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
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...
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.
Interview & Portfolio
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.
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).
Some materials are supplied but students are also expected to provide some of their own (not normally more than about £50 per year).
In addition, each student is given a printing budget but there may be some printing costs if the student exceeds this.
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