This course offers a dynamic and exciting approach to the practice of Graphics & Illustration.

By fostering the development of great ideas and challenging existing thinking in the subject, you will be equipped with the tools to help define your future and find an individual voice within the field of visual communication.

You will be encouraged to explore innovative and experimental methods of defining your practice as a credible designer or illustrator. Teaching comprises hands-on workshops and talks by industry professionals. You will also have the opportunity to showcase your work at the Cambridge Art & Design Exhibition and in the London Graduate Show.



Upon successful completion students will be awarded a BA(Hons) Graphics & Illustration accredited by Falmouth University

By fostering the development of great ideas and challenging existing thinking in the subject, you will be equipped with the tools to help define your future and find an individual voice within the field of visual communication.

What to expect

Year One

Through practical workshops and themed project assignments, you will explore the fundamentals of visual communication and your own unique visual language through personal idea development.

Year Two

In your second year, you will focus on developing skills within a chosen specialism alongside building upon existing themes, taught in year one. By exploring themes, concepts, and a wide range of media, the focus remains on refining your individual direction with the aid of self-evaluation.

Year Three

Your final year is the beginning of your career in the creative arts environment. The year begins with a variety of projects that support a critical and imaginative approach to visual communication through a self-initiated programme of study. Aided by tutors and industry specialists you will explore a specific area of interest and complete a body of work from which to select your own professional portfolio

3 years (6 semesters)

Course Start

Graphic designer, Illustrator, Art Director, Freelance Illustrator, Advertising Agency, branding, digital moving image, typography, interactive design, packaging, and 3D design, information design.

Tutor Support
Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.

Studio Access
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 8 am to 8.30 pm, Monday to Friday and 9 am to 5 pm at weekends.

How your Work is Assessed
Visual and written assignments and projects

Guest Lecturers
Our course is enriched by programmed lectures and workshops from a range of creative professionals.

Your Space
Each of our students has their own workspace and is provided with free colour printing. Students will also have access to an in-studio library and our photography studio. We also provide you with materials for mono printing, silk screen printing, lino printing, letterpress, drypoint, and collagraph in our dedicated print room.

How we Teach
Throughout this course, students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular one-to-ones, and group tutorials.

90% of our students were in work 6 months after graduating in 2019.
43% of our students graduating in 2019 achieved a first-class degree. This is substantially higher than the national level of 28%.*

*based on the national average in 2017/18

Entry Criteria

18 years +

Educational Level

A pass at UAL Level 3 Foundation Diploma or Extended Diploma or equivalent or successful completion of High School (year 11 or year 12 depending on the native country) is needed or 2 x A levels equivalent to 64 UCAS points and 1 GCSE or equivalent at grade 4 or C, preferably in a relevant creative subject.

Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.

English Level
IELTS 5.5+ (with no element below 5.5)

Good portfolio of work

UCAS Institution Code

UCAS Course Code

CSVPA Benefits

  • Your own individual workspace in the studio
  • You will be allocated personal use of an iMac
  • Studios are open 7 days a week
  • Lectures are based in your studio 5 days a week
  • One-to-one with tutors 
  • Access to an extensive range of UK wide practitioners, connecting you to industry and building industry contacts
  • Small group and one-to-one assistance with essay and dissertation writing
  • Guaranteed Graduate Show in London, with no extra costs
  • Free colour printing
  • Access to an in-studio library and photography studios
  • Access to all the materials you need for Printmaking.  We provide you with all of the materials (free of charge) for
    • Mono printing
    • Silkscreen printing and lino printing
    • Collagraph

Discover what it is like to be a Graphics & Illustration student at CSVPA

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Programme specification

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