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Illustration BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 06/08/2020

The BA Illustration at the University of Northampton puts the power of storytelling and visual communication at the heart of what we do.

The course emphasises the importance of supporting students to develop their own visual language through a range of media and approaches from page to screen, 3D, installation and interaction. Through this holistic programme you can experiment and innovate using idea generation and real-world application to create work with meaning and purpose.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Course

Highlights

  • Strong links with industry plus lots of opportunities to work with ‘live’ projects, competition briefs and collaboration with other subjects.
  • Access to specialist resources with technical instruction and support such as; printmaking, photography, sculpture, 3D printing, lasercutting, VR and digital media.
  • Opportunities to exhibit your work publicly.
  • Mac computer design and reprographics suite.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

Additional

Information

Methods of Learning

You will be taught through a variety of methods such as:
• Project briefs; staff-set, self-set, live and competition.
• Workshops and demonstrations
• Individual and group tutorials
• Group critiques and presentations
• Seminars
• Visiting speakers, industry guests and freelance illustrators
• Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Associate Lecturers – the core teaching team you have contact with weekly who will deliver the majority of your teaching, set projects, assess your work, provide feedback and lead any study visits.
• Teaching supported by active blended learning online

If you’d like to discuss the course content or any of the above, you can contact Louise Bird, Programme Leader for BA Illustration via email at
Louise.Bird@northampton.ac.uk.

Course Details

We prepare students to be confident and competent professional practitioners not only post-graduation but whilst still studying on the course.  As part of the professional practice modules, students will have a variety of leading people from the industry give talks and portfolio reviews as well as the opportunity to visit agencies, publishers and art directors responsible for commissioning illustration.

The course is a member of the internationally recognised body for the sector, The Association of Illustrators and Varoom and has successful freelance illustrators and industry partners working with the course.

Follow Illustration BA (Hons) on Instagram and Twitter to get an idea of the type of projects and events our students get involved in.
Illustration BA (Hons) prepares you primarily for a career as a freelance illustrator or on to postgraduate study. For example, some of our students have gone on to Masters programmes in art therapy, visual communication at the RCA or onto teaching. Other students have gone on to be successful author/illustrators, concept artists, marketing and design roles.

Read more

Careers

Career Opportunities

Throughout your time on the course there will be opportunities to exhibit publicly and promote your work through exhibitions, pop-up shops and events, ensuring you graduate with a professional portfolio of work.

Graduates could go on to work in a broad range of careers including: Freelance illustrator, Self-publisher/author, Animator, Editor, Book designer, Film maker, Printmaker, Model/scenery/puppet maker, Art Therapy, Designer storyboard artist, Curator, Editorial publisher, Director, Illustration agent, and Artist in residence.

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Discover your Course

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Degree Show

Final year students displayed their work at the School of the Arts Degree Show at our Avenue Campus. Our students delivered some stunning designs.

View our flicker album to see our students’ work from the Degree Show 2016.

Contacts

Course Enquiries

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied Art, Design or a related subject in an A-Level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification. A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will also be accepted.

Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically.

Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

Course Content

You will have a broad introduction to the diverse uses of illustration within contemporary design.

  • Illustration Projects 1 (40 Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1030
    Core Module Y
  • Visual and Material Culture 1 (20 Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1003
    Core Module Y
  • Introduction to Digital Media (20 Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1018
    Core Module Y
  • Experimental Practice 1 (Illustration) (40 Credits)
    Module code: 2DD1027
    Core Module Y

Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.



Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • extensive use of exceptionally well equipped printmaking, photography and 3D facilities
  • dedicated studio space
  • creative industry guest speakers
  • Mac-based computer aided design suites
  • subsidised digital printing from A4 to A0 banner
  • printmaking facilities in one of the largest print studios in the country
  • professional photography studios with day and controlled lighting studios
  • video editing suites
Reading List
  • On Illustration, Andrzej Klimowski
  • Understanding Illustration, Derek Bazell and Jo Davies
  • The A-Z of Visual Ideas, John Ingeldew
  • Berger on Drawing, John Berger
  • The Fundamentals of Illustration, Lawrence Zeegen
  • Creative Review - journal
  • Varoom - journal
  • Journal of Illustration - journal
  • Computer Arts - magazine
  • CreativeBloq – web
  • Its Nice That – web
  • AOI/Varoom – web

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

Fine Art MA

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
Foundation: £6,750

Additional Costs

Materials, Events and Visits
Materials for workshops and Masterclasses, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

We recommend that you budget for printing costs (approximately £50 per year for laser and large format printing) and any specialist materials that you may require (£50 or more depending on materials).
There are optional trips, both within the UK and overseas: UK visits and Trips will cost approximately £50 per year. Overseas trips or visits will cost approximately £350 per trip.

