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BA (Hons) Illustration

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W222

Course summary

BA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts takes an innovative, experimental and critical approach to the broad practice of illustration.

You will be encouraged to challenge the position of the illustrator within commercial, social, political and cultural contexts, whilst maintaining and developing the core values that underpin the practice.

Student work

Chronopolis - Daniel Clarke.

BA Illustration Stories

Course details

This course is subject to re-validation. Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

What you can expect

  • To gain an understanding of key illustration principles, themes and debates. You will develop this through practical experimentation and production
  • To explore authorship and the reproduced image
  • To identify audiences for your work
  • To consider how you can make your work visible in a ‘real world’ context through end of year exhibitions
  • To consider the creative and ever changing environments illustrators exist. You will do this through workshops, technical inductions, tutorials and seminars. This will help you define your practice
  • To examine your identity as an illustrator, whilst planning and realising practical projects
  • To have your ideas tested through evaluation of your practical and written work
  • To investigate ideas and issues through seminar discussions, presentations and writing
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Course units

Year 1

  • Unit 1: Introduction to BA Illustration, Graphic Design and 3D Design
  • Unit 2: Defining the subject - What is Illustration?
  • Unit 3: Context 1- Primary research
  • Unit 4: Subject - Possibilities

Year 2

  • Unit 5: Context 2 - Platform
  • Unit 6: Subject - Method
  • Unit 7: Context 3 - Focus
  • Unit 8: Subject - Audience and visibility

Year 3

  • Unit 9: Context 4
  • Unit 10: Subject - Realisation

Work experience and opportunities

Our students gain first-hand experience through course projects with leading organisations and businesses. These have included Adidas, American Express, Channel 4, Dorling-Kindersley, The Guardian, Jelly and MTV.

BA Illustration students also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second year of their degree as part of the Erasmus scheme.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Collaborative work
  • Group and individual tutorials and crits
  • Independent study
  • 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
  • Project based learning
  • Staff and student led seminars and discussions
  • Studio, external venue and other visits
  • Use of resource venues and institutions

Assessment methods

  • Development file
  • Essays
  • Evaluative reports
  • Peer assessment
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment
  • Tutorial records
  • Written assignments

Staff

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

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:

Portfolio advice

  • You should show evidence of research, the development of ideas and problem solving
  • Portfolios should include work that shows the application of imagery within a design and illustration context
  • It is important to include sketch books. These help us to see your working process and indicate your developing research interests and influences

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity
  • Where possible, large or 3D work should be photographed and scanned
  • To organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes

Selection criteria

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

FdA bridging unit

The FdA bridging unit application deadline is 30 April 2019.

To join the third year of the BA Illustration course, FdA graduates must:

  • Be experienced in Illustration
  • Demonstrate competence to an appropriate level
  • Demonstrate willingness and readiness to undertake extended academic writing
  • Have achieved or be expected to achieve a Merit or above on the FdA
  • Have IELTS level 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

All candidates’ suitability will be explored at interview and through the submission of a portfolio.

FdA portfolios must demonstrate:

  • An understanding and application of subject knowledge and underlying principles
  • Management of learning through reflection, planning, self-direction, subject engagement and commitment
  • Skills in the selected media
  • Awareness and adoption of appropriate conventions
  • Sensitivity to the needs of the audience
  • Systematic identification and investigation of appropriate sources

Making your application

You must apply through UCAS, where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code - U65
  • UCAS course code - W222

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

This course will give consideration to:

  • Applications for year 2 entry, subject to places being available
  • Deferred entry application

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

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 interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Camberwell College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Please note that applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

There are 3 ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

If you are applying via UCAS you will need the following information:

You can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn. Read the UAL international application advice for further information on how to apply.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

This course will give consideration to:

  • Applications for year 2 entry, subject to places being available
  • Deferred entry application

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Immigration history check

Whether you’re applying online via UCAS, through a UAL representative or by direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History Check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL. If you don’t complete the check we won’t be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you’ll be invited to or asked to book onto a suitable date to attend an interview selection event.

Interview selection event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for international applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at our international office based at Chelsea College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype, you will be sent an email requesting that you upload a digital portfolio using UAL’s online portfolio review system.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

  • If you applied through UCAS you will receive the final outcome of of your application through UCAS track
  • If you applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal

Please note that applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Study Abroad

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.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,250 (2019/20).

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.

International fee

£19,930 (2019/20).

Additional costs

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.

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