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Our Illustration degree equips you with the creative, technical and enterprise skills you’ll need for a successful career in the creative industries, from animator to game artist. Developing abilities in life and location drawing, printmaking, specialist techniques and animation, you’ll learn to use drawn images to create visual narratives as a means of communication, from comics to graphic novels. With opportunities to gain experience on placements, with organisations such as ELCAF (East London Comics & Arts Festival), London Book Fair, Angoulême International Comics Festival, Cheltenham Illustration Awards and Cheltenham Literature Festival, our graduates stand out from the competition.
You’ll draw on the expertise of accomplished lecturers including award-winning illustrators, and have the chance to exhibit your work alongside world-renowned illustrators at major international events (additional costs may apply, see course web page for details). You’ll even have the opportunity to self-publish and sell your work under the university’s own imprint, Pittville Press, and in our illustration publications ‘Unseen’, ‘Techne’ and ‘Olio’. You’ll also benefit from state-of-the-art design facilities, such as printmaking studios, an Apple Mac suite, Risograph stencil printer, letterpress workshop and book-binding equipment.
Why University of Gloucestershire?
We’ve been using our expertise to support and inspire students since 1847. Join us and you will benefit from professional-standard facilities in the beautiful, historic surroundings of Cheltenham and Gloucester. With the University of Gloucestershire offering a wide variety of courses, you will have the best of both worlds - a large learning community with more than 80 societies and sports clubs to enjoy while also benefiting from lecturers who know and value you as an individual.
Through our innovative Your Future Plan scheme, you will be challenged and supported to become the graduate that you want to be, ready to succeed in your chosen field. Your personal tutor will help you build your network of connections and take advantage of a range of opportunities including field trips and placements, offering invaluable experience outside of the lecture theatre.
Our students never tire of finding inspiration here in the beautiful county of Gloucestershire, home to over 45 festivals every year, including 2000trees, Wychwood and the world-famous Cheltenham Literature festival. Many students gain valuable skills and experience working at these events alongside their studies.
Come and experience the University of Gloucestershire for yourself by booking an open day online at www.glos.ac.uk/BookAnOpenDay.
After the course
Your story with us doesn’t end at graduation. We are proud of our record that 95% of University of Gloucestershire graduates are in work or further study six months after completing their course*, and throughout your studies we are committed to working with you to develop your future plan.
*Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE), 2016/17.
Experience an open day
Take the next step and book yourself a place at a University of Gloucestershire open day at www.glos.ac.uk/BookAnOpenDay. This is your chance to see the university for yourself, get a real insight into what we're about and meet your potential course tutors and lecturers. Our student ambassadors will also be on hand to show you round your campus. Take the opportunity to get up-to-the minute advice and guidance from the people who have been here and experienced University of Gloucestershire life already.
To find out more information about this course, visit www.glos.ac.uk/OurCourses, email us on email@example.com or call 03330 14 14 14.
In your first year develop skills in life and location drawing, printmaking, specialist techniques and animation. In your second and third years take your work to a professional level through modules such as Sequential Illustration, using drawn images to create visual narratives such as comics and graphic novels. You’ll also begin preparing for industry, developing your expertise in self-publishing and promotion. Our modern design facilities include extensive printmaking studio, Apple Mac suite, Risograph stencil printer, letterpress workshop and book binding equipment.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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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
We welcome international students from around the world. Studying in the UK can be a great experience allowing you to meet new people, try new things and experience a new country. Come and join us. Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country: http://www.glos.ac.uk/study/international/in-your-region/pages/in-your-country.aspx
Offers decided by interview
Offers will be made based on interviews rather than UCAS Tariff points or grades.
You will need to have, or be studying for, an NQF level 3 qualification (A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent). Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.
Additional entry requirements
There are many ways to identify someone’s potential to succeed within the creative industries. Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don’t always tell the whole story), entry to the course is by interview and portfolio/audition only.
Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Mature applicants: we welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.
You will be advised of an interview date via UCAS Track. Interviews at University of Gloucestershire are about you ensuring we are the right place for you. You will have the chance to meet academic staff and view the facilities for your course.
English language requirements
International students will need to produce evidence of an acceptable score on an approved English language test such as IELTS. We run pre-sessional English language courses and university preparation courses, in partnership with INTO, to help you prepare for undergraduate or postgraduate study. Please see our webpage - http://www.glos.ac.uk/study/international/Pages/into-centre.aspx
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Fees and funding
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