Display and exhibition materials for end of year shows in years 2 and 3 will cost approximately £40 per year. Year 3 – Your end of year summer show additionally requires contributions (or your own fund raising activities) for a catalogue and marketing materials costing approximately £30-£50, along with a further contribution to exhibit at the D&AD New Blood Industry Graduate Showcase in London, approximately £20. You may want to buy a laptop or desktop computer (Apple Mac is recommended, from £400 upwards). We have our own suite of MacBooks to use in the design studios and access to iMacs however, buying your own is recommended.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,900
Foundation: £12,900

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional Costs

Materials, Events and Visits
Materials for workshops and Masterclasses, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

We recommend that you budget for printing costs (approximately £50 per year for laser and large format printing) and any specialist materials that you may require (£50 or more depending on materials).
There are optional trips, both within the UK and overseas: UK visits and Trips will cost approximately £50 per year. Overseas trips or visits will cost approximately £350 per trip.

Display and exhibition materials for end of year shows in years 2 and 3 will cost approximately £40 per year. Year 3 – Your end of year summer show additionally requires contributions (or your own fund raising activities) for a catalogue and marketing materials costing approximately £30-£50, along with a further contribution to exhibit at the D&AD New Blood Industry Graduate Showcase in London, approximately £20. You may want to buy a laptop or desktop computer (Apple Mac is recommended, from £400 upwards). We have our own suite of MacBooks to use in the design studios and access to iMacs however, buying your own is recommended.

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

International: £12,500

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Is this course
for you?

Apply Now

Integrated Foundation Year (IFY)

The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.


*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our new £330 million campus.

  • Designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.
  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
  • 24/7 library and learning zone.
  • Low environmental impact.

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Updated 06/08/2020

  • The BA Illustration at the University of Northampton puts the power of storytelling and visual communication at the heart of what we do.

    The course emphasises the importance of supporting students to develop their own visual language through a range of media and approaches from page to screen, 3D, installation and interaction. Through this holistic programme you can experiment and innovate using idea generation and real-world application to create work with meaning and purpose.

    We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studies and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

    *with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

    Course

    Highlights

    • Strong links with industry plus lots of opportunities to work with ‘live’ projects, competition briefs and collaboration with other subjects.
    • Access to specialist resources with technical instruction and support such as; printmaking, photography, sculpture, 3D printing, lasercutting, VR and digital media.
    • Opportunities to exhibit your work publicly.
    • Mac computer design and reprographics suite.
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

  • We prepare students to be confident and competent professional practitioners not only post-graduation but whilst still studying on the course.  As part of the professional practice modules, students will have a variety of leading people from the industry give talks and portfolio reviews as well as the opportunity to visit agencies, publishers and art directors responsible for commissioning illustration.

    The course is a member of the internationally recognised body for the sector, The Association of Illustrators and Varoom and has successful freelance illustrators and industry partners working with the course.

    Follow Illustration BA (Hons) on Instagram and Twitter to get an idea of the type of projects and events our students get involved in.
    Illustration BA (Hons) prepares you primarily for a career as a freelance illustrator or on to postgraduate study. For example, some of our students have gone on to Masters programmes in art therapy, visual communication at the RCA or onto teaching. Other students have gone on to be successful author/illustrators, concept artists, marketing and design roles.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Methods of Learning

    You will be taught through a variety of methods such as:
    • Project briefs; staff-set, self-set, live and competition.
    • Workshops and demonstrations
    • Individual and group tutorials
    • Group critiques and presentations
    • Seminars
    • Visiting speakers, industry guests and freelance illustrators
    • Senior Lecturers, Lecturers, Associate Lecturers – the core teaching team you have contact with weekly who will deliver the majority of your teaching, set projects, assess your work, provide feedback and lead any study visits.
    • Teaching supported by active blended learning online

    If you’d like to discuss the course content or any of the above, you can contact Louise Bird, Programme Leader for BA Illustration via email at
    Louise.Bird@northampton.ac.uk.

    • Career Opportunities

      Throughout your time on the course there will be opportunities to exhibit publicly and promote your work through exhibitions, pop-up shops and events, ensuring you graduate with a professional portfolio of work.

