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
Record of success
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.
- Visual Communication
- Visual Thinking: Histories, Theories and Context
- Illustration Essentials Part 1
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.
- Illustration Studio Practice
- Illustration Essentials Part 2
- Illustration Professional Development
- Contextualising Contemporary Practice
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.
- Final Major Project: Illustration
- Illustration Advanced Practice Part 1
- Illustration Advanced Practice Part 2
- Degree Essay
- 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.
Required level of English
- 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.
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.
How can I apply?
- 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.