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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Children's Books

UCAS Code: CBMD

Master of Design - MDes

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.

120 UCAS Tariff points

120 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.

120 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

120 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff requirement.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

120 UCAS Tariff points

120 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

120

Accepted as part of overall 120 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Illustration

This highly specialised degree in Children’s Books aims to help you develop both your illustrative style and flair for storytelling. The course covers the practical, professional and artistic sides of writing and illustrating books for a younger audience. The programme will expand and develop your illustrative knowledge and ability, equipping you for a successful career in the creative industries.

Students will:
• learn about writing, storytelling and theories of narrative structure
• develop a unique personal style and produce a professional portfolio
• be encouraged to expand their abilities through workshops and practical projects
• learn creative skills from generating ideas to technical production through printmaking, bookbinding, 3D materials, life drawing, traditional and digital media
• be encouraged to work on live briefs and competitions
• learn freelance skills such as marketing and self-promotion to contracts, invoices and working with clients

Key Course Features:
• You will be part of a vibrant and creative community of commercial artists including children’s book artists, illustrators, animators, game artists and designers.
• You will be taught by a teaching team with a broad range of experience working professionally in the children’s publishing and illustration industries.
• We encourage our students to self-publish and learn how to produce high-quality production prototypes to pitch to the publishing industry through the use of our in-house Bindery.
• Our students have won illustration prizes and awards such as the Oxford University Press Illustration competition, the Macmillan Children’s Book competition, the Caldecott Society and D&AD awards and been nominated for prestigious Eisner and Silver Reuben Awards.

Modules

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

The first year introduces students to the fundamental principles of illustration that will help you develop your illustrative style. This includes developing an understanding of the tools and creative techniques you will be using, the historical contexts and theories of illustration, creative writing, print, production, bookbinding techniques and an understanding of the industry.

MODULES

• Visual Communication
• Media & Techniques
• Contextual Studies 1
• Creative writing for visual narrative
• Print & Production
• Creative Futures 1

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

The second year enables students to develop their individual approach to character design, scriptwriting and visual storytelling, the practical aspects of writing and illustrating for children as well as exploring the basics of running a business as a freelancer.

MODULES

• Characters in Context
• Writing for Children
• Contextual Studies 2
• Picture Books
• Print & Publishing
• Creative Futures 2

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

The final year is negotiated. You will work with staff to pitch the projects that demonstrate your flair for storytelling, your skills and abilities, your ambition and your understanding of the children’s publishing industry.

MODULES

• Negotiated Practice
• Contextual Studies 3
• Creative Futures 3
• Children’s Publishing Degree Project

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 7)

MODULES


• Locating Practice
• Practice & Application (VFX)
• Advanced Professional Practice

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Students are assessed in a variety of ways over the course of their degree, from individual tutorials, group critique, peer assessment and presentation of final artwork. Feedback is tailored individually to help you develop your artwork to a professional standard.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Wrexham

Department:

School of the Creative Arts

TEF rating:
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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
41%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


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Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
45%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

29%
Design occupations
24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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