Newcastle College University Centre

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Newcastle College Group


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Course summary

Study this Illustration degree and you will learn practical techniques to develop your practice beyond drawing including paint and print. You will consider how to use your illustrations in a creative setting as well as how to apply them in a commercial space, such as an advertising campaign. You will be highly creative, a story teller and be passionate about drawing and illustration. You will want to see your ideas as a finished product and offer working solutions to conceptual problems. You will study topics such as character design, commercial illustration and developing a narrative, learning from tutors who have worked in the industry on both a commissioned and freelance basis. You will have the opportunity to undertake live briefs from industry. Previous students have worked on projects for companies such as Channel 4, Live Theatre and Penguin Books. There are a number of career opportunities open to you once you complete your course. You might decide to go into editorial illustration, fashion illustration or book illustration. Alternatively, you may explore careers within graphic design, print making or textile design. If you wish to continue your studies, you could choose to undertake a relevant Masters degree or PGCE if you want to go into teaching

Course details


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

Assessment method

Students are taught through: • Studio practice • Seminars • Lectures • Specialist workshops • Guest speakers • Independent research • Critique/tutorials. Students are assessed through: • Practical assessments • Portfolios • Progress file • Presentations • Essays • Reports.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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Illustration at Newcastle College University Centre - UCAS