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BA single honours  Illustration 2020/21

Year of entry

Images have never been so important in communicating ideas, on screen or in print, and studying Illustration offers you the opportunity to develop your skills to a professional level.

Our exciting new course is highly practical, covering the wide variety of what Illustration means. At its core is drawing: reportage, visual description, and visual note-taking. We place the highest importance on helping you to develop these transferrable skills, but you will also be encouraged to develop your personal interests and realise your creative identity.

Throughout the programme you will engage with ‘live’ projects and industry-focused research and take part in Professional Practice modules that develop your entrepreneurial skills.

You will explore areas including:

  • animation
  • graphic novels and picture books
  • technical illustration

Illustration is one of the most exciting areas of the contemporary media industry. Images have never been so important in communicating ideas on screen or on paper. If you are fascinated by making imagery and communicating visual ideas BA (Hons) Illustration gives you the opportunity to develop your skills to a professional level.

BA (Hons) Illustration is designed to recognise your individuality, encourage your independence and enhance your creative and technical expertise. It will provide you with a soild grounding in technical skills, contextual awareness and industry conditions. It will give you the tools to thrive and survive in a tough but rewarding working environment. The professional portfolio that you will put together will help you get employment and commissions.

Top reason to choose this course

All teaching staff are creative practitioners and place a high priority on developing creative potential. We use old-school printmaking techniques alongside the latest digital applications: the idea and the product are the focus.

Ilustration is a broad­based and highly practical programme. At its core is drawing, reportage, visual description and visual note­taking. All three are needed to communicate your ideas and develop your individual creative voice, which will help you survive in a competitive job market. You will have the opportunity to develop your personal interests in processes like animation, graphic novels, character design, digital applications, children’s picture books, branding, technical illustration, print­making and much more. 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 focused theory seminars and integrated studio teaching.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Professional practice skills are embedded throughout the programme, and with a dedicated career­focused module in the final year of study. This allows you to develop entrepreneurial, presentation and IT skills and to document your 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 representation, 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.

The focus of Year 1 is to enhance your image generation and development techniques and ability to respond to briefs in a range of contexts and develop working habits that mirror industry conditions. It also builds your knowledge of the history, theory and context of Illustration.

Year 2 allows you to expand on specialist areas you have identified and to gain experience and knowledge of the associated markets. You will develop your skills in analogue and digital technology and techniques and in research. To expand your experience as a professional practitioner you will be given the opportunity to undertake and reflect upon a vocational industry placement or commission. Year 2 enables you to develop and explore specialist areas of interest, engage with a live professional context and define the focus of your theoretical studies for the Dissertation in Year 3.

Year 3 provides practical research outcomes, a professional portfolio and a skillset appropriate to your interests as a practising Illustrator or as a researcher at a postgraduate level. By this time you should be independent, proactive and ready to go out and find work, and this year is aimed at equipping you for that. The year includes a Dissertation dissertation that contextualizes contextualises your individual interests and culiminatesculminates in Year 3 extends the focus developed in year 2 in a culminating an exhibition or ‘live’ project. The dissertation, is used to focus, define and contextualize the your individual interest. By this time you should be independent, proactive and ready to go out and find work, and this year is aimed at equipping you for that.

You can study a language-French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish-as part of, or alongside, your course. You also have the opportunity of a year studying abroad at one of our international partner universities. There is abundant evidence that such international experience helps to improve academic performance, enhances employability and improves the pace of career progression (Universities UK International (2017).

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The teaching programme includes guest lectures from industry practitioners and visits to  exhibitions in London and elsewhere.

There are also opportunities to take part in international trips

The programme will be delivered in specialist facilities in the Daphne Oram creative arts building. 

Year 1

Semester 1

Observational Drawing (20 credits)

Equips students with the technical and theoretical knowledge to approach drawing with an objective and professional attitude, enabling a view of visual recording as the main source of primary research for illustrators. Assessment is by coursework portfolio.

The Articulate Image (20 credits) 

Develops  students’ ability to generate original and useful ideas for projects, commissions and briefs. Addressing the question of creativity directly the module concentrates on the content rather than the technical output. It uses a series of projects covering a wide range of illustration, design, fine art and visual communication applications to develop students’ skills in visual thinking. Students will put colour theory into practice and be introduced to ‘Basic Design’ ideas about visual communication. Assessment is bycoursework portfolio.

Image and Communication in Context (20 credits)

Develops students’ critical awareness along with skills in image analysis and visual communication through written and multi-media outcomes. It offers an introduction to key historical and contextual themes and concepts in illustration and relate them to practices. Assessment is 50% essay and 50% visual journal.

