Commercial Illustration - BA Hons Degree

Course Code: VA1HE17

UCAS Code: W220


Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2022University Centre3 Years / £8,750 per yearApply

Course Overview

Course timetable

Duration: 3 days a week
Day/s of week: Mon, Tues & Wed  
Time: 9.45am - 4.30pm
Indicative Delivery:  90% On-site at the University Centre Campus, 10%  On-line


The Commercial Illustration degree at Blackpool and The Fylde College will help you learn how to translate and communicate your ideas through images across a variety of media including picture books, graphic novels, editorial and advertising illustrations, animation concepts, and surface design.

You will develop your visual storytelling skills, cultivate your vision, authorial voice, creative problem-solving abilities, and curiosity. Each year you will also be encouraged to participate in opportunities to visit exhibitions and events to support your study and awareness of the industry.

Led by a team of Illustration industry professionals, the aims of the programme are to enable you to acquire knowledge (both subject specific and generic) and a sound critical and contextual awareness of contemporary illustration, enabling you to apply your knowledge and transferrable skills in a wider sphere of commercial enterprise.

Blackpool School of Arts has many specialist facilities and resources including state-of-the-art photography studios, photography darkroom, 3D studio and print room.
You will also have access to a unique creative environment with contemporary studios, think spaces and a stunning public gallery.

Duration: 3 days per week
Day/s of week: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday
Time: 9.45am-4.30pm
Delivery: 90% Onsite, 10% online

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline:

  • CCC from A Levels in appropriate discipline
  • MMM from Extended Diploma or Merit from UAL Diploma in Art & Design
  • Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above
  • Attendance at workshop or forwarding of electronic portfolio

Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis

Qualification Obtained

BA (Hons) Commercial Illustration

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Engaging the ArchiveVA4MD03620Mandatory
Enterprise and SustainabilityVA4MD03720Mandatory
Drawing and Image MakingVA4MD03820Mandatory
Conceptualisation and CharacterisationVA4MD04020Mandatory
Sequential Image MakingVA4MD04120Mandatory

Level 5 Modules

Critical PerspectivesVA5MD03820Mandatory
Enterprise and Professional PracticeVA5MD03920Mandatory
Editorial IllustrationVA5MD04020Mandatory
Illustration for Product and PackagingVA5MD04120Mandatory
Book Illustration with AnimationVA5MD04220Mandatory
Commercial ApplicationVA5MD04320Mandatory

Level 6 Modules

Independent Research ProjectVA6MD03420Mandatory
Enterprise and ApplicationVA6MD03520Mandatory
Professional Pathway and PresentationVA6MD03640Mandatory
Professional Pathway Synthesis and Final ExhibitionsVA6MD03740Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

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