Illustration and Animation - BA (Hons)

Our Illustration and Animation BA degree is industry-focused. It will help you develop your creativity and hone the skills you’ll need to practise as an illustrator and animator. With an emphasis on digital platforms, as well as more traditional forms of illustration, the course embraces ongoing developments in the way illustration is practised, no longer confined to the page, but inhabiting a dynamic, three-dimensional digital world.

Course details

Built on a foundation of narrative, drawing and image-making, the fundamental skills of illustration and animation are taught through a variety of mediums. You’ll benefit from studio-based learning, industry partnerships and be encouraged to publish your work throughout your studies.
  • Mode of study: 2 -3 days campus
  • Intake: September , January
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: £9,250 per year
  • Location: London

London Metropolitan University

Course overview

You’ll study in our unique studio system in East London and make use of an unrivalled range of creative facilities to make your work — including photographic studios, printmaking, ceramics and woodworking studios, and technology including 3D printing, Risograph printing and laser-cutting.

Whether you’re creating a zine, a narrative for a start-up or a short film for digital publishing, this course is about telling stories and connecting with a variety of audiences.
A defining feature of the course is its focus on cross-disciplinary projects, allowing you to use a huge range of different mediums.

You’ll typically work on several client-led briefs throughout your studies. You’ll be encouraged to move between conventional illustration, animation and modern graphic technologies, with an emphasis on communicative and expressive drawing, screen-printing, printmaking, bookbinding, letterpress, drawn and stop motion animation, projection mapping, as well as digital and 3D illustration, using the latest industry-standard software.


Entry requirements

a minimum of grades BBC, one of which should come from a relevant subject area in the arts, humanities or social sciences (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in a relevant art and design subject)

a portfolio ready for review (see below for more information)

GCSE English at grade C/grade 4 or above

What the students say

Intellectually stimulating. I have learned new techniques and my understanding of the subject has broadened. I have made some really good connections.


The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (Visual Communication) (core, 30 credits)
  • Design Principles (core, 30 credits)
  • Graphic Authorship (core, 30 credits)
  • Visual Research and Communication (core, 30 credits)
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (Visual Communication) (core, 30 credits)
  • Exploring Design Practice (core, 30 credits)
  • Narrative (core, 30 credits)
  • Work Ready 1 (core, 30 credits)
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (Visual Communication) (core, 30 credits)
  • Final Project Realisation: Illustration and Animation (core, 30 credits)
  • Project Design and Development (core, 30 credits)
  • Work Ready 2 (core, 30 credits)