Illustration at Staffordshire University - UCAS

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Course summary

Our Illustration degree is ideal if you’re interested in image-making, visual communications, printmaking, visual storytelling or animation. You’ll become a versatile illustrator and will establish a personal voice and vision within an engaging portfolio of work. With an emphasis on creative visual thinking this course reflects the rich and diverse nature of contemporary illustration, inviting you to challenge its contexts and boundaries through both digital and craft-based media. Our flexible and integrated approach to learning fosters collaboration, experimentation and engagement in a wide range of visual practice to include; drawing & printmaking, publishing & book arts, illustration for communication (information, awareness & promotion), character and concept art, visual storytelling, editorial illustration and animation. Due to the power of this medium to impact upon audiences and interact with the world, professionalism, sustainability, ethics and diversity are at the heart of all that we do. You will benefit from a range of specialist and visiting lecturers and have the opportunity to work on live briefs and enter high profile national competitions such as D&AD, Creative Conscience and Penguin Books. With an emphasis on creative visual thinking and craft, this course reflects the rich and diverse nature of contemporary image-making, inviting you to challenge its boundaries through both digital and craft-based media. Our flexible studio space fosters an integrated approach to learning and we encourage you to collaborate, experiment and engage in a wide range of related visual practices. These include: image making techniques, drawing for illustration, illustration for information and promotion, photography and art direction, visual storytelling, editorial/book illustration, and crafts and animation.


Year 1 (Core) Visual Communication, Introduction to Illustration and creative thinking including a range of 2D/3D Craft Workshops, Digital and Computer Workshops and Studying Visual Communication (research and theory) , Life Drawing , Drawing for Illustration , Introduction to Animation , Visual Application 1 including Image Making and Moving Image Year 2 (Core) Illustration and Communication including Visual Exploration and Industry Mapping , Visual Storytelling , Illustration and Application, including Illustration in Context and competitions , Life Drawing , Professional Practice including Work Placement opportunity Year 3 (Core) Negotiated Programme 1 including themed briefs and competitions , Research, Analysis and Communication , Creative Practice in Context, including Design Futures and industry set projects , Negotiated Programme 2 including self- authored briefs and competitions

Assessment method

You are assessed in this course by a range of different types of coursework and practical activities. The assessment task for each module will vary dependent upon its content but may include: • A portfolio of completed artwork, professionally presented in the format required by the assignment, project or brief. • Workbooks, sketchbooks etc., documenting the process of generating, developing and resolving thoughts/ideas, and demonstrating the influence of research on practical work. • Research books, folders, dossiers, etc. documenting the gathering, sorting and presentation of research material. • Technical Exercises demonstrating your skills and competencies using particular equipment and/or techniques. • Written essays or reports, in which you are exploring the contextual or professional background to a specific project. • An individual or group seminar presentation and/or the accompanying material which you have used to create the presentation.

How to apply

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Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

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Illustration at Staffordshire University - UCAS