The first year introduces you nature its applications in problem solving. Major emphasis is placed on drawing draughtsmanship as basis communication foundation personal language. begin produce complex visual statements, heightening refining your own critical awareness. will also be encouraged a wide range media - traditional digital. You have opportunities to explore painting techniques and the translation of image into printmaking.
Level 2 introduces you to the wider experience of professional illustration practice and its inherent demands. At the core of this is an exploration of the relationship between words and images. You will experience the problems and delights of sequential story telling and the exposition of complex ideas in single images. You are encouraged at all times to reflect on your personal practice and to understand the sources that drive and inform it. You can also explore the notion of illustration in less conventional circumstances, exploiting your abilities on different stages.
Option modules at Level 2 include a work experience module, the chance to take part in an exchange with European students through the Socrates-Erasmus programme, and the chance to study animation.
At this level you take responsibility for your own creative progress through a programme of student-led self-directed study. You will be expected to demonstrate a high degree of professional and technical ability, and begin to exercise career and professional choices. We very much encourage individualism and innovation, and do our best to support and facilitate your choices. The study concludes with business studies and freelance seminars led, where possible, by practising illustrators who will advise you in the selection and presentation of a professional folio of work. You undertake a special study which entails researching, collecting and organising material for an extended illustrated essay.