Illustration BA(Hons) (Online)

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Illustration Online - 2023

On this Illustration degree, you’ll gain the professional experiences, technical skills and industry insights to become an original and entrepreneurial illustrator.

Key details
Course Duration 2 years / 3 years
Attendance Full-time / Part-time
Subject to validation during this academic year Yes

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Course overview

This course is new for entry year 2022

Learning from award-winning academics and connecting with an impressive programme of guest speakers, you’ll be challenged to test boundaries, explore new approaches and apply your illustration practice to a diverse range of industry sectors. Through project work, live briefs and client meetings, you’ll be encouraged to push your creative limits. You’ll also develop the professional practice skills and experiences to turn your talent into a successful career.

You will:

  • Experiment with a range of media and practices, integrating established and emerging technologies, to realise an authentic visual language of your own
  • Gain exposure to key players in the creative industries by submitting your work to our dedicated online magazine Wunderkammer
  • Receive feedback on your final year work from leading international art directors, publishers, editors and designers
  • Collaborate on projects with your peers to push the limits of your creative outputs and develop vital teamworking skills
  • Prepare for industry by exploring multiple creative pathways and considering the wider contextual, ethical and professional contexts of your practice

What our students do

As a student on this online Illustration degree, you'll be part of the renowned Falmouth School of Art. Check out the stories below to discover more about our amazing students, graduates and staff.

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What our graduates do

As a graduate you could become:

  • A freelance illustrator within the context of editorial, advertising, information or narrative
  • An illustrator within virtual reality, app design, television, film graphics, graphic design, set design or animation
  • An art director
  • An illustration agent
  • An educator in primary, secondary, further or higher education

Course details

Through project work, live briefs and client meetings, you'll be encouraged to push your creative limits and enhance your technical and practical skills, while gaining valuable professional practice experience. You'll also develop your contextual understanding and expand your critical analysis and visual problem-solving skills through a combination of lectures, webinars, guest talks and discussion forums.

You'll begin by exploring the art of visual problem-solving, identifying a range of strategies for research and idea development. Through practical work and critical theory sessions, you'll discover and experiment with varying media and processes, using established and emerging technologies to explore your own visual language. You'll also investigate the wider contextual, ethical and professional environments of the industry, focusing on Editorial and Narrative applications.

Modules could include:

Innovate: Visual Problem Solving

This module focuses on conceptual thinking and consists of a range of projects. It will provide you with strategies for generating conceptual solutions to prescribed visual problems, including systematic and intuitive thinking.

Apply: Editorial l

In the Applied Illustration module series, you'll explore the place of illustration within the visual communications industries. In this first module, you'll focus on editorial applications.

Explore: Visual Language

In this module, you'll begin to identify and strengthen your own visual language. Life drawing, printmaking and digital skills sessions will alternate with practice sessions that will allow you to engage in an experimental approach to media, process and mark-making.

Communicate: Narrative

The second in the Applied Illustration series, this module focuses on narrative applications of illustrative practice.

Through critical theory lectures, workshops in life drawing, digital skills, colour and composition and print-making, you'll refine your practice and expand your industry knowledge. Embarking on project briefs independently and in collaboration with your peers, you'll investigate information illustration and then move on to an advertising project. Collaborative work will build your project management, communication and team-working skills, which are vital in industry.

Modules could include:

Shape: Negotiation

In this module, you'll begin to establish a personal direction within the field of illustration while fostering both independent and collaborative working practices. Collaboration could take one of many forms, such as collectives, zines, joint exhibitions, student-led discussion forums, external community outreach projects or external industry collaborations.

Evolve: The Broader Context

Through project briefs and insights from the Falmouth Illustration Forum, you'll investigate information illustration.

Refine: Visual Language

Through continued experimentation with a range of processes and techniques, you'll identify strengths and interests within the broad spectrum of illustration. You'll develop and refine your visual skills throughout the module, and by continuing self-reflection and intellectual analysis of the work produced, ultimately develop an emerging authentic visual language.

Share: Collaboration

Working as part of a team, you'll work on 'Challenge Briefs' that reflect the sort of assignments you could expect to be working on in industry. Developing your 'soft skills', like communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and leadership, you'll sharpen your ability to work well as part of a group to produce outstanding work.

Through self-negotiated projects, you'll continue to refine your creative practice and visual problem-solving skills, formulating a range of strategies to best communicate ideas to audiences. In ambitious live projects, working with clients and/or your peers, you'll showcase your honed team-working and professional practice skills. You'll also evidence your strategic critical and analytical skills in the dedicated Research module, choosing to take an entrepreneurial, educational or illustrative pathway.

The Employability module is all about launching your illustration career. You'll gain real feedback from leading international designers, publishers, editors and art directors and may have the opportunity to participate in a work placement.

Modules could include:

Define: Negotiation

Through continued negotiated projects, you'll identify strengths and interests within the broad spectrum of illustration. You'll experiment visually and intellectually, and refine your skills and self-reflection to develop an emerging signature visual language.

The projects that you design via negotiation will help you to push and challenge yourself in your chosen areas and enable you to develop fundamental skills accordingly, such as research, visual problem solving and technical visual skills. Work undertaken at this level will provide a platform for you to demonstrate knowledge and critical awareness of insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of the discipline.