Semester 2

Visual Recording (20 credits)

Develops students’ ability to respond to visual stimuli through recording, selection and analysis. Students are expected to apply an increasingly sophisticated and personal set of techniques including 2D, 3D and digital methods. Assessment is by coursework portfolio.

From Concept to Visualisation (20 credits)

Provides a context for the development and realisation of ideas, based and expanding on the sort of client briefs that an illustrator might encounter in an industrial setting. The module focuses on how narrative content matches technical output, ideas-generation and presentation. Assessment is bycoursework portfolio.

Sequential Narrative in Context (20 credits)

Develops students’ critical awareness and skills in visual narrative communication through written and multi-media outcomes. It offers an introduction to narrative as a key historical and contextual theme and concept in illustration and relates it to practice. Assessment is 50% essay and 50% visual narrative.

Year 2

Semester 1

Drawing for Purpose (20 credits)

Develops students’ drawn response to specific briefs. The visual enquiry will be both studio and location-based. Students will refine their material approaches including reportage and other information-recording techniques, both analogue and digital. They will consider the multifarious applications of drawing in the creative industries. Assessment is bycoursework portfolio.

Exploring Process (20 credits)

Explores process-based visual enquiry as diverse as analogue printmaking techniques, digital applications, 3D media, animation methods, photography and typeface. Students will synthesise and develop an individual approach to visual presentation. A variety of creative contexts around the theme of persuasion will be presented to give the student experience of industry conditions. Assessment is by coursework portfolio.

Visual Persuasion in Context (20 credits)

Develops students’ critical awareness and skills in persuasive visual language and image-making through written and multi-media outcomes. It explores strategies of visual persuasion both historically and theoretically. It introduces contemporary issues in global visual culture related both to the illustration industry and to the students’ own practices. Assessment is 50% essay and 50% visual campaign.

Semester 2

Professional Practice (20 credits)

develops students’ understanding of the concepts of entrepreneurship, marketing, online presence, business activities and highlight key transferable skills which enhance employability. Students  develop increasing levels of confidence and professionalism in their specialism, recording and promoting skills and attributes as they acquire them. Students will begin an ongoing professional portfolio, evaluating their working practices and experiences in terms of potential employability in the creative industries. Assessment is 70% professional portfolio and30% individual presentation.

Site and Audience in Context (20 credits)

Develops students’ independent thinking about illustration from a historical and theoretical point of view and to locate their practice within the broader creative industries. The module pays particular attention to the sites and audiences for a range of illustration practices. Assessment is 50% essay and 50% proposal presentation.

Students also take one of the following two options

Negotiated Project (20 credits optional)

Encourages students to recognise and exploit their strengths and interests. Students develop their personal portfolio within the broad field of illustration, using experience gained in previous semesters to detail and undertake a project aligned with the individual’s interests. Outcomes may be either practical, theoretical or a mixture of both. Assessment is by coursework portfolio.

Global Experience in Media, Art and Design (20 credits optional)

Offers the opportunity for  a 5-10 day field trip abroad that develops students’ potential for intercultural awareness, employability and work-related skills s. It does so by engaging students in a media project conducted abroad. Assessment is bycoursework portfolio.

Year 3

Semester 1

Live Major Project (40 credits)

Supports students in demonstrating the conceptual and technical expertise they have acquired by undertaking the production of a substantial Illustration project from conception through to completion. Students will be expected to employ the full range of multi- and inter-disciplinary skills in completing a self-directed practical project. It is expected that students will produce work that sits within their specialist field, in a ‘live’ context i.e. competition entry, submission of publication, self-publication, exhibition or other publicly accessible context. Assessment is by coursework portfolio.

Negotiated Specialism 1  (20 credits)

Encourages students to recognise and exploit the strengths and skills sets they have developed in the previous semesters. The module is designed as an extension or support for the Live Major Project. Outcomes may be either practical, theoretical or a mixture of both. Assessment:is by coursework portfolio.

Semester 2

Dissertation (20 credits)

Provides an opportunity for students to research a topic, independently and in depth, that relates to their illustration practice specialism. It encourages the further pursuit of contextual and theoretical issues raised in the programme. The dissertation engenders a culmination of the students’ research, analytical and critical skills through reflective academic writing. Assessment is bydissertation.

Negotiated Specialism 2 (20 credits)

Encourages students to recognise and exploit the strengths and skills sets they have built in the previous semesters. The module is designed as an extension or support for the Dissertation module. Outcomes may be either practical, theoretical or a mixture of both. Assessment is by coursework portfolio.

