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Illustration

University of Lincoln

Degree level: Undergraduate

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Illustrations communicate messages in pictorial form. Illustration informs, illuminates, decorates and entertains across a range of media, stimulating imaginations by interpreting, portraying and enhancing the written word. With established links to the Association of Illustrators, the BA (Hons) Illustration degree aims to enable students to develop their own unique visual signature style and encourages them to prepare for the competitive world of professional illustration and the broader creative industries. In addition to traditional picture making, this course aims to develop the conceptual and technical skills appropriate to a career in illustration and the broader creative industries. There is a balance of focus between creative freedom, communicating specific messages through pictures to target audiences, and developing a professional approach to picture making. Students will have the opportunity to develop a large portfolio of work designed to showcase creative skills and demonstrate an ability to engage with current illustration practice. Illustration staff have professional backgrounds in illustration and other related visual communication disciplines. They maintain active professional links and offer a practical first-hand insight into the professional world of illustration and visual communication.

Course details

Modules

The first year focuses on providing students with the opportunity to develop visual and conceptual skills through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and the application of a range of associated processes. Modules give you the opportunity to explore observational drawing, sequential illustration, zines and the production of handmade publications. In the second year, students can study editorial and book illustration aimed at a range of clients and audiences. The focus is on the expression of conceptual ideas through narrative picture making and ways of expressing visual ideas through illustration. Ethical issues and other cultural debates are explored through research and the production of an extensive body of work. In the third year, students are asked to respond to contemporary illustration briefs including ‘live’ competitions. In order to encourage increasingly independent practitioners, students have the opportunity to identify and explore self-directed research interests. The focus is on helping students to produce a portfolio that showcases their unique individual abilities and personal style.

Assessment method

The way students will be assessed on this course will vary for each module. It could include coursework, such as a dissertation or essay, written and practical exams, portfolio development, group work or presentations to name some examples. Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may be supported in their learning by other students.


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How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Course codeW220
Institution code L39
Campus nameLincoln (Main Site)
Campus codeL

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 112 points From a minimum of 3 A Levels or equivalent qualifications.
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 45 Level 3 credits with a minimum of 112 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher 112 UCAS Tariff points to include a minimum of 4 Highers or a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 29 points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered. EU and Overseas students will be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. For information regarding other English language qualifications we accept, please visit the English Requirements page https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/

The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications. We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Successful performance at an interview.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £15900 Year 1

Additional fee information

For each course students may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required, depending on their subject area. Some courses provide opportunities for students to undertake field work or field trips. Where these are compulsory, the cost for the travel, accommodation and meals may be covered by the University and so is included in the fee. Where these are optional students will normally (unless stated otherwise) be required to pay their own transportation, accommodation and meal costs. With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that students are required to read. However, students may prefer to purchase some of these for themselves and will therefore be responsible for this cost. Students on the illustration programme are likely to incur some additional costs for specialist art materials throughout the duration of their three years study. Information about specialist materials will be communicated to successful applicants prior to enrolment.
Illustration at University of Lincoln - UCAS