Harnessing your creative skills and turning them in to exciting career prospects is our aim on the Illustration and Graphics BA.
Supported by facilities, industry-standard software, a broad range of workshops and dedicated studio space, this exciting course aims to help prepare you to work in the growing contemporary fields of illustration, graphic design, animation and creative media both in the UK and internationally.
Providing experience in a wide variety of modern and traditional materials, processes and formats – including print, digital, 3D and moving image – we will encourage you to be imaginative, ambitious and resourceful, preparing you professionally for the challenges and opportunities of working in the global creative economy.
Taught by professional artists and practitioners this studio-based course will enable you to develop an exciting portfolio of creative work utilising a wide variety of media and technology that is individually directed towards your own professional career goals.
Working through a wide range of project briefs, we aim to improve your ability to generate and develop ideas, creating original and inventive design solutions. We will support you as you develop your own individual illustration style and approach, advancing your narrative storytelling, branding, typography, 3D and professional skills in order to be ready to pursue a career in the creative sector.
Typical graduate portfolios might include illustration and or graphic design for a range of purposes, including: editorial illustration; branding and packaging design; children’s picture books; graphic novels and zines; art direction; motional graphics; 2D, 3D and strop motion animation; character and concept design; printed textiles; interior and production design; and clothing brands.
You will be introduced to the wealth of professional possibilities, contexts and present-day markets for your work across the contemporary creative sector both in the UK and internationally. In fulfilling projects, you may also find yourself involved in design and publicity, the creation of exhibition/sales space, installation and presentation of work, a catalogue or other publicity or sales based materials.
Why choose this course?
Taught by artists and current practitioners whose experience ranges from illustration, design, print, animation, fine art, music, performance, moving image and CGI, this studio-based course focuses on image and object making. It includes drawing, printmaking, animation, photography and digital – encouraging you to push boundaries to create new and exciting forms of visual communication combining a mixture of approaches.
Experimentation is a key focus of the course and you will experiment across print, 3D and moving image formats. You’ll have 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.
Our emphasis on industry readiness is one of the course’s core strengths; from the outset, we aim to focus on your own professional development so that you can graduate with the know-how, skills and confidence to find your place in the creative world. There will be opportunities to gain practical experience through a mix of in-house assignments, self-initiated tasks, national and international competition opportunities, project briefs and concept visualisation briefs.
International experience opportunities
Our teaching is underpinned by a worldview of contemporary art; this is reflected strongly in the course curriculum. You will study alongside students and staff from many different countries giving a great opportunity to enhance your global perspective and intercultural competence. Each year we also offer study trips abroad, previously to New York, Barcelona Prague and Berlin.
There are opportunities to engage with international students throughout the world, working on Online International Learning (OIL) projects. For example, our students have recently participated on brief-driven projects with their peers in Petaling Jaya College of Art and Design (PJCAD) in Kuala Lumpur and Central South University (CSU), Changsha. They were encouraged to think about the nature of illustration and graphics in relation to work being produced to the same brief but on another continent, communicating virtually to consider, compare their different approaches to illustration and graphics. The international nature of this project was intended to challenge assumptions and preconceived ideas about the nature of design and creativity in the contemporary world.
You can also apply to undertake a sandwich year of study or work abroad. Recent opportunities have included placements with Venice Printmaking Studio and Nucleo Design Studios in Italy, while we have exchange agreements with Accademia di Belle Arti Bologna, Universidad Europea de Madrid and Hanzehogeschool Groningen.
The course is designed to reflect the expectations of creative, professional practice, encouraging you to produce work of the highest calibre.
Professional experience is embedded into our course and you will have the opportunity to undertake a commission, live brief or competition brief to give you a sense of the demands of working for a client or external agency.
We aim to help you develop skills including independent thought, innovation, imagination, critical reflection and confidence in your practice, as well as transferrable skills suitable for employment across the full breadth of the creative industries. Whether your career goals include publishing or exhibiting, working for clients or as a self-sufficient artist or all of them – you should be able to apply your skills in a variety of contexts and do so with confidence.
Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. It 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. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.
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.