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What makes Fine Art and Illustration at Worcester special?

From the outset, Fine Art students work using diverse processes and methods, with critical and contextual studies, drawing, object making and online and time-based media integral to learning. In your first year you review your previous experience and engage with art making through personal experimentation, workshops and set projects. In your second year, ongoing critical enquiry develops your individual 'language'. This is consolidated in the third year through development of work for public exhibition and of the curatorial skills required to present your own and others' practices. The course focuses, throughout, on individual progress and on supporting you to explore and articulate your own work and your aspirations for it: the aim is to enable you to become confident about presenting your practice and ideas to others - a vital skill when your graduate.

Illustration aims to cover the complete range of illustration genres and forms, including children's books, editorial and magazine illustration, the graphic novel, reportage, authorial illustration and advertising. With its comprehensive foundation in drawing during students' first year, it will support development of your work across a wide range of applications encompassing traditional techniques and digital realisation. Cross media projects are encouraged and, in your final year, there is increasing emphasis on growing your knowledge of, and interaction with, professional contexts of illustration. You are taught by lecturers who, themselves, are also professional, published illustrators.



Key features

  • Experience a variety of Fine Art making processes, contexts and media through innovative practice-based research
  • Work with internationally recognised artist-lecturers whose own research interests and networks inform the studio culture
  • Benefit from a vibrant programme of visiting lecturers and MA students and guest speakers
  • Live brief collaboration with national publishers and publications
  • Develop a diverse set of skills and leave with a professional portfolio of practice through work placements, collaborations and opportunities to study abroad
  • Opportunity to travel to destinations in mainland Europe and introduced to exhibition practice through illustration fairs, card sales and exhibitions in the final year graduation show, as well as through an opportunity to showcase their work in London
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

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Other information

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Some Fine Art student work

Kathryn Martin

Since graduating from the University of Worcester, Kathryn Martin has been studying for an MA in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art in London. During her first year at RCA, she has participated in two pop up exhibitions at the university, and will have work published in the first issue of a new graphic newspaper, Modern Times. Kathryn says about her years in Worcester:

"Without Worcester Illustration, I would not be at the Royal College of Art. During the three years of my BA, I was introduced to many different ways of thinking and working by excellent tutors who not only supported me, but gave me the freedom to play with my own ideas and research to reach something new. This level of freedom, especially during my third year, not only helped me get the most out of the direction I wished my work to go in, but prepared me for the self-directed nature of the MA course I am on now."

Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Visual Enquiry
  • Studio Practice 1
  • Drawing for Animators and Illustrators
  • Image and Text


  • Illustration and Print Making
  • Illustration: Origins and Function

Year 2


  • Visual Research
  • Studio Practice 2


  • Visual Statement
  • Illustration Forms and Genres
  • Location Drawing and Reportage

Year 3


  • Exit Portfolio
  • Contemporary Practice


  • Dissemination of Research
  • Site and Context 2
  • Professional Practice
  • Authorial Practice
  • Negotiated Project

Joint Honours

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Fine Art and Illustration.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Fine Art and Illustration


Where could it take you?


Graduates from the Fine Art aspect of the course have had success in a variety of careers in the arts as well. Increasingly, graduates are undertaking a variety of freelance commissions. Often they progress to setting up their own creative businesses or undertaking postgraduate study at some of the UK's most prestigious institutions. Illustrators are in increasing demand as the media industries expand.

Options for the professional illustrator include newspapers and magazines, books, advertising, exhibiting independent work, television and the internet. All these fields are potential showcases for graduates' work. Our interdisciplinary approach gives flexibility and a wider view of the world that is attractive to employers. Graduates will find career opportunities not only in illustration but also television motion graphics, graphic design, story writing, studio management and advertising.

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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

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Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Fine Art and Illustration BA (Hons) - WW1F

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Maureen Gamble

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Tobias Hickey

Course leader