Work Related Learning (20 credits)

Places students in a live professional context which has a direct relationship to their developing professional interests. This could be through engagement with a live brief for an external client or a work placement. Students could work individually or as a team with defined roles. The nature of the engagement will be initiated by the student(s) and the experience appraised in a portfolio and presentation.  Assessment is 50% coursework portfolio and 50% presentation. 

Level 2 Semester 2

Negotiated Project (20 credits optional)

Encourages students to recognise and exploit their strengths and interests. Students develop their personal portfolio within the broad field of illustration, using experience gained in previous semesters to detail and undertake a project aligned with the individual’s interests. Outcomes may be either practical, theoretical or a mixture of both. Assessment is by coursework portfolio.

Global Experience in Media, Art and Design (20 credits optional)

Offers the opportunity for   a 5-10 day field trip abroad that develops students’ potential for intercultural awareness, employability and work-related skills s. It does so by engaging students in a media project conducted abroad. Assessment is by coursework portfolio.

The course is designed to prepare you for work within the creative and cultural industries. Typical career paths include publishing, book design, magazines both analogue and digital, as well as the self-employed, freelance Illustrator’s route. Illustrators can also take their image-generating skills into theatre design, work for film or television, into web design and the digital world, as a fashion illustrator or as a designer, or even into the world of fine art. Illustrators work in all areas of the visual arts, from Hollywood studios to local government departments.

Students might also chose to progress to post graduate study in Illustration or a related subject.

Fees

Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Costs specific to Illustration degree The course fees cover materials and specialist equipment for the taught aspect of the programme. However if you were interested in a highly specialised area of illustration you could need to cover the costs of this yourself. For example, you will be taught screen printing on the programme, but if you chose to expand processes (or scale) beyond the taught workshops you would need supplement this yourself. This may include additional material costs such as specialist papers and ink. There are optional opportunities to go on overseas trips, which may incur additional costs.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and tutorials.

Practical workshops give you the skills and technical knowledge you need to produce your coursework. Lectures give you a firm grounding in the theoretical aspects of illustration and help you to develop your critical understanding of visual communication. Seminars in smaller groups enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and express your ideas, observations and experiences in a supportive academic environment. In addition to these three learning approaches you will present your work regularly during critiques, where academic staff and your peers will help you to develop your work and improve the quality of the course work you produce. Finally, you will meet regularly  with your Personal Academic  Tutor to get personal support on your academic journey.

During  the practical workshops you will be introduced to specialist facilities. After this initial introduction you will have access to these facilities throughout the programme.

You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week, but your actual contact hours depend on the optional modules you select.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study.  Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and working in our studios preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and seminars. During this time you will have access to the specialist printing facilities to help you develop and improve your practical skills.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

In some second and third year modules, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the course team whoyou will meet regularly.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours per week during the 12-week teaching Semester. In addition you will undertake 18 hours independent learning and assessment activity. On top of that  there will be a number of optional field trips.

For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics with a range of expertise and experience.

All team members have post-graduate and teaching qualifications. They are research-active and have professional practises and they have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Experienced academics teach the vast majority of workshops and seminars, and professional, practising illustrators from a wide range of specialisms will be employed on a sessional, visiting and/or part-time basis.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

The course provides you with plenty of informal opportunities for feedback before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark, through informal critiques, role-played commissioning processes, and simply everyday conversations with your lecturers in the studio.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include reflective writing and some essays, but the greatest weight of the marks go on the portfolio presentation. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Each module contains a number of feedback sessions (either through critique or tutorial) to give you ongoing or ‘formative’ feedback on the work that you are producing This is part of the developmental process.. There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, portfolios, critical research journals, presentations a dissertation and your final year major project.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

100% of assessment is by coursework.

Illustration will be delivered in the Daphne Oram Building, our new Create Arts Building on the main Canterbury campus.

The Canterbury campus has city-centre facilities on its doorstep and, of course, you will benefit from all the new arts building has to offer.

You will have access to an analogue print­making studio, digital print­ room, Risograph, design/drawing studio, mac­labs, iPad pros, mac­ books, animation facilities, digital imagery software, bookmaking equipment and specialist library resources.

There are many extant links with practicing illustrators, illustrators’ agents and publishers, and guest lecturers.

UK/EU

Full-time study

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International

Full-time study

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UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email:  courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1227 928000
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EU/International

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UCAS course code

  • W220 Illustration

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2020

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points. More entry requirement details.


    Submission of a portfolio of practical work in a digital format or on an online platform.

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