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BA (Hons) Illustration & Concept Art Top-Up

Illustration and Concept Art is an exciting, innovative one year honours stage course, structured to enable you to realise a professional identity and portfolio for employment within the creative industries.

This course primarily aims to provide progression from the Foundation Degree in Illustration and Concept Art onto level 6 (honours stage) so that you can attain the qualification of BA (Hons). In addition, the course also offers opportunities for students from other Art, Design, and Media Foundation Degrees and HND’s, including professionals and practitioners wishing to gain an academic qualification at this level.

Run by a professional team with involvement from industry partners, this course offers you great opportunities to work in an inspiring and realistic environment using industry standard equipment and software.

If you have a burning passion for creative work which embraces both traditional and digital technologies and want to develop your skills towards employment, then Doncaster is the place to be.

This course is a perfect progression route from the FdA Illustration and Concept Art course.

Key Information

  • Course Level

    Level 6

  • Delivery


  • Duration

    1 Year

  • UCAS Code


  • Awarding Body

    University of Hull

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This course includes the following core modules that all students complete:

  • Major Project Visual Development (20 credits)
  • Major Project Realisation (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Portfolio Development & Promotion (20 credits)

All work students undertake within this year is negotiated with their programme and module tutors and must tie in with the criteria and outcomes of the written modules within the programme specifications. Tutor support is given to ensure that students both understand the criteria and that they are tailoring their work to support progression into their chosen profession within the creative industries.

Occasional changes to modules and course content may take place. Students will be notified when applicable.

Teaching and Assessment Methods

The primary way of delivering this course is on campus.

On campus, teaching includes a combination of lectures, small group seminars, workshops, guest lectures, and one-to-one discussions with your tutor.

Students will receive 15 hours of teaching per week throughout this course. Additional one-to-one meetings with tutors will provide further support and allows a perfect opportunity to review and reflect.

Throughout the course, there are a variety of assessment methods:

  • Design Books: project development & reflective evaluations
  • Traditional portfolio of work
  • Digital portfolios of work
  • Presentations
  • Reports and essays
  • End of Year Shows

For entry onto the course, you’ll need to have one of the following:

  • Foundation Degree in Illustration and Concept Art – 240 CATS points.
  • Foundation Degree/HND in relevant area such as illustration, concept art, animation, fine art, or graphic design.

We welcome applications from people of any age who might not meet the standard entry criteria, but we would expect to see evidence of continuing academic and/or professional development and a capacity to pursue the course successfully.

If your application is successful, you may be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of design related work to demonstrate your ability and suitability for the course.

 We are committed to creating educational opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds and situations. If you have been out of formal education for some time, and/or you do not have the qualifications stated, we might still be able to consider your application and offer you a range of support. We are here to help. Please get in touch to find out more.

This course provides a range of skills relevant across a variety of different professions, and is particularly relevant to people already working in, or looking to develop a career within a range of concept art and illustration roles, such as:

  • Creature, character, and environment design for film/games/TV
  • Children’s book illustration, both fiction and non-fiction
  • Art for animation
  • Publishing, packaging, advertising, and editorial illustration

During this time, students will work towards developing and realising creative, practical, intellectual, and transferable skills.

Financial Support

UK students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course and a maintenance loan to cover living costs.

We also have a range of other financial support available.

Course Fees



Additional Costs

Your Tuition fees cover most costs associated with your course (including registration, tuition, and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make, or choose to pay, for example:

• Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies)
• Printing and photocopying
• Trips and enhancement opportunities
• Art materials

If your course includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.


Apply or enquire about this course

To find out more and apply for this course, please contact us via the telephone number below.

  • Course code: WW26
  • Institution code: N64
  • Campus name: University Campus Doncaster
  • Campus code: D

Apply on the UCAS website Make an enquiry Call 0800 358 7474