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Illustration Animation BA(Hons): After you graduate

Careers and progression

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.

What our graduates say

Check out what our graduates have gone on to do and how studying at Kingston helped them achieve their goals.

Mei Matsuoka

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

"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."


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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