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Illustration
Undergraduate course
BA (Hons)

Illustration

International Scholarships available

Overview

This course will enable you to challenge the conventions of the discipline of illustration. You will explore traditional, hybrid and experimental forms of visual communication to develop your own creative practice.

You will be able to develop concepts and narratives through drawing, sequential illustration and animation, digital practices, three-dimensional forms, performance and creative writing. Your studies will enable you to investigate established unfamiliar and emerging processes, to inform your own individual methodologies. These practices are all underpinned by an emphasis on drawing and image-making.

This  course will provide you with the opportunity to define and locate your own practice within the professional context of illustration. You will learn from a course team of experienced lecturers who practice and research in diverse industry fields with the knowledge and skills to support  multidisciplinary explorations. As a result, you will be equipped  with the practical, creative, critical and professional skills required to excel in the creative industries.

Professional-standard spaces and facilities will enable you to explore and refine your creative practice and prepare for the demands of today’s competitive workplace. This course will see you supported by a team of tutors with a breadth and depth of industry expertise that will feed into your learning and professional development.

You will develop your ability to communicate and contribute to a team project by working with students studying different disciplines. This will simulate the working environment and enable you to practise collaborating on projects and briefs, a valuable skill whether you choose to join an agency, studio or work as freelance.  

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • Real-life projects
  • Sandwich year
  • Specialist facilities
  • Study abroad option
  • University accommodation
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Play Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show Video
Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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Entry Requirements

112
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Foundation in Art and Design:
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview & Portfolio:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Graphic Arts & Design.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 112 points required. (Minimum 72 from two A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Foundation in Art and Design:
The Foundation in Art and Design with Distinction will be accepted where applicants have not achieved any A Level qualifications.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2. If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.
Interview & Portfolio:
We conduct interviews as part of the admissions process and suitable applicants will be invited to an interview - interview dates will be published in due course. Invitations are sent via UCAS and you should check your UCAS Track account for further interview details. At interview you are assessed on your portfolio (artwork or photographs of artwork together with written assignments), general knowledge and your enthusiasm for Graphic Arts & Design.

International Baccalaureate

25 Points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Illustration

Careers

Teaching and learning

We regularly review our courses to ensure we are offering you the best educational experience. This course is currently being reviewed for 2019 entry, therefore the information below is correct for students joining us in 2018/19 but there may be changes for students who wish to join us in 2019/20. These will be confirmed in the course specification made available to new applicants on this page from February 2019.

This course represents the breadth of practice within the fields of illustration, animation and graphic design, ranging from drawing, sequential illustration and animation, design for print and screen, three-dimensional forms, printmaking, performance and creative writing. You are encouraged to explore this breadth in the earlier stages of the course, as a means of understanding your own creative potential.

Through studio projects and activities, you will explore the fundamental practices and processes of Illustration, gaining skills relating to research, interpretation, problem solving, idea generation, problem-solving and digital practice. You will also prepare for and participate in a portfolio review.
Core Modules

This module aims to enable you to explore ideas and introduce you to Illustration approaches and processes through a series of short projects. You are encouraged to discover new ways of thinking about Illustration and experiment with creative problem-solving. You will become familiar with the course philosophy and ethos, gain an understanding of your new learning environment and become a part of the course community.

You will be introduced to practical and conceptual creative approaches that will help you to interpret and visually represent content from a wide range of sources. The aim of this module is to expand your understanding of the potential of narrative and sequential forms within and beyond existing boundaries of Illustration practice.

Develop new skills and approaches to challenge your existing creative practice. Through a range of activities, you will develop an awareness of illustration techniques and processes. This module also provides an opportunity for you to establish an initial ability to experiment with and articulate process.

Gain an understanding of contemporary illustration, graphic design and visual communication through its relationship to the history of art and design in general. You will begin to be able to locate your own work within wider contexts.

Investigate how to interpret and analyse images, combinations of image and text as well as sequential and moving image forms through a theoretical and practical application of semiotics. You will develop an understanding of different communication models and their relevance to understanding the functions of visual communication in general.

Explore the expansive possibilities for the visual interpretation of texts and subject matter through image making. You will extend the development of specific skills and processes from year one and apply a deeper, more sustained level of creative engagement.
Core Modules

Explore the potential and possibilities for the visual interpretation of texts and subject matter through image-making. This module will further identify your own interpretive approaches and develop your visual thinking and problem solving through research, experimentation and pictorial/verbal communication.

This module introduces you to broad methods for exploring stories culturally, conceptually and practically with an emphasis on being socially aware and responsible. It provides an opportunity for you to identify and articulate your individual emerging practice through the production of a body of work and integrated Critical Study.

Extend the scope of your practical skills through the exploration of multidisciplinary methods of making. An emphasis is placed on the importance of playful approaches in the development of a creative practice, the value of actively embracing uncertainty as a key learning strategy and the role of process-led working as a means of invention.

Begin to integrate theory and practice through a critical and professional study presented through written, visual and / or audio-visual formats connecting your research and critical understanding of the work made in the studio.

You will be introduced to key debates, both historically and in a contemporary context, within illustration and visual communication and begin to apply some of these to your own emerging practice. Develop your critical thinking by researching, analysing, reflecting on, responding to and discussing some of the key debates within illustration.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Having identified an emerging direction based on your previous work, interests and intentions, you are further challenged to negotiate and develop projects that will challenge and define your practice at this level and beyond.
Core Modules

You will be challenged to create a body of work appropriate to your emerging practice. Through negotiation, you will propose, develop and refine projects allowing you to build on and acquire new skills and explore appropriate practices within illustration.

Develop your ideas and approaches towards illustration by negotiating, developing and refining a coherent body of work, which represents a consolidation of your practice.

You will explore how your future practice can exist within contexts external to your study, and within the scope of your individual ambitions. You will be encouraged to actively participate in commercial, cultural and community contexts, considering ethical implications.

Ben Hall
Senior Lecturer

Ben is an animator, illustrator and interactive designer with over 15 years industry experience. He has taught undergraduate students at Leeds Beckett University since 2008.

Play Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show Video
Beautiful Thinking, 2018 End of Year Show
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School of Art, Architecture & Design

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £9250. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation. See further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our Bursaries and Scholarships.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2019/20 is £12000. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course. See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.

Facilities

  • Broadcasting Place
    Broadcasting Place

    A hub for creative minds and innovative thinkers, Broadcasting Place is home to our arts, design and architecture students.

  • Design Studios
    Design Studios

    Our modern multi-media studios include a dedicated CAD suite and specialist software, such as REVIT, allowing students to develop skills in 3D design and building information modelling.

  • Library
    Library

    Our Library is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year, providing you with access to specialist books and journals, learning spaces, computers, multimedia facilities and media equipment hire. Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you.

Location

Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting Place

Broadcasting place is officially one of the world's best tall buildings (voted the world's 'Best Tall Building' in 2010 by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat) and is a big talking point in Leeds. Home to our arts, design, architecture and built environment courses, it provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

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