Undergraduate Graphics and Illustration Degrees

Looking to gain powerful design and image making skills to communicate through visual media? Whichever you're looking for, we've got a degree for you.

On both Graphic Design and Illustration degrees, you'll experiment in visual communication. This can be through image-making, branding, animation and digital media to name a few.

No matter which degree you choose, you'll learn from active professionals. You'll work in facilities that mirror industry environments. And with our design studio and advertising agency links, you'll also work on live briefs.

You'll also get work placement opportunities, collaboration with other disciplines, and a professional network.


What our staff and students say

The course provided me with great experiences and opportunities to develop my work and strong craft and typography skills. It also taught me the importance of simplicity and clarity in visual communication.

Joe Hall - Graphic Design

The Illustration degree helped me mature as a designer, through a passionate teaching of the subject. The course encouraged a broad exploration of design early on, allowing me to then choose the disciples I wanted to pursue.

Stephen Woowat - Illustration


As a BA (Hons) Graphic Design or BA (Hons) Illustration student, you'll spend much of your time in our spacious and open plan design studios.

Graphics Workspace

You'll spend much of your time in our spacious and open plan design studios. An exciting creative hub, equipped with iMacs and industry-standard software, creative learning zones and state-of-the-art digital printing.

Industry Design Software

From letterpress to Flash, our excellent workshops are equipped with the tools of the trade.


You'll also be able to use our craft workshops that are brimming with top-notch equipment, including laser cutting facilities, screen-printing, letterpress and experimental print, photography and digital processing.


Our graduates work for big players in the sector. These include: Saatchi and Saatchi, The Sunday Times, Ranch graphic design and 300 Million.

Our degrees will give you the platform to move into lots of creative design roles. From graphic design and advertising to illustration and animation, it will be your choice.

We'll also support entries to competitions and conventions. They're great for getting recognised by employers and our graduates have enjoyed success. Awards include: D&AD, MPA Roses, Penguin Design and Shine (Coley Porter Bell). D&AD London Show, where future designers are sought by industry, has also hosted graduates.

Employment Opportunities:

  • Design consultancies
  • Book publishers
  • Editorial and Advertising
  • Animators
  • Storyboard artists
  • Print-making design
  • Advertising agencies
  • Branding and packaging
  • Video production houses
  • Comic book artist
  • Production designer
  • Multimedia specialist
  • Fine artist
  • Landscape architect
  • Interior designer
  • Marketing

Guaranteed Work Experience

Who says students have never done a day's work? We provide the opportunity of work experience for all new students joining us.

Perfecting your skills through real-life challenges and projects will form much of your learning. Most of these activities will take place in our studios and workshops.

You'll have briefings and brainstorms; as well as presentations of your concepts and research. Industry placements and agency visits will add to your development.

Work Experience Opportunities

Students on our Graphics and Illustration degrees have worked with:

  • Glorious Creative, Manchester.
  • Love Design, Manchester.
  • Coley Porter Bell, London.
  • Ranch graphic design, London.
  • Jackson Hammond, Stoke-on-Trent.
  • The Holman Group, Manchester.
  • Mother Advertising, London.
  • 300 Million, London.
  • Saatchi & Saatchi, London.
  • Dinosaur, Manchester.
  • The Sunday Times.