- UCAS Code
- Falmouth Campus
- 3 years full-time
- Direct line
- 01326 213730
From books and magazines, to packaging, adverts and interactive content, the demand for original and powerful illustration continues to grow. At Falmouth we shape illustrators ready to meet that demand, with a course that directly responds to the industry. By balancing professional practice with creativity and experimentation, we give you the freedom to explore and evolve in a creative environment, while still emerging with the skills and experience needed for a successful career.
The discipline of illustration is very broad. You'll be encouraged to consider all mediums, contexts, subjects, trends and styles to find a personal direction that suits your strengths. Our staff – all practising professionals working in the real-world illustration industry – support you to create original and progressive solutions to complex problems, helping you to develop as a forward-thinking, flexible and adaptable illustrator.
You'll acquire the necessary skills to become technically proficient, critically engaged and professionally aware, as you explore many techniques and processes across a wide range of traditional and digital media. Project work will shape your problem-solving skills while deepening your understanding of the creative process, from storyboarding and creative writing through to image rendering.
We also want you to gain an in-depth understanding of the industry, so you're well equipped to take your skills into the workplace. This is supported by our teaching staff's unrivalled connections, self-funded trips to New York and London, and designing and constructing your own website.
How is the course taught
A full-time, hands-on course striking a balance between creative freedom and professional practice, BA(Hons) Illustration covers all aspects of the discipline, including drawing, visual studies, and historical and cultural studies. Project work is supported by lectures, seminars, study trips, professional experience and tutorials. You'll be asked to develop peer and self-evaluation skills, which will be used in critical, conceptual, productive and professional capacities.
What you'll do
Introduced to the breadth of styles and techniques that make up the discipline, you'll build your understanding of illustration, working closely with course staff and peers. You'll learn about visual problem solving and get to grips with team work. You'll also take a study trip to London to visit professionals in art direction, publishing, design, advertising and more to experience the range of possible career opportunities that can arise from a degree in illustration.
Starting to develop a sense of personal direction, in your second year you'll take more responsibility for your learning, negotiating your projects and path through the course. Professional practice lectures will teach you how to promote yourself, approach clients and cost your work, while opportunities to collaborate with peers across courses will familiarise you with working processes in the real world of illustration.
Confident in your individual style and ability, you'll draw on course contacts to negotiate a study trip to New York or London to investigate work opportunities, while continuing to hone your skills and build your portfolio for graduation. You'll complete a final year project or dissertation, prepare your work for exhibition and produce content for the course's Book of Illustrated Quotes and Sayings.
Our dedicated, large open-plan studios with wireless networking are ready for you. Facilities include:
- A broad range of IT facilities with all the necessary software and printing options
- A life studio
- Dedicated workshop space
- Access to over 140,000 books
- A comprehensive electronic journal resource base
- An extensive DVD and video library featuring over 17,000 titles
Experience you'll get
- Self-funded study visits to London and New York
- Creating your own website
- Working on real briefs and meeting clients
By choosing to study for a degree in Illustration at Falmouth you will:
- Cover all aspects of illustration, including Drawing, Visual Studies, Professional Practice, and Historical and Cultural Studies.
- Take on real briefs for real clients; recent projects include a collaborative live advertising commission for Nokia.
- Take part in a number of specialist workshops including Flash, Dreamweaver and Story Telling.
- Present your work to the industry at two important annual London based exhibitions, ‘New Designers' at the Business Design Centre and the D&AD's ‘New Blood'.
- Have the opportunity to go on self-funded professional study trips to New York and London, meeting agents and art directors to show them your portfolio.
- Join a course that has produced many award-winning students, including winners of the 3x3 Illustration Award and the Association of Illustrators' Gold Award.
- Be based at the inspiring Falmouth Campus with its impressive array of studios and facilities.
You'll be continuously assessed through visual, verbal and written assignments, including the creation of your portfolio, as well as a dissertation or final year project.
- Career as a freelance illustrator
- Work in advertising, publishing, animation or television
- Work as part of a design group practiceCareer in studio management
- Career in art direction
- Postgraduate study
Interview and selection process
Interviews will be held on:
3, 4, 5, 6, 7 March 2014
Student mentor scheme
Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the Illustration group. You need to join the group before you can post. Our student mentors have already done the first year of the course ... so ask them anything you like!
If you do not have access to Facebook please email your name and your course to firstname.lastname@example.org