Have alternative qualifications or don't quite meet our entry criteria? Our introductory year will help develop your skills and confidence in a supportive environment. Want to become a great illustrator? One who takes a line and conjures worlds that compel and transfix? Technique is important. Courage is needed. But individuality is demanded. That’s why we’ll give you the space, resources and inspiration to find your voice. That’s why, with our help, you’ll make art that makes a difference. Course Overview Your foundation year will give you the technical expertise and knowledge to progress to our highly respected undergraduate programme. We will help you develop strong drawing, composition, and colour skills that will underpin your personal visual language, allowing you to develop a unique voice as an artist. You’ll gain the experience, confidence, and advanced technical skills you need to succeed. And once you find your voice as an artist, your personality, passion and the quality of the work in your portfolio will get you noticed. You’ll receive extensive feedback, support, and advice throughout your studies and have access to state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, as well as the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, including ‘live briefs’ to develop and hone your skills. We are unique amongst illustration courses in giving you a thorough grounding in graphic design. You’ll have the necessary skills and experience to stand out from the crowd. On this course you will
- Learn within an institute recognised by the industry as a course provider that engenders strong drawing skills. Through doing so, we provide our graduates with the backbone of a long career.
- Be encouraged to develop an individual approach to illustration - allowing you to develop a personal style that stands out from the crowd.
- Have regular and meaningful contact with tutorials, workshops, and discussions - reinforcing your practice with the support of tutors and peers who know you and your work inside and out.
- Be included in deciding what direction the course/module/brief should take. Small group sizes mean a supportive and open community of practice.
- Have access to a large professional studio space that is open plan and shared across all-year groups. Stock up on supplies with our in-house shop and experiment in our reprographic department.
- Making Images
- Making Objects
- Visual Enquiry
- Portfolio and Progression
- Introducing Visual Communication
- Cultural Contexts
- Collaborative Practice
- Multi-Dimensional Illustration
- The Illustrators Toolkit
- Illustration Projects
- The Critical Illustrator
- Advanced Illustration Projects
- Independent Research Paper
- Illustration Showcase
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:
If you are over 21 and returning to study after being in relevant employment for a minimum of 3 years and do not meet the published entry requirements for Year 1 of our degree courses, please do not assume you are not qualified to join us. Our experienced Admissions and Academic staff will review your prior qualifications and professional experience to support your application. The Integrated Foundation Year programmes support your return to education and are specifically designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree but may not have all the necessary qualifications, skills or experience to join the degree in Year 1. Contact our Course Enquiries Team for more information.
Additional entry requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|