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BA (Hons) Visual Communication: Illustration

validated by University of Brighton






START DATE: November

END DATE: November


CONTACT: 53292



Our BA Visual Communication Illustration programme will equip you with the creative skills to communicate a range of narratives and messages. This includes the generation of strong ideas but also your own unique approach to the use of visual language. The course is hands-on covering a wide range of processes and materials including etching, relief and screen-printing, 3D, book arts, mixed media, digital technology as well as the core activity of drawing.

The programme embraces illustration within the context of commercial illustration industry including live briefs and work experience but you will also learn to create one-off artefacts and multiples. The course will teach you about how you can apply your work in a commercial setting and the skills that you need to do this successfully.

Your newly acquired skills and knowledge will give you the edge in this diverse industry enabling you to do the work you love. For example you could illustrate books, take on editorial assignments or self-publish. You will also learn a range of transferable skills that will equip you for related careers in education, community arts, arts administration.

Our tutors will draw on their years of industry experience to help you learn from real life examples but will also provide real value and quality through their experience as teachers.
The second year will build on the knowledge you have gained in year 1, helping you to develop a more assured and critically informed language and direction in your studies. You’ll also extend your understanding and expertise in the wider context of self-publishing, including mixed media, printmaking, book arts, digital practice and type, setting you up perfectly for your final year projects.
Core modules
* 201 - Ideas Through Illustration
* 202 - Process & Production
* 203 - Making Your Mark
* 204 - Contextual Studies 2
* 205 - Personal & Professional Development
In your final year you will be able to cultivate innovative approaches and reflect upon past practice. You will contextualise your work and undertake your dissertation project and fine tune your illustration skills further by undertaking work experience, all helping you to find your future pathway in the industry.
Core modules
* 301 - Reflect, Refine & Resolve
* 302 – Dissertation
* 303 - Professional Development and Progression
* 304 - Major Project

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.
Once you have graduated, you will have a diverse range of transferable skills that will enable you to start you career in this exciting industry. You will be fully equipped to seek out roles and apply your knowledge as a freelance illustrator, or perhaps in an agency. Other options could include further study onto MA Illustration programmes.


You will need a minimum of: Minimum of 64 UCAS points (160 old system) from a BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma / A Levels / Foundation Diploma / Access Diploma in a related subject; if English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6 in writing; proof of qualifications; a satisfactory reference.


Standard Fee: HEFT

International Fee: £7,500.00



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