Illustration BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

W225

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

W225

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU157

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The Illustration course is for those wishing to turn their interest and passion for image making, drawing and creative ideas into an exciting and fully formed professional creative career.

Our course is designed and run by successful practicing illustrators, artists and designers who all share a common desire to push the boundaries of illustration and encourage experimentation and play in developing a unique portfolio that aligns with your ideal career in the arts. Our course focuses on 4 key areas of your growth; research, development, portfolio and professional practice.

It all starts with a strong programme of both traditional and digital technology workshops to equip you with a wide range of transferable skills that give you the tools you’ll need to bring your ideas to life. We will also take a deeper look into the subject by engrossing you in practical and useful research in and around your subject. Alongside developing your professional portfolio, you will engage with a series of business and marketing materials that will teach you all the necessary next-steps you’ll need upon graduation to have a successful and sustained career in Illustration.

The course will guide you through a diverse range of practical projects which encourage a contemporary and interdisciplinary approach to the subject by engaging is a vast array of materials, processes and technologies. These include but are not limited to traditional drawing skills, numerous printing methods, digital software, moving image and 3D sculptural work. The fluid engagement in multi-disciplinary activities, makes this the ideal Illustration course for those who want to push their practice into new and exciting places.

Employment opportunities in this field are varied. Previous graduates have gone on to work in editorial illustration, fashion, advertising, comic books, theatre, tv and film production, children’s picture books, textile design, professional artists, arts management, curatorship, art direction, games art and animation, teaching and study at postgraduate level.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

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

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Course information

BA (Hons) Illustration, is a practical course that encourages passion, collaboration, risk-taking and playfulness and enables students individual and idiosyncratic creative journey and portfolio development.

The course develops four distinct strands of activity (research, development, portfolio, and professional practice) that are scaffolded across the 3 years to produce confident, agile and resilient students well prepared to face the challenges of an unpredictable, demanding and globally competitive world. The staff team bring their wide range of skills, expertise and current professional practice to their teaching and the course models itself on professional and real-world processes and behaviours.

BA (Hons) Illustration is a creative and exciting course that others a wide range of employability destinations, both in its own right, as well as underpinning many other creative professions. After study students go on to work in freelance editorial illustration, fashion, advertising, comic book, tv and film production, children’s picture books, textiles and homeward design, artists, arts management, art direction, games art and animation, teaching and study at postgraduate level. The course promotes interdisciplinary approaches and outcomes, placing these within realistic and professional contexts across all 3 years of the course.

Sound pedagogic practice mixed with imaginative delivery and assessment methods will enable you to produce personal and expressive portfolios that demonstrate a high level of communication skill and technical prowess. You will be helped to develop the necessary creativity, critical reflection, curiosity, contextual awareness, professional and entrepreneurial underpinning and practical skills to pursue sustainable professional careers in both home and international contexts.

The course enables experimentation across a diverse range of materials and technology including print, digital, 3D, traditional skills and moving image and this fluid engagement in multi-disciplinary activities results in the acquisition of valuable transferable skills

You will work on a mix of project briefs set by staff and external clients as well as working on self-initiated tasks, national / international competition opportunities and collaborations with other courses across the faculties of the university and beyond. The course is highly established within this discipline provision in the sector and students from the course have won and/ or been acknowledged in a range of national and international competitions and external opportunities.

The course is studied 3 years full time plus an optional study abroad/placement year. The optional year is strong recommended as it contributes to confidence and professionalism in your final year.

Modules

Overview

The first year focuses on developing new skills and applying these to project briefs. You are taught essential software packages, screen printing and drawing skills as well as developing your ideas skills in illustration for a range of purposes including editorial, publishing, advertising, sequential narrative, product, site specific, character design and self-directed projects. Alongside this, you study professional practice and have contextual modules.

Modules

  • Introduction to Illustration

  • Illustration Play

  • Narrative Illustration

  • Professional Presentation

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

Level 2 focuses on developing your own personal approach to illustration and you begin to apply this within a professional context. Experimentation is encouraged and you will explore a range of workshops including 3D modeling, moving image and digital approaches. You undertake projects that engage in social and political subjects, as well as begin to develop your external profile and visual presence online.

Modules

  • Socially Engaged Illustration

  • Material and Style

  • Illustration in Context

  • Online Presence

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

After the end of the second year, you have the option to take either a professional placement year* (in the UK, or abroad) or a study-abroad year*, and if you do so will take a non-credit bearing module which will help to ensure that you learn from and reflect upon their experiences.

N.B. You will be given advice but may be responsible for finding your own placements (with guidance). Similarly, study-abroad years with your first choice of international institution cannot be guaranteed. You will pay no fees to Coventry University for your placement or study-abroad year though you are responsible for covering your own costs.

(* Subject to availability, competitive application process, meeting visa requirements and additional costs)

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

In the final year, you undertake a major project as well as a variety of competitions and live external briefs. You work towards building a highly creative and professionally credible portfolio ready to enter your chosen industry specialism and career path. Students studying Illustration have the opportunity to enter a broad range of creative fields and to support this, you will research and produce a range of marketing and business planning materials that enable you to begin your career path.

Modules

  • Entrepreneurial Illustrators

  • Illustration Specialism

  • Professional Portfolio (FMP)

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.

In more detail...

The course teaching and learning strategy is based around 4 key strands: research, development, portfolio and professional practice. These strands inform teaching at each level of the course and allow for vertical teaching approaches. Teaching on the course promotes interdisciplinary approaches and working methods and professional working. Teaching and learning underpins the development of your ‘creative journey’ through the 3 years enabling you to navigate through specialisation and refinement of your practice, supported through embedded contextual and professional teaching.

Development modules enable practical skills acquisition, experimentation and risk taking, confidence with materials and processes and conceptual development skills. Research modules build throughout the course, initially introducing you to the potential of the discipline, then moving onto a more diagnostic research. In your final year, you will use research to develop materials that impact directly on employability and entrepreneurial goals. Presentation modules focus on professional practice activity, professional awareness and working practices, confidence and resilience building and external engagement and promotion. Portfolio modules build sequentially across the 3 years to build your practical creative work and responses to briefs.

Assessment will include a variety of types of submission including practical project work, presentations and short written work including blogs.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed as follows: practical coursework 70%; essays/reports 20%; presentations 10%. A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed.

In a typical teaching week, you will have approximately 17 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. Typically this might include some or a combination of the following:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Studio Practice
  • Workshops
  • Personal and group tutorials
  • Online teaching delivery

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 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU157
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 five graded 9-4 including English

Portfolio

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

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

 

 

Portfolio

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

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. 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:

Portfolio

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

English as a Foreign Language: This course requires IELTS 6.0. 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

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.

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UK 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.

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September 2021

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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Fee


September 2021

TBC (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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:

Course essentials - additional costs

Additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether mandatory or optional), may be payable and could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.;This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment or materials required for project work, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 academic year must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

The course is creative and exciting and offers a wide range of employability destinations, both in its own right, as well as underpinning many other creative professions.

After studying, students go on to work in the following areas: freelance editorial illustration, fashion, advertising, comic books, tv and film production, children’s picture books, textiles and homewares design, artists, art direction, games art and animation, teaching and study at postgraduate level.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2020/21 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.