Illustration uses visual media to tell stories and communicate complex ideas

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Key Facts



BDes (Hons) Illustration

Degree Duration

3 years

Pathways Available

International Stage One
4 years : 1 year pathway + 3 year degree


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Degree Overview

Learn how to communicate effectively through visual means and create images that can be used in a variety of ways including in books, magazines, merchandise, and digital media.

Develop your skills in research, storytelling and making, using traditional and contemporary production methods. You’ll learn how to engage your audience and develop your own professional practice. Peer review from your classmates is a big part of our projects and will help you gain skills in critiquing other work.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design has digital and printmaking facilities. You will use them to experiment with a wide range of media, including book and narrative creation, drawing, and graphic arts. There are also opportunities to explore photography, textiles, moving, and interactive media.

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  • This course will be taught by the staff of the Dundee Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

Why Study this Degree

You will have the opportunity to enter competitions and compete for awards. You may also be able to attend D&AD's 'New Blood', which is an international showcase of the best graduates in visual communication and advertising.

Our graduates are in high demand. Our alumni go on to work for major design studios and organisations including the New York Times, The Guardian, and Time Out, and others have set up their own agencies.

The commercial demand for illustrators continues to grow and our graduates go on to have successful careers in: publishing, design and editorial

Your Pathways

The IS1 is the first year of a four year International Incorporated Bachelors. And its designed to strengthen your English language abilities and introduce core concepts and knowledge required at university study level.  Once you have successfully completed your studies you will continue the remaining stages of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.