Language
English
Start date
September 2020
Duration
Full Time: 3 years
Mode
Full Time: 3 years
Tuition fees
Full Time: 585 000 ₽ per year
Payment by installments is possible
BA (Hons) Illustration
About the course
BA (Hons) Illustration is a diverse course that encourages students to communicate ideas and narratives through a broad range of traditional, digital and time-based media. Students are expected to work with ingenuity and professionalism on commercial briefs, whilst also developing distinctive work pursuing personal interests. As well as creating imagery for magazines, newspapers or advertising, we develop skills in narrative art forms such as animation, picture books, comics, short films and interactive digital environments. 

The course also provides a welcoming environment to students working in craft-based areas, such as printmaking, ceramics, street art and textiles. As such, BA (Hons) Illustration a varied and exciting subject area that provides a memorable student experience.

BA (Hons) Illustration programme is validated by University of Hertfordshire.

Our teaching philosophy is underpinned by our belief in drawing as an essential tool for experimentation, analysis and idea development. This is reflected in skills workshops and the requirement for students to work every day in personal sketchbooks in addition to their other projects. Students also develop a wide range of transferable skills to prepare them for employment, such as presenting to peers and clients, writing project reports and evaluations, critiquing work in groups, and organising their own exhibitions and events.

BA (Hons) Illustration graduates progress to careers in editorial, publishing, advertising, children’s books, art direction, graphic design, film and animation, fine art, digital media, teaching and web design; as well as those who move on to further study at post-graduate level.

What makes the programme unique

Our tutors

The teaching team on BA Illustration draws from a range of international and local experience. All of our tutors are fully active in their own practice and professional commissions, collectively engaged in editorial illustration, publishing, comics and graphic novels, animation, exhibtions, hand crafts, campaigning for illustror rights and best practice and critical writing. This active role in contemporary practice keeps the teams embedded in contemporary practice, helping to suppoort students and keep the BA course fresh and relevant. Additionally, students are supported in a wide range of process and media through specialist workshop technicians.

Study trips

Students may enrich their studies and understanding of the subject by partaking in international study trips in summer. Each year we visit a different city (e.g. London, Tokyo, Paris) visiting graduate exhibtions, industry and studio tours, specialist workshops and illustration events. Additionally, in recent years students and staff have visited Boomfest and Fumetto comics festivals in St Petersburg and Luzern, respectively.

International Diploma

BHSAD graduates will receive a University of Hertfordshire Diploma that will allow them to continue studies or work anywhere in the world.

Record of success

BA Illustration alumni move onto a wide range of roles in the creative industries, such as editorial and book illustration, children's literature, animation, self-publishing, advertising, art management, comics, graphic design, ceramics and crafts, textile design, computer games and VR. Other graduates progress to further study at MA level or move into a wide array of teaching positions. The breadth of careers reflects the diversity and transferable skills encouraged by the course.

Live projects

Live projects offer students the invaluable experience of working with real clients on realistic professional briefs. This helps them to apply the lessons and experiments of their studies to industry requirements. Our clients and collaborators include Cinzano, Benetton, Bulgakov Museum, Interview magazine, Yota, Look At Me, Mayakovsky Theatre, Tretyakov Gallery, Jewish Museum, Lee Gamble, Fumetto comics festival, Street Art Museum, 2x2, Bowers & Wilkins and Gorky Park.

Printmaking experience

Printmaking introduces students to a range of traditional techniques and provides a wide exposure to contemporary practices in print media. Experimentation with technique, process and format is encouraged along with interdisciplinary exploration in other media areas.The printmaking workshops support four basic categories: screen printing, relief printing, intaglio printing and lithography. Additionally, our onsite Riograph and digital printing facilities allows students to print and self-publish their own prints, comics and zines.

Digital craftmanship

Students are encouraged to make full use of the workshops and technical resources available to them, supported by experienced technicians. Modern computer suites provide a full range of digital software, and our digital print office offers professional printing for their work. 3-D working is supported by ceramics, casting, laser cutting and wood and metal work facilities. Photographers can use specialist photo studios and develop ther own prints in our dark room. Additional projects make use of the school's theatre, animation studio, VR and cinema spaces.

