UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON

Illustration ( Foundation )

BA (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No
Would you like to work in a field that values your creativity, your artistic talent, inventiveness and individuality? This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Illustration but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. 

First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

This BA has an extremely broad remit, from editorial publishing through to the guerrilla activists of Street Art, from book and magazine cover-design to zines and graphic novels.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your technical skills in drawing, printing, publishing, book-arts and object-making alongside the crucial media know-how to thrive in a swiftly developing visual culture.

At the University of East London we place an emphasis on the narratives of our lives and about responding to the world in both image and text. Every human has a story and this course is about finding and valuing you own narrative. 

Digital technology has had a profound impact on our culture, especially on the world of visual communication, but the importance of the individualised creative ‘voice’ has never been so important.
 
Programme description
Would you like to work in a field that values your creativity, your artistic talent, inventiveness and individuality? This extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Illustration but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. 

First we prepare you for your degree during the Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

This BA has an extremely broad remit, from editorial publishing through to the guerrilla activists of Street Art, from book and magazine cover-design to zines and graphic novels.

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your technical skills in drawing, printing, publishing, book-arts and object-making alongside the crucial media know-how to thrive in a swiftly developing visual culture.

At the University of East London we place an emphasis on the narratives of our lives and about responding to the world in both image and text. Every human has a story and this course is about finding and valuing you own narrative. 

Digital technology has had a profound impact on our culture, especially on the world of visual communication, but the importance of the individualised creative ‘voice’ has never been so important.
 
Key Modules

Your future career

Our Illustration graduates progress into a wide variety stimulating jobs. Some become editorial illustrators, working on magazines or designing book covers. Others go into teaching the subject themselves or working for graphic design companies.

A few have even landed jobs as technicians within the University itself. They just can’t tear themselves away from UEL’s winning atmosphere!

Preparing you for your life beyond university is key for us. Each year, we have an annual ‘Detour Ahead’ week, when leading industry figures visit us to offer invaluable insight and advice about further careers and entrepreneurship in the art and design world.

Some of our students grasp their opportunities well before they leave our course. For example, Martin Reznik, one of our outstanding graduates who is now in hot demand as a magazine illustrator, was already designing apps for a company in Los Angeles as a student.

Then there’s the story of a group of friends who set up their own company while studying at UEL.

They began as a university society, just wanting to find a way of making their own comics more visible. Now, after graduation, they’ve grown into a business, Backwards Burd, offering publishing services and giving new illustrators and artists a fresh showcase.

Module & Subject

FOUNDATION YEAR (IF REQUIRED)

  • Art & Design Studio (core)
     
  • Art & Design Workshop (core)
  • Contextual Studies (core)
Entry Requirements
  • Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3
  • Your portfolio should contain between three and five projects that you have undertaken in the areas of drawing, print, graphic art or illustration. It should be between ten and fifteen sheets in length and should not exceed A1 in size.

    The portfolio should show evidence of observational drawing, the development of an idea through to a completed illustration, and techniques and processes that you have worked with. We are particularly interested in seeing your sketchbooks / journals to see how you develop your ideas.

    At interview you should be prepared to discuss your work, ideas and ambitions. You should also be able to discuss graphic artists, illustrators or animators who influence you.
  • Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
  • Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy
  • As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course
    • A LEVEL

    Must include passes at A2 in at least 1 subject

    FROM

    • BTEC

    Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)

    FROM

    • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

    Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  11880.00
Course Level:  UNDERGRADUATE
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  University Way, London E16 2RD, UK
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER