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This course is available to UK/EU students only. 

Please note that this course is suspended at West Herts College for 2019 entry.

On this course you will develop a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required for a career in Illustration. You will learn to be a forward thinking, motivated and talented illustrator able to respond to the needs of the industry.

You will gain knowledge of how to interpret a brief and how to work with a wide variety of illustration techniques and media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and digital processes. This course will develop both your creative and technical skills and at all stages you will be taught how to use established and emerging media through workshops, tutorials and seminars delivered by experienced industry professionals. Through contextual studies and an ongoing seminar programme you will be introduced to the issues of analysis, aesthetic and theoretical frameworks as used in this industry.

The vocational nature of this course means that you will have an excellent understanding of this sectors employment practices and a sound knowledge of how to promote and market your work. Through our excellent links with industry, both local and national, you will be regularly visited and supported by leading members of the design community.

Take a look at the course booklet to find out more.

Progression routes

All progression routes outlined below are currently valid; however available progression will be updated on an annual basis in accordance with changes in UH provision.

Entry is to Level 5 or Level 6 depending on individual performance. Additional routes may be available to students at the time of FdA completion.

  • FdA Fashion & Textiles - BA Fashion, BA Fashion and Fashion Business, BA Contemporary Design Crafts (Textiles)
  • FdA Fine Art Practice - BA Fine Art, BA Contemporary Design Crafts (Multi-disciplinary), BA Photography
  • FdA Graphic Design - BA Graphic Design
  • FdA Illustration - BA Illustration
  • FdA Three-dimensional Design - BA Product Design, BA Interior Architecture and Design, BA Industrial Design, BA Model Design (Model Effects), BA Contemporary Design Crafts (Multi-disciplinary)
  • FdA Media Production - BA Film and Television Production
  • FdA Photography - BA Photography, BA Fine Art
  • FdA Visual Merchandising - BA Interior Architecture and Design

Why choose this course?

This programme aims to develop your creativity and skills in carrying out projects to meet the needs of clients and audiences. In addition the programme will provide you with:

  • the knowledge and skills to embark on a career in the creative and cultural industries;
  • opportunities for work-based learning and experience in the creative arts and cultural industries;
  • an opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in two years of full-time study;
  • a progression route to the final year of appropriate honours degree programmes at the University of Hertfordshire.

Course details

Careers

When you successfully complete the course, you may wish to progress directly into employment or to a BA Honours degree in Illustration at the University of Hertfordshire. Students are eligible to progress to the final year of a BA honours, and will be supported by college and university staff in making their decision.

Teaching methods

This programme addresses the thinking processes, attitudes and skills that are common to all creative activities. It provides a structure that enables you from a variety of starting points to develop your own creativity within a context provided by the industries and organisations that utilises this creativity.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group tutorials, course work and practical assignments. Throughout you are encouraged to undertake independent study to consolidate your learning and to broaden your knowledge and understanding of the subject.

In addition, you will be exposed to the application of creative and cultural skills and knowledge in the workplace through work based learning. You will study work based learning modules in year one culminating in a work based learning project negotiated with an employer in year two.

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Historical and Contemporary Context (WHC) - 15 Credits
  • WBL: Developing Professional and Employability Skills (WHC) - 30 Credits
  • Creative Problem Solving (WHC) - 30 Credits
  • Creative Languages (WHC) - 15 Credits
  • Creative Vocational Practice (Illustration) (WHC) - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • WBL Project: Professional Practice (WHC) - 30 Credits
  • Contextual Studies (WHC) - 15 Credits
  • Cultural and Ethical Debate (WHC) - 15 Credits
  • Final Major Project - Illustration (WHC) - 30 Credits
  • Portfolio Development (Illustration) (WHC) - 30 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £6165 for the 2019/2020 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2017 entry 

UCAS are introducing a new tariff for 2017 entry so the points being asked for are substantially different to previous years.

48 UCAS point

IB - 48 points with a minimum of 1 HL subject at grade 4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above. Plus an interview or presentation of portfolio may be required.

The University also accepts a number of other equivalent qualifications including BTEC, IB and Access courses – to find out more about the requirements for these and other equivalent qualifications please visit UCAS

Mature students with GCSE grade C or above English language and maths or equivalent, but lacking traditional level 3 qualifications will be considered on the basis of relevant experience and an appropriate portfolio of work.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
15/09/201923/05/20202West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)

2020

Start DateEnd Date Year Location Link
15/09/202023/05/20211West Herts CollegeApply online (Full Time)