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Falmouth University
United Kingdom, Woodlane, Falmouth
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Programme structure

*Year one *

Your first year will begin by focusing on visual problem solving. This will develop your approach to conceptual thinking by encouraging you to explore a wide range of systematic and intuitive thinking strategies. This is strengthened through themed visual studies sessions, which include life drawing to enhance your drawing ability.

Towards the end of the 1st year you’ll begin to explore the different applied areas of illustration. Sessions on critical theory and the historical contexts that underpin illustration will run throughout the year. You’ll also travel to London to visit some of the capital’s influential art directors and illustration agents, where you’ll learn about illustration within the design industry. Part of this trip will include participating in a major illustration forum held at London College of Communication.
Visual problem solving – conceptual thinking strategies for illustrators Historial & cultural studies essays Applied illustration – contextualised illustration projects Visual studies – life drawing, media experimentation, digital media.

*Year two *

Your second year will begin with a series of projects that continue the exploration of applied illustration. These projects will encompass advertising, book cover design, editorial illustration, children’s book illustration and information illustration.
In the second half of the year you’ll develop and negotiate your own projects. This will allow you to put into practice what you’ve learnt, and develop your own direction in terms of your visual language and the area of the industry that you’re interested in.

o Contextual Illustration
o Historical & cultural studies essays
o The negotiated programme (development) – the development of studio practice
o Dissertation research portfolio – the early development of dissertation

*Year three *

In your final year you’ll work towards both a physical and virtual portfolio of work. You’ll also write a dissertation and produce a website of your work as part of professional practice studies. In addition, you’ll get the opportunity to develop interactive screen-based illustration through a series of dedicated app development workshops.

Finally you’ll travel to New York, or a similar destination, in order to show your portfolio. The study trip enables you to get real feedback on your visual language from the best designers and art directors in the business.

o The negotiated programme (consolidation & completion) – the continued consolidation and completion of studio practice
o The dissertation – a major theoretical written piece of work
o Professional practice

Career opportunities

o Freelance illustrator
o Roles in advertising. marketing. publishing. animation. graphic design, concept art or television
o Fine art practice
o Work as part of a design group practice
o Illustration agency (repping)
o Studio management
o Art direction
o Postgraduate study

Recent Graduates:
o Robert Newberry: Longlisted for the 2015 House of Illustration Book Illustration Awards
o Hannah Seakins: Second runner up. Carmelite Prize for Illustration
o Owen Davey & Rebecca Cobb: Nominated for the 2016 Kate Greenaway Gold Medal
o Will Grill: Winner of the 2015 Kate Greenaway Gold Medal
o Thomas Pullin: Winner of the 2015 Guardian Clearing Cover Illustration
o Eilidh Baker: Winner of the 2015 Pushkin Press Student Illustration Award

Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you
Apply now! Fall semester 2023/24
Application period has ended
Please see the university profile or contact us for the deadlines that apply to you