Illustrators use their creative and artistic skills to create visual communications for products including books, magazines, animations, computer games, websites, brochures and reference materials.
On this course you will study a range of exciting illustration-related disciplines, to develop your theoretical and technical knowledge and apply it to your creative and conceptual thinking.
As well as developing your creative skills, you will work in an environment in which professional attitudes and practice are encouraged in order to ensure that you leave with the full range of skills needed to market yourself and succeed in the industry.
Apply Via - UCAS
Course Level - Undergraduate
Campus Location - New College Stamford
Start Dates - Oct
Duration - 2 Years
Attendance - Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Learn how to create compelling visual communications for a range of materials using a range of approaches including up-to-date digital techniques
Study professional practice aspects of illustration
Develop your creative illustration and visual skills, culminating in a final exhibition
Gain an understanding of the editorial and publishing industry contexts in which illustration is used
Explore the creative industries with opportunities for work-based learning; and enjoy support as you develop your portfolio, CV and marketing materials
Benefit from a course that allows you to progress to BA (Hons) Illustration, further specialist study and career opportunities 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 or teaching
Foundation Degree Art And Design Project: Illustration (ART049-2) Compulsory
Foundation Degree Project Planning Development And Work Based Learning (ART013-2) Compulsory
Key Ideas In Art And Design: Globalisation (ART001-2) Compulsory
How will I be assessed?
Assessment for this course is conceived so that it emanates naturally from the teaching and learning and, provided you have engaged in the course, you should be able to meet the demands of assessment in your stride. The requirements for assessment range through the types listed below.
There will be a diagnostic assessment in week 6 at level 4 and 5.
Because of the nature of studio based teaching unit content often overlap and inform the developmental journey of the students professional work. Because of this summative assessments are often `bunched at the end of a term. Because of the nature of the `crit system in arts education the student will receive bi-weekly formative feedback; this emphasis on formative feedback throughout the project, avoids the possible stress or negative impacts on submissions caused by assessment bunching.
Practical Projects are a key learning and assessment tool within the course and formative and summative assessments of practical assignments are seen as an important method of ensuring your understanding and progress.
Continuous appraisal by both the students themselves and their tutors is a feature of the course and although there are no end-point examinations, formative assessment is carried out in relation to all the assignments that are an integral part of the course. An accumulation of the work that is done in response to learning activities is assessed summatively at the end of each unit.
The following are examples of the various assessment methods used:
- Coursework to include examples of photographic and possibly video work and drawing, research portfolios, notebooks, research assignments, essays, contextual writing.
- Assessments based on individual and group presentations.
- Learning journals that include reflective writing as well as written reports. These may be part of your studio practice as well as part of work-based learning.
- Portfolio reviews are a key means of assessing but they are also important for collating work for a professional portfolio. This instils in students the right attitudes towards professional work whereby you can use your portfolio to promote yourself in professional contexts.
- Essays and reports feature in developing students writing skills, helping you to express ideas in a variety of ways and styles and to develop academic writing skills that are of particular benefit in producing the final year contextual project.
Key Skills are embedded in the teaching and learning of the course and will be taken into account in all assessments.
A Foundation Degree will be of particular interest if you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship, vocational A levels, BTEC National or equivalent.
Foundation Degrees are also particularly suitable if you want to qualify while working.
As a guideline, a typical offer would require you to obtain a UCAS tariff score of between 32-48 points, based on your level 3 studies.
Applicants will be expected to attend a portfolio interview for admission to the course. Where applicants are unable to attend interview, a digital portfolio may be considered.
How will this course improve my career prospects?
After completion of your degree you might find a career in any of the following areas: illustration; graphic design; editorial and book publishing; advertising; digital and interactive design; animation; television and video; public or community arts participation; museum and exhibition work; arts education; freelance creative practice; and teaching.
Fees and Funding
The full-time standard fee for a Foundation Degree delivered at our Partner Institutions for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £6,165 per year.
The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.
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.