The course can be studied full-time over three years and part-time over six years, starting in September or January. You have the option of extending your studies by a year and undertaking study abroad or a professional placement.
This is a practical based course and students make significant use of the dedicated studio spaces and access to the University’s extensive traditional and specialist digital and media resources and workshop spaces. The course is taught through a range of lectures, tutorials, critiques and practical workshops. You will work through a wide variety of creative briefs with staff guidance; these range from short one week projects to longer projects as you progress through the course. Briefs are set to professional standards and relate to real-world scenarios and challenges. Projects also enable you to develop your critical understanding of the subject and gain a deeper insight into the impact of social, cultural and political contexts which affect illustration and design studies. For example, students create a social movement in their second year and a wide range of creative work that communicates their ideas through a variety of media types and channels.
Active creative professionals and researchers, our teaching team will bring the reality and expectation of creative professional practice into the studio. They have published papers, presented at conferences, exhibited and performed at such prestigious locations as the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre, Midland Arts Centre, BMAG, Aspex Gallery, the Ethnographic Museum of Kraków, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 6 Music, the ICA, the Flatpack Film Festival and the ICON Conference Los Angeles.
During tutorials and weekly studio critiques, you will be asked to discuss ideas, strategies and methodologies with staff and fellow students adapting and developing your approaches in the light of this dialogue, at the same time enhancing your interpersonal skills, work ethic and methods of self-evaluation and critical reflection. Through a menu of technical workshops, we will introduce you to skills in printmaking, sculptural processes and digital imaging, as well as being inducted into safe working practices within the studio and various workstations.
As part of our commitment to your professional development, you will have opportunities to undertake professional practice by participating in external briefs involving contemporary illustration, graphics and animation. Typically related to the professional contexts you aspire to, these projects enable you to complete creative work that relates to your future goals as well as gaining hands-on experience of establishing contacts, working for clients, project and time management, market place opportunities, presentation, portfolio review and development.
During your course of study, you will be invited to take part in study trips to exhibitions and events. Previous trips have taken place to Tate Britain, Tate Modern, White Cube, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Birmingham Ikon Gallery, Digbeth First Friday, Liverpool Biennial and British Art Show and many others.
In addition to a series of professional artist presentations though FACETS (the Fine Art at Coventry Talk Series), we are also participating in the AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) project, a national initiative providing residencies to visual artists and designers, which enables students to work alongside and interact with them. We currently have four artists with us, who will be giving talks and showing work throughout the year.