Birmingham City University has opted into the TEF and received a Silver award.
Our BA (Hons) Illustration course aims to give those with a passion for image making and illustration the skills they need to capture and communicate ideas through pictures. We celebrate the challenge of finding your individual visual voice through experimenting, risk taking and critical reflection. You will also explore how your work can be applied across a wide range of contexts, from commercial work to personally-driven projects. This course provides an opportunity to development a wide range of transferable skills and design process knowledge that is highly desirable to employers. What's covered in the course? Our challenging and exciting Illustration course will help you develop new skills and different ways of thinking, enabling you to find your own individual, visual voice and prepare you for the ever-changing creative industry. You will examine the new ideas, technologies and issues that affect today’s developing illustrators, as well as exploring more unfamiliar territories. The course celebrates the synthesis between illustration and all the other visual communication subject disciplines, leading to the development of strong student collaborations that again aims to reflect industry practice. We support a lively creative community, encouraging the value of peer learning. This learning is supplemented by an integrated workshop programme that provides the opportunity to work alongside, and be informed by, industry experts from a wide range of disciplines. Why Choose Us? You will engage with live project briefs, ranging from local to international, and your tutors are enthusiastic about their specialisms, fostering an invaluable knowledge transfer within the programme. We run exciting trips to provide stimuli for your creative briefs, with cultural trips to a range of locations, including London, Venice, Berlin and New York, which include visits to exhibitions, museums and studios. There will be opportunities to exhibit at high-profile London graduate shows, including New Designers. You will receive industry insight from significant practitioners, with professional practice and core business skills workshops being delivered by outside agencies.
In the first year you will initially be introduced to the diverse subject of visual communication and will start to gain confidence and knowledge in the discipline of illustration. You will develop creative and technical skills, underpinned by theories relating to creative practice. You will develop technical skills in illustration, and explore appropriate theories about illustration and creative practice. In your second year you contextualise your subject within specific aspects of contemporary practice. Live projects, industry links and competitions form a key part of the course at this stage. You will also get an opportunity to opt for a Collaborative Practice module, working with students from other subject disciplines within the School. The final study year moves to negotiated projects and involves greater autonomy and independence of study. You will develop a portfolio of work, and will have a greater depth of research and understanding of the subject.
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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- Parkside Building Campus
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Additional entry requirements
If your application is progressed, you will be invited to provide a portfolio of your creative work for review. This can be submitted digitally or you can physically bring it in. Your portfolio is your opportunity to show examples of your work and creative interests to support your application. Guidance on how to put your portfolio together will be provided once you have made your application.
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in the remaining three skills.|
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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