Wolverhampton School of Art

BA (Hons) Visual Communication (Illustration)

Illustration as a profession covers a vast range of predominantly freelance career paths in the creative industries. Our programme aims to develop understanding of the subject while encouraging you to develop a highly individual and increasingly professional approach to your chosen career.

Matt-Jones-front-Cover-+-spineDrawing is fundamental to the subject. From this foundation we aim to develop your individual approach to your chosen career path; you will experiment with a wide range of media, drawing methods, printmaking and software programmes; extend your research and critical skills, and enhance your cultural and theoretical awareness of current practice.

Our intention is to produce independent and informed visual problem solvers who are able to perform effectively in a wide range of creative industries. Course staff are industry professionals with a range of expertise and diverse experience.





Career opportunities

This course will give you the necessary skills to become a professional freelance illustrator and the opportunity to work in many specialist areas such as publishing, editorial, Children’s books, new media, animation, some have entered fields such as model- making for the UK film industry and many exhibit regularly.

A proportion of students will opt for further study either at Master’s level or will undertake a PGCE if their ambitions are in the teaching or art therapy professions.

Recent Student and graduate successes

  • Students have consistently achieved success in national competitions, being regularly shortlisted for prestigious national competitions such as the Penguin Design Awards, Computer Arts Magazine’s student showcase and the Lloyds TSB Art of Nurture Competition.
  • We have exhibited work at the Ikon, Public, Saatchi and the V&A galleries and independent gallery spaces.
  • Students are currently working on live projects either directly through the subject or with contacts made through the Creative Studio within the School of Art & Design.
  • Read about our student successes (PDF 200K, Downloads file)

Further information:


Route leader: Ben Kelly, ben.kelly@wlv.ac.uk