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Illustration, BA*

Learn the basics and develop your own visual language.

 

The Illustration programme at the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) combines the classic arts such as painting, drawing and graphic art with the fascination of current design with the help of modern, digital techniques. Illustrations visualize complex content in newspapers, magazines, infographics, advertisements, posters, websites, and apps. They tell stories in picture books and comics and create entire films or virtual worlds in storyboards and concept arts.

* Accreditation in preparation due to new bachelor reform.

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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

· Winter semester: September 2021/22

· Summer semester: March 2022

· 6 Semesters

Language of instruction
Language of instruction

English (Berlin)

German (Hamburg)

Degree
Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Tuition fee
Tuition fee

EU applicants: 9,310 € / Non-EU applicants: 12,110 € (yearly)

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Internship semester / semester abroad
Internship semester / semester abroad

5th Semester

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Credits
Credits

180 ECTS

*Important note: There is no guarantee that classroom teaching will be possible throughout the semester due to COVID-19.

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Highlights
Highlights

· Individual development

· Small learning groups

· Creative freedom

Campus
Campus

Berlin (English)

Hamburg (German)

UE Making of – Kooperation mit dem Geologisch-Paläontologischen Museum

Our students received the opportunity to design the mural which now decorates the entrance to the upper floor of the Geological-Palaeontological Museum in the Geomatikum of the City of Hamburg.

Benefits

What makes it outstanding to study at UE?

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The University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) is state accredited and has received multiple awards. The theory you learn will find practical application in several project weeks. A wide variety of interdisciplinary courses allow you to determine the content of your studies. Our university offers modern equipment like photo studios, print and scan labs, Mac pools and more.

An internship or a semester abroad is mandatory, and several excursions give you the opportunity to study in New York, Iceland, Vietnam, Paris and other destinations. Create your story, inspire the world.

Studying at UE in Germany

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We put emphasis on internationality. That is why we were ranked among the top 25 performers in student mobility and international orientation worldwide (U-Multirank 2016). Our numerous international students come from all over the world to pursue a highly valued (state and ZEvA recognised) German degree that is entirely taught in English.

Germany, known as the country of innovators, is the perfect place to get your degree. Germany is a particularly safe and livable country with relatively low tuition fees and affordable living costs. Furthermore, Berlin is known as Europe's creative capital, magnet for artists, and "place to be" for designers.

“Play by the rules, but be ferocious.”

– Phil Knight.

The programme - internships and semester abroad

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They study and deepen the art of drawing not only as a professional foundation but also as an elementary cultural technique for communication and idea generation. In a creative atmosphere, you will learn artistic and application-oriented, experimental and classical, analog and digital working methods of painting, drawing and printmaking and how to apply them professionally. As an illustration student you will tell stories, illustrate books or create entire films in comics and storyboards.

Your lecturers and professors are internationally working illustrators and artists who will share their experiences from their professional practice with you. Illustration is a young, growing course of studies, which with its lecturers from the practice, the integrated semester abroad or practical semester and a variety of elective modules as well as interdisciplinary seminars will give you the best possible start into the profession of an artist.

Career options with a degree in Illustration

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Illustrators see themselves as artistic partners of editorial offices, advertising agencies, design offices, publishing houses, museums, game and film productions. They are not only in demand as service providers, but also contribute their ideas, experience and creative attitude in an advisory capacity. They usually work as freelancers. The language of images is universal - that's why the world is open to illustrators.

Depending on specialization and inclination, the range of tasks ranges from children's book illustrations, from magazine pages to advertising campaigns, from infographics to scientific illustration, from packaging design to concept art for computer games. Especially in comix, graphic novels, animation films and other, artistically freer projects, illustrators appear as independent authors.

Students talk about their studies - #uestories

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"At the University of Europe for Applied Sciences (UE) I was able to try out a lot and discovered a lot of new things in me and found my own style.

Linh never thought he would discover a new side to his drawing style when he came to our university.

Tuition fees and funding

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As a private university, our fees are worth it: UE will help you set them apart from the graduates of many public universities. Your employment and earnings prospects are greatly improved. 

We are happy to provide you with information on funding your studies and on any available scholarships. If you have any further questions, our Student Admissions Office can provide you with detailed information. Find out useful information on bachelor funding.

How to apply

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1. Please complete our online application form in its entirety.
2. Upload the relevant certified documents.
3. Interview stage: it can take place at our campus, or via telephone or video conference (e.g., Skype).

4. Your portfolio:

  • Portfolio (analogue or digital) with 15 to 20 personal works (no highschool assignments) It is not limited to drawing. The portfolio can include the process (sketchbooks, sketches, concepts) and should show the interest for the field. Theme based series of works are welcome 

Important: In the application phase, you must have already decided in which of our degree programmes you would like to study. However, please note that you may change programmes at a later time if desired.

Due to the development of digital media, working methods, requirements, technical workflows and application ranges are also subject to constant change. Nevertheless, the art of drawing is indispensable as a technical basis; and as elementary cultural technique for communication and brainstorming. To illustrate means to invent pictures, to develop your own visual language, to experiment, to think visually and to work. But it also means translating texts into graphic ideas, researching a wide variety of topics, finding adequate solutions and always to stay curious

In the bachelor's degree in Illustration at our university, you will learn exclusively from renowned lecturers from the creative industry and you can use the professional equipment of the UE for analog and digital technologies for your study projects. The focus of our teaching is your individual development in small study groups and a friendly, familiar and creative atmosphere. Through our interdisciplinary selection of subjects, a large number of practical projects and a semester abroad or internships; you can actively shape your studies and your career path.

Curriculum

This course consists of six semesters. Find out what will you study by downloading the course’s curriculum.

Curriculum Bachelor Illustration

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