University of Wales
Illustration (Swansea College of Art) BA (Hons)
University of Wales

Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 25 graduates of Illustration (Swansea College of Art) BA (Hons) at University of Wales for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
75 /100
25 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Design Studies

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19500 £17500 £21000
25-75 percentile range £16000 - £22000 £14000 - £21500 £15500 - £25000

Salary of all UK Graduates of Design Studies

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20046 £20113 £23568
25-75 percentile range £18042 - £24043 £15144 - £24676 £17604 - £29974

Course Description

The Illustration programme here at Swansea reflects and embraces the diverse nature of contemporary illustration. It will encourage you to challenge the concept of what illustration can be, and help you to pursue personal directions in your work, whether traditional, 2D, 3D, digital or motion-based illustration.

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Illustration (Swansea College of Art) BA (Hons) at University of Wales

45% Artistic, literary and media occupations
15% Elementary occupations
15% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Skilled trades occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Sales occupations
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Welfare and housing associate professionals

Feedback on project work takes place throughout the course in the form of frequent tutorials (both individual and group), seminars and critiques. This process is integral to the course and provides a continuous verbal commentary to the students on their practical work and associated research throughout the development of all of their projects. Final assessment in the form of visual portfolio, exhibition, research/ideas book/blog, or presentation is used at the end of each module to provide the students with a formal mark. All assessment is based on 100% coursework. Students are expected to demonstrate their understanding in the form of practical project work. All practical work is project based. Contextual Practice is also assessed on coursework in the form of essays and constitutes 20 credits of your 120 credit coursework during years 1 & 2, with the dissertation also constituting 20 credits of your final year’s 120. Continuous verbal commentary to students throughout their project work is integral to the course.

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications and portfolio of work.

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Illustration (Swansea College of Art), BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Illustration (Swansea College of Art) BA (Hons)

EU £9000 year 1
England UK £9000 year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 year 1
Scotland £9000 year 1
Wales £9000 year 1
Channel Islands £9000 year 1
International £13500 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

About University of Wales

The University of Wales (UW) is a confederal university located in Cardiff, Wales. This university was the very first to exist in Wales, and now operates a highly rated research centre, the Centre for Advanced Welsh and Celtic Studies. In addition, UW also has a centre used for studying and conferences in Gregynog, Newtown.

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Where is this programme taught

Dynevor, Swansea
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