Diploma in Graphics & Illustration

By UniAdmission / March 01 2019

Graduate of diploma in graphics and Illustration working on a laptop

The Foundation Diploma in Graphics and Illustration is accredited by University of the Arts London Awarding Body. What makes this intensive, hands on, practical three-term Foundation Diploma in Graphics & Illustration program so special is that  students will specialize in visual communication major from day one of the program!

the graphics and illustration major is so much more than simply designing posters. If you are excited by spirited away, manga comics, designing and producing computer games, developing character concepts for film and animations, web design, book illustration, designing prints for the fashion industry, bags, merchandise or the world of advertising, training in graphics & illustration can open up a wide range of career pathways.

Awarded by the University of the Arts London awarding body, students who join CSVPA college in spring semester or fall semester for the Foundation Diploma in Graphics & Illustration will specialize in visual communication from day one, opening up a wide range of career opportunities and allowing them to progress onto a bachelor degree major!

The Foundation Diploma in Graphics & Illustration will help you to understand the world of both graphics and illustration, teach the skills and build your portfolio so you can progress onto a university degree in many visual communication majors such as visual media courses, graphic design courses, graphic communication courses, fashion imaging courses.

CSVPA provide a unique and highly personalized training environment in which to nurture, educate and encourage young Designers of tomorrow to create

Graphics and Illustration are the two key areas in the world of Design. They are the two sides of the same coin and they rely on each other. Illustrators create images to be used by and in conjunction with a graphic designer, who creates the overall design and look of the finished article.

This course will give you the opportunity to learn about both sides, preparing you for degree level thinking. The course tutors will work closely with you to help you to understand research methods and how to implement them as you learn to reflect and evaluate on your work.

To be a successful student in a UK Art School, you must be able to think and work independently and develop your own individual creative ideas. This course will give you the freedom to explore your ideas, allow you to experiment, make mistakes and learn from these mistakes which is vital in the world of graphics and illustration.

Course Terms

Throughout the first two terms you will be set a number of projects which you will work on whilst developing your portfolio. You will also be given compulsory subjects and optional modules taught within practical small class environment. A specialist team Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts will help you with your degree progressions as well as your lecturers, who are all experienced designers bringing a wealth of industry knowledge.

The third term is all about your final graduation project. Final major projects have included branding for hotels and restaurants, advertising posters, typographic installations, packaging design, designed and illustrated book covers, hand rendered typography, children’s pop-up books, guide books, store illustrations, children’s games, info graphics and editorial illustration.

Skills Learned: Reportage drawing, digital design and illustration, typography, layout design, printmaking, photography, screen printing, Adobe Creative Suite using InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop

Compulsory Subjects: Visual Studies, Life Drawing, Contextual Studies, English Language

Degree Majors: Graphic Communication Design, Illustration Animation, Graphic and Media Design, Communication Design, 3D Game Design, Media Communications, Web Design

Individualized University Support

You will be supported with your university applications through a combination of help from your dedicated University Application Officer as well as your lecturers, who are all experienced designers bringing a wealth of industry knowledge. They will assist you with identifying the right university and degree courses to apply to and help you to submit your application.

Individualized University Support

NQF Level : 4

Accreditation : University of the Arts London Awarding Body

Course Length : January and September

Age : 17 years +

Educational Level : Completed Senior High School

English Level : IELTS 4.5+ (each element 4.0+)

Portfolio : Showing a commitment to Graphics & Illustration

Diploma in Graphics & Illustration Features

Five days a week teaching Small class sizes, no more than 15 students to 1 teacher One-on-one support in class Personalized portfolio assistance and advice Your own dedicated workspace Have your own iMac Lecturers based in your studio all day Monday to Friday Studio access 7 days a week Guaranteed participation in a show Dedicated university officer, to help with your university applications and careers advice Opportunities to broaden your experiences by visiting exhibitions and shows over the world Outstanding teachers who are working artists, still exhibiting, bringing industry links and real insight to the world of work Dynamic and global community bringing opportunities, international contacts and friendships

Course Award

Upon successful completion you will achieve a University of the Arts London Awarding Body Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design with guaranteed progression to the Arts & Design Bachelor of Graphics and Illustration major.

