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Course summary

Develop your creative skill set by studying our illustration degree programme with emerging digital and commercial disciplines. Benefit from our industry-standard facilities, including the latest Adobe software, and learn from experienced lecturers. This course starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey. • The programme provides the specialised skills needed for those who want to go on to work in such areas as editorial, advertising, and commercial storytelling • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern facilities and access to the latest software including Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, Illustrator & After Effects in modern Mac studios • This programme gives you the chance to combine a traditional approach with digital methods • You will have opportunities to get involved with live industry briefs, work placements and competitions Illustrators are usually commissioned to create drawings that tell a story, message or idea for a variety of brands, advertisements, books, magazines, packaging and more. It can be an exciting varied role that puts creativity at the heart of your career. At Farnborough, you will work on live industry briefs, design work placements and enter international design competitions. You will also be taught the latest Adobe Creative Suite software including Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects in up-to-date Apple Mac studios. This course explores a number of areas of illustration; from editorial and character design to comic books and book cover design. You will develop a portfolio to industry standard, preparing you for your transition into employment or further study. WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR? This programme is suited to those with a passion for art who would like to specialise in illustration. This degree is the perfect area to study if you are looking to further your skills or retrain in the commercial creative industry. This course has been set up to provide you with a vocationally relevant qualification in the dynamic world of commercial illustration. You might currently be studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution. It may also be possible for you to join this course in its second or third year following relevant qualifications and/or experience in the workplace. WHAT WILL I STUDY? The first year of this degree focuses on exploring illustration practices, visual practices and sequential Illustration. In your second year you will explore narrative illustration, editorial illustration and motion graphics. You will also undertake a work placement to develop your on-the-job confidence, experience and skill set. The final year of your degree focuses on your specialism through your major project as well as undertaking industry competition briefs.


Year 1 • Exploring Practices • Design With Materials • Academic Skills • Digital Image Techniques • Visual Practices • Professional Practice & Development • Introduction to Illustration • Sequential Illustration Year 2 • Concept Art • Narrative Illustration • Editorial Illustration • Research Practice • Motion Graphics • Personal Practice • Industrial Placement • Collaborative Production Year 3 • Major Project Proposal • Major Project • Dissertation • Technical Application • Applied Practice • Creative Narrative

Assessment method

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in class tests, practical work, coursework, assignments, examination, practical demonstrations, and production report and project presentations. HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT? You will be taught in a series of practical lectures and workshops, with supporting theory lectures.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

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England £9000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000 Year 1
Scotland £9000 Year 1
Wales £9000 Year 1
Channel Islands £9000 Year 1
EU £9000 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

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Illustration - Two-year Accelerated Degree at University Centre Farnborough - UCAS