Hereford College of Arts

Illustration Hereford College of Arts Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Wales Trinity Saint David (Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant)

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Illustration is an important part of our visual heritage and culture. From childhood and throughout our lives, illustration helps us all make sense of a complicated world. It is a communication tool that entertains, describes, inspires, explains and educates. As an illustrator, you will be called on to create imaginary but believable worlds as the visual stimulus for entertainment, education or persuasion. These worlds can be brought to life on anything from the printed page to the digital screen, including diverse and unexpected places within the urban landscape in advertising, murals or other installations.

This inspiring course explores both traditional and high-tech approaches to picture making and visual communication. You will participate in a wide range of workshops and projects that will encourage you to develop a unique visual language and personal style, before applying it to a range of outcomes such as: graphic novels, picture books, zines and small press publications, maps, prints and more. Throughout this broad-based course, you’ll focus on drawing and image-making processes that create imaginative and innovative ways to communicate to a variety of audiences.

Industry Links

A range of expert visiting practitioners contribute to the course. These have included award winning Illustrators: Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Jonny Hannah, Rebecca Gibbon, Matthew Richardson, Laura Carlin, Ian Murray, Geoffrey Grandfield, war artist Xavier Pick and master printmakers Charles Shearer and Nick Morley. Live project briefs will challenge you to apply your skills in new and interesting ways. In recent years, HCA students have also gained great exposure and experience at Hay Festival – providing large format illustrations, and delivering workshops to the public.

After this Course

The majority of our graduates enter employment within the creative sector as freelance illustrators or designers. Some form small group partnerships to share knowledge, skills and resources and support each other as they develop their practice, whilst others gravitate to postgraduate study or towards teaching.

Highlights

1. Small group teaching in a friendly studio environment.
2. Regular drawing classes and print workshops.
3. Individual workspaces that you can make your own.
4. Exceptional access to tutorial support and expert technical advice.
5. Inspiring, high profile visiting practitioners.
6. Develop your own visual language and evolve a unique style.

Course details

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4) – Practice in Context One (20 credits), Drawing to Print 1 (20 credits), Introduction to Creative Practice (20 credits), Drawing & Illustration (20 credits), Narrative & Sequence 1 (20 credits), Drawing to Print (Landscape) (20 credits) or Narrative & Sequence 2 (20 credits). Year 2 (Level 5) – Practice in Context Two (20 credits), Self-Publishing (including Book Arts) (20 credits), Illustration Applications (20 credits), Competition & Commission (20 credits), Professional Practice (20 credits), Developing Practice (20 credits) or Self-Publishing (including Book Arts) 2 (20 credits). Year 3 (level 6) - Practice in Context Three (30 credits), Confirmation of Practice (30 credits), Major Project & Specialist Practice (60 credits).


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

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Course code W220
Institution code H18
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points We would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results and we may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course.
Portfolio submission (where applicable) and successful interview or audition are required.

Mature applicants with relevant experience will be considered. Portfolio and interview also required.

Applicants whose first language is not English and require a Tier 4 Student Visa must achieve Level B2 in an approved secure English language test prior to enrolment. For further guidance please visit the UK Visa and immigration website: www.gov.uk/tier-4-general-visa.

Additional entry requirements

Interview

Portfolio


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,000 Year 1
EU £9,000 Year 1
International £11,200 * Year 1
England £9,000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,000 Year 1
Scotland £9,000 Year 1
Wales £9,000 Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Additional costs: In addition to the degree fees, the nature of creative arts practice means you will need to allow for some additional costs, such as for materials you choose to use in the production of work and activities, and for trips to external events and exhibitions. The courses at HCA have been designed to minimise the impact of additional costs; all course leaders have an annual budget and some trips and materials will be fully funded by the college or heavily subsidised. However, typically, a student will choose to spend an additional £250 in the first year, £375 in the second year and £400 in their final year, depending on scale of work and materials chosen or other related costs. Students spend different amounts depending on the areas in which they specialise and individual choices. We appreciate that not all students will be able to invest the same money in their work, and staff assessing it will not judge work by the cost of materials or other resources. The college shop includes many specialist materials at good value prices and much digital equipment can be borrowed from the media stores at no cost to students. Students on all courses will also have the chance to take part in optional trips that require payments towards their costs. Again, non-attendance will not incur assessment penalties, though trips are designed to help students develop their practice. There is an optional annual cross-course residential trip abroad. In the 2018-19 academic year, the destination was Rome and the cost to students was £400. Further fee/bursary information: The HCA Cash Bursary: is designed to benefit students who are new undergraduates starting Higher Education for the first time in 2020, are ordinarily resident in England and from a low income family (£25,000 a year or less). Each cash bursary is £1,000 which students receive in their first year only. For more information, please visit our website: www.hca.ac.uk Partner Colleges: A first year bursary of £500 is available to students from our progression partner colleges* who have successfully completed their Level 3 or equivalent course within the last 2 academic years and progress on to a degree programme at Hereford College of Arts. *Partner Colleges include: Bath College, Belfast Metropolitan College, Cirencester College, City of Bristol College, Coleg Powys (Newtown Campus), Coleg y Cymoedd, Dudley College, Evesham College, Gloucestershire College (including Forest of Dean and Cheltenham & Gloucester campuses), Gower College Swansea, Grantham College, Halesowen College, Heart of Worcestershire College, Herefordshire & Ludlow College, Malvern Hills College, Newent Sixth Form College, North West Regional College - Derry, Plumpton College, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (including Stroud, Wise & Filton campuses), Stratford-upon-Avon College and Worcester Sixth Form College. Internal Progression Bursary: All students who have studied and successfully completed a Level 3 course within the last 2 academic years at Hereford College of Arts and progress to undergraduate study at HCA will be eligible to receive a bursary of £500 in their first year.

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Hereford College of Arts
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Hereford
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