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Fine Art and Illustration BA (Hons) 2018/19 entry

Course code:

AHU005

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104)

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Overview

You can learn how two exciting disciplines work together and crossover in a variety of contexts on our Fine Art and Illustration BA.

By combining fine art, a vehicle for personal creative investigation, and illustration, traditionally a commercial art, you can develop new visual languages as an illustrator-artist.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

The course has allowed me to experience two different sides of the art world that have complemented each other and proved to be the perfect course for me.

Patrick Simkins

Course information

We aim to provide a strong foundation in material processes, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and digital media, and at all times emphasise your developing individual creativity.

Through a rich and varied experience of in-house assignments, self-initiated tasks, national or international competitions, ‘live’ project or concept visualisation briefs, installations and exhibitions, you will sample elements of professional practice, such as interpreting and responding to briefs, scheduling, working to deadline, presenting ideas, budgeting and meeting the expectations of clients and contractors.

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Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The thematic content of the course will vary each year, in line with current trends in fine art and illustration.

You will be encouraged to develop your own particular subject matter but the first year will always concentrate on developing your drawing, painting, sculpting and idea generation skills with some brief-driven work.

Modules

  • Fine Art and Illustration Introductions 1

  • Studio Practice 1

  • Contextual Introductions

  • Contextual and Professional Introductions

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In your second year you will be introduced to industry inspired briefs as well as “real client” briefs which could take the form of commissions, exhibitions or competition briefs.

Modules

  • Fine Art Explorations 1

  • Studio Practice 2

  • Contextual Explorations

  • Contextual and Professional Explorations

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

In your final year you will focus on creating a professional body of work, aimed towards your chosen career path, by working with subject specialists to create bespoke projects best suited to your needs. You will also receive essential business and marketing workshops catered to help you succeed in today’s art and design market.

Modules

  • External Practice

  • Major Project

  • Contextual Studies Consolidations

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Our Design and Crafts courses are ranked 12th in the UK by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • Training in Adobe Creative Cloud software such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Muse and Acrobat alongside the teaching of traditional disciplines.
  • The opportunity to apply for a work placement or study abroad between years two and three that will give you the opportunity to gain practical experience.
  • An emphasis on studio practice and you will have a dedicated studio space throughout your course as well as having talks and presentations from professionals in the field.
  • You will be encouraged to develop a personal visual language, which may entail using more than one medium in order that you develop a connection between fine art and illustration.
  • The opportunity to exhibit your work at the end of your three years at exhibitions such as the ‘Free Range’ series in London which showcase the very best of degree show work across the UK.
  • Guidance in business and marketing and other transferable skills in order that you can become an independent learner thus graduating with the intellectual and creative flexibility to function in the professional arena.

The opportunity to go on trips to a number of historical and contemporary museums and galleries which in the past have included: Tate Modern and the Saatchi Gallery.

Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice but you will also have lectures, seminars and workshops.

You will be assessed on the evidence of practical work throughout your course. You will accrue marks on each module in relation to clearly defined learning outcomes. You will receive verbal and written feedback in each case. Subject specialists, who will be available to feedback once you have received your grade, will assess you.

Practical coursework will be assessed by how well it fulfils the module assessment requirements.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed is as follows:

  • Practical coursework: 70%
  • Essays/reports: 20%
  • Presentations: 10%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

70% assessed by practical coursework

In a typical teaching week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of small group or individually guided work and up to 12 allocated hours of studio time each week
  • Medium group teaching: 2 hours of seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 1 hour of lectures each week

In addition, you will be expected to work on your coursework assignments as self-directed study for a further 20 hours.

There are opportunities for overseas visits including trips to Paris, Berlin, Prague and China.

You will have the opportunity to apply for a work placement or study abroad for a further year in Europe through the Erasmus Socrates scheme and there will be staff on hand to help you do this.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

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international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

The course has allowed me to experience two different sides of the art world that have complemented each other and proved to be the perfect course for me.

Patrick Simkins

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU005
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include at least one Art or Design subject. DMM in an Art or Design subject. 29 points to include visual arts or design technology at higher level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English or specified equivalents.

Portfolio

You may be required to submit a portfolio/show reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Foundation Diploma

Merit in Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires an IELTS of 6.0 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice.

Coventry University has assessed that you are capable of achieving excellent grades and we have demonstrated this belief by making you an unconditional offer. This is our commitment to you so then we ask that you reciprocate this commitment by selecting us as your ‘firm’ choice and activating your unconditional offer.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: the International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students like you with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is still the opportunity to gain one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2017.

What our students say...

The course has allowed me to experience two different sides of the art world that have complemented each other and proved to be the perfect course for me.

Patrick Simkins

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£9250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

2018/19 Fees - TBC* (2017/18 Fees - £14,104) (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

What our students say...

The course has allowed me to experience two different sides of the art world that have complemented each other and proved to be the perfect course for me.

Patrick Simkins

Career prospects

There is a strong emphasis on preparing students with the core skills required to become a practitioner.

Whether your career goals include publishing or exhibiting, working for clients or as a self-sufficient artist or perhaps all of these – you should be able to apply your skills in a variety of contexts and to do so with confidence.

Increasingly, graduates of this sort of course will adopt a portfolio approach to graduate employment and this will typically include working on a freelance or commissioned basis.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

£20k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £20,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

The course has allowed me to experience two different sides of the art world that have complemented each other and proved to be the perfect course for me.

Patrick Simkins
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement.

*Due to a delay in the UK Government's announcement of the Retail Price Index, the University is unable to set its fees for entrants in 2018 at this stage. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.