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BA (Hons) Illustration

Tell fantastic visual stories – in three dimensions and any media

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On this innovative course you can turn your stories and creative concepts into narrative art by exploring the art of illustration and visual communication in children’s and adult’s narrative, together with editorial and journalistic illustration.

In dedicated studio space at our Below Bar campus, you’ll study a variety of units such as concepts and themes, visual language, critical discourse, editorial, fairytale and folklore and contemporary art critique, with options to specialise in your preferred area.

You’ll also propose, plan and produce a body of work that will draw together your technical and conceptual skills and demonstrate competence in studio protocols and proficiency in applying methods, materials and technologies.

  • The course places a strong emphasis on experimenting and developing a voice.
  • Students have access to our excellent creative facilities including an in-house publishing press which brings together industry-standard digital and traditional printing resources for student publications, as well as a studio and facilities for letterpress, print-making, drawing and bookbinding.
  • Practical experience is actively encouraged by the course team and students have previously benefitted from hands-on practice, from working in the print room to drawing on the streets.
  • The course is delivered by award-winning staff who have a wealth of diverse experience.
  • The course team has strong industry links which have allowed past students the opportunity to work on live briefs from real clients.
  • In previous years, students have had the opportunity to go on an international study trip.

The industry

The creative industries are in a position of strength with 2.61 million people currently employed within the creative economy and 908,000 people in creative roles working outside the creative industries in the wider economy (Building a Creative Nation: The Next Decade).

Much of the industry works on a freelance basis, however in-house opportunities are also available in a wide variety of organisations, from publishers to advertising and design agencies, and the public sector. In addition to fiction illustration, graduates could also work in fields such as fashion, textbook publication, architectural or medical illustration, and website and games production.

Southampton Solent University’s illustration degree will help prepare graduates for a wealth of roles within these creative industries. 

The programme

This innovative degree explores the art of illustration and visual communication in children’s and adult’s narrative, together with editorial and journalistic illustration.

Students are encouraged to experiment and develop their own voice in an environment where they will feel free to take risks and be ambitious in developing their personal approach to visual art as either a practitioner or critic and theorist.

Students have free access to dedicated studio space at our Below Bar campus where they are able to experiment with a wide variety of media including intaglio and silkscreen print making, photography, digital imaging, drawing and painting to discover their own style. The creative space also boasts an in-house publishing press, which brings together industry-standard digital with traditional printing resources for student publications. In addition, there are letterpress, print-making, drawing and bookbinding facilities, all of which are designed to aid students’ journeys from initial concepts through to producing a final product for their portfolio.

To underpin creativity and encourage understanding of transferable skills and management of learning, emphasis is placed on gaining hands-on practice, from working in the print room to drawing on the streets, and working on projects and case studies to gain experience of working on live briefs.

In addition to their studies at Solent, during their second year, past students have had the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities in inspiring locations such as Valencia and Venice.

Students study under the guidance of a supportive academic team, which includes award-winning staff who have diverse experience, and many of whom have come from or are still practicing within industry as consultants, researchers and freelance artists or illustrators.

The course team has strong links with a variety of clients, including local organisations such as Southampton City Council, and design bodies including D&AD and the Association of Illustrators.

In previous years, students have been given the opportunity to exhibit, both in Southampton and London, and to have their work seen by a collection of art directors and agencies. Past students have also been encouraged to enter industry competitions to gain exposure for their creative work and have also been able to publish and print their work through our in-house printing organisation to sell at artists’ book fairs.

The course team’s strong industry links have also enabled past students to benefit from a programme of high-profile guest lecturers, such as illustrator Holly Wales, Matt Curtis from the Sunday Times Magazine, and Hamish Muir, co-founder of MuirMcNeil.

Next steps

Think a career as an illustrator is for you? Southampton Solent’s illustration degree will help you develop your creative voice and provide a learning experience designed to broaden your knowledge of the methodologies of studio practices to prepare you for your career in the creative industries.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

Don't just take our word for it...

Nate Kitch
"I don't think where I am now would be possible without the tuition and guidance from Solent "
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W221

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points


Take a virtual tour of this years illustration exhibition

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Skills Workshop 1
  • Concepts and Themes
  • Visual Research
  • History and Critique
  • Visual Language
  • Skills Workshop 2.

Year two:

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Core units

  • The Society of Superstition and Phobia
  • Editorial
  • Contemporary Art Critique
  • Critical Discourse.

Options

  • Children’s Picture Book Illustration: Concepts
  • Narrative Book Illustration: Concepts
  • Children’s Picture Book Illustration: Realisation and Production
  • Narrative Book Illustration: Realisation and Production
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Model Your Own Business
  • Curriculum Plus including Languages.

Year three:

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Core units

  • Dissertation
  • Negotiated Study
  • Final Major Project.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This course is mostly taught in the studio, complemented by lectures.

Work experience and placements
We have strong links with a variety of clients, including local organisations such as Southampton City Council, and design bodies like D&AD and the Association of Illustrators. Every student will be given chances to exhibit, both in Southampton and London, and to have their work seen by a collection of art directors and agencies. You will also be able to publish and print your work through our in-house printing organisation, for sale at artist’s book fairs.

Assessment
The course is assessed using a mix of portfolios, written assignments, presentations and projects

Our facilities

You’ll make extensive use of our print room facilities, including screenprinting, letterpress and etching presses. You’ll also have access to our modern IT suites, featuring the latest industry-standard software, including the latest Adobe Creative suite.

Study abroad

In year two you'll have the opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of our EU partner universities, in locations such as Valencia or Venice, as part of the Erasmus programme.

The Erasmus exchange programme gives you the opportunity to spend part of your degree studying at one of Solent’s international partner universities. More information can be found at www.solent.ac.uk/exchange.

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study illustration units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

If you’re studying outside Europe then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.   

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

 

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W221

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Much of the industry works on a freelance basis, but in-house opportunities are available. You’ll work for a wide variety of clients, including publishers, newspapers and periodicals, advertising and design agencies, large manufacturers and the public sector.

In addition to fiction illustration, graduates can also work in fields such as fashion, textbook publication, architectural or medical illustration, and website and games production.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Freelance illustrators
  • Gallery curators and technicians
  • Printmaking technicians
  • Graphic designers 
  • Private press publishers
  • drawing and printmaking workshops.

Links with industry

You’ll benefit from our programme of high-profile guest lecturers, such as illustrator Holly Wales, Matt Curtis from the Sunday Times Magazine, and Hamish Muir, co-founder of MuirMcNeil. You’ll gain industry insight from links with the Association of Illustrators and advertising and design organisation D&AD. The course team will encourage you to enter industry competitions to gain exposure through your creative work.

Transferable skills

Project and case study work will ensure that you’re experienced in working to professional briefs. You’ll also develop creative thinking, writing, presentation and project management skills.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Course graduates have found a wide variety of roles, including freelance illustrators, gallery curators and technicians, printmaking technicians, graphic designers, private press publishers, junior web designers, and art and textiles technicians.


 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • UK applicants will be asked to attend a portfolio viewing.
  • Applicants from outside the UK will be asked to send an electronic portfolio.
  • Direct entry into second or third year may be considered for this course
  • Applicants over the age of 21 will be considered based on relevant experience, without the tariff point requirements.

Portfolio interview requirements

Before attending your interview or sending us your portfolio, please read the following: Portfolio interview information

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

Other costs

Compulsory drawing materials and printing costs in years one and two: £150 per year
Compulsory drawing materials, printing and exhibition costs in year three: £400
Optional study trip costs in years one, two and three: £300 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 3 Years Standard entry W221



 

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