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Illustration, BA*

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.

As a system-accredited university, we are able to continuously align and update our programmes with today's job market. Therefore, this programme is in the process of an in-house re-accreditation.

 

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Key Facts

Starting semesters
Starting semesters

· Winter semester: September

· Summer semester: March

Tuition fees | EU applicants
Tuition fees | EU applicants

Standard: € 708 monthly 

 

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Tuition fees | Non-EU applicants
Tuition fees | Non-EU applicants

Standard: € 12,100 yearly

 

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Degree
Degree

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Internship semester / semester abroad
Internship semester / semester abroad

5th semester

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Credits
Credits

180 ECTS (6 semesters)

Language of instruction
Language of instruction

English (Berlin)

German (Hamburg)

Highlights
Highlights

· Individual development

· Small learning groups

· Creative freedom

Campus
Campus

Berlin (English)

Hamburg (German)

Curriculum

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

 

Curriculum Bachelor Illustration

Why study Illustration at UE?

Why study in Berlin?
Why study in Berlin?

Berlin is the largest city in Germany, not only a place steeped in history but also one of the cultural and creative centers of the Western world (music, club culture, exhibitions, art collections, history). UE at Campus Berlin is an international university with students from over 90 nations; more than two-thirds of the students come from all over.

Networking and cooperation projects
Networking and cooperation projects

We have cooperations with e.g. Reporters without Borders, Botanical Museum Berlin, Bioeconomy Council of the Federal Government, Charité Berlin, Theater an der Parkaue and many more. And also offers a lot of guest lectures and workshops with artists like Cannaday Chapman and Oliver Kugler.

The programme
The programme

Studying illustration at the UE combines the classical arts such as painting, drawing and printmaking with the fascination of contemporary design through modern and digital techniques.

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.

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.

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.

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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Please complete our online application form in its entirety.
Your portfolio:

  • 15 samples of work - in addition to illustrations and drawings, a sketchbook and other projects that demonstrate interest in the subject area are also welcome. We also like to see themed series and concept sketches.

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.

Our range of creative study programmes is diverse - we help you to get started.

Choosing the right study degree that is matching your interests best can be hard. For the upcoming semester, we offer you the chance to get a sneak peek into your desired study programme. Our foundation diploma will allow you to understand your professors as well as teaching material of the different creative study programmes more in-depth. Obtain a degree that matches your strengths and interests best. This offer applies to the following Art & Design degrees at UE:

 

  • Film & Motion Design
  • Photography & New Media
  • Illustration
  • Communications Design
  • Game Design

Important note: Please select "Undergraduate + Foundation" as the programme type when applying via our online portal.

Students at UE

Learn more about our Illustration Bachelor's degree.

Jacqueline, BA Illustration graduate, talks about her experience with UE & Professor Hans Baltzer as well as Anne-Christin Plate. She explains why illustration plays such a big role in today's creative industry.

Learn more about our Illustration Bachelor's degree.

Jacqueline, BA Illustration graduate, talks about her experience with UE & Professor Hans Baltzer as well as Anne-Christin Plate. She explains why illustration plays such a big role in today's creative industry.

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