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University of Cumbria

Illustration

UCAS Code: W220

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,C

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:30

60 credits, 45 credits must be graded at Level 3

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

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Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,B,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-112

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Illustration

Our aim is to inspire you to become an innovative and individual illustrator, graduating with an impressive professional portfolio of work that will lead to commissions or employment. We are members of The Association of Illustrators, partners in The Lakes International Comic Art Festival and will also give you the opportunity to showcase your work in London.

We’ll help you develop essential drawing and compositional skills – something we’ve been congratulated on by commissioning editors and professional illustrators alike – and our unique course will also expand your animation and graphic design skills giving you real career flexibility.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

You'll be prepared for the commercial world because we’ll focus on developing your image making skills through exciting, fast-paced, industry-focused projects and you’ll learn from plenty of renowned professional illustrators and comic artists too. This will allow you to graduate with the one thing that all successful illustrators have in common, a highly personal, unique and memorable portfolio.

And, you’ll do it at our beautiful, dedicated arts campus in the vibrant border city of Carlisle, where you’ll be within 20 minutes of Scotland and the stunning Lake District National Park – now a UNESCO World Heritage site. So, when you’re not being creative in the studio you can be creative in the great outdoors.

- Small classes mean we get to know you well and provide plentiful, detailed, personal feedback throughout your studies

- Practical demonstrations, visits and feedback from professional illustrators and comic artists

- We’re members of The Association of Illustrators

- Our excellent industry links give you good networking opportunities, boosting your career prospects and you can also exhibit at a London graduate showcase

- Annual international visits and participation in The Lakes International Comic Art Festival

- Our annual Futures Festival – a three-day event offering you the opportunity to hear from industry professionals, get involved in networking and meet potential employers

- Quality of life – our specialist Arts Campus is set in beautiful parkland just a short walk from Carlisle’s vibrant city centre and don’t forget the Lake District is on our doorstep

- 80% of your studies will be practical; You’re not just learning, you’re doing

- You can use any of our well-equipped workshop facilities including print-making, 3D printing, laser-cutting, photography and animation suites

- Become ‘part of the family’ and create a base in our huge, modern and professionally-equipped studio

- Encouragement to develop your own unique voice and style as an illustrator

- A fantastic, well stocked arts library, so you can keep up-to-date with contemporary illustration practices

- Use the latest technology and software that you’ll use as a real-world professional

- All tutors are experts in illustration, graphic design and typography

You’ll spend a lot of time life drawing, developing a sound understanding of the human figure and we’ll also teach you how composition and colour can bring an illustration to life. You’ll work across a range of traditional and digital media, including drawing, painting, 3D and moving image - and you'll be encouraged to do it at a level hitting industry expectations.

What we don't want is for you to be a clone of another artist. We give you the artistic freedom and training to discover and develop your own unique style, creating work that will help your portfolio stand out from the crowd and gain you commissions.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Brampton Road

Department:

Institute of the Arts

TEF rating:
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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.

71%
low
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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.

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Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

62%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
54%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

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.

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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.

£16,088
low
Average annual salary
90%
low
Employed or in further education
52%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Design occupations
20%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
10%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

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

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

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£14k

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

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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