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BA in Illustration & Animation (Full Time)

Coventry University

Bachelor Degree , Illustration

Course Description

Taught by highly acclaimed artists and practitioners whose experience ranges from publishing to animation and CGI, this studio-based course provides an exciting mixture of approaches to animation and illustration, distinguished by an emphasis on storytelling, character creation and the development of a professional ethos.

Our emphasis on industry readiness is one of its core strengths; from the outset, we focus on your professional development to ensure you graduate with the know-how, skills and confidence to your place in the world of the professional creative. Recent graduate Alexandra Balan, for example, has just completed work on the new animated feature film, Ethel and Ernest, voiced by Jim Broadbent, Luke Treadaway and Pam Ferris.

Taught by highly acclaimed artists and practitioners whose experience ranges from publishing to animation and CGI, this studio-based course provides an exciting mixture of approaches to animation and illustration, distinguished by an emphasis on storytelling, character creation and the development of a professional ethos. Our emphasis on industry readiness is one of its core...

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Course Content

  • Year one

Overview

During the early stages of the course, we concentrate on developing your creative practice so that you become more self-directed in your studies, more readily able to identify and deepen personal interests and concerns.

Drawing is a key element that will underpin your studies; however, to develop your own signature style, you will learn a range of image-making techniques, both traditional and digital, including anatomical study, screen printing and CGI, building key skills in creative image communication.

Modules

  • Introduction to Illustration and Animation

  • Studio Practice 1

  • Professional Development 1

  • Professional Practice 1

  • Year two

Overview

Our focus is helping you to find your unique creative voice, so that you can develop an amazing body of work to demonstrate your subject matter and individual identity to greatest effect. We place an emphasis on ideas generation; you will propose and create multiple pieces of work that are either located in or straddle various media, including print, photography, animation, drawing or painting.

More importantly, however, we also provide support in what to do with that work to facilitate a successful creative career. You will be introduced to the wealth of professional possibilities, contexts and contemporary markets for your work across the contemporary creative sector both in the UK and internationally, including publishers, agencies and TV. In fulfilling projects, you may also find yourself involved in design and publicity, creation of exhibition/sales space, installation and presentation of work, a catalogue or other publicity or sales based materials.

Modules

  • Illustration and Animation Exploration

  • Studio Practice 2

  • Professional Development 2

  • Professional Practice 2

  • Placement year

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to undertake a sandwich year studying abroad or on professional placement.

  • Final year

Overview

By the third year, you should be working independently, exploring individual or collaborative interests to produce self-initiated artistic projects. You will focus on creating a professional body of work, aimed towards your chosen career path, by working with subject specialists to create bespoke projects best suited to your needs. Projects include animation, books, costume design, concept art and production design.

Modules

  • External Practice

  • Major Project

  • Dissertation

Year one Overview During the early stages of the course, we concentrate on developing your creative practice so that you become more self-directed in your studies, more readily able to identify and deepen personal interests and concerns. Drawing is a key element that will underpin your studies; however, to develop...

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Entry Requirements

A Level :- BBC to include at least one Art or Design subject.

BTEC :- DMM in an Art or Design subject.

IB Diploma :- 29 points to include Visual Arts or Design Technology at Higher level.

GCSE requirement :- Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including English.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three? A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

A pass in the Access Diploma, plus GCSE English Language at grade A*-C, or a specified equivalent.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

A Level :- BBC to include at least one Art or Design subject. BTEC :- DMM in an Art or Design subject. IB Diploma :- 29 points to include Visual Arts or Design Technology at Higher level. GCSE requirement :- Minimum 5 GCSEs at A*-C including...

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