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Contemporary Art and Illustration

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

or equivalent.

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

or above.

112 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications.

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

DMM

UCAS Tariff

112

from a combination of Level 3 qualifications.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

Illustration

Fine art

Do you enjoy expressing yourself creatively? Are you an artist and creative thinker? We’ll offer you the chance to explore different media in a range of workshops including painting, drawing, image-making, sculpture, installation, moving-image, digital processes, and photography. This will allow you to build up your artistic skills so you can select the approaches that are right for you.

Why study Contemporary Art and Illustration?
* Work in a lively and dynamic studio environment where you’ll be encouraged to develop your creative and conceptual thinking. On your way, you’ll be able to call on the support of our widely experienced specialist tutors and technicians.

* Engage with a range of inspiring guest speakers and have live sessions from professionals within your chosen field. Use our links with industry and professional practitioners to gain the opportunity to take part in live projects, national competitions, awards and exhibitions.

* Learn to present, evaluate, curate and interpret contemporary art and illustration.

The course is part of a suite of three courses that also includes Contemporary Art BA(Hons) and Illustration BA(Hons). We’re truly flexible and want you to develop your own path. You only have to apply for one course from the suite, but you could go off in any direction once you get here.

Professional links and accreditation:
During this course you can benefit from the opportunity to gain the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) (https://www.adobe.com/uk/) accreditation in addition to your degree, at no extra cost. This is a globally recognised accreditation awarded by one of the leading software package providers to the creative industries, so could be valuable in your professional career. This accreditation is attractive to a number of employers and so it could give you a competitive edge in the job market. To be awarded the ACA accreditation, you’ll need to pass an online test.

Additional Costs - Materials:
Basic materials (pens, pencils, brushes, charcoal, canvas and paper) are provided for students. However, if you choose to work with more specialist materials, you will need provide these yourself. This could be anything from oil paints to building materials, software, DVDs, steel, etc. and depends on your choice of contemporary art and/or illustration practice. The estimated cost of specialist materials is £60 (Year 1), £100 (Year 2) and £200 (Year 3).

Modules

Year 1
Core modules:
Studio Practice 1
Studio Practice 2
Contemporary Practice in Context 1

Year 2
Core modules:
Studio Practice 3
Studio Practice 4
Contemporary Practice in Context 2

Year 3 - optional placement year

Final Year
Core modules:
Research and Development for Contemporary Art and Illustration
Major Project - Contemporary Art and/or Illustration
Theory for Contemporary Art and Illustration

Assessment methods

Your assessment will include verbal and illustrative presentations of your practical and developmental work, written work for contextual analysis and assignments, plus self-assessment and evaluation. 23% of the study time on this course is spent in tutorials, seminars, workshops, lectures etc.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£15,000
per year
International
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Please see our website for more information - http://www.hud.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-and-finance/undergraduate-scholarships/

The Uni


Course location:

University of Huddersfield

Department:

Department of Art (TART)

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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.

68%
med
Illustration
46%
low
Fine art

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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
81%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

59%
Library resources
71%
IT resources
57%
Course specific equipment and facilities
56%
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?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
97%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
C

Art

Teaching and learning

61%
Staff make the subject interesting
64%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
68%
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

54%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
46%
Course specific equipment and facilities
36%
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?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
12%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
D

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
97%
high
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

45%
Design occupations
9%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Other elementary services 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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
56%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

Quite a few students of fine art have already retired and are taking the degree for the excellent reason that they love art, and they're willing to pay to study it. You should bear this in mind if the stats you see feature particularly low employment rates. If you need to earn a living once you've finished your fine art degree, be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common - about one in six fine arts graduates were working for themselves. Also common are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - and many courses actually help you prepare for freelancing. One in ten of last year’s fine arts graduates had more than one job six months after graduation — over twice the average for graduates from 2015. Graduates from these subjects are often found in arts jobs, as artists, designers, photographers and similar jobs, or as arts and entertainment officers or teachers — although it's perfectly possible to get jobs outside the arts if you wish, with jobs in events management, marketing and community work amongst the most popular options.

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.

£18k

£18k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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Higher entry requirements
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Same University
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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
3.0 years | Full-time | 2022
Lower entry requirements
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3.0 years | Full-time | 2022
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