The University of South Wales’ Illustration course focuses on developing the design, drawing and illustration skills required for original and creative illustration within the sophisticated visual world of books, magazines, adverts and interactive content. It produces high calibre illustrators, storyboard and concept artists, infographics illustrators and publishers who share a passion to inform, entertain, or educate using images. The core principles of drawing are applied throughout the Illustration degree. You’ll develop key skills in creative thinking, translating a brief, drawing and mark making, and colour theory. To prepare for today’s increasingly fluid platforms of print, mobile and interactive image, you’ll communicate ideas in innovative ways using traditional and digital technologies. Throughout your three years with us, you’ll have numerous opportunities to engage with creative professionals and clients. This may be in the form of an industry visit, guest speaker, or live brief. Our students have recently collaborated with The Royal Horticultural Society, The Roald Dahl Estate and Little Man Coffee.
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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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances
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Additional entry requirements
Selection for this course is based on a suitable application and attendance at an interview with successful outcome. Your interview is an opportunity for you to talk about your interests and ideas, and to find out what is so special about Illustration at USW.
We encourage you to bring either a portfolio or examples of your work (digital/physical) to your interview. If your interview is online, a link to your portfolio or work can be sent to [email protected]. Your portfolio should display competencies to support your application to this course and should demonstrate your creative process and examples of your work. This can include any sketchbooks or journals.
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