University of Worcester
Creative Writing and Illustration BA (Hons)
University of Worcester

Key Course Facts

Course Description


By studying this Joint Honours degree in Creative Writing and Illustration you gain experience in two highly complementary disciplines, allowing you to produce work that showcases your development in both areas. Our interdisciplinary approach gives flexibility and a wider view of the world that is attractive to employers. Studying these courses in combination could be right for you if your creative interests span working in both visual and written forms, and if your curiosity is fired by the possibilities afforded by visual and other communication contexts.

Creative Writing aims to nurture your confidence as a writer and to support your development as a critical and skilful analyst of writing, whilst developing your commercial practice (writing for magazines, reviewing, scriptwriting, editing) and understanding of the publishing industry. When studying Illustration at Worcester, you aim to cover the complete range of genres and forms, including children’s books, editorial and magazine illustration, the graphic novel, reportage, authorial illustration and advertising.

Key features

  • Exciting programme of guest speakers for both areas, including Olivier Kugler, Isabel Greenberg, Jonny Hannah, Katerina Manolessou, Ben Newman, Jane Ray, Nobrow and Flying Eye Books.

  • Introduction to exhibition practice through illustration fairs, card sales and exhibitions in the final year graduation show.

  • Opportunity to travel to destinations in mainland Europe and to showcase your work in London.

  • Excellent work placement opportunities, including through Writing West Midlands and Ledbury Poetry Festival.

  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree.

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Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 25 graduates of Creative Writing and Illustration BA (Hons) and other courses in at University of Worcester for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
62 /100
25 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Creative Writing

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 £22000 £18500 £21000
25-75 percentile range £18000 - £25000 £11500 - £23000 £16000 - £28500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Creative Writing

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £19979 £19934 £23350
25-75 percentile range £17910 - £23976 £14991 - £24500 £17452 - £29733

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Creative Writing and Illustration, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

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

Job in line with future plans

Utilise skills from studies

Work is meaningful

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

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

Example below based on all graduates of Creative Writing and Illustration BA (Hons) at University of Worcester

35% Artistic, literary and media occupations
15% Administrative occupations
15% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Elementary occupations
5% Skilled trades occupations

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

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Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Qualification requirements

The University of Worcester accepts all qualifications within the Tariff, and normally looks for the equivalent of 3 A levels. More information can be found at

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 4.5
    • Foundation year
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.0
    • Undergraduate Degrees
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Tuition Fees Creative Writing and Illustration BA (Hons)

EU £9250 year 1
England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Channel Islands £9250 year 1
International £13100 year 1

Additional fee information

These fees are set by the University, but are subject to UK Government confirmation. The University expects to apply an inflationary increase to its published fee levels every academic year.

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)
  • year 2
  • year 3

University Rankings

Positions of University of Worcester in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of University of Worcester in related subject specific rankings.

Arts Visual & Performing

    • #17 
    • #18 
    Creative Writing
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

Languages & Literature

    • #78 
    • #93 
    CUG The Complete University Guide - By Subject
    [Published 13 June, 2022]

See all 24 university rankings of University of Worcester

About University of Worcester

The University of Worcester (UW) is a publicly funded research university, located in Worcester, England. Dating back to 1946 as an Emergency Teacher Training College, it was only in 2005 that UW received official university status. The university’s main campus is known as St John’s and is where most of the courses take place, although those related to business, computing, marketing and management are taken on by the university’s secondary campus which is known as City Campus.

Student composition of University of Worcester

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

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