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BA(Hons)

Illustration (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
W20F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
48
Department:
Art and Design
Campus:
Foundation Year: Frenchay; years one to three: City Campus
Duration:
Four years
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Christine Hill
Key fact:
Learn in a creative and supportive studio environment with professional-standard facilities and a focus on helping you gain real-world skills for the workplace.

Page last updated 16 October 2017

Introduction

Why study illustration?

Our BA(Hons) Illustration consistently produces award-winning students who enter high-profile careers across the creative industries. You will work across a range of media, including 2D, 3D and moving image. Self-directed projects could range from editorial to narrative, 3D model-making to film, animation to artists' books, providing excellent preparation for the commercial world.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) Illustration encourages you to create and develop your own personal visual language. Problem-solving through drawing and making is core.

You'll be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in your foundation year and at Bower Ashton Campus, part of the City Campus, from year one onwards. Exceptional facilities and resources include industry standard digital media studios and production and fabrication workshops.

Work in our production and fabrication workshops, equipped with traditional tools and the latest technology.

Explore a range of media and deepen your awareness of the traditions of illustration through theoretical studies. Build an awareness of the professional world and development core skills through individual experimentation.

Attend lectures and seminars at the Arnolfini and Watershed in Bristol city centre.

Our strong industry links with the thriving city of Bristol ensure input from illustrators and creatives. Visits from respected practitioners will keep you up to date with contemporary illustration practice.

Innovation and individualism are celebrated. Investigate potential places for your work and test yourself against industry expectations through live briefs and externally judged national and international competitions.

Graduate ready to make your mark as an illustrator.

Where can it take me?

Alongside established freelance illustration career paths, our graduates work as film directors, set designers, art/creative directors, illustration agents, visualisers, designers, model-makers, animators, storyboard artists, puppeteers and theatrical/film costume and prop designers.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Drawing and Making
  • Developmental Project: Building a Creative Identity
  • Academic Skills
  • Foundation Project.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Illustration
  • Narrative and Sequence
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Illustration 1
  • Critical Perspectives
  • Visual Essay

Year two

You will study:

  • Word and Image
  • Process and Practice
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Illustration 2
  • Creative Analysis
  • Developing Visual Narratives.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Developing Practice in Illustration 2
  • International Exchange.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Preparation for Extended Study in Illustration
  • Extended Study in Illustration
  • Professional Practice and Work Experience in Illustration 3
  • Independent Research Project.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

Most of your learning will take place in environments specific to each module.

Teaching sessions include workshops, seminars, group and individual tutorials and lectures. The main way you'll learn is through your tutor group, which meets regularly to discuss student work and other course related issues.

Get an introduction to illustration and its applications in problem solving. Explore a wide range of traditional and digital media, painting techniques and the translation of image into printmaking.

Attend lectures and seminars in visual culture with students from other courses. This core module helps you develop a rigorous critical and analytical approach to your own work and the work of others. It also fosters an understanding of collaboration between disciplines that is valuable when you leave university.

Attend talks from industry professionals and find out about future career options and go on work experience to locate the context of your own practice. Get advice from practicing illustrators about selecting and presenting a professional portfolio of work.

Discover the wider experience of professional illustration practice. Try sequential storytelling and the exposition of complex ideas in single images. Reflect on your personal practice and understand the sources that drive and inform it. 

Take responsibility for your own creative progress through a programme of student-led self-directed study, where individualism and innovation are encouraged.

As a graduate, you will be fully aware of the business and working processes in your chosen area of creative practice.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Look at illustration students' work on Flickr.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
024%76%0%100%
154%46%0%100%
245%55%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Assessment

All modules are assessed, and marks from modules undertaken in year two and your final year can contribute to the final award.

You can expect to be assessed through projects, essays, group presentations and visual presentation.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
00%75%25%100%
10%75%25%100%
20%75%25%100%
30%75%25%100%

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

We have links with the creative industries throughout the region and you'll work to live briefs set and assessed by professionals in the field.

You can participate in study exchanges with European institutions through the EU-funded Socrates programme and can find European work placements through the Leonardo programme.

Get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

Go on European and international visits and field studies throughout the course.

Study facilities

The course is based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay Campus in the foundation year.

You'll then be at the Bower Ashton Campus from year one onwards. It's an excellent base within the exciting City Campus, connecting teaching and learning with some of the best creative and cultural organisations in Bristol. 

Bower Ashton houses the main library supporting the creative and cultural industries as well as student support services.

A mix of traditional and hands-on learning environments helps you quickly take on essential knowledge and skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

Our graduates go on to work across all areas of the creative industries.

They are film directors, set designers, art/creative directors, illustration agents, visualisers, designers, model-makers, animators, storyboard artists, puppeteers, theatrical/film costume and prop designers.

Past students work as:

  • Animator/filmmaker at Arthur Cox
  • Model/puppet-maker at Aardman Animation
  • Prop-maker for Harry Potter Film Franchise
  • Creative Director at Landor Associates
  • Art Editor at NoBrow
  • Artist at Damien Hirst Studios
  • Art Editor at MacMillan Publishers.

Others establish successful freelance careers as illustrators.

Our alumni also include a Batsford Prize winner and the designer of the new Elbow album cover.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year400
Optional Field Trip - (Maximum Cost)500

Supplementary fee information

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio for review.  We are interested in your creative ideas, skills and ability.

Due to the creative nature of the course, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed. We may make different offers where appropriate to candidates who have a strong portfolio, or substantial relevant work/other experience and whose motivation and skills would enable them to succeed on the course. In your application, please give full details of any relevant work experience and qualifications (including modules and units).

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) Illustration course.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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