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Hereford College of Arts

Illustration

UCAS Code: W220

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


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80

We would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results and we may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course. Portfolio submission (where applicable) and successful interview or audition are required.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Illustration

Illustration is an important part of our visual heritage and culture. From childhood and throughout our lives, illustration helps us all make sense of a complicated world. It is a communication tool that entertains, describes, inspires, explains and educates. As an illustrator, you will be called on to create imaginary but believable worlds as the visual stimulus for entertainment, education or persuasion. These worlds can be brought to life on anything from the printed page to the digital screen, including diverse and unexpected places within the urban landscape in advertising, murals or other installations.

This inspiring course explores both traditional and high-tech approaches to picture making and visual communication. You will participate in a wide range of workshops and projects that will encourage you to develop a unique visual language and personal style, before applying it to a range of outcomes such as: graphic novels, picture books, zines and small press publications, maps, prints and more. Throughout this broad-based course, you’ll focus on drawing and image-making processes that create imaginative and innovative ways to communicate to a variety of audiences.

**Industry Links**

A range of expert visiting practitioners contribute to the course. These have included award winning Illustrators: Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Jonny Hannah, Rebecca Gibbon, Matthew Richardson, Laura Carlin, Ian Murray, Geoffrey Grandfield, war artist Xavier Pick and master printmakers Charles Shearer and Nick Morley. Live project briefs will challenge you to apply your skills in new and interesting ways. In recent years, HCA students have also gained great exposure and experience at Hay Festival – providing large format illustrations, and delivering workshops to the public.

**After this Course**

The majority of our graduates enter employment within the creative sector as freelance illustrators or designers. Some form small group partnerships to share knowledge, skills and resources and support each other as they develop their practice, whilst others gravitate to postgraduate study or towards teaching.

**Highlights**

1. Small group teaching in a friendly studio environment.
2. Regular drawing classes and print workshops.
3. Individual workspaces that you can make your own.
4. Exceptional access to tutorial support and expert technical advice.
5. Inspiring, high profile visiting practitioners.
6. Develop your own visual language and evolve a unique style.

Modules

Year 1 (Level 4) – Practice in Context One (20 credits), Drawing to Print 1 (20 credits), Introduction to Creative Practice (20 credits), Drawing & Illustration (20 credits), Narrative & Sequence 1 (20 credits), Drawing to Print (Landscape) (20 credits) or Narrative & Sequence 2 (20 credits). Year 2 (Level 5) – Practice in Context Two (20 credits), Self-Publishing (including Book Arts) (20 credits), Illustration Applications (20 credits), Competition & Commission (20 credits), Professional Practice (20 credits), Developing Practice (20 credits) or Self-Publishing (including Book Arts) 2 (20 credits). Year 3 (level 6) - Practice in Context Three (30 credits), Confirmation of Practice (30 credits), Major Project & Specialist Practice (60 credits).

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£11,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hereford College of Arts

Department:

Media Arts

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Feedback on work has been timely
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Good advice available when making study choices

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87%
Library resources
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IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
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Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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