The Illustration course has established a reputation for exploring and challenging the breadth of contemporary illustration practice. There is a strong, vibrant and supportive studio culture with an emphasis on experimentation, investigation and invention. The curriculum reflects a shift in the creative industries towards collaboration, networking and shared entrepreneurial practices.
The studio-based aspect of the course is an important feature, with exciting and lively day-to-day activities that include lectures, workshops, visits and peer reviews of work. Practical workshops include printmaking, 3D, photography and digital design.
You will learn about wider contexts and purposes of illustration and its connection to art, design and the written word, with specific emphasis on narrative, documentary, design and self-authored illustration. Core lectures and seminars explore key principles and practices and these are supplemented by talks and activities from visiting practitioners that provide an awareness of current debates and future possibilities within industry.
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