Illustration BA (Hons)

About the course

Illustration is in a constant state of change and evolution, and our course reflects this as we focus on the way multicultural and technological issues influence the subject.

Your practical skills will be tested as you work with animators, photographers and video makers to build the key skills of a designer and develop different types of work, including illustration for books, editorial applications and different forms of narrative.

And you will also develop the drawing skills that can be used in projects shared between our animation and graphics courses, and are essential for success in areas such as film, animation, advertising, publishing, video games and app production.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - W220
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn in small, lively groups using state-of-the-art studios and digital media labs
  • Study sequential illustration, creative typography, professional practice, printmaking and book binding
  • Develop the drawing, photography, Photoshop and InDesign skills you will need to develop a career in areas such as film, animation, advertising, publishing, video games and app production
  • Gain confidence and experience with excellent technical support and regular one-to-one contact with teaching staff
  • Explore the boundaries and possibilities of your individual creative development
  • Challenge current thinking about the social, political and environmental contexts of design in contemporary society
  • Benefit from superb facilities, with access to digital media labs, motion graphics, book making, animation facilities and screen printing equipment
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What will I learn?

Units

  • Communication Design: Exploring Materials And Methods (ART058-1) Compulsory
  • Context And Ideas (ART057-1) Compulsory
  • Introducing Studio Practice (ART063-1) Compulsory
  • Thinking Through Making (ART064-1) Compulsory
  • Creative Enterprise (ART002-2) Compulsory
  • Developing Skill Sets (ART007-2) Compulsory
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Globalisation (ART001-2) Compulsory
  • Professional Studio Practice: Illustration (GAD029-2) Compulsory
  • Final Major Project: Illustration (ILL002-3) Compulsory
  • Key Ideas In Art And Design: Current Debates (ART002-3) Compulsory
  • Present And Promote (ART021-3) Compulsory

How will I be assessed?

Through a range of different assessments you will grow in confidence and demonstrate your knowledge and skills.

Year 1
  • Written exams = 0%
  • Coursework = 75%
  • Practical exams = 25%
Year 2
  • Written exams = 0%
  • Coursework = 75%
  • Practical exams = 25%
Year 3
  • Written exams = 0%
  • Coursework = 100%
  • Practical exams = 0%

Entry requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed. At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

 

  • Portfolio review

 

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Typical graduate destinations for Art and Design students include; various roles within arts and the creative industries – magazine and book publishing, multi-media/web design, animation, television and video, advertising, public or community arts participation, design consultancies, museum and exhibition work, arts education and freelance creative practice, teaching.

You can also undertake further study at Masters level, for example, Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Digital Media and Motion Graphics.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

 

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra costs for this course

During your course you will need to buy some materials. We estimate that the total spend will be around £220 to £295.

Things you will need to pay for include:

  • A3 Portfolio
  • Drawing materials
  • Photographic sundries
  • Degree show sundries
  • Printing

*The information above is for guidance only. Exact costs may vary.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
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