BA (Hons) Illustration

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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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Studios and workshops

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

  • a printmaking workshop
  • a 3D workshop
  • a digital photography lab
  • photography studios and darkrooms
  • Mac and PC suites.

Industry-standard equipment

All our Illustration students have access to facilities including:

  • the full Adobe Creative suite
  • Apple iMacs
  • wide-format printers and scanners
  • vintage printmaking presses
  • letterpress machine
  • photography equipment, including digital cameras and lighting kits.

Our team of technical officers will be on hand to offer training and support.

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.


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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