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Illustration with Foundation Year BA (Hons)

Birmingham City University

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Parkside Building Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    20-SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our Foundation course will focus on your personal and creative development based around a broad exploration of visual disciplines, leading directly to a BA course in the School of Art or the School of Visual Communication within the Art, Design and Media Faculty at BCU. Working in a lively and energetic environment you will be given the freedom to expand your knowledge in conceptual development, practical skills and creative exploration underpinned by broad critical understanding and emerging theoretical principles. You will work individually and collaboratively to develop a stimulating visual portfolio of work that evidences your enthusiasm for further study within a specific subject area.BA teaching staff from across both schools will work with you throughout the course and you will have full access to all the University facilities.Our BA (Hons) Illustration course aims to give those with a passion for image making and illustration the skills they need to capture and communicate ideas through pictures. We celebrate the challenge of finding your individual visual voice through experimenting, risk taking and critical reflection. You will also explore how your work can be applied across a wide range of contexts, from commercial work to personally-driven projects.This course provides an opportunity to development a wide range of transferable skills and design process knowledge that is highly desirable to employers.What's covered in the course?Our challenging and exciting Illustration course, recognised by Creative Skillset, will help you develop new skills and different ways of thinking, enabling you to find your own individual, visual voice and prepare you for the ever-changing creative industry. You will examine the new ideas, technologies and issues that affect today’s developing illustrators, as well as exploring more unfamiliar territories.The course celebrates the synthesis between illustration and all the other visual communication subject disciplines, leading to the development of strong student collaborations that again aims to reflect industry practice.We support a lively creative community, encouraging the value of peer learning. This learning is supplemented by an integrated workshop programme that provides the opportunity to work alongside, and be informed by, industry experts from a wide range of disciplines.Why Choose Us?We have the only in-house active agency in the region which allows you to gain first-hand experience of real-life briefs set by clients, and your portfolio will be showcased to a number of potential employers through our home-grown and independent talent pool, We Grow Cherries, as well as during your graduate show.There will be opportunities to exhibit at high-profile London graduate shows, including New Designers. You will receive industry insight from significant practitioners, with professional practice and core business skills workshops being delivered by outside agencies.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 13,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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Birmingham City University

  • University League Table

    84th

  • Campus address

    Birmingham City University, University House, 15 Bartholomew Row, Birmingham, Birmingham, B5 5JU, England

One of only four UK universities offering a Master's in International Human Resource Management which is also fully CIPD-accredited.
ACCA programmes are taught in a Platinum status centre, showing that the university meets ACCA performance targets for course tuition and support.
Many master's courses now offer international students six-month professional placements towards the end of their studies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    52nd out of 86 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    131 58%

    41st

    12
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    59 59%

    60th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    43rd

    15

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