Course Overview

This foundation degree will provide you with a broad range of creative skills that will enable you to become an independent and capable illustrator. It will address the practical and professional requirements necessary to succeed in illustration practice, whilst developing an experimental approach to visual communication.

The course considers a variety of relevant fields of illustration, including: editorial, reportage, merchandising, publishing and narrative image making (comic arts, graphic novels and picture books). You can explore areas such as character development, typography, book design and visual expression. Practical areas include drawing, printmaking, bookbinding and digital skills.

Drawing is a central component of the course and is seen as critical to the development of your ideas and practical skills. You will explore contemporary and traditional approaches to drawing and illustration, working both on location and in the studio. The range of skills you develop will help you build a comprehensive, high-quality portfolio of work, where you find your own personal and professional voice.

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Course Details

Key Information

Course Code
W213
Mode of Study
Full-time, part-time and modular study available
Qualification
Foundation Degree
Duration
2 years (full-time) 3 years (part-time)
Academic Year
September 2021 - June 2023 (full-time) September 2021 - June 2024 (part-time)
Fees

The full time fees for the academic year 2020-21 are:
BA and BSc (Hons) – £8400 (per year)
Foundation Degree (FdA and FdSc) – £8400 (per year)
Higher National Certificate (HNC)- £8400 (per year)

Tuition fees for part-time courses commencing September 2020 are £1400 per 20 credits.

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Testimonial

I studied for a FdA in Illustration Arts as a mature student single parent. I was apprehensive about returning to study, but I was soon made to feel welcome. The course was challenging, fun and informative. On completion of my course I proceeded to Plymouth University to complete my BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration. After my studies, I set up my own illustration business with my partner James called ‘Flossy and Jim’. We are now a registered brand working for major global companies. Our illustrations have been published in several children’s books worldwide, used in cartoons, and used on a global messenger app. We’ve been lucky enough to work with major clients such as a Hollywood film director, Heat magazine, ASOS and Apple, to name a few. I’m extremely happy I completed my course at University Centre South Devon, as it’s given me the freedom to do a job I love!

Lynette Jordan of 'Flossy and Jim'
Lynette Jordan of ‘Flossy and Jim’