Reflect: Future Skills

You'll cultivate your professional journey, developing an understanding of your skills in the context of industry and employment. You'll be equipped with the confidence to articulate your knowledge and abilities, and evidence how you can apply them to real world challenges.

Working on a collaborative or solo project, you'll deliver real results, whether that's a profit on some seed funding, a professional portfolio of work, or a solution to a real-world challenge from industry.

Reach: Research Platform 

In our Research Platform, you'll examine material from a range of sources, exploring critical and analytical strategies within practical and theoretical contexts.

Connect: Negotiation

Continuing to work on negotiated projects, you'll build a body of work based on your strengths and interests, demonstrating your intellectual, technical and self-reflective skills. Professional practice forms a key part of this module, and you'll prepare for a career within the creative industries through a programme of lectures.

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

We are making changes to our curriculum framework for courses starting in 2022. Modest amendments to our course module structure will provide you with new opportunities to collaborate and co-create with students from across disciplines during your studies.

This course page will be updated when these changes have been finalised and applicants will be notified.

How you'll learn

You'll learn through a blend of lectures, webinars, guest talks, tasks and discussion forums, which you'll access via our dedicated virtual learning environment. This is also where you'll find all key documentation, get course announcements and access extensive learning resources.

You'll be supported academically by Online Tutors, who will also deliver weekly webinars, facilitate the online forums and provide one-to-one bookable feedback tutorials. If you need assistance with anything that isn't directly related to course material, a dedicated Student Advisor team will be on hand to help. You'll also have access to Falmouth University's excellent employability service, RealWORKs.

You'll refine dynamic illustration practices, spending 27-50 hours a week working on your craft, depending on whether you choose to study full-time or part-time. We incorporate optional face-to-face events for all our online students. There will be up to two per year and will typically run over weekends, to fit around your other commitments.

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How you'll be assessed

The BA Illustration online degree course employs a variety of assessment strategies over the course of the year. These can include submission of portfolios, reviews and reports, pitches, reflective journals, competition analysis and final projects.

Your summative (final) assessments occur at the end of each module, usually at the end of the study block. You may also have interim formative assessments part way through a module as well. These assessments help ensure that you remain on track with your work.

You will receive continuous written and/or verbal feedback on all your work throughout the year. At the end of the module, you will receive detailed feedback in written form.

You'll be able to check in with your online tutor to discuss your progress and ask any questions you have about your course.

Staff

Our diverse team of internationally recognised academics are practicing illustrators, writers, artists, graphic designers and art directors, who have won multiple awards for their practice. Having worked with clients such as BBC, The Economist, The New Yorker and Penguin, staff are often key in helping our students find work connections and opportunities.

Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here. 

Keryn Bibby

Head of Illustration

Keryn Bibby is qualified with a BA(Hons) in Graphic Information Design from the Falmouth School of A...

Keryn Bibby

Facilities

  • 24/7 access to Falmouth's extensive online library of contextual books, journals and resources
  • Accessible online audio / visual content
  • Dedicated virtual learning environment
  • Face-to-Face events - usually run twice a year*
  • Invitation to attend alumni events
  • Access to online software tutorials at LinkedIn Learning
  • Students' Union community
  • Access to our Student Support Services and a Student Advisor to support you throughout your studies

*Please bear in mind that the Covid-19 pandemic may impact these events. You can view the latest information here. 

How to apply

Apply now

Ready to join us? You can apply for the full-time pathway through UCAS Apply and Track. You'll need to reference the University and course code below.

  • University code: F33
  • Course code: W224

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Need further information or support?

If you'd like to talk to an Advisor about this course, or your application, get in touch by using the simple form below. We'll get right back to you to answer any questions and support your application journey. 

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We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an online interview to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you've specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.

Course routeEntry requirements
BA(Hons) degree104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff points will primarily be from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, T Levels, a BTEC/UAL Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.

For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent. 

If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.  

If you need a student visa to study in the UK, you'll need to take a recognised language test that is approved and vouched for by the University. You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.

The enrolment deadline for online undergraduate courses is 30 September 2022. You may enrol up until 14 October 2022 with special permission.

Applications for these courses remain open whilst there are spaces available. We encourage you to apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

What we're looking for

We want someone who:

Is independently minded, able to connect and collaborate, and driven to create change.

Fees, costs & funding

Tuition fees

Annual tuition feeStudent
£10,400 per year2 years accelerated full-time
£6,935 per year3 years part-time

Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.

For information on fees, get in touch using our online form.

Typical course costs

One-off course costs

  • Computer/Laptop - you will need to purchase a laptop/desktop computer. It is an essential piece of equipment that you will need right from the start of the course. Our students use both PCs and Macs.
  • Adobe Creative Cloud - there is annual subscription to the adobe Creative cloud available through Falmouth University for £48.

For more information, please speak to a Course Advisor

Recurring annual costs

As work during the course can be created in any medium at the choice of the individual, the exact equipment requirements may differ according to your practice and preferred ways of working. The costs of these materials will need to be covered by the student.

Funding

For information about funding available for online study, please visit our Online Study Funding page.

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