University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

Illustration (Swansea College of Art)

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Course summary

The Illustration programme at Swansea College of Art, UWTSD has an established record of providing vocationally-oriented, innovative and industry-focused experiences. The programme aims to teach real world illustration skills and design sensibilities, as well as the knowledge and experience of the creative industries to enable students to pursue successful, sustainable career paths with confidence. The programme also looks to introduce a range of projects with an aim to focus upon social, environmental and political issues. This mission is to instil a growing responsibility towards ethical and sustainable practice within illustration, as well as a confidence and critical awareness in addressing a broad base of topics likely to be encountered professionally.


Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE, Dip HE & BA) The first year is partially concerned with getting the basic skills in place and to bring all students up to speed with knowledge of relevant software. • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Editorial Illustration (20 credits; compulsory) • Image-making & Communicating (20 credits; compulsory) • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Visual Studies 1 (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Studies 2 (10 credits; compulsory) • Ways of Perceiving (10 credits; compulsory) • Ways of Thinking (10 credits; compulsory). Year Two – Level 5 (Dip HE & BA) The second year is broadly about the transition into becoming a professional illustrator. • Changemakers: Building your Personal Brand for Sustainable Employment (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module) • Illustration for Advertising (20 credits; compulsory) • Narrative Illustration (20 credits; compulsory) • Research in Context (10 credits; compulsory) • Research in Practice (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Enquiry 1 (10 credits; compulsory) • Visual Enquiry 2 (10 credits; compulsory). Year Three – Level 6 (BA) Level 6 is partially student-led and the project brief content and formative deadlines are negotiated. This creates a self-directed responsibility where students create their final portfolio. • Advanced Creative Enquiry (20 credits; compulsory) • Graduate Portfolio (60 credits; compulsory) • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module).

Assessment method

At the beginning of each module, we issue the ‘Assessment Specification’, which clearly describes in each assessment criteria what is required. Weekly feedback sessions keep students focussed on the requirements, without hindering the freedom to work with expanding ideas. Technical tuition is typically delivered via a demonstration lecture and then staff help each student individually as they progress though a challenge. All modules have formative and summative feedback, both written and verbal. When the summative written feedback is released, students can book-in for ‘one to one’ tutorial to discuss their feedback further. There are no written exams for this course.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000 Year 1
England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
International £13500 Year 1

Additional fee information

All additional costs detailed in this section are indicative. It is recognised, for example, that the precise costs associated with a field trip could vary from year to year. Mandatory • Adobe suite student rate: £120 a year but currently free in cluster from UWTSD. Necessarily Incurred • A3 Portfolio: £20 • Collection of tools - scalpel, metal rule, plastic sleeves, hard drive, memory stick, pens, pencils, markers: £70. • Illustration art supplies: £100 • Mac Book: £1500 • Printing costs: £200 • Sketch Books: £40. Optional • Student Trips: £200 to £500.
Illustration (Swansea College of Art) at University of Wales Trinity Saint David - UCAS