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BA (Hons)Illustration and Visual Communication

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Overview

This course offers a flexible and interdisciplinary approach to the study and practice of contemporary illustration. Our premise is to provide learning in this subject within a wide choice of methods and technical approaches balancing the development of creative and professional skills and knowledge for application to client-led markets in the field of visual communication, with the individual ambitions and aptitudes of each student in finding their own creative voice.

The course provides dedicated studio space that forms the creative hub for learning, making and community. Individual work spaces are available with larger studios for figure drawing, and making work of an ambitious scale. Quieter areas for computing and digital work are also available within the studio areas. All studios are equipped with computing facilities running Adobe Creative Suite, Foundry with Wacom Cintiqs, scanners, printers and photocopying.

Teaching and learning includes individual tutorial sessions, group work, presentations, workshops, online training, lectures and frequent trips into central London to see exhibitions. We invite practitioners and our esteemed alumni in to give professional talks and with our membership of the Association of Illustrators, Design and Art Direction and support from the Creative Enterprise Centre at Harrow we provide a comprehensive learning platform for entering professional work in this field on graduation.

A large number of our graduates and alumni develop careers in illustration, graphic and decorative arts and art direction, often balancing their own practice with commissioned work or employments in the creative sector. Most creatives work on a freelance basis with some regular employment until they become established. The wide focus of the course prepares students with a range of transferable creative and professional skills to be able to work in other areas than illustration alone, this can be in publishing, branding, the Media, graphic design, advertising and creative merchandising as well as art-workers, visualisers and concept designers for industries related to music, entertainment, film, computer arts and fashion. Some graduates go into further study at postgraduate level or undertake teacher training or training to work in arts and health. We encourage all students at some point to undertake work experience and internships that also can lead to full-time employments later on.

Career opportunities

Working in this sector is challenging but also highly varied and rewarding creatively and financially. Work in this applied field of the creative arts is normally through commission. Artists often combine employment and self-employment, doing commissioned work and creative work for agencies.

Graduates from this course go on to work in the following industries:

  • advertising
  • digital media
  • film and television production
  • publishing
  • digital arts
  • animation
  • art direction and management
  • commercial music promotion and events
  • fashion
  • exhibition and commercial/environmental installation and display
Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States