The Graphic Design (Illustration) degree is taught in alliance with the Graphic Design degree, with module specific teaching to develop a more personal visual language.
Graphic designers and illustrators need to be curious innovators and follow a reflective and explorative design process. They need to understand and engage audience. The Graphic Design (Illustration) course will build both your Graphic Design industry skills and develop your own personal visual style. You will be taught how to interpret briefs, identify and solve problems to create innovative design illustration solutions.
On the Graphic Design (Illustration) course you will have the opportunity to explore and experiment with an extensive range of media and craft skills, taught by expert practitioners. Working on projects that will allow your creativity and talent to thrive over all print, digital and analogue media, platforms.
Though our close relationships with industry you will be set live projects giving enabling you to have work selected and published.
The course will prepare you in all aspects of graphic design and illustration to prosper in the exciting, everchanging creative industry. You will work towards building a professional creative portfolio that will showcase your unique visual voice.
- Access one-to-one support from the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre to perfect your drawing skills and meet like-minded artists.
- Benefit from our Gurus and Grasshoppers peer support mentoring scheme – final-year students mentor new students on formal assignments and additional areas, as needed.
- Expand your portfolio with House – DMU’s Design Society – which gives you the chance to develop your practical and professional skills through live project briefs set by real clients from the design industry.
- Enter high-profile competitions such as D&AD, RSA, Macmillan Children’s Books, Batsford, Penguin, Folio Society and the Young Creative Network.
- Explore the world with DMU Global, our international experience programme. Graphic Design students have previously researched the Bauhaus art movement in Berlin and visited museums and galleries in Amsterdam.
- Exhibit your work at the week-long DMU Degree Show, one of Leicester’s biggest art and design shows, where final-year students have the chance to meet talent scouts and win industry prizes.
Structure and assessment
- Graphic Studies: Context and Communication
- Image Making for Illustration
- Media and Communication Technology for Illustration 1
- Pathway Preparation Workshops
- Integrated Graphic Studies
- Integrated Pathway Studies
- Applied Illustration Studies
- Media and Communication Technology for Illustration 2
- Major Negotiated Pathway Projects
- Creative Competition Projects
- Applied Professional Practice Studies
Facilities and features
Graphic Design Suite
We have excellent specialist facilities, including Mac-equipped computer suites, open access multi-purpose studios with excellent natural light, digital imaging equipment, dedicated drawing and visualisation studios and large photography and printmaking workshops.
The current home of De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU), Campus Centre has been completely refurbished to create a state-of-the-art environment for DSU, improving the student experience.
The new-look Campus Centre is the hub for student life, with a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks on the ground floor. There is also the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets, as well as SUpplies, DSU’s shop selling art supplies, stationary and clothing, and offering printing and binding services.
Opportunities and careers
They can be found working at some of today’s top design agencies and businesses including Google, Sony Playstation, Disney Studios, Landor Associaties, Yahoo, Adtrak, GlaxoSmithKline, Burberry, Next, Warner Music and Fontshop, Cite, Bulb Studios and more.
They work throughout the graphic communication sector as staff designers, consultants or freelancers, in areas such as information, advertising, promotional design, and interactive and multimedia design.
This course is designed to lead into global careers in UX (User Experience) Design, UI (User Interface) design, web design and development, app design, graphic design, animation and motion graphics.
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Work-based placements are one of the best ways to boost your skills and experience, and can often lead to your first graduate role.
They are the perfect means of discovering how your studies relate to the real world, and provide an opportunity to improve your confidence and make contacts to help you get ahead in the job market.
DMU’s dedicated Placements Teams can help you by providing access to hundreds of opportunities, giving one-to-one CV advice and interview preparation, and offering training sessions and support from a dedicated tutor.
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