Learning resources

The Learning Resources Centre at BHSAD is the perfect place to study. It offers access to a broad range of specialist books and journals, DVDs, videos, slides, and all the electronic resources hosted by the University of Hertfordshire library including image and article databases, electronic books, and more.
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Programme Structure
Year 1: Modules
Semester A introduces students to the fundamentals of the course - research, project devlopment, daily drawing, teamwork and critique. Thematically, we focus primarily on the act of observation, of learning to see the world afresh and developing myriad interpretations through a wide range of media. Students are also introduced and encouoraged to use the wide variety of workshops that the school offers. Students also receive instruction on graphic design and layouts to enable them to create clear and stylish prjoect logs. We also begin our critical studies module, which continues though into Semester B, anlysing visual storytelling through lectures, seminars, critical reading and written essays.

In Semester B, we examine the art of visual storytelling in studio practice, through a range of projects encompassing comics, creative writing, video, performance and animation. This investigation into narrative is furtehr supported by the critical anlysis module. Additionally, students continue daily sketchbook practice and take on short projects working in small teams and transferring their sketchbook work to larger scale.

Core modules:

- Visual Communication
- Visual Thinking: Histories, Theories and Context
- Illustration Essentials Part 1

Programme Specification

Year 2: Modules
Year 2 begins with more open projects that enable students to reflect on the their interests and skills and to find their own distinct path as illustrators, animators or artists. Projects explore working in response to music, and a deeper look into making books and zines.

Semester B challenges students to develop their work through an increased focus on the demands of professional practice. Studio projects include international and local competitions, and students are given the opportunity to work on exciting and challenging live briefs with clients. Recent commercial partners include Mayakovsky Theatre, Bowers & Wilkins, Cinzano, Benetton, Interview magazine, Lee Gamble, 2x2, Fumetto comics festival and Tretyakov Gallery. Students also undergo a series of lectures and workshops, exploring all aspects of professional practice, including commissioning, responding to editorial briefs, contracts, copyright, self-promotion and communicating with clients.

Core modules:

- Illustration Studio Practice
- Illustration Essentials Part 2
- Illustration Professional Development
- Commissions
- Contextualising Contemporary Practice

Year 3: Modules
During Semester A, students focus on their degree essay, a piece of critical writing that addresses key issues in contemporary illustration, and supports their studio practice. Studio work continues to focus on live client briefs and international illustration competitions, plus a series of editorial workshops aimed at developing quick ideas and illustration drafts. 

The final semester of the course is focused on a Final Major Project (FMP), defined by the student, which consists of a focused, substantial project on a chosen subject. The FMP is both a statement of intent about where the student wishes to progress as an illustrator, and is also a culmination of the learning experienced on the course. This Final Major Project is presented to the public in the students’ graduation exhibition. In this final semester, students also compile and present a portfolio of their work, in readiness for life as a professional illustrator. 

Core modules:

- Final Major Project: Illustration
- Illustration Advanced Practice Part 1
- Illustration Advanced Practice Part 2
- Degree Essay

Student works
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Sarolta Szanto
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Ilya Shatokhin
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Natalia Savinova
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Andrey Pokrovsky
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Kamilla Mamedova
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Ksenia Kopalova
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Charlie O'Konar
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Serafima Kalachenkova
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How to apply
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Entry exams

Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. 

English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced. For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
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Required level of English

IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English);
- FCE (First Certificate in English).

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
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Required portfolio

The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities. Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport.
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Interview procedure

Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. 

You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Admission requirements

How to enrol

To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course. However, the applicant must provide the IELTS certificate later on, by particular deadline. 

Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days followed by the language test.

Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.

Required documents

- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement

Tuition fees

Full-time: 585 000 ₽ / year*

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.

You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects. Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for. 

Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need: 

A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.

Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.

* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.

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FAQ

How can I apply?

Applicants need to provide the following documents:

- online application form
- copy or the original of previous education certificates and academic qualifications.
- 2 photos 3×4
- copy of your passport

After the necessary documents are provided you need to sign the contracts. For applicants under 18 presence of one of the parents is required. More details about the application process can be found in the “How to apply” section of the website.

What is the language of delivery?

The education at BHSAD is provided by an international team of lecturers but the working language is always English for our British programmes.

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