LCCA - London College of Contemporary Arts

BA (Hons) Illustration



Enrol on the BA (Hons) Illustration Course at LCCA and learn to reflect your ideas through art.

Through established industry links, well-equipped design studios and access to facilities for animation, book production, digital publishing, photography, printmaking and video, this illustration course will allow you develop your own illustrative style and be prepared for a number of different roles in the industry.

Across the three-year programme, you’ll refine your craft. Not only will you harness and develop new skills, you’ll learn how to articulate your ideas in your work, in a collaborative setting and to prospective employers. With a strong focus on visual narrative and documentary, you’ll learn through studio-based projects, workshops, regular tutorials as well as group reviews.

Unlike other illustration courses in London, LCCA is committed to providing programmes that give students not just theoretical knowledge but practical experience. As such, you’ll be involved with shows and live projects as well as external competitions, all of which will add value to your portfolio of work. Additionally, you’ll experience a programme of workshops, pop-up exhibitions, visiting speakers and external visits.

Start your career in illustration by joining LCCA today.




LCCA, Holborn Campus

Awarding Body

University for the Creative Arts


Three years





Entry year

2020, 2021


UK/EU £9,250 P/A


SFE funding available

Academic partner

University for the Creative Arts

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Year one of the BA Illustration is dedicated to helping you develop an open-minded and flexible approach to illustration while ensuring you start to find your own artistic voice.

Professional Practice 1: Destination

Discover how illustration has developed from its traditional contexts and what the contemporary landscape looks like. In order to be successful in the programme and in your career, you’ll need to understand how the industry has evolved and what the upcoming trends are.


By the time you complete this course, you’ll have an understanding of the role of drawing within illustration and where it fits into the discipline as a whole.


Storytelling is fundamental to illustration. This course will help you to develop a narrative structure not just through illustrations but also through text.

Context and Theory

Build your understanding of how visual culture has developed throughout time. Through lectures, workshops and seminars, you’ll have discussions with your peers about the social, political, economic and intellectual context of visual culture.


Through a series of external projects, students will also gain a better understanding of the working environment, allowing you to gain professional skills.


You’ll be introduced to visual journalism and consider the terms ‘reportage’ and ‘journalism’. You’ll develop your personal viewpoint and think about how ideas can be conveyed in a documentary format.

Professional Practice 2: Platform

Building on the skills you developed in the first professional practice module, you’ll start considering what your long-term careers goals are. You’ll start to plan how you might work in the creative industry or what you might study should you choose to go on to pursue postgraduate study after graduating.


The Exhibition module is your opportunity to work with your peers to create a themed exhibition. Pool your ideas and skills to create an exciting and visual body of work.

Critical Analysis and Research

The Critical Analysis and Research course has been designed to prepare you for your final third year assignments. Through a serious of workshops, seminars and lectures, you’ll develop your understanding of conducting research, analysis and methodologies.


Year 3 is designed to prepare you for the professional world by helping you to develop a portfolio of your work. Now that you’ve refined your skills and developed a unique artistic voice, you’ll be able to enter competitions and shows, produce promotional work and develop an online presence. 

Major Project
The Major Project course aims to help you exhibit all of your newly learned skills. You’ll produce a project which will form the basis of your campus degree show, ready to present to an audience of potential future clients.

Professional Practice 3: Launch

Ready to start your professional career? This course will ensure you have the right skills in order to succeed in whichever role you choose after graduation. The course will also ensure you have the skills for postgraduate study too.

Responding to External Briefs

Understanding a brief is imperative in the professional world. You’ll need to understand what is required of you, the timescale of a project and the resources you have to hand. This course focuses on building your knowledge of the relationship between illustrators, art directors and their audiences. At this stage, you’ll prepare a competition brief from a recognised national or international competition or awards scheme.

Illustration Dissertation

This is your opportunity to compile all your skills and knowledge to produce a final project. You’ll be required to transform your ideas into written content and produce a dissertation that reflects everything you’ve learned during your time with LCCA.


  • Professional Practice 1: Destination
  • Drawing
  • Narrative
  • Context and Theory


  • Documentary
  • Professional Practice 2: Platform
  • Exhibition
  • Critical Analysis and Research


  • Responding to External Briefs
  • Professional Practice 3: Launch
  • Major Project
  • Ilustration Dissertation


LCCA strives to provide its students with both academic excellence, career focus and a friendly environment across all disciplines. Our campus is located in Holborn, at the heart of Central London, with a range of facilities and equipment, making it the perfect place to study.

We provide dedicated facilities for students, helping them to produce work at an industry-level standard and preparing them for a bright future. These facilities are the reason why, upon graduation, our students feel prepared to start working from day one.

Our students have access to a range of specialist facilities across the college. These include:

  • Mac studios with 110 Apple iMacs: software includes: GameMaker, Autodesk Maya, Unreal Engine, Cinema 4D, Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
  • Access to WGSN – a leading trend forecasting company for fashion and design businesses
  • Reprographic services
  • 3D printers
  • Fashion studios with 46 industrial sewing machines, overlocker and embroidery sewing machines
  • Printmaking facilities
  • Photography Studio
  • Art and Design Studio


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The diverse and versatile skill set you’ll develop on this digital illustration course will allow you to pursue a number of different careers.

Our graduates have pursued roles in:

  • Freelance illustration
  • In-house illustration/design
  • Education
  • Animation
  • Printmaking
  • Project management
  • Digital imaging
  • Multi-media production
  • Set design.

Once you’ve graduated from the programme, you may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


Whether you’re completing your first degree or undertak­ing further study to progress your career or change your career direction, LCCA’s strong industry links and wide networks will help you develop your skills, gain valuable experience and make contacts to boost your career opportunities.


·         Aitor Throup Studio LTD

·         Burberry

·         Calvin Klein Jeans

·         Chloé

·         Claret Press

·         Harrods

·         Hop Fashion

·         House of Fraser

·         James Lakeland

·         Jan Masny

·         Karen Millen

·         Christian Louboutin

·         Bartlett Mitchell

·         Boodica UK

·         Little Wardrobe London Ltd

·         Claret Showroom



·         Louis Vuitton

·         Maria Grachvogel

·         Net-a-Porter

·         Paul Smith

·         Pringle of Scotland

·         Richard Boll

·         Soho House

·         Ted Baker

·         Tommy Hilfiger

·         YKK

·         Yulan Creative

·         ZARA








Here, you will find everything you need to know regarding the application process, and any other practical information you may require, including details of our open days and advice on how to prepare for your interview with us.

  • How to apply through UCAS
  • Scholarships
  • Interview guide
  • Portfolio advice
  • Open days 
  • Clearing




The standard entry requirements for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in an appropriate subject
  • 27-30 points from the International Baccalaureate,
  • And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results.

We'll require you to attend an Applicant Day which will include an interview. This will also give you the opportunity to visit us, meet the course team and see the facilities, and submit a portfolio demonstrating your approach to illustration and the communication of ideas. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included can be found on our website.


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