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University of Portsmouth

Illustration

UCAS Code: W220

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

Entry requirements


112-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

112-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 48-50.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

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

D*D-D*D*

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

112-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants will be required to attend an interview. Applicants without art and design qualifications or experience may be asked to submit a digital portfolio in advance of an invitation to interview.

You may also need to…

Attend an interview

Present a portfolio

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 | 2021

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Illustration

**Overview**
As an illustrator, your creative ability can shape culture. Fuse your talent with professional skills on a degree course that’ll set you up for a career doing what you love.

On this BA (Hons) Illustration degree course, you’ll examine your own work and reflect on the work of other designers, filmmakers, painters, sculptors and writers. You’ll develop your own practical skills in illustration across the board and build the skills you’ll need for a successful, creative career.

**What you'll experience**
On this degree course you’ll:
- Explore traditional and contemporary illustration, while experimenting with a media such as print, animation, textiles and model making

- Unleash your creativity by re-defining illustration, challenging convention and exploring illustration's social, political and historical context

- Get your hands on the latest image-making technology and get professional experience that will help you compete in the commercial arena after the course

- Interact with our visiting speakers – past guests include Sara Fanelli (children’s book author/illustrator), Darren Garrett (Creative Director of Littleloud Animation Studios) and Chris Riddell (UK Children’s Laureate 2015–2017)

- Access our digital studios with Macs and PCs running professional-standard software including the Adobe Creative Suite

- Get the chance to achieve Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification

- Engage with live projects such as the Anglepoise Sketchbook Competition

- Develop a professional portfolio and website to showcase your skills

- Have the opportunity to exhibit your work at graduate showcases and exhibitions

**Careers and opportunities**
The creative and technical abilities in character animation, visual storytelling, compositing and editing you develop on this course could lead to a variety of creative roles in design and media.

Areas previous graduates have gone on to include:
- artist book making

- children’s book illustration

- narrative illustration

- print making

- art direction

- teaching

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level, set up successful businesses with help and support from the University or start a career as a freelancer.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Illustration Level 4 Event
- Introduction to Professional Practice
- Introduction to Visual Culture (Illustration)
- Line, Colour And Development
- Research and Narrative

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Social Sequences
- Bookworks
- Print Menagerie

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Student Enterprise
- Visual Culture: Cult, Taste and Collecting
- Visual Culture: Performing Identity
- Visual Culture: Technology and The Image
- Visual Culture: Visions of The Body
- Art, Design and Performance Study Exchange
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Illustration Level 5 Event
- Professional Experience
- Professional Skills Development

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Applied Illustration Practice
- Illustration: Level 6 Event
- Illustration: Professional Practice
- Illustration: Project Review
- Illustration: Self-Directed Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Visual Culture: Dissertation
- Visual Culture: Practice Research

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- written coursework
- creative design group projects
- self-led projects from initial concept to finished product
- project presentations
- sketchbooks and portfolio

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students:100% by coursework
- Year 2 students:100% by coursework
- Year 3 students:100% by coursework

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
£9,250
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

87%
high
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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

89%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

82%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
69%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
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.

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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.

£19,000
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Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
77%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

59%
Design occupations
10%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Artistic, literary and media 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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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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