Course Code: VA1HE17 UCAS Code: W220 Commercial Illustration - BA Hons Degree Duration3 Years Day/s of weekMonday Tuesday and Wednesday Time09:45 - 16:30 Next course dates Start dateLocationDuration / Fees 11 Sep 2023 University Centre 3 Years / £9,000 per year Apply now Overview Is this course for me? What will I learn? How will I be assessed? Key information Where could this course take me? Course Summary The Commercial Illustration degree at Blackpool and The Fylde College will help you learn how to translate and communicate your ideas through images across a variety of media including picture books, graphic novels, editorial and advertising illustrations, animation concepts, and surface design. Led by a team of illustration industry professionals, the aims of the programme are to enable you to acquire knowledge (both subject specific and generic) and a sound critical and contextual awareness of contemporary illustration, enabling you to apply your knowledge and transferrable skills in a wider sphere of commercial enterprise. Blackpool School of Arts has many specialist facilities and resources including state-of-the-art photography studios, photography darkroom, 3D studio and print room. You will also have access to a unique creative environment with contemporary studios, think spaces and a stunning public gallery. , Entry Requirements Course Detail The course is designed to build your skills and knowledge as a professional illustrator equipping you with everything you need to work successfully in the industry once you have completed your studies. As well as developing your creative abilities, where you will learn to cultivate your visual storytelling skills, establish your authorial voice and so on, you will also become adept at managing your workload, doing self-promotion to generate new business, responding to briefs. In fact, everything you need to help you become a successful illustrator in the workplace, more often than not in a freelance capacity. Each year you will also be encouraged to participate in opportunities to visit exhibitions and events to support your study and awareness of the industry. A minimum of 96 UCAS points in an appropriate discipline: CCC from A Levels in appropriate discipline MMM from Extended Diploma or Merit from UAL Diploma in Art & Design Mathematic and English Language GCSE at grade C/4 or above Attendance at workshop or forwarding of electronic portfolio Applicants who are able to demonstrate relevant work/life skills or knowledge will also be considered on an individual basis Qualification Obtained BA (Hons) Commercial Illustration Qualification ObtainedBA (Hons) Commercial Illustration Learning and Teaching Methods Industry Placement and Field Trips Each year you will be encouraged to participate in opportunities to visit exhibitions and events to support your study and awareness of the industry. Scheduled Learning Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits. Independent Study Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision. Placement Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically. Expert Tutors All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice. What will I learn? Modules at level 4 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Engaging the Archive VA4MD036 20 No Enterprise and Sustainability VA4MD037 20 No Drawing and Image Making VA4MD038 20 No Printmaking VA4MD039 20 No Conceptualisation and Characterisation VA4MD040 20 No Sequential Image Making VA4MD041 20 No Modules at level 5 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Enterprise and Professional Practice VA5MD039 20 No Editorial Illustration VA5MD040 20 No Illustration for Product and Packaging VA5MD041 20 No Book Illustration with Animation VA5MD042 20 No Commercial Application VA5MD043 20 No Critical Perspectives VA5MD059 20 No Modules at level 6 Module TitleCodeCreditsOptional? Independent Research Project VA6MD034 20 No Enterprise and Application VA6MD035 20 No Professional Pathway and Presentation VA6MD036 40 No Professional Pathway Synthesis and Final Exhibitions VA6MD037 40 No How will I be assessed? Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Coursework 50% 44% 39% Exam 0% 0% 0% Practical 50% 56% 61% Learning Methods Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6 Scheduled 338 304 178 Independent 862 896 1022 Placement 0 0 0 Total 1200 1200 1200 Tuition Fees Please click here to find out more about tuition fees for this course. Other Costs and Equipment Essential additional costs for this programme are minimal and we make a considerable effort to provide in-house resources and a good library stock. However, when you are embarking on creative projects, enterprise and exhibition work, for instance, the purchase of some supplies will be require to realise your creative outcomes, but these costs are minimal and infrequent. In terms of other potential costs, you may wish to purchase books and / or other resources, but this is not essential as we try to ensure that an adequate quantity of core and secondary texts are available to borrow. Regulation and Accreditation Accrediting Institution: N/A Awarding Body: Lancaster University Regulatory Body: Office for Students (OfS) Terms and Conditions Read our full terms and conditions for more information. Programme Specification Programme Spec CIL-2021.pdf Adobe PDF, 239.59 KB Career Options and Progression Upon completion of the programme, you will have developed a variety of subject-specific and transferrable skills that will allow you to work in a freelance capacity or seek employment in a broad range of areas within the field of commercial illustration. Illustration is constantly extending its commercial reach and whether it is working with clients and collaborators or authoring and directing self-initiated projects, you will graduate with a multitude of transferable skills. The breadth of transferrable skills means that as a commercial illustrator, you could be employed across a wide range of industries that use illustration such as advertising, graphic design, textile design, gift and home-ware, character licensing, animation and more.