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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
80% MED
% employed or in further study
88% LOW
Average graduate salary
£15.6k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
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112 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Advanced Highers are accepted, related subjects are required. UCAS Tariff points from Scottish Highers are accepted, related subjects are required.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

112 UCAS Tariff points acquired from BTEC Level 3 Diplomas in a related subject are accepted.

International Baccalaureate

this must include a related subject.

UCAS tariff points

From a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent), including Grade C in Art, Design or Media subject.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Discover and develop your own visual language at the renowned Cambridge School of Art. Follow in the footsteps of award-winning, nationally and internationally recognised graduates, on your way to a career as a professional illustrator. This course will equip you with the knowledge and creative skills you need to succeed as a professional illustrator. Through discussion, critiques, tutorials, set briefs, and self-managed learning, you’ll discover and develop your own visual language, which is so important in today’s competitive market. As well as our staff team - Course Leader Chris Draper, Pam Smy and Jim Butler - you’ll work with nationally-recognised practising visiting lecturers, who will give you their perspectives on modern-day illustration. Recent visitors include Jonny Hannah, Mark Hearld, Laura Carlin, George Butler and Graham Rawle. You’ll also attend Professional Practice talks and discussions, which offer advice on how to succeed in this dynamic and exciting field. Our course continues a 150-year tradition of drawing at Cambridge School of Art. By studying here, you’ll follow in the footsteps of designer and war artist Edward Bawden, acclaimed satirist and illustrator Ronald Searle, Roger Law and Peter Fluck, founders of the TV phenomenon Spitting Image, and more recently, Bethan Woollvin, winner of the Macmillan Prize in 2014, and Dominic McKenzie, who won YCN’s Student of the Year Award in 2011.


Year one, core modules Illustration Practice 1 Print and Process Image Manipulation Year one, optional modules Contextual Studies Understanding Images English for Study 1 & 2 Year two, core modules Debates and Practices Illustration Practice 2 Ideas Through Design Year two, optional modules Moving Illustration Narrative Printmaking Writing for Images Business for the Creative Arts Anglia Language Programme Year three, core modules Portfolio Development Research Project Major Project

Anglia Ruskin University

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Anglia Ruskin University is a progressive university, breaking into the top 350 educational institutions in the World in 2017*. ARU's fantastic academics will link theory with practice in a friendly and supportive environment; just one of the reasons that ARU's students have recorded some of the highest satisfaction rates across the University. With a campus in the very heart of the City of London offering you unprecedented access to a host of potential employers and careers, ARU London is the perfect place for you to build the skills and gain the knowledge which will propel you to a successful career. 

* The Times World University Rankings 2017

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 86%
Student score 80% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
21% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
76% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
18% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
298 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
65% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 88% LOW
Average graduate salary £15.6k LOW
Graduates who are design occupations


Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.
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