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Illustration and Graphics BA (Hons) 2017/18 entry

Clearing 2017

Clearing places available on this course

We have limited places available on this course through Clearing. Contact us to discuss your options:

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Reasons to make us your clearing choice

  • No. 12 UK University - The Guardian University Guide 2018
  • Awarded Gold in the Teaching and Excellence Framework (TEF)
  • 1st for overseas student experiences in 2015/16 - HESA 2017
  • UK’s top new university - The Guardian and the Complete University Guides 2018
Course code:

W291

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017

 

Fees:
Faculty:

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For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222


Overview

Harnessing your creative skills and turning them in to exciting career prospects is our aim on the Illustration and Graphics BA.

This course is for those students who wish to turn their creative flair into a fully developed professional creative career. The course teaches those skills needed to work in the highly contemporary field of illustration, graphic design, animation and creative media both in the UK and internationally.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

I enjoy being a student on this course as it is challenging (but fun) and encourages me to always experiment and develop ideas and skills.

Timea Balo

Course information

We will cover how to develop your drawing and design skills alongside a range of traditional and contemporary media practices.

Working through a wide range of project briefs, we aim to improve your ability to generate and develop ideas, creating original and inventive design solutions. We will support you as you develop your own individual illustration style and approach, advancing your narrative storytelling, branding, typography, 3D and professional skills in order to be ready to pursue a career in the creative sector.

Typical graduate portfolios might include illustration and or graphic design for a range of purposes, including: editorial illustration; branding and packaging design; children’s picture books; graphic novels and zines; art direction; motional graphics; 2D, 3D and strop motion animation; character and concept design; printed textiles; interior and production design; and clothing brands.

95%

of students agreed that our staff are good at explaining things

NSS, 2016

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year focuses on developing new skills and applying these to project briefs. Students are taught essential software packages; screen print and drawing skills as well as developing their ideas, skills in graphic design, illustration for editorial and narrative, character design and typography. Alongside this, students study professional practice and have contextual modules.

Modules

  • Introduction to Illustration and Graphics

  • Studio Practice 1

  • Professional Development 1

  • Professional Practice 1

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Year 2 focuses on developing students own personal approach to illustration and design and begin to apply this within a professional context. Experimentation is encouraged and students explore a range of workshops including 3D modelling, moving image and digital approaches. Students undertake either a short placement or work on live client based modules in this year.

Modules

  • Illustration and Graphics Exploration

  • Studio Practice 2

  • Professional Development 2

  • Professional Practice 2

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

You also have the choice to take part in an optional placement or study abroad year.

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

In the final year students undertake a major project as well as a variety of competition and live external briefs. Students work towards building a highly creative and professionally credible portfolio ready to enter their chosen industry specialism. Students studying Illustration and Graphics have the opportunity to enter a broad range of creative fields and to support this choice they write dissertation, which investigates their chosen marketplace.

Modules

  • External Practice

  • Major Project

  • Dissertation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

12th

Our Design and Crafts courses are ranked 12th in the UK by Guardian University Guide 2018

In more detail...

  • A programme of visiting speakers including Paul Davis, Gemma Correll, Ian Francis and John Stezaker.
  • Work alongside our staff who continue to work as professional artists, designers, illustrators and animators on external research projects;
  • Support to enter national competitions including Penguin Design Awards, House of Illustration, YCN, D&AD Student Awards, and Creative Conscience Awards. Our students have had considerable success in these competitions and have won the highly commended Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration and the Silent book contest.
  • Undertake a sandwich year of study or work abroad – recent opportunities have included placements with Venice Printmaking Studio, Silverback Studios; Nucleo Design Studios-Italy, Ash Gaming, Rawww Design Agency, Christian Aid; large scale wall illustrations for City of Coventry Health Centre; illustrations for Architects – Glenn Howells as well as Erasmus placements at Accademia di Belle Arti Bolongna and Universidad Europea de Madrid.

Opportunities to attend field trips which have previously included China, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and New York.

Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice but you will also have lectures, workshops, tutorials and critiques.

Assessment will include a variety of types of submission including: practical project work, presentations and short written work including blogs.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed as follows:

  • Practical coursework: 70%
  • Essays/reports: 20%
  • Presentations: 10%

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

70% assessed by practical coursework

In a typical week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour small group session or personal tutorial
  • Medium group teaching: 1 hour of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week
  • Large group teaching: 2 hours lectures plus 12 hours studio time each week

Additionally, you will be expected to complete 20 hours of self-directed studio practice or personal study.

Subject to application, you will be able to undertake a work or study placement in the second year of the course.

You can also undertake an overseas placement for your professional practice module and you will have the opportunity to spend a year studying or working overseas between years two and three. We have Erasmus relationships with international institutions including Accademia di Belle Arti Bologna, Universidad Europea de Madrid and Hanzehogeschool Groningen. Students recently had the opportunity to work on a brief-driven project with their peers in Petaling Jaya College of Art and Design (PJCAD) in Kuala Lumpur, along with exchange programmes and projects with Central South University (CSU), Changsha. The students involved in these projects have the opportunity to explore illustration and graphics in an international context. The students in both institutions were set the same project in order that the results might be communicated virtually in order to consider, compare and contrast approaches to illustration and graphics in an international context.

In this project the students were encouraged to think about the nature of illustration and graphics in relation to work being produced to the same brief but on another continent. The international nature of this project was intended to challenge assumptions and preconceived ideas about the nature of design and creativity in the contemporary world.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2015/16, we were able to provide a total of 2101 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 76% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 23% from postgraduate travel.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni


2,101

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2015/16



16,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

I enjoy being a student on this course as it is challenging (but fun) and encourages me to always experiment and develop ideas and skills.

Timea Balo

Clearing places available on this course

During Clearing, the tariff points for this course may change. Clearing tariff points will be published 14th August.

Know your results? See if we could offer you a place

Waiting for results day? Visit our Clearing pages for advice

What our students say...

I enjoy being a student on this course as it is challenging (but fun) and encourages me to always experiment and develop ideas and skills.

Timea Balo

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

£14,104 (per year)


Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

As well as covering UK field trips, key materials and laser print, the fees for this course also include:


The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip
  • Any additional specialist printing: £50+ per year

What our students say...

I enjoy being a student on this course as it is challenging (but fun) and encourages me to always experiment and develop ideas and skills.

Timea Balo

Career prospects

This is a broad course that offers a range of potential creative career destinations.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.

Where our graduates work

Previous graduates have gone on to pursue careers in illustration and graphic design, computer games visualisation, retail product design, children’s books illustration, TV production design, book jacket design, art direction, animation and photography.

£20k

Our graduates earn an average salary of £20,000 six months after the course (DHLE 2014/15)

What our students say...

I enjoy being a student on this course as it is challenging (but fun) and encourages me to always experiment and develop ideas and skills.

Timea Balo
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.