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.
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.
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.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
- Year 2
- Year 3
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
Successful performance at an interview.
English language requirements
In addition to meeting the academic requirements, Overseas students will also be required to demonstrate English language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Please visit our English language requirements page for a full list of the English qualifications we accept: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/studywithus/internationalstudents/englishlanguagerequirementsandsupport/englishlanguagerequirements/
If you have studied outside of the UK, you can find more information about the wide range of international qualifications we accept by visiting our entry requirements and your country page:
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