BA (Hons) Illustration

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Introduction

Hone your illustration skills and learn how to succeed as a professional artist while studying in the creative powerhouse of Cambridge.

Guoste's story

ARU Open Day sealed the deal

BA (Hons) Illustration student Guoste talks about what made her choose to study at Cambridge School of Art, ARU, and the support she has received on the course to help her prepare for the future.

With its vibrant studio culture and small class sizes, combined with excellent printmaking, 3D, photography and life-drawing facilities, our illustration course has consistently high student satisfaction ratings.

We know that our students want to learn from the best, so all of our tutors are professional illustrators. They’ll help you find your visual style and kick-start your career. But they’ll never forget the reason you chose to study illustration in the first place. At Cambridge School of Art, you’ll find there’s always time to experiment, discover, discuss and create.

Join a course that scored 96% for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2021.

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Facilities and showcase

Industry-standard facilities

As well as our dedicated illustration studio, where you’ll have your own desk, you’ll have use of the following facilities:

  • Life drawing studio
  • Ruskin Gallery, a professional digital art gallery
  • 3D workshops for physical media including wood, plastic, metal, and clay
  • Specialist printmaking workshop including etching, screen-printing, and lithography
  • Dedicated Mac and PC suites with latest software including Adobe Creative suite
  • Photography and media facilities including darkrooms; studios; film processing; digital printing suite; video editing; and professional equipment loans.

Futures Lab and workshop equipment

Our new digital workshop includes a variety of computer aided manufacturing machines, helping you learn up to date manufacturing and design processes as well as supporting many traditional techniques. These technologies include:

  • 3D printers and scanners - FDM printers; material-specific extruders; SLA Formlabs printers; SLS Formlabs Fuse1; structured light 3D scanners
  • 2D printing and cutting machines - laser cutters; Roland BN20 vinyl printer & cutter; Gerber substrate cutter; Mimaki TX300P sublimation printer.

Take a closer look

Our Creative Showcase shines a spotlight on what makes ARU creative and cultural – our spaces, places and people. Find out more about our community, the difference we make, the stories we tell, and the things that inspire us.

Meanwhile, Present is an exhibition that you curate for yourself. Explore the work of our graduating students in this eye-catching virtual degree show.

Careers

The creative industries are booming in the UK, employing more than two million people. With a wealth of careers to choose from, our graduates have found success as book illustrators, graphic designers, luxury homeware designers and more.

How can you follow in their footsteps?

Well, firstly, we work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Cambridge is the perfect place to gain experience – a creative hotspot that’s home to thousands of established businesses and start-ups.

There are plenty of opportunities to get your work seen, too. At the end of your final year, you’ll take part in our degree show and the New Designers graduate exhibition in London – the perfect launchpad for your career.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us, of course. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters, such as our renowned MA Children’s Book Illustration. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Association of Illustrators

We’re a member of the Association of Illustrators (AOI), giving you access to practical information and support – and the chance to make professional connections.

Catherine Rowe

"My images have been licensed for greetings cards, puzzles and ceramics – and I'm proud to say that my fabric is available to buy from Liberty London."

Catherine Rowe

BA (Hons) Illustration graduate and founder of Catherine Rowe Designs

Catherine's story

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