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 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.
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.