What will I study?
BA Illustration is a broad-based and highly practical programme, covering the wide variety of what Illustration means now. At its core is drawing; reportage, visual description, and visual note-taking; which is necessary to communicate your ideas and to develop the individual creative voice that will help you survive in a competitive job market. You will have the opportunity to de-velop your personal interests in processes like animation, graphic novels, character design, digital applications, children’s picture books, branding, technical illustration, print-making and more.
You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.
The practical elements of the course are complemented by contextual background in the history and theory of illustration and the broader visual realm, both Western and Global; through fo-cused theory seminars and integrated studio teaching.
Professional practice skills are embedded throughout the programme, and with a dedicated ca-reer-focused module in the final year of study. This allows you to develop entrepreneurial, presentation and IT skills and to document their technical skills, with the aim of preparing you for professional life after the degree.
Year 1 is an intense series of modules designed to break down and rebuild ideas about visual rep-resentation, communications design, and ideas generation. Concentrating more on ideas than product, we will introduce you to the fast pace you must set and the variety of contexts in which to work: from freelancing, team and group work to competitive bidding and the challenge of maintaining creative energy in a stressful situation.
Year 2 allows you to expand on specialist areas you have identified and to gain experience and knowledge of the associated markets. You will keep up a strong focus on skills in analogue and digital technology and techniques, and in research. You will undertake a professional practice module that develops your understanding of professional illustration.
Year 3 extends the focus developed in Year 2. A work-related learning module develops your professional understandings and offers the option of a short work placement. The Dissertation focuses, defines and contextualizes your individual interests. The year culminates in an exhibi-tion or live project. By this time you should be independent, proactive and ready to go out and find work.