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Middlesex University

Illustration

UCAS Code: W220

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

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Access pass with 45 credits at Level 3 (45 merit or higher)

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53%
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About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Illustration

OverviewIllustration is everywhere, it surrounds us, from the books and magazines you read to the packaging on products you buy, to the content you look at online, you will see the incredibly diverse work of professional illustrators. In fact it is so much a part of most of our lives we often dont realise how pervasive and all encompassing it is. However once you start to look at the exciting world of illustration you realise there are many opportunities, the variety of styles, processes and applications mean you can explore and experiment and develop your own individual approach to the discipline.Why study BA Illustration at Middlesex University?The BA Hons Illustrationdegree is an independent, studio based programme, which looks specifically at illustration as a profession. Few disciplines have such scope to explore the impact of visual communication. As an illustrator, you have the opportunity to be satirical, witty or poignant, to question the political wisdom of the day, to show the absurdities of our everyday lives, to delight and entertain, to describe and inform. When an illustration is working, one cannot imagine the message without it, it becomes an essential part of the communication. We hope our enthusiasm for the subject will enable you to gain a deep understanding and develop a passion for Illustration and that you graduate feeling confident in your ability to become successful in your chosen career.For our BA Illustration degree we have created a studio space that is lively, stimulating and productive. There is a strong emphasis on drawing, both communicative and expressive, and your drawing skills will be developed through classes in life and observational drawing each week throughout your three years of study. Your individual visual work will be developed through a variety of themed projects and image-making processes including print making, animation, typography, bookbinding and digital media.Course highlightsYou will be taught by experienced professional artistsWe provide each student with an individual work place, something we have identified as essential to the creative happiness of our studentsWe are based in The Grove, an 80m state-of-the-art learning facility with art editing and digital publishing labsVisiting illustrators, agents, publishers and designers come to our campus to show their work and discuss your portfolios - some students will get the opportunity to get work or be published before they graduateIn your second and third year, you'll be entered for competitions such as the Macmillan's Children's Book PrizeAt the end of your degree, you will exhibit your work at our Degree Show, which is a great opportunity to show off your talents to creative industry employersAs a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

Modules

Year 1:
Illustration/Graphics: Visual Communication Workshops 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory
Introduction to Illustration (60 credits) - Compulsory
Understanding Communication Arts (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 2:
Illustration Practice (60 credits) - Compulsory
Illustration/Graphics: Visual Communication Workshops 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory
The Visual Activist (30 credits) - Compulsory
Year 3:
Illustration Major Projects and Portfolio (90 credits) - Compulsory
Critical and Contextual Research Project (30 credits) - Compulsory

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hendon Campus

Department:

Visual Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Illustration

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

83%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
59%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
83%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Design occupations
17%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

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The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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