Newcastle College University Centre

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Newcastle College Group


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Course summary

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This course prides itself on forward thinking and new approaches to working with narrative visualisation through a host of personal and client based projects. The aim of this course is to develop the skills and attributes that are essential within the area of contemporary illustration based on the needs of local and national industry. The practical techniques that are delivered will develop both your traditional and digital skills with an emphasis on drawing and visualisation techniques as a foundation for studio practice. You will be introduced to alternative methods of working that allow a free flow of creative and experimental work to be produced, as well as a clear understanding of industry practice and workflows that will benefit you in your future career within the creative industries. You will gain experience working with print making, drawing and painting, digital visualisation in 2D and 3D. Course tutors are all established practitioners that use their experience of contemporary practice to inform the curriculum. This three-year course is designed to incorporate key strands of professional development for practising artists, providing you with exposure to the processes, methods, and contexts of professional practice. The programme sets out a three-stage process; skills acquisition, creative application and commercial application. This has been designed to allow a progressive development of your personal and professional awareness. Over the past few years this programme has contributed to projects with number of organisations, including Arcus Studios, After Midnight, Pictoplasma, Association of Illustrators, Live Theatre, Channel 4, Sony PlayStation, Sega, Orange, St Lukes, Saatchi and Saatchi, Kuro Dragon, Little Tiger Press, Cheltenham Illustration Awards, House of Illustration, V&A and Penguin Books. The demand for graduates that are highly skilled in the field of illustration is high, as the employment opportunities expand into complementary areas of art and design. You will graduate having experience of working towards high end outputs that are realised through the acquisition and application of associated skills in traditional drawing, print and 2D visualisation as well as being competent in digital 2D and 3D design software. A number of career opportunities exist including advertising illustrator, editorial illustrator, fashion illustration, surface pattern and textile designer, studio illustrator and product illustrator. You may also decide to continue your studies and progress onto a relevant Masters programme

Course details


Year One: 3D Visualisation, Commercial Illustration Practice 1, Contextual Studies, Figure Drawing, Introduction to Illustration, Narrative and Sequential Development, Personal and Professional Development 1. Year Two: Character Design and Development, Commercial Illustration Practice 2, Contemporary Influences, Digital Story Telling, Personal and Professional Development 2, Processes and Practice. Year Three: Commercial Realisation, Project Development, Project Proposal, Reflective Practice.

Assessment method

You will undertake a variety of practical and theoretical projects alongside self-directed study. You will participate in group work, presentations and projects with industry. Assessment is through written and practical assignments, presentations, peer work and independent stud

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeWW28
Institution code N23
Campus nameMain Site
Campus code-

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 48 - 64 points
A level CC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Please e-mail [email protected]
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MM
Scottish Advanced Higher CC
GCSE/National 4/National 5 Grade C(4) in GCSE Maths and English Language.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6

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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Illustration at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS