This course fosters an innovative, experimental and critical approach to the broad practice of illustration. The course enables you to define your working methodology, using skills and experiences developed through workshops, technical inductions, tutorials and seminars. You are encouraged to explore the wider territory of illustration, challenging the position of the illustrator within commercial and artistic arenas whilst maintaining the core values that underpin the practice. The course embeds critical and contextual thinking at the heart of illustrative practice, examining, through a programme of lectures, seminars and talks by industry professionals, the history and development of the discipline.
. Portfolio of work . A foundation course/ National Diploma/AVCE/ Advanced GNVQ or equivalent . Passes in 2 GCE A Levels(or 1 GCE A Level plus 2 GCE AS Levels) . Passes at GCSE level in 3 subjects (grade C or above) . EU/International students must show proof of equivalent qualification and IELTS 6.0 in English on enrolment . Applications are welcome from mature students and the College takes into consideration prior learning, alternative qualifications and experience.
You will be exploring the constantly evolving creative environments that illustrators work in and examining the way in which illustration communicates ideas. You will develop an experimental, researchbased methodology and consider the relationship between ideas and the wider practice of illustration.
You will have the opportunity to negotiate a semi-directed programme that allows you to develop your individual concerns, exploring the themes, concepts, processes and materials that best reflect your personal approach to illustration. You will explore how you might develop a visual language through illustration and you will also have the opportunity to test your practice in an appropriate professional context, allowing you to examine the role of the receiver/user in the making of meaning. You will take an elective unit, selected from a broad range of options to enhance your core subject of study.
You will be planning, developing and realising your individual, self-initiated programme of study. You will be carrying out sustained practical and contextual research. Through a choice of dissertation, work placement or live project you will explore in depth the context within which you choose to locate your practice. You will develop your ideas using an appropriate research based methodology and work towards a completed body of work.