Is an illustration degree worth it?

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I’d really like to be a children’s illustrator…but not sure if it’s realistic??

Is illustration worth it?

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I’d really like to be a children’s illustrator…but not sure if it’s realistic??

Is illustration worth it?

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Hi there,

You don't necessarily need a degree to become an illustrator but it will equip you by teaching you how to improve and fine tune your craft, you'll have access to professionals (lecturers) who know what they are talking about and have worked in the industry and will be able to give you a lot of guidance, uni is also a brilliant networking opportunity especially for creative industry subjects as many lecturers will help you find clients/jobs. Studying at uni may also open you up to new job possibiities within your sector that you wouldn't have done if you hadn't studied

There are many really good unis that would be the perfect springboard to help you become an illustrator.


Here's a list of highly reccomended unis for illustration: (I would say look through their course content, what jobs people leave the uni with and percentage of graduates who find jobs!)

University of Brighton, Nottingham Trent University, Arts University Bournemouth, University of the Arts London, Loughborough University, Falmouth University, UWE Bristol, Kingston University London, University of Leeds


https://www.skillshare.com/blog/how-...t-as-a-career/ I found this articule on becoming an illustrator

Maybe if you have a favourite children's illustrator you can send them a message/email etc. to see how they became who they are?

I hope this helps you out a bit!

All the best Jubilee

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I’d really like to be a children’s illustrator…but not sure if it’s realistic??

Is illustration worth it?

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Hi EVMD17 :ciao:


It may not necessarily be essential to have a degree to get into illustration, but you may find that there are certain benefits, such as finessing your skills and networking, it can also be a great way to meet like-minded people.

Here at Brighton we are ranked in the top 13 in the UK for our art courses, where you will have access to a variety of facilities:

• Dedicated studio space
• Technical staff are on hand to assist you in the workshops
• Central media centre with computing facilities specific to the needs of designers and illustrators
• Specialist equipment including materials for sound, film and photography
• Techhub featuring laser cutting, plasma cutting, CNC 3-axis milling, CNC routing, 3D body scanning, portable 3D scanning and rapid prototyping
• Department print bureau
• One of the country's best-stocked specialist art and design libraries
• Internationally important Design Archives include a wealth of work in graphic design and illustration
• Dedicated technical workshops in letterpress printing and book arts

You can watch this video of our 2018 graduate Jade Delmage, where she discusses her experience of studying Illustration at Brighton:



We have various notable alumni who have taken the Illustration course, such as Polly Dunbar who became an author and illustrator. She is best known for her self-illustrated books Penguin, the Tilly and Friends series (which became a BBC children's television series).

We also have Emily Gravett is an author and illustrator of children's picture books. For her debut book Wolves published in 2005 and Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears published three years later, she won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal recognising the year's best-illustrated British children's book.

I hope this is helpful, if you have questions please get in touch!

Bex – Brighton Uni rep :nyan:
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Very few children's book illustrators working in the UK won't have a relevant degree in illustration/art etc.

However, it is a very hard field to get into. But don't let that stop you doing a degree in it. A degree can lead to many other career paths that you haven't considered yet.

Things you can do now: draw every day, keep a sketchbook, draw people/places/animals/imaginary worlds. The more you draw and the more you let your imagination run wild, the easier it will be. Also: read children's books - analyse the illustrations, the stories, follow illustrators on social media, walks talks by well known practitioners. There's all kinds of things you can do before you get to Uni.
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