**Push the boundaries of illustration. Develop your own style and release your personal creativity. Graduate and enter the inspiring world of professional illustration.** If you are passionate about drawing and are full of creative ideas then this course will cultivate your talent. At Sunderland we encourage students to push the boundaries of illustration. The course blends core modules in design theories with practice-based modules, and traditional techniques with computer technology, such as virtual reality and 3D design. Your first year combines an exploration of design principles, printmaking and drawing. You will then pursue a specialist study of illustration during your second and third years. Perfect your craft alongside experienced academics, all are practicing professionals at the cutting edge of their field; they bring their industry insights and experience directly into their teaching. We have fantastic facilities, award-winning staff and students, and a focus on employability and cutting edge professional skills. The UK has the largest design sector in Europe, and at the University of Sunderland, we'll prepare you for an exciting design career. If you have previously studied an HNC, HND, Foundation Degree or started a degree elsewhere in a relevant subject you may gain direct entry to join this course at Stage 2 or 3.