Art and Design Courses List

CourseLengthIELTSVisa Route
Extended Diploma In Art & Design6 terms4.5Tier Four Visa
Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design3 terms4.5Tier Four Visa
Foundation Diploma in Graphics & Illustration3 terms4.5Tier Four Visa
Foundation Diploma in 3D Design3 terms6Tier Four Visa
Premaster in Art & Design1 terms6Short-term visa

Graphic and Design Courses Outline

Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Accredited by University of the Arts London Awarding Body the program will lead to the bachelor of Art & Design.

Start dates: January and September
Course Length: 6 term
IELTS Score: 4.5+, minimum band 4
The course is suitable for students who:

Are aged 16 years+, passionate about art and design but have not completed their secondary education.
Want to start in January or September intake on the 2-year Extended Diploma in Art & Design.
Are not academically strong but are incredibly creative and want to focus their studies on Art & Design whilst getting an academic qualification.

This courses will give students the right qualifications to progress onto university for bachelor in art & design

Foundation Diploma in Fashion Design

Accredited by University of the Arts London Awarding Body and will lead to the bachelor of Fashion Design

Start dates: January and September
Course Length: 3 terms
IELTS Score: 4.5+, minimum band 4

Available for January and September intakes, the Art Foundation at CSVPA is for students who already know that they want to specialize in Fashion Design then the NEW 3 term course will:

Allow students to specialize from day one in Fashion Design.
Teach students the technical skills they need to make things and prepare their portfolio.
Support students with their university applications.
Guaranteed progression onto the bachelor degree in Fashion Design.

Foundation Diploma in Graphics & Illustration

Accredited by University of the Arts London Awarding Body

Start dates: January and September
Course Length: 3 term
IELTS Score: 4.5+, minimum band 4

Available for January and September intakes, the Art Foundation at CSVPA is for students who already know that they want to specialize in Graphics & Illustration and will lead to the bachelor of Graphics & Illustration. The 3-term course will:

Allow students to specialize from day one in Graphics & Illustration
Prepare students for degree level thinking, teach them the technical skills they need and develop their portfolio
Support students with their university applications
Guaranteed progression onto the bachelor degree Graphics & Illustration.

This courses will give students the right qualifications to progress onto university for bachelor in art & design

Foundation Diploma in 3D Design

Accredited by University of the Arts London Awarding Body

Start dates: January and September
Course Length: 3 term
IELTS Score: 4.5+, minimum band 4

Available for January and September intakes, the Art Foundation at CSVPA is for students who already know that they want to specialize in Product Design, Spatial Design or Applied Craft and will lead to bachelor of 3D Design. This amazing program is a 3-term course which will:

Allow students to specialize from day one in their chosen 3D Design subject.
Teach students the technical skills they need to make things and prepare their portfolio.
Support students with their university applications.
Product Design | Spatial Design | Applied Craft

Premaster in Art & Design

Accredited by University of the Arts London Awarding Body

Start dates: January and September
Course Length: 1 terms
IELTS Score: 6.0+, minimum band 5.5

This course is one of the few premaster programs in art and design preparing students for master ‘s in arts and design and is perfect for students who:

Have completed an art & design undergraduate degree outside of the UK
Want to study a Master’s in an art & design subject
Need to improve their research and writing skills
Need to adapt to UK teaching styles before progressing onto a Master’s degree

Top Art Schools

According to QS World University Rankings for top art schools, The University of Arts London ranks as one of the best universities in the world for Art and Design degrees. QS Ranking is considered one of the most credible organizations for university rankings. Below is the official top 10 universities for Art and Design programs:

RankingUniversityCountry
1Royal College of ArtUK
2Parsons The New School for DesignUS
3Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)US
4Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)US
5Pratt InstituteUS
6School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)US
7California Institute of the ArtsUS
8University of the Arts LondonUK
9Art Center College of DesignUS
10Glasgow School of Art (GSA)UK

Source: QS World University Rankings

Course Admission Process

Ambitions students looking for admission to one of the very best in Art and Design degrees from top UK universities and serious about receiving an offer of acceptance for the next intake can Contact UniAdmission Education Consultants who will give you all the support your need throughout the university admission process. 

To receive your offer of acceptance fast, apply through our online admission application now, it is the simplest and easiest way to apply. Students who do not have the IELTS score required can still apply for any of the art and design courses above and receive conditional offer of acceptance.

Below is the complete list of admission requirements for the foundation diploma in graphics and illustration:

High school certificates
Full design portfolio
Personal statement (400 words)
Passport copy (two-page spread)
IELTS certificate (if available)
Reference letter (if available)