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Illustration With Foundation Year

Buckinghamshire New University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
High Wycombe
English

Program description

Illustration With Foundation Year

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto the undergraduate degree in Illustration. The Design and Visual Communications module starts you off, and introduces you to a broad spectrum of basic graphic design and illustration skills relevant and necessary for successful further study.

On our BA (Hons) Illustration Course we start you off in the broad spectrum of visual communication in your first year, sampling all areas of graphic and illustration practice, using your own studio space as your creative base.

All the skills you need for a career as an Illustrator

This course gives you many opportunities to explore the diverse world of illustration. Whatever your chosen field within image-making, whether it be vector art, pictograms or storytelling. You’ll work on a diverse range of creative projects written by the course team, as well as external competition and/or industry briefs. We give you the freedom to write your own briefs and start realising your ideas. You’ll also work with professional illustrators who will critique your work and help you improve your illustrations. Group work with others helps prepare you for working in the professional world where you will have to generate ideas and present them to clients.

As an illustrator, you’ll probably work freelance. We’ll help equip you with really important skills in preparing you for a successful career through lectures, seminars workshops as part of our Professional Studies and Professional Practice modules. When you go out into the world, knowing how to manage your own projects will be crucial. We show you all about the business and how to keep your head above water in today’s complex professional world.

More to design than using computer software

Our design studio and workshops have a stunning range of equipment for you to realise your ideas. We don’t restrict you to using computer software, even though we have everything from the Adobe Creative Suite programs to plotter cutters and photo studios. You can craft beautiful design solutions using our silkscreen, letterpress, and litho equipment, as well as our laser cutting and 3D printing technology. We help sure you get as hands-on with our equipment as possible. And our experienced staff are around to assist you getting set up.

Admission requirements

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate Program, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year Program including a Foundation Year.


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Program content

Foundation Year Modules

  • Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility
  • Inquiry Based Learning
  • Photography, Design and Visual Communication

Year 1 Modules

  • Design Workshops
  • Conceptual Communications
  • Type and Image
  • Critical and Historical Studies– Historical and Critical Thinking

Year 2 Modules

  • Narrative Illustration
  • Editorial Applications
  • Professional Studies
  • Critical and Historical Studies– Design Research and Theory

Year 3 Modules

  • Integrated Final Major Project
  • Professional Practice
  • Critical and Historical Studies–Dissertation

Tuition fees

Academic Year 2020-2021 Full-time Fees

  • Home and EU: £9,250 per year
  • International: £12,500 per year

Career opportunities

What are my career prospects

We have a good employment rate with many of our graduates going into work or further education after the course. As you develop a wide range of skills and abilities ready for your career, you’ll be able to specialise in a multitude of different areas. We have graduates in typography, illustration, web design, advertising, publishing and some have started their own companies in the industry.

We’re really proud of our graduates, whose profiles tell their own story:

  • Rob Flowers successful freelance illustrator represented by Blink Art
  • Alex Tait is a successful freelance image-maker represented by Jelly Agency
  • Elissa Gay commissions illustration at Random House Publishing
  • Laura Carlin, who won first prize in the V&A Illustration Awards, is represented by Heart Agency, and her work is seen in the national press.

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Bucks New University

“Shortlisted in the International category of WhatUni Students’ Choice Awards 2019’’     With a rich 125-year history, Bucks New University offers high quality, employment-focused degree programmes in a wide range of subject areas, from pilot training to business, and nursing...


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Buckinghamshire New University

Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe Buckinghamshire
United Kingdom

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