      Graduates could go on to work in a broad range of careers including: Freelance illustrator, Self-publisher/author, Animator, Editor, Book designer, Film maker, Printmaker, Model/scenery/puppet maker, Art Therapy, Designer storyboard artist, Curator, Editorial publisher, Director, Illustration agent, and Artist in residence.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Discover your Course

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Final year students displayed their work at the School of the Arts Degree Show at our Avenue Campus. Our students delivered some stunning designs.

      View our flicker album to see our students’ work from the Degree Show 2016.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. In addition, you are expected to have studied Art, Design or a related subject in an A-Level or BTEC level 3 Diploma, or equivalent qualification. A Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will also be accepted.

    Applicants are interviewed and are requested to provide a portfolio of their own work in Art and Design. International students may submit their portfolio electronically.

    Students with a relevant HND or Foundation Degree with a suitable profile of achievement may be admitted onto year two or three.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements

    Admission to this foundation programme is normally DEE at A-Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the programme you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course Enquiries

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

  • You will have a broad introduction to the diverse uses of illustration within contemporary design.

    • Illustration Projects 1 (40 Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1030
      Core Module Y
    • Visual and Material Culture 1 (20 Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1003
      Core Module Y
    • Introduction to Digital Media (20 Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1018
      Core Module Y
    • Experimental Practice 1 (Illustration) (40 Credits)
      Module code: 2DD1027
      Core Module Y
      • On Illustration, Andrzej Klimowski
      • Understanding Illustration, Derek Bazell and Jo Davies
      • The A-Z of Visual Ideas, John Ingeldew
      • Berger on Drawing, John Berger
      • The Fundamentals of Illustration, Lawrence Zeegen
      • Creative Review - journal
      • Varoom - journal
      • Journal of Illustration - journal
      • Computer Arts - magazine
      • CreativeBloq – web
      • Its Nice That – web
      • AOI/Varoom – web

    Module information is quoted for 20/21 entry. Please note that modules run subject to student numbers and staff availability, any changes will be communicated to applicants accordingly.

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    • extensive use of exceptionally well equipped printmaking, photography and 3D facilities
    • dedicated studio space
    • creative industry guest speakers
    • Mac-based computer aided design suites
    • subsidised digital printing from A4 to A0 banner
    • printmaking facilities in one of the largest print studios in the country
    • professional photography studios with day and controlled lighting studios
    • video editing suites
    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      Fine Art MA

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,750

    Additional Costs

    Materials, Events and Visits
    Materials for workshops and Masterclasses, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

    We recommend that you budget for printing costs (approximately £50 per year for laser and large format printing) and any specialist materials that you may require (£50 or more depending on materials).
    There are optional trips, both within the UK and overseas: UK visits and Trips will cost approximately £50 per year. Overseas trips or visits will cost approximately £350 per trip.

    Display and exhibition materials for end of year shows in years 2 and 3 will cost approximately £40 per year. Year 3 – Your end of year summer show additionally requires contributions (or your own fund raising activities) for a catalogue and marketing materials costing approximately £30-£50, along with a further contribution to exhibit at the D&AD New Blood Industry Graduate Showcase in London, approximately £20. You may want to buy a laptop or desktop computer (Apple Mac is recommended, from £400 upwards). We have our own suite of MacBooks to use in the design studios and access to iMacs however, buying your own is recommended.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,900
    Foundation: £12,900

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional Costs

    Materials, Events and Visits
    Materials for workshops and Masterclasses, entry to competitions associated with your programme of study, and those visits that are necessary for your course are all made available at no additional charge.

    We recommend that you budget for printing costs (approximately £50 per year for laser and large format printing) and any specialist materials that you may require (£50 or more depending on materials).
    There are optional trips, both within the UK and overseas: UK visits and Trips will cost approximately £50 per year. Overseas trips or visits will cost approximately £350 per trip.

    Display and exhibition materials for end of year shows in years 2 and 3 will cost approximately £40 per year. Year 3 – Your end of year summer show additionally requires contributions (or your own fund raising activities) for a catalogue and marketing materials costing approximately £30-£50, along with a further contribution to exhibit at the D&AD New Blood Industry Graduate Showcase in London, approximately £20. You may want to buy a laptop or desktop computer (Apple Mac is recommended, from £400 upwards). We have our own suite of MacBooks to use in the design studios and access to iMacs however, buying your own is recommended.

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,500

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.

    If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.

    Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.

*Course data provided by Unistats

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