Top-up (final year only) Communication Design (Illustration) - BA (Hons) Degree

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UCAS code: WW22 Course Type: Degree and university-level Campus: West Durrington Campus Start Date: September 2021 Duration: 1 Year

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This course is the final year BA top-up following a two-year Foundation Degree (FdA) or HND course in Illustration.

The course is designed to develop creative thinking and this exciting, multidisciplinary degree programme encourages experimental, collaborative and conceptual work.

Key features

  • Taught by design industry practitioners
  • Dedicated Mac suite with up-to-date industry software
  • Access to print room, photography studios and 3D craft workshop
  • Generous contact teaching hours

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Course entry requirements

Portfolio and normally a Foundation Degree (FdA) or HND in a related subject

The focus will be on the development of the student as an individual, capable of working both independently and collaboratively.

The course aims to give the student the opportunity to study across a wide variety of media, processes and disciplines including graphic design, illustration and animation.

Our students are creative, talented and dynamic, with an eye for good design and a willingness to experiment with a variety of media.

The course also incluces a programme of visiting speakers.

In the first semester, the students work on a series of three 5-week competition briefs set by industry. Completed work is sent off for judging.

At the end of the course, students exhibit their work and they have the opportunity for their work to be seen by potential employers.

Course modules:
    Portfolio Studies
    Final Major Project
    Professional Practice
    Creative Research Project

Potential careers

Freelance illustrator
Children’s book illustrator
Editorial illustrator
Graphic novel artist

Some of our alumni:

Lauren May

Will Scobie

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If you missed our degree level virtual open event, you can catch-up with recordings of our course talks.

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Fees and financial support

There are different options to cover the cost of your course, including government loans and bursaries (eligibility criteria applies).

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How is this course delivered?

We have made some changes to the way our courses are taught to keep everyone safe. We will ensure that our students remain connected and involved with their course and college life.

During this academic year, students have a blend of college-based and digitally-enabled remote learning that provides lots of opportunities to interact and engage with lecturers, support teams and other students.

We will continue to respond to Government advice as we plan our curriculum delivery and will regularly update our current students and applicants in respect of course changes and opportunities.

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