Through our Illustration degree, you’ll learn how to create visual narratives for different purposes, building skills in drawing, animation, digital imaging, creative writing and many other areas.
- UCAS course code
- York St John University
- Course fees
- 2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
- 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
- Study Abroad
- Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information
- Start date
- September 2018
You will learn to experiment and develop a range of approaches to drawing and creating narratives. You’ll use traditional and digital techniques, explore approaches to representation of existing narratives, as well as creating your own stories.
You will apply your skills and expertise to specific genres of illustration and develop your abilities through live projects with industry partners and specific projects working in collaboration with students on other programmes. You’ll also have the opportunity for self-initiated projects, which respond directly to your personal interests and career direction and undertake work experience in industry.
In the first year of study you will experiment and develop a range of approaches to drawing and creating narratives using traditional and digital techniques. These will cover:
- Children’s book illustration
- 3D Illustration through Models
- Comic Book Art
You will learn approaches to representation of existing narratives as well as creating your own narratives through your imagination.
The second year of study is centred on applying your emerging skills and expertise to specific genres of illustration. This will be developed through live projects with industry partners, projects working in collaboration with students on other programmes and self-initiated projects which respond directly to your personal interests and career direction. You will be able to undertake work experience, spending time working in industry.
Modules may include:
- Graphic facilitation - using drawing to enable others to develop their ideas
- Live projects with industry clients
- Film/Animation projects
- Working with publishers
- Book Art – creating your own publication
- Illustration for Museums
The final year of study is founded on your emerging professional practice. You will develop a body of independent and collaborative work which is founded on your personal interests and professional direction.
You will have the opportunity to develop projects with industry partners, develop your own personal projects building on the skills and expertise you have developed in the previous years.
You will develop a personal portfolio of work and Illustration graduates will be exhibited at the New Designers exhibition in London.
Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.
York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.
Teaching & Assessment
Teaching, learning and assessment in Illustration is centred on a progressive acquisition of skills, knowledge and experience through studio, critical and external projects which build your knowledge of your subject and your own practice within that subject. This form of practice based learning is aimed at introducing you to the core practices of Illustration, (drawing, still and sequential image making, narrative construction) and the range of genres and possibilities within Illustration practice as it intersects with other disciplines such as art, media, advertising and publishing, or social agendas such as sustainability, social justice, economics etc. From this foundation you will evolve a personal practice based on your interests and strengths through experimentation, reflection, critical engagement and realising work of focus and resolution.
Your practice based learning will take place within the University, in studios and workshops (both practical and critical); externally through live projects, work based learning placements, internships; and virtually through digital engagement on the web, in online archives, social media and through University digital platforms such as Moodle (Virtual Learning Environment) and forms which you will author such as your online portfolio. All these sites of learning integrate to stimulate and support your development as a reflective Illustration practitioner.
Teaching activities are focused on an interactive engagement with you and your work. You will have regular informal tutorials in studio as well as regular formal portfolio review tutorials. Seminars and reading groups will engage you in critical debates, and workshops will engage you in skills development. Skilled technicians and technical tutors will also support your work through workshops and informal tutoring. A programme of visiting speakers, including international speakers through remote link up will connect you to current thinking, research and practice in Illustration and related disciplines.
A key interactive mode of learning is the critique or “crit” where a group of peers, tutors or professionals will engage in a collective discussion about your work. You will participate in many crits of others works and also experience others critiquing your work. This is an important focus for development as it allows multiple voices to give a rounded view of your practice.
Portfolio & assessment
One of the crucial ways that you develop as an independent practitioner is through assessment and evaluation. During the programme you will experience a range of approaches to assessment. You will experience assessment of your work by tutors, peers and also your own self assessments which ultimately are the most important as they demonstrate your own understanding of your practice. Assessment should be an ongoing dialogue which is centred on your work whether practical or theoretical; this dialogue is captured in your reflective portfolio.
Formative assessment is always focused on identifying your strengths and areas for development in order to focus your personal, academic and professional development. You will initiate and maintain a reflective portfolio which captures all your learning and enables you to make connections on your work within the curriculum and also externally to give a holistic perspective on your practice and direction. You will have regular one-to-one or small group tutorials centred on your portfolio with your academic tutor; this will collate formative assessment responses from all projects and activities happening in the review period as well as your self-evaluations of these activities in order to discuss and agree feedforward actions for you to develop your practice. Assessments will use the University assessment matrix which accounts for a range of assessment criteria in order to make it clear where your strengths and areas for development are.
Summative assessments usually take place at the end of the module and reflect the cumulative body of work that you have undertaken during the module and which is reflected in a numerical mark. This cumulative approach is intended to enable you to respond to feedback and develop your work.. It is also intended to encourage you to take risks with your work in the knowledge that you can reflect, refine and redirect your practice following formative feedback. For this reason, modules will formally end with some form of collection, exhibition or portfolio review which enables the work to be summarised and assessed. This will usually provide an opportunity to discuss and clarify your work to an audience of tutors and/or peers.
The minimum entry requirements for this course are:
96 - 112 UCAS Tariff points
3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language
As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study or wider reading.
Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include further study, career plans and transferrable skills such as time management.
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Fees and funding
To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.
Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.
There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.
UK & EU 2016 / 17
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Overseas 2016 / 17
The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.
Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.
Additional costs and financial support
Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional national and international trips.
Accommodation and living costs
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For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.
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