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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 14.2k / Year
  • Foreign: $ 14.5k / Year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English


    This Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree completion program with a concentration in Illustration gives students the opportunity to explore concepts, methods and materials employed in contemporary illustration, with an emphasis placed upon the development of ideas and the exploration of various media and techniques. Coursework is structured to assist students in the development of their goals as they acquire the knowledge and skills common to professional illustrators.

    Imaginative students can flourish in the field of Visual Communications when they have the skills to depict their creative vision strategically. The goal of the BFA with a concentration in Illustration is to help students acquire creative problem solving skills along with key design skills, including design development, typography, art direction, computer design and portfolio development.

    In this industry-focused curriculum, students can develop their skills in several levels of illustration. The program exposes them to figure drawing and painting, narrative illustration, 2D animation, 3D illustration and computer illustration.

    The AIU BFA with a concentration in Illustration gives students the opportunity to develop a representative body of work in a creative, professional manner that will show a prospective employer what they can offer. In this curriculum, students can learn how to:

    • Build a depth of knowledge and understanding in design strategies and methodologies.
    • Apply cultural and contextual perspective to solving complex design problems.
    • Use contemporary skills and technologies to create, analyze, and evaluate the relevance of their work within the industry.
    • Apply relevant research methodologies to practical and theoretical work.
    • Apply a creative strategic approach to visual problem solving.
    • Develop appropriate skill in creating presentations and communications within a range of contexts.
    • Build responsible self-management skills throughout the design process to production, using a range of relevant clear communication skills within a variety of contexts.
    • and many more industry-related skills.

    Detailed Course Facts

    Tuition fee
    • EUR 14220 Year (EEA)
    • EUR 14520 Year (Non-EEA)

    13.5 credit (3 classes, 1 quarter) £4170 Home students and £4260 Non-home students

    Start date January,March,July,October 2015 Duration full-time 36 months Languages Take an IELTS test
    • English
    Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

    Course Content

    In addition to the general education requirements, this BFA with a concentration in Illustration includes the following courses, taught by instructors who have relevant career experience in the illustration and design industry. The experiences and firsthand perspectives they share in class can help prepare you for real-life challenges after you graduate.


    • Design Principles
    • Fundamentals of Color
    • Computer Design I
    • Foundation Illustration
    • Art Direction
    • Design Development I
    • Business Practices in Visual Communication
    • Portfolio Presentation I


    • Sequential & Narrative Illustration
    • Advanced Illustration
    • Experimental Computer Illustration I
    • Experimental Computer Illustration II

    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.


    English Language Requirements

    IELTS band : 5.5 CAE score : 60(Grade C) TOEFL paper-based test score : 500 TOEFL iBT® test : 61

    To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

    take an IELTS test. More About IELTS


    To be considered for admission, first-time students and transfer applicants must fulfill the following requirements:

    • Submit a complete application for admission.
    • For prospective students who reside in North or South America or the Caribbean Region and who are applying through the AIU Admissions Office located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, an application fee of US $50 is required. For other international applicants who reside outside these regions and who apply through the Admissions Office in London, an application fee of GB£35 is required.
    • Submit attestation of high school graduation or its equivalent.
    • Participate in an admission interview arranged by an AIU Admission Advisor.
    • Non-native English-speaking prospective students are required to provide proof of English proficiency (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS or other approved English-proficiency assessment) prior to admission or upon arrival in London. Applicants should consult an AIU London Admissions Advisor for full details and English-proficiency requirements before applying to AIU London.

    English Proficiency and English as a Second Language

    Prospective students whose first language is not English are required to provide proof of English proficiency prior to admission. Accepted methods for the demonstration of English proficiency at AIU include but are not limited to:

    Examination Options:

    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (on the paper test) of 500 or higher
    • TOEFL score (on the computerbased test) of 173 or higher
    • TOEFL score (on the internetbased test) of 61 or higher
    • Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL) score of 3 or higher
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 or higher
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) score of 73 or higher
    • University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate Certificate of Advanced English (UCLES CAE) grade of A, B or C
    • University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate Certificate of Proficiency in English (UCLES CPE) grade of A, B or C
    • British GCSE/Ordinary (O) orAdvanced (A and AS) Level examinations in the Subject of English grade of A, B or C

    Instructional Options:

    • Successful completion of acollege-level English course (agrade of C or better) taken at anaccredited, English speaking postsecondary institution
    • Graduation from an Englishspeaking secondary institution
    • ESL instruction based onUniversity evaluation
    • Level 109 or higher on the ESLLanguage Centers
    • Level 107 or higher EF Language
    • Centerso Alternative measures of Englishproficiency may be determined with Academic approval.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Access Bursary

      Bursary for UK students all subjects where the variable tuition fee rate is payable.

    • Alumni Bursary

      Alumni Bursary for UK Undergraduate students

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than American InterContinental University.


    AIU offers several scholarship and grants options. For more information see the link section "financial aid" and their catalogue.

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