcastle College University Centre need to be made through UCAS. You can visit our institution page on UCAS here.

If you are an international student please visit our international application section for further information about how to apply and entrance requirements. Additional start dates may be available please speak to our International Office on +44 191 226 6323 or email

Course Content

Year One
Personal Development/ Recognition of Prior Learning
Work Related Learning
Practice Enrichment (Observational drawing)
Contextual Studies 1
Digital Skills Acquisition (Character Development)
Introduction to Illustration
Narrative and sequential development

The first year has a strong focus on developing core skills within illustration with emphasis on developing traditional drawing skills and the acquisition of digital skills in a range of design software.

Year Two
Professional Development
Work-Based Learning
Alternative Techniques (Processes and Practice)
Contextual Studies 2
Digital Skills Application (Digital Story Telling)
Character Design
Processes and Practice

The second year facilitates the application and enhancement of skills and knowledge through a series of opportunities to visualise your own narrative concepts as well as industry set briefs.

Year Three
Project Proposal
Project Development
Commercial Realisation
Reflective Practice

The third year recognises the importance of purpose led illustration that explores commercial potential in students through a series of products that are supported by independent exploration and industry briefs.


Career Opportunities

Successful graduates can progress into a career in illustration or working with graphics agencies, animation studios and computer games companies.
By working on live briefs set by creative agencies, our students have gone on to secure placements, internships, commissions and employment at some of the leading design agencies in the country.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 48 - 64 UCAS points from the following qualifications:

1. All full level 3 qualifications including (A2/AVCE/National Diploma/Certificate)
AND/OR ii) A minimum pass in an Access to Higher Education qualification.

2. In addition candidates must evidence attainment at Level 2 in literacy, numeracy and IT.

3. Satisfy vocational tutors at interview/audition of their suitability and potential.
These are mandatory parts of the application process.

Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but without appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or higher

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

Higher Education courses

Newcastle College’s tuition fee for full-time undergraduate UK and EU students studying a degree starting in 2019 is £9,000 per year. Students can choose to pay their tuition fees upfront or take out a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company, which currently defers payment until individuals earn over £25,000 per year after graduation. Students can apply for student finance by registering their details at or alternatively they can apply for student finance on their UCAS application form.