Plymouth College of Art

Degree level: Undergraduate

Illustration

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Course summary

It takes an illustrator with a bold, clear vision to create striking, memorable images. This programme will encourage you to develop your personal style, reflecting the unique way you see the world. You’ll explore different contexts of image-making, from traditional publishing and commercial applications through to independent books and products.

  • Gain traditional and digital skills, as you define your visual identity and prepare to enter the creative industries.
  • Benefit from strong industry links and high contact time with our dedicated Illustration team, whose creative specialisms include independent publishing, children’s books, printmaking and art direction.
  • Think beyond traditional collaborations with designers, creative directors and publishers; build illustration communities, form collectives and start pop-up shops.
  • Develop your talents for enterprise and entrepreneurship through Pylon Press, and gain opportunities to promote and sell your work in the Illustration Shed – our very own pop-up shop.
We value your imagination and energy, alongside your conceptual thinking and idea development, and we will support you in honing your creative skills and knowledge of professional practice and contemporary trends. You will be encouraged to enter national and international competitions, secure work placements, and work on live industry briefs and commissions. Illustration is a competitive discipline that requires high levels of commitment – we will support you in developing professional skills including creative problem-solving, project management, and working to briefs and deadlines. You’ll have opportunities to build a professional network, as well as the chance to exhibit, publish and promote your work. You’ll develop and identify personal strengths, helping you to recognise transferable skills and how they will be useful for employment. In Years 2 and 3, you will have your own dedicated workspace in our studios and opportunities to work with other specialist workshops and facilities within the college. Study with us and you’ll expand your critical approach alongside developing skills in research and analysis. Our academically robust and intellectually stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in learning, teaching and assessment. Our programmes encourage diversity in thinking and making - from practical applications through to reflective, analytical writing.

Course details

Modules

Illustration is a competitive discipline which requires high levels of commitment – we will help you develop professional skills through each assignment, including creative problem-solving, project management, working to brief and completing to deadline. You’ll have opportunities to build a professional network, as well as the chance to show off your skills by exhibiting, publishing and promoting your work outside the college. Through self-reflection, you’ll develop and identify personal strengths, helping you to recognise transferable skills and how they will be useful for employment once you graduate.


How to apply

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but studying the arts is about more than can be captured on forms. We need to find out about your creative potential, your abilities and idiosyncrasies, so we will invite you to talk about your work with a member of our HE academic team. You can tell us about your aspirations, and why you want to study at the college. It is also a good moment to find out what we can offer you. We encourage you to visit the college, so that you can see our facilities, meet our teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have; however we appreciate this may not be possible, and are happy to talk to you via an online platform (such as Google Meet or similar). We accept a range of international qualifications and will look at each application individually.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

https://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/studying/how-to-apply/

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Your application will tell us about your qualifications and previous experience, but studying the arts is about more than can be captured on forms. We need to find out about your creative potential, your abilities and idiosyncrasies, so we will invite you to talk about your work with a member of our HE academic team. You can tell us about your aspirations, and why you want to study at the college. It is also a good moment to find out what we can offer you. We encourage you to visit the college, so that you can see our facilities, meet our teaching and technical staff, and discuss any other queries you may have; however we appreciate this may not be possible, and are happy to talk to you via an online platform (such as Google Meet or similar).


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS (Level B2):overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores Listening: 5.5, Speaking: 5.5, Reading: 5.5, Writing: 5.5
Trinity ISEPassIntegrated Skills in English II (Level B2), minimum grades required: Reading: Pass Listening: Pass

Click here to find out the most up-to-date information on our English Language requirements

https://www.plymouthart.ac.uk/international-students/language-requirements/


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £4625 Year 1
England £4625 Year 1
Northern Ireland £4625 Year 1
Scotland £4625 Year 1
Wales £4625 Year 1

Additional fee information

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