4 institutions within the North East

Newcastle University, Fine Art W150

This four year program allows me to fully develop ideas and knowledge of art history and contemporary art. I will develop and exhibit a body of studio practice while acquiring the professional practical, theoretical and intellectual skills which are essential to establish myself as an artist. They also offer a period to study with their partnered universities abroad. They provide a LifeWorkArt program which helps support and develop my career. This gives me the opportunity to exhibit my work as well as undertake live projects and placements which will help deliver me with the essential skills to thrive in the contemporary art world. There will also be a wide range of media to work with:

  • painting
  • sculpture
  • print
  • photography
  • digital media
  • film
  • video
  • sound
  • performance
  • installation

Portfolio Submission

Portfolio work must be submitted in hard copy as a ‘real portfolio’, they also accept digital portfolios submitted on CD/DVD or a memory stick. Portfolio must be submitted directly to the Fine Art Office.


‘Our undergraduate tuition fees for UK/EU students for 2017-18 will be set and published when the government establishes limits for tuition fees.’

UCAS entry requirements






Sunderland University, Illustration, W215

Course content

There is a large degree of flexibility built into the course and you can combine illustration with other areas such as animation, graphics, advertising, 3D design and web design.

Modules on this course include:

Year 1 (national level 4)

  • Design Theory 1 (20 Credits)
  • Illustration, Media and Printmaking (60 Credits)
  • Sequential, Narrative and Concept Illustration (40 Credits)

Year 2 (national level 5)

  • Design Theory 2 (20 Credits)
  • Illustration and Contemporary Practice (40 Credits)
  • Printmaking for Illustration (20 Credits)
  • Beyond Desktop Publishing (20 Credits)
  • Computer Illustration (20 Credits)

Final Year (national level 6)

  • Illustrator as Professional (40 Credits)
  • Design Research (20 Credits)
  • Final Major Project (60 Credits)


UCAS entry requirements

112 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award).  A maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications.

Require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language; or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number.


Portfolio requirements and submission- by email


Suitable items for a portfolio include:

  • Drawing: examples of observed drawing and exploratory drawing
  • Projects: evidence of project work including sketchbooks and development work
  • Self-initiated work: that you have done out of personal interest
  • Research: examples of various forms of investigation undertaken for projects
  • Writing: examples of reports, essays or journals



The annual fee for this course is:

  • £9,250 if you are from the UK / EU
  • £10,750 if you are an International student
Open Day Saturday 12th November 2016 9:30am-4:00pm

Northumbria University, Fine Art W100

Course Overview

Year one You will be introduced to studio practice and creative research, providing context for your study in contemporary art practice, embedding essential intellectual and technical skills and competences.

Year two- You will learn to reflect and critically evaluate your work and develop an understanding of professional public exhibition and presentation.

Year three- your final year culminates in your degree show exhibition together with the production of a dissertation that underpins your art practice.

UCAS entry requirements

Portfolio of fine art work and five GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Mathematics. 300 UCAS Tariff points including an art or photography subject.

Open Day

Saturday 26 November

The University did to provide any information about submission however as I applied last year using emails I suggest it will be the same method.


Teesside University, W211 Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art

Course Overview

During this three year course I will develop my skills at communicating through cartooning and my understanding of different mediums from different technical aspects. This course covers all styles of cartooning from manga to journalism, adventure to amerimanaga, superhero to memoir.

Although I have never looked into this type of course before, I am now very interested. This is the type of course I would love to study at university.

UCAS Requirements

A typical offer is 112 tariff points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).

Open Day

19 November

The University has not stated a lot of information on their website such as portfolio requirements and submission dates and fees for this course.

Edinburgh University, Textiles J420

This four year course explores materials colour pattern, texture and image manipulation as well as a wide-range approach to personal research ad drawing. I will be encouraged to embrace new technology and develop new ways of working, alongside the study of traditional textile techniques and embroidery. To help me contextualise my place within the textile industry, I will be offered cross-programme collaborations combined with industrial projects. This will provide me with a rich and stimulating education as well as prepare myself for future employment.

Typical offer:

  • SQA Highers: BBBB.
  • A Levels: BBB..

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: BBBB by the end of S5 or BBBBB/ABBB from S4-S6. National 5: English at Grade C.
  • A Levels: BBB. GCSEs: English at Grade C.


“Applicants will be asked to submit a digital mini-portfolio to provide evidence of artistic aptitude and potential, this will form an important part of the selection process. The deadline for mini-portfolio submission is 12:00 noon GMT on Tuesday 31 January 2017 and late mini-portfolio submissions will not be accepted. Applicants applying to enter Year 2 of our programmes, who pass the first stage of selection, will be invited to bring a full portfolio to an Applicant Day.”

Important dates

  • Early November 2016: Mini-portfolio submissions site opens
  • 15 January 2017: UCAS deadline for Home/EU applicants
  • 31 January 2017 (12:00 non GMT): Mini-portfolio submission deadline
  • 13-17 March 2017: Applicant Days for applicants applying to enter Year 2
  • 30 June 2017: Final deadline for UCAS applications from applicants from outside the EU

Course Fee


Derby University, Illustration W220

This course equips you with the breadth of skills you need to become a creatively diverse, professionally distinctive illustrator in our increasingly visual world. It paves the way to dynamic careers in publishing, advertising, education and design.

UCAS Requirements

  • 280 (up to 40 from AS-levels)
  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English


£9,000 per year

Open Days

  • Saturday 19 November
  • Saturday 10 December


Wolverhampton University, Illustration  W202

Level 4: Orientation – introducing skill, concept and creative thinking. You will study the different aspects of Illustration, through a combination of traditional and new technology.

Level 5: – Introducing specialist practice – focusing on consolidation and the translation of ideas within creative professional contexts. The focus is on Live Projects and industry engagement.

Level 6: Developing Practice: A Launch pad for the Future – the focus is on profession by defining and refining individual creativity through self-directed project work. A bridging module will prepare you for Post Graduate level study. You will have the opportunity to engage in the promotion of your work through, exhibition and display.

Level 7: Develop, Resolve and Confirm – providing the opportunity for investigation, development, resolution and confirmation of your academic and professional role as a designer at post graduate level with a trajectory into the profession or on to final masters study.

UCAS Requirements

  • CCC from ‘A’ levels.
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD




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