Graduates of this course are employed worldwide, mainly as freelance illustration and image makers commissioned by magazines and newspapers; publishers of non-fiction, fiction and children's books; film and television production companies; and by advertising and design groups. Many graduates pursue careers in animation, games, multimedia, special effects and design for film and TV; others go on to postgraduate study in either the UK or overseas.
Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.
Name: Mei Matsuoka
Course: Illustration & Animation BA(Hons) (course renamed Illustration Animation in 2013)
Mei's first picture book, Burger Boy, developed in collaboration with writer Alan Durant, won the Portsmouth Children's Book Award in 2007. She has since worked on several other books for both the UK and Japanese markets.
She also won first prize for a short story in the All Nippon Airways (ANA)'s environmental picture book competition. Her winning story was printed and distributed on all ANA flights for a year.
You can see Mei's work online at www.meimatsuoka.com.
"My time at Kingston was a major learning curve. I discovered all sorts of illustrators and artists that I have come to really admire. The opportunity to work as a freelance illustrator and children's book author came about as a result of my final-year exhibition – after this I was contacted by publishers and agents, who I then went on to work with."
Illustration Animation BA(Hons) graduates have gone on to the following roles:
Illustration Animation BA(Hons) graduates have gone on to work at the following organisations:
In addition to building expertise in your own discipline, our courses will also help you to develop key transferable skills that you'll need for professional life or further study once you graduate.
As well as a range of careers and employability activities at Kingston, we also offer you the chance to apply and develop your skills in live contexts as an integral part of your course. Opportunities include:
In your final year, you'll get the opportunity to complete a major 'capstone' project where you can apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired to a range of real issues in different contexts. This is a great way to learn and is a valuable bridge to employment or further research at masters level.
If you decide that you would like to go on to postgraduate study after your undergraduate course, we offer a 10 per cent discount on our postgraduate course tuition fees to our alumni. Here are some courses that might interest you: