FdA Illustration - Full Time

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Length 2 Years
Site West Durrington Campus Map
Attendance Full time
Course Code FHFIL1

About this Course

(This course is validated by the University of Brighton and delivered by Northbrook College)

UCAS code:W221


Fees and Finance


Course Leader: Alan Baker - multi-award winning illustrator (see profile)


The FdA Illustration course provides an intensively creative experience which develops students’ individual styles through a wide range of workshops, seminars and briefs. Students are encouraged to work in traditional and innovative forms and techniques, alongside the latest digital programs, preparing them for careers in the contemporary environment of illustration.


The first year engages students with gaining skills in a range of techniques alongside generating concepts, ideas and the understanding of the creative process. It aims to marry the subject specific nature of the discipline together with a relevant overview of contemporary issues and practice within art and new media.


The focus of the second year moves, through the application of skills, to developing market awareness and the abilities necessary for the freelance workplace. Assignments are initiated through a range of professional partners, developing work to professional standards. Industry briefs make up the central content of the portfolio which, alongside employability workshops and web presence, enable students to build a professional platform. Graduating students have in recent years exhibited at New Designers in London.


Students have won national prizes including the Macmillan Children's Book Illustration awards.


See recent student work


See Northbrook Illustration Pinterest Account


Contact the Course Leader: email Alan Baker on a.baker@nbcol.ac.uk
or telephone 01903 273021


Student Successes


 

Course Content

Year 1
Subject specific workshops, briefs and workshops – all of the teaching staff are practising illustrators
Digital Design – introductory and advanced workshops
Cultural and Supporting Studies – a core programme of lectures and seminars that examines the links between art, design, media and cultural issues
Design Studies & Professional Studies –explore the nature and practice of Illustration
Minor Project – semester-long assignment


Year 2
Professional Practice Briefs – A series of professional illustration projects, including competition briefs and projects set by visiting professionals.
Professional and Business Practice – visiting practitioners, business studies and work experience or industry research
Final Major Project – produce an in-depth body of portfolio work
Cultural and Supporting Studies – a critical study of an aspect of practice


All teaching is run by professionals with many years of commercial experience.


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


See Programme Specification...

Progression/Career Path

Upon successful completion of the course, students may progress to a one year top-up BA (Hons) degree, employment or freelance work.


Most illustrators graduating from the FdA course either choose to take on the option of a one year BA top-up course, or go on to become freelance illustrators. This is one of the few courses in the country that is designed to prepare its students with a knowledge of marketing, book keeping/invoicing, pricing, finding agents and promotional web sites, plus all you need to set yourself up as a business.


The course covers everything from children's books, editorial illustration and posters, through to advertising and packaging. The experienced professional staff, all freelance illustrators, make sure the course is kept up to date with the ever evolving world of illustration.

Entry Requirements

Interview & Portfolio


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


- BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an appropriate subject
- A Levels – with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
- Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design/Media
- Access Diploma in related subject
- An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.


Individual offers may vary.

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website:

Course Content

Year 1
Subject specific workshops, briefs and workshops – all of the teaching staff are practising illustrators
Digital Design – introductory and advanced workshops
Cultural and Supporting Studies – a core programme of lectures and seminars that examines the links between art, design, media and cultural issues
Design Studies & Professional Studies –explore the nature and practice of Illustration
Minor Project – semester-long assignment


Year 2
Professional Practice Briefs – A series of professional illustration projects, including competition briefs and projects set by visiting professionals.
Professional and Business Practice – visiting practitioners, business studies and work experience or industry research
Final Major Project – produce an in-depth body of portfolio work
Cultural and Supporting Studies – a critical study of an aspect of practice


All teaching is run by professionals with many years of commercial experience.


Study hours are split between approximately one third scheduled learning (eg lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops) and two thirds guided independent study, which may include 3 weeks' work experience.


See Programme Specification...

Progression/Career Path

Upon successful completion of the course, students may progress to a one year top-up BA (Hons) degree, employment or freelance work.


Most illustrators graduating from the FdA course either choose to take on the option of a one year BA top-up course, or go on to become freelance illustrators. This is one of the few courses in the country that is designed to prepare its students with a knowledge of marketing, book keeping/invoicing, pricing, finding agents and promotional web sites, plus all you need to set yourself up as a business.


The course covers everything from children's books, editorial illustration and posters, through to advertising and packaging. The experienced professional staff, all freelance illustrators, make sure the course is kept up to date with the ever evolving world of illustration.

Entry Requirements

Interview & Portfolio


plus


Minimum UCAS points:
- Old system: 160
- New 2017 system: 64
from one of the following:


- BTEC/UAL Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in an appropriate subject
- A Levels – with at least 56 points (or 140 in old system) from A2 Levels (including a relevant subject)
- Foundation Studies Diploma in Art & Design/Media
- Access Diploma in related subject
- An equivalent overseas qualification together with a proven ability in spoken and written English (IELTS 6 overall - an overall score of 6.0 is required, with a minimum score of 6.0 or above for the writing element and 5.5 for all other sub skills)


It is strongly advised that all Higher Education applicants will have successfully achieved an A*- C grade in both GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent qualification), to enable them to successfully complete their studies at Northbrook College and enhance their future career prospects.


Mature students without formal qualifications but with relevant experience are encouraged to apply.


Individual offers may vary.

Assessment/Exams

There are no written exams and you will be assessed through a combination of coursework and practical work (for more details, see the Programme Specification).

Applications

Applications are to be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) quoting institution code: N41 and Institution code name: NBRK

Click here to open UCAS site

Click here for more information about how to apply.

Further Details

Data from Unistats, the UK's national higher education data comparison website: