Commercial Illustration - BA Hons Degree
Course Code: VA1HE17
UCAS Code: W220
Next available course:
|Duration:||3 days a week|
|Day/s of week:||Mon, Tues & Wed|
|Time:||9.45am - 4.30pm|
|Indicative Delivery:||90% On-site at the University Centre Campus, 10% On-line|
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.
You will develop your visual storytelling skills, cultivate your vision, authorial voice, creative problem-solving abilities, and curiosity. 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.
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.
|Duration:||3 days per week|
|Day/s of week:||Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday|
|Delivery:||90% Onsite, 10% online|
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
Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.
Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.
Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.
|Assessment Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Level 4 Modules
|Engaging the Archive||VA4MD036||20||Mandatory|
|Enterprise and Sustainability||VA4MD037||20||Mandatory|
|Drawing and Image Making||VA4MD038||20||Mandatory|
|Conceptualisation and Characterisation||VA4MD040||20||Mandatory|
|Sequential Image Making||VA4MD041||20||Mandatory|
Level 5 Modules
|Enterprise and Professional Practice||VA5MD039||20||Mandatory|
|Illustration for Product and Packaging||VA5MD041||20||Mandatory|
|Book Illustration with Animation||VA5MD042||20||Mandatory|
Level 6 Modules
|Independent Research Project||VA6MD034||20||Mandatory|
|Enterprise and Application||VA6MD035||20||Mandatory|
|Professional Pathway and Presentation||VA6MD036||40||Mandatory|
|Professional Pathway Synthesis and Final Exhibitions||VA6MD037||40||Mandatory|
Teaching and Learning Methods
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.
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.
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.
|Learning Method||Level 4||Level 5||Level 6|
Industry Placement and Field Trips
Other Costs and Equipment Needed
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.
Read our tuition fees guide.