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Illustration Animation BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

Our graduates are employed worldwide, often as freelance illustration and image makers for magazines and newspapers; book publishers; film and TV production companies; and by advertising and design groups. Some pursue careers in animation, games, multimedia, special effects and design for film and TV; others pursue postgraduate study in the UK or overseas.

Examples of recent graduate destinations

Types of jobs

Illustration Animation BA(Hons) graduates have gone on to the following roles:

  • 3D artist
  • Advertising art director
  • Agency illustrator
  • Animation director
  • Animator
  • Animator freelance
  • Artist
  • Artist freelance
  • Advertising campaign planner
  • Character artist
  • Concept artist
  • Design manager
  • Director
  • Gallery coordinator
  • Graphic design intern
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustration artist assistant
  • Illustration intern
  • Illustrator
  • Illustrator – freelance
  • Illustrator and printmaker
  • Landscape artist
  • Marketing
  • Printmaker
  • Production assistant
  • Professor / lecturer / tutor / teacher
  • Publishing assistant
  • Story board
  • Visual artist 


Illustration Animation BA(Hons) graduates have gone on to work at the following organisations:

  • Aardman Animations Ltd
  • Accessorize
  • BBC
  • Big Big Studios
  • Cartoon Brew
  • Central Academy of Fine Arts
  • Cinesite (Europe) Ltd
  • Cllve Christian
  • Cloud Cuckoo Studios
  • Cornelissen
  • Design Advantage
  • Disney UK
  • Ed Taylor Animations
  • Erika Pal Illustration
  • Financial Times
  • Foster + Partners
  • GMTV
  • Hanyant Women's University
  • Haymarket Media Group UK
  • Hotchpotch Publishing Ltd
  • IGM
  • Istituto Marangoni
  • London Print Studio
  • Mary Kilvert
  • Meiklejohn Illustration
  • Nineplus
  • OKIDO magazine
  • Oxford Press
  • Passion Pictures
  • Paul Holland
  • Radiant Worlds
  • Richmond Adult Community College
  • Richmond Upon Thames College
  • Shaun Doyle
  • Sherbet
  • Silverwood Books
  • Slinky Pictures Ltd
  • Smartart
  • Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
  • Southampton University
  • Studio Conflict
  • The Bygone Bureau
  • The Share Centre Ltd
  • The Walt Disney Company Ltd
  • Tick Tock Robot
  • Tussauds Studios
  • University of Brighton
  • Valoche Designs
  • Waldegrave School for Girls
  • Wimbledon School of Art
  • Yard Partners
  • YCN
  • Yu Young

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:

  • placements;
  • working or studying abroad;
  • volunteering;
  • peer mentoring roles; and
  • internship opportunities within and outside the University.

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.

Courses available after you graduate

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:

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Graduates secure BAFTA award nominations

Kingston University graduates secure BAFTA award nominations

Award nominations for documentary and short animation films.

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