BA Illustration


Thanks to the Art School’s scale, we are able to offer a highly supportive learning environment. You will be taught by art and design practitioners, whose work is exhibited nationally and internationally and reflects the diversity and range of current creative practice. Our staffing levels mean that you will benefit from the high level of contact time and regular one-to-one tutorials that studying Illustration at this level requires.


This is one of the few places in the UK where you can opt to learn about traditional hand skills – such as historic painting techniques, carving and bronze casting – alongside contemporary ideas, materials and processes. Our focus on both tradition and experimentation stems from our long history of teaching art and design practice alongside specialist courses in conservation and historic carving. Cross course contact and events will offer you unique insights into the materials and processes of art.


Artists and creatives have been working in our studios for over 100 years. There’s no ‘hot-desking’ here: a shared studio space in one of our characterful Victorian or Georgian buildings will be available throughout the course. The high standard of the course and our commitment to providing an exceptional learning opportunity is also recognised by organisations and individuals who provide grants and financial assistance and recognition of achievement.


We believe strongly that specialist skills should not be taught in a vacuum, so we make Art Histories an integral part of all our courses, and teach it in such a way that it informs, inspires and incentivises. Read more about our engaging approach and stimulating Art Histories programme.


Our focus on material creation is informed by in-depth engagement with the historical and critical contexts of art, design and illustration. Study here and you will have London’s rich cultural heritage at your feet to educate and inspire you – an extraordinary resource that we will help you to navigate and explore.


An impressive percentage of Art School graduates have gained first-class or upper second-class honours, which is above the national average and strongly supported by our External Examiners feedback. Recent graduates and alumni have been selected for prestigious awards and prizes and have progressed to postgraduate courses at universities of their choice, including the Art School. Please check out our News page to find out about recent student and alumni achievements, and what has been happening recently at the Art School.


CGLAS is an independent institution (a registered charity) and does not take part in the UCAS scheme.  This means you apply to us directly rather than through UCAS and can do so in addition to your UCAS choices. It also means we can accept applications throughout the year (please see our Apply page for further details)


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