Illustration and Graphics BA (Hons) (W291)


Coventry University

Illustration and Graphics BA (Hons)

Requirements / Wymagania

Minimum 2 przedmioty na poziomie rozszerzonym (j. ang. się wlicza) - minimum 55%
J. angielski - minimum 75%
Średnia z matury 40%  


Certyfikat językowy IELTS opcjonalnie jeśli nie spełnisz powyższych wymagań z matury 6.0, żaden z komponentów nie może być niższy niż 5.5 -
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This course runs from 2017/18

This course is for those students who wish to turn their creative flair into a fully developed professional creative career. The course teaches those skills needed to work in the highly contemporary field of illustration, graphic design, animation and creative media both in the UK and internationally.

Why choose this course? 

This course focuses on image making -using a wide variety of materials, processes and technologies across print, 3D and moving image formats. It encourages students to push boundaries to create new and exciting forms of visual communication. Students work on a wide range of professional creative briefs, set by practitioners in the field. Students develop contacts during their time on the course, working for a variety of clients and on external opportunities.

The course offers access to a wide range of technologies, studios and workshop facilities including Adobe Creative Suite software, 3D software, screen printing facilities, 3D clay modelling, laser cutting, stop motion animation studio, photography and video resources and digital print bureau.

If you choose this course you may benefit from:

  • working alongside our staff who continue to work as professional artists, designers, illustrators and animators on external research projects; the opportunity to apply for a work placement or undertake live projects in year two of study. Students can also undertake a sandwich year of study or work abroad – recent opportunities have included placements with Venice Printmaking Studio, Silverback Studios; Nucleo Design Studios-Italy, Ash Gaming, Rawww Design Agency, Christian Aid; large scale wall illustrations for City of Coventry Health Centre; illustrations for Architects – Glenn Howells as well as Erasmus placements at Accademia di Belle Arti Bolongna and Universidad Europea de Madrid.
  • support to enter national competitions including Penguin Design Awards, House of Illustration, YCN, D&AD Student Awards, and Creative Conscience Awards. Our students have had considerable success in these competitions and have won the highly commended Macmillan Prize for Children’s Book Illustration and the Silent book contest.
  • a programme of visiting speakers including Paul Davis, Gemma Correll, Ian Francis and John Stezaker;
  • field trips are often organised across courses and there will be a range of opportunities on offer. In the past, students have visited China, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, Prague and New York.


What will I learn? 

The first year focuses on developing new skills and applying these to project briefs. Students are taught essential software packages; screen print and drawing skills as well as developing their ideas, skills in graphic design, illustration for editorial and narrative, character design and typography. Alongside this, students study professional practice and have contextual modules.

Year 2 focuses on developing students own personal approach to illustration and design and begin to apply this within a professional context. Experimentation is encouraged and students explore a range of workshops including 3D modelling, moving image and digital approaches. Students undertake either a short placement or work on live client based modules in this year.

You also have the choice to take part in an optional placement or study abroad year.

In the final year students undertake a major project as well as a variety of competition and live external briefs. Students work towards building a highly creative and professionally credible portfolio ready to enter their chosen industry specialism. Students studying Illustration and Graphics have the opportunity to enter a broad range of creative fields and to support this choice they write dissertation, which investigates their chosen marketplace.

How will this course be taught? 

Your course will be primarily based on the development of your studio practice but you will also have lectures, workshops, tutorials and critiques.

How will I be assessed? 

Assessment will include a variety of types of submission including: practical project work, presentations and short written work including blogs.

An estimated percentage breakdown of how your final grade is assessed as follows:

  • practical coursework 70%; 
  • essays/reports 20%; 
  • presentations 10%.

A compulsory Add+vantage module must also be completed: please see the page on the Add+vantage scheme for more details.

Teaching contact hours 

In a typical week you will have up to 16 contact hours of teaching and this will break down as:

Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour small group session or personal tutorial

Medium group teaching: 1 hour of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week

Large group teaching: 2 hours lectures plus 12 hours studio time each week

Personal study: 20 hours of self-directed studio practice or personal study

How will this course enhance my career prospects? 

This is a broad course that offers a range of potential creative career destinations. Previous graduates have gone on to pursue careers in illustration and graphic design, computer games visualisation, retail product design, children’s books illustration, TV production design, book jacket design, art direction, animation and photography.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities have their own Creative Futures unit provides a programme of workshops, embedded learning, lectures, professional experience and one-to-one guidance to help you develop the transferable skills and enterprising habits required for a successful career.


How much does it cost?

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250

Included in the fees:

  • Some essential art materials provided through workshops;
  • Any mandatory UK site visits and trips;
  • 1,000 sides of black and white laser prints;
  • Tuition fee waiver for placement and study abroad year

Additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip;
  • Any additional specialist printing: £50+ per year

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