The BA (Hons) Graphics & Illustration course at CSVPA focuses on design through the development of individual awareness and creativity. Emphasis is placed on individual authorship, initiative and collaboration, encouraging and supporting students as they identify and follow their own individual pathway. Students are exposed to communication theory and principles, balanced with an understanding of how design interacts with society. Students will engage beyond visual literacy and technique, embracing the discipline, as they are encouraged to develop intellectual curiosity and innovation in the field of visual communication.



Through the integration of practical workshops and themed project assignments, you will explore the fundamental basics of visual communication. Emphasis is placed on idea development as you pull together your own unique visual language.


Modules build on existing knowledge and creative thinking but they also allow you to develop skills within a chosen specialism. By exploring themes, concepts and a wide range of media, the focus remains on refining your individual direction with the aid of self-evaluation.


This is the culmination of your study and the beginning of a career in the creative arts environment. The year begins with a variety of projects that support a critical and imaginative approach to visual communication. A self-initiated programme of study follows, where you will explore a specific area of interest in depth. Aided by tutors and industry specialists, you will complete a full body of work from which to select your own professional portfolio.


Career opportunities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Freelance illustration
  • Publishing
  • Animation
  • Graphic design
  • Concept artist 7 of 61
  • Advertising
  • Editorial design
  • Art direction
  • Web-design
  • Photography
  • Branding
  • Filmmaking
  • Packaging design Further study:
  • Postgraduate study (related subjects)


BA (Hons) Graphics & Illustration has the following aims:

  • To foster the creative and imaginative use of graphics &/or illustration to the best potential of each student.
  • To equip students to pursue their chosen specialisms in visual communication through professional practice, related employment or further study.
  • To encourage the development of co-operation, self-reliance and critical judgement.
  • To prepare students with the strategies, techniques and understanding necessary for the creation of a body of work that reflects effective creative responses to visual communication problems.


Age: 18 years +

Educational Level:

Ideally, applicants should have achieved, or be working towards achieving one of the educational entry requirements below:

  • 2 A levels passes equivalent to 64 UCAS points
  • 1 A level pass grade C or above and a pass at Foundation Diploma
  • Pass grade at UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma
  • Pass grade at BTEC Extended Diploma

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

  • English Level: IELTS 5.5+ (with no element below 5.5)
  • Portfolio: Good portfolio of work
  • UCAS Institution Code: C06
  • UCAS Course Code: W990
  • Start: September
  • Course Length: 3 years
  • Contact Time: Up to 27 hours per week
  • Accreditation: Falmouth University
  • English Language: Up to 5 hours per week if required

Career Options: Graphic Designer, Art Director, Freelance Illustrator, Magazine Publishing, Advertising Agency


Your portfolio is the chance to show us your skills and your passion and as a guide we would like to see some, but not necessarily all, of the following:

  • drawing of any kind
  • project and self-initiated work, to include work in progress or finished pieces, showcasing a level of visual skill and creativity
  • evidence of primary and secondary research, which might include information from reference books, magazines, exhibition or museum visits
  • your thinking and development process in sketchbooks or notebooks, including reflective thinking
  • personal ideas and areas of interest (if fashion is your passion, show us)
  • experimentation with a range of different media and materials, showing evidence of innovative thinking where possible
  • a breadth of interest in and exploration of a range of art and design disciplines
  • evidence of cultural awareness, identifying social and cultural influences on your work.

If you are submitting your portfolio digitally, you should include between 10–15 images in total, showcasing a range of work, which might include sketchbook pages.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated December 4, 2018
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 2019
9,000 GBP
Home/EU per year| International Students: £7,845 per semester
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