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Illustration with Foundation

Entry requirements


32-48 points , minimum of 2 A Levels

Access to HE Diploma

P:45

From any subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

From any subjects

32-48 points from any subjects

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

MM

From any subject

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

P,P,P

From any subject

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

PPP

From any subject

32-48 points

UCAS Tariff

32-48

From a minimum of 2 A Levels

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subjects

Illustration

Creative arts and design

This is a four-year programme that provides an additional foundation year, enabling you to develop the required practical, technical, academic, creative skills for your degree.

This programme offers access to study at university for those students who may not have the standard entry profile for Year 1. Equally, the programme is designed for those returning to study who have relevant work/professional experience but not the required academic profile for Level 4 entry. It's also suitable for Level 3 learners whose subject choice does not include the necessary background, but who are otherwise academically capable.

Your foundation year will:
• Welcome you to an engaging, experiential learning environment with a focus on active exploration, experimentation and discovery across a wide range of material, methods and media
• Help develop your practical, technical, creative skills through studio and workshop based projects
• Provide training in key learning skills for further undergraduate study and build an awareness of practice, context and theory
• Give you access to a wide range of enviable specialist workshops, laboratories and facilities across the campus and become part of our vibrant student community through the various opportunities available within the School of Art, Design and Architecture
• Enable you to explore and develop your personal interests and strengths as a creative practitioner

When you join the Foundation year, you’ll also:
Learn how to develop your own style, voice and approach to Illustration. The most engaging and memorable illustrations come from people with a bold, clear approach. We don’t have a ‘house style’ – we’ll actively encourage you to discover and develop your own illustrative voice. This voice will help you attract the attention of clients as well as forging your own audience, doing what you love. While developing your personal visual ‘voice', you could also start getting noticed in the professional world by taking part in external commissions and competitions. You will set your work in a global context through inspiring overseas study trips to places such as London, New York and Barcelona. You could also choose to take part in an International Exchange programme in your second year, broadening your cultural references and forging new contacts in the international illustration scene
•Be inspired by a varied studio-based culture and practice in our easy-access workshop facilities. Take part in everything from life and location drawing to printmaking and media exploration
•Develop your Photoshop, Premiere, InDesign and Flash skills in digital workshops, and explore typography basics, bookbinding, creative writing and more
•Gain invaluable knowledge, confidence and professional awareness by seizing work experience opportunities in years 2 and 3. This can range from simple studio visits to longer-term placements and collaboration, such as graduate Kate Mowbray’s placement as a Publishing Assistant with BBC History Magazine
•Develop your personal visual ‘voice' and start getting noticed in the professional world by taking part in external commissions and competitions. Get an insight into the world of our award-winning students with freelance illustrator, Jack Teagle
•Define your illustrative direction within specific routes such as comic/graphic novels, children’s markets, printmaking, and design for animation/screen – or continue to explore within a broad range of practice
•Build up your analogue and digital portfolios and develop your professional profile and confidence, ensuring you’re ready for whatever future direction you wish to pursue, whether freelance, studio-based or within further education such as MA or PGCE courses
•88% of students agreed staff were good at explaining things and 88% of students agreed they got sufficient advice and support. 80% of students were in work/study six months after finishing the course (source2016 NSS and 2016 DLHE survey results available on Unistats)

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Art, Design and Architecture

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

79%
med
Illustration

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
82%
IT resources
60%
Course specific equipment and facilities
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
A

Creative arts and design

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
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Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Design occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

Creative arts and design

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
93%
low
Employed or in further education
49%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Design occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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