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Degree-level illustration distance learning with OCA

The study of illustration focuses on the areas of drawing, image making, narrative and creative problem solving, all to communicate something to a range of target audiences.

Illustrators work in the sketchbook, draw the imagined or observed figure and place, or make use of reportage drawing.

Learners will be able to interpret briefs, generate ideas, carry out visual research and develop outcomes to produce personally meaningful work. You’ll work towards becoming visually literate illustrators, developing your creative voice to apply to a range of personal and contracted contexts.

Budding illustrators can specialise on the BA (Hons) Illustration degree programme or blend the role of illustrator with designer and visual communicator through study on the BA (Hons) Visual Communications degree programme.

What is an online illustration course?

A distance learning illustration course offers you the freedom and flexibility to study illustration at your own pace from anywhere in the world. Fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments with an online illustration course.

While you study your part time illustration course, you’ll benefit from a specialised programme to evolve your illustration skills, broaden your knowledge, and enrich your creative portfolio.

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Join OCA and enrol in one of our illustration courses today

If you’re looking to take an online illustration course, OCA offer degree-level illustration courses that will help you develop your portfolio to pursue a career in illustration or meet your personal creative growth goals. Find out more about our illustration courses below.

Our illustration courses are open access; this means that you won’t need any previous qualifications in order to apply. But if you’d like to take a course before starting your degree – we have a range of art foundation courses available that would be a great entry into illustration.

BA (hons) Illustrations Student Work

BA (Hons) Illustration

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BA (hons) Visual Communications Student Example Work

BA (Hons) Visual Communications

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