- Start dateSeptember 2018
- Course length2 years
- UCAS codeW224
FdA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts focuses on contemporary industry practice in graphic image making.
This course explores the expanding avenues of employment in animation, interactive media, publishing and motion graphics.
Student video work
FdA Illustration News
Content: what students can expect
- To develop a unique visual language that’s underpinned by an understanding of the commercial market place
- To explore image making through a range of processes, from screen-based technologies to more traditional hands-on approaches
- To work in a simulated design studio alongside FdA Graphic Design students, examining communication and management strategies necessary for successful team-working
- To be taught creative processes and business skills in an industry context, including teamwork and project management, through work-based learning that involves research, report writing and either a work placement or live project
- To build an understanding of technological developments, economic strategies, the contemporary market for illustration, contractual and legal conventions, ownership, workflow, production, marketing and promotion as their practice develops
- To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities section
- Unit 1: Introduction to FdA Graphic Design and FdA Illustration
- Unit 2: Defining the subject - Process, methodology and diagnostic study
- Unit 3: Work based learning 1- Making contact with the industry
- Unit 4: Defining the subject - Sustained specialist exploration
- Unit 5: Evaluation and individual programme of study planning
- Unit 6: Work based learning 2
- Unit 7: Reflection, planning and presentation
- Unit 8: Individual programme of study
At the end of the year, students are given detailed guidance about how to appropriately approach employers. Students holding a Foundation degree (FdA) may also be considered for the third year bridging unit, which enables students to apply to the third year of the Camberwell BA Illustration course.
Work experience and opportunities
FdA Illustration students get to work with Camberwell’s partners from the illustration industry, taking part in simulated live projects facilitated and supervised by a professional design studio that has previously included onedotzero, Kin and Moving Brands.
Learning and teaching methods
- Group and individual tutorials
- Group critiques
- Individual programmes of study
- Introductions and Inductions to university, college and course resources
- Key ideas lecture programme
- Learning skills in practical and technical workshops
- Lectures and visiting speaker talks
- Staff and student led seminars and discussions
- Use of resource venues and institutions
- Work based learning
- Development file
- Peer assessment
- Portfolio of work
- Practical work
- Student logs
- Tutorial records
- Written assignments
How to apply
Home / EU applicants
You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:
- University code - U65
- UCAS course code - W224
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) application deadline is 15 January.
Following your UCAS application to this course all home / EU applicants will be invited to choose a date for a selection event.
What is a selection event?
A selection event is similar to an interview. You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by course teams. The event will also give you a chance to meet current students, take a tour of the college and see the facilities.
More details about your selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen your selection event date.
This course does not accept entry into year 2.
There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:
Find out more information about applying through UCAS.
Interviews and portfolio reviews - international students can be interviewed in a number of different ways:
- By phone or Skype
- In your country, if your application was made though one of our official representatives
- At our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts
Through the Study Abroad programme international students can apply to join an undergraduate course.
For information on how to apply visit the Study Abroad section.
We select students based on the quality of their applications, looking primarily at their portfolio of work and personal statements.
The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:
- A portfolio of work
- 1 A Level
- 3 GCSE passes grade C or above
- Equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. For example - International Baccalaureate Diploma with 3 certificate passes, 2 at higher level and 1 at standard level, with minimum grade 4 in each certificate pass
We will also consider other evidence of prior learning and experience via Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning - AP(E)L and / or alternative qualifications assessed as offering the same level as the above requirements.
English language requirements
All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:
- IELTS level 5.5 or above, with at least 4.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability.
- Your portfolio should provide evidence of an ability to visually solve problems and to research, develop and explore ideas
- The portfolio should include work relating to the application of imagery within a design context
- It is important to include sketch books. These help us see your working process and indicate your developing research interests and influences
At interview and portfolio review
We look for:
- An ability to explore, articulate and develop ideas
- An ability to research information and visual material to support your ideas
- Your portfolio to demonstrate a range of appropriate skills and technical abilities
- An ability to communicate your ideas visually, verbally and in writing
- An ability to self-direct and evaluate your own work
This course will give consideration to deferred entry application.
Fees and funding
Home / EU fee
£9,250 (2018/19 fees).
Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.
£19,350 (2018/19 fees).
In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.
Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.
Scholarships and awards
There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.
Careers and alumni
Having completed a work placement and / or live project, our FdA Illustration students are able to go straight into employment or set up as freelance practitioners. Potential areas of employment could include publishing, animation, motion graphics and interactive media.
Students can also apply to the third year of Camberwell's Graphic Design or Illustration degree courses, subject to their grade at FdA level and successful completion of the college's bridging studies programme.