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Course Description

You will be encouraged to develop an ambition for your own practice founded on subject knowledge and which challenges the position of the illustrator within commercial, social, political and cultural contexts.

What to expect

  • To explore the wider territory of the discipline while gaining an understanding of key illustration principles, themes and debates
  • To investigate ideas and issues through seminar discussions, presentations and written assignments
  • To test your ideas through evaluation of your practical work and writing
  • To define your way of working using skills and experiences developed through workshops, technical inductions, tutorials and seminars
  • To explore authorship and the reproduced image
  • To identify audiences for your work
  • To consider how you can make your work visible in a ‘real world’ context through end of year exhibitions
  • To examine your identity as an illustrator, whilst planning and realising practical projects
  • To have your ideas tested through evaluation of your practical and written work
  • To investigate ideas and issues through seminar discussions, presentations and writing
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops that include printmaking, photography, film, moving image, digital, plastic, ceramics, wood and metalwork. 

You will be encouraged to develop an ambition for your own practice founded on subject knowledge and which challenges the position of the illustrator within commercial, social, political and cultural contexts. What to expect To explore the wider territory of the discipline while gaining an understanding of key illustration principles, themes and...

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Course Content

Year 1

Unit 1 - Introduction to Illustration

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university.

Unit 2 - Exploratory practice ‘in discipline’

During this unit you will develop an understanding of the key methods and knowledge that define the subject of illustration.

  • A series of illustration project briefs
  • To look at composition, colour, character development, tone and pace 
  • Drawing as observation, analysis, description and ethnography
  • Object and conceptual making and development
  • Experimental practical exercises
  • Seminars, lectures, crits and tutorials
  • Technical and conceptual workshops
  • Written work
  • To keep an online personal archive
  • To design a document using material from your online personal archive

Unit 3 - Core Practice ‘in discipline’

Through continued experimentation and production, you will continue to develop an understanding of the foundational methods, knowledge and practice of illustration.

  • Lectures, seminars and discussions will explore the relationship between historical and contemporary critical debates within illustration
  • Practical illustration project briefs
  • Production of a personally defined practice-led project proposal that will form the basis for an ongoing personal project
  • Online personal archive
  • Workshops

Unit 4 - Expanded practice ‘in discipline’

This unit places emphasis on experimentation and creative risk taking in your practice. It will focus on your continued development and understanding of the key principles of the subject. It will also examine illustrations material and conceptual possibilities. 

  • To look at illustration in relation to text analysis and the articulation of narrative, tone and pace in sequential image making
  • To explore notions of authorship and the reproduced image
  • Written work
  • Online personal archive
  • To design a document using material from your online personal archive
  • Project presentation
  • Ongoing development of your practice-led project
  • Lectures, seminars, crits and tutorials 
  • Inductions to the workshops

Year 2

Unit 5 - Exploratory practice ‘as discipline’

Throughout this unit you will continue to consolidate the practical methods and principles of illustration explored through the previous stage of the course. It will focus on continuing to develop, investigate and refine the core skills in your practice. 

  • To engage with processes and conventions of distribution and reproduction
  • To work with a range of subject matter and content
  • To produce written work articulating your position as an illustrator
  • Workshops, lectures, seminars, tutorials and group discussions
  • Practical work for set projects  
  • Online personal archive
  • Practice-led project presentation 

Unit 6 - Collaborative and collective practices

This unit aims to introduce you to different ways in which collaborative working can focus and enhance your own creative strengths. This unit has 3 core purposes:  

  • To engage with fellow students with different practices and interests in a collaborative project
  • To engage with external audiences, participants or institutions to consider new contexts for your work
  • To develop your creative attributes to enable you to take on future challenges in a variety of contexts

Unit 7 - Core practice ‘as discipline’

This unit encourages you to continue to develop your skills, position and identity as an illustrator. The unit will help you identify an audience and consider how to make your work visible in a real-world context.

  • Methods of practical evaluation, participation, social, cultural and political engagement will be developed throughout the unit
  • To consider the impact and ethics of your work through your online personal archive
  • Practice-led project presentation 
  • Lectures and visiting practitioner talks 
  • Workshops, seminars, crits, tutorials 
  • Practical work for set projects 

Unit 8 - Expanded practice and points of departure ‘as discipline’

Through a series of practical illustration projects, you will apply methods of evaluation, participation, social, cultural and political engagement. You will take part in a series of workshops, seminars, lectures and discussions that will help you to identify a broad context for your practice. This unit will help you work out your individual programme of study for your third year.

  • Written work articulating and defining your position as an illustrator
  • Practical work for set projects 
  • Online personal archive 
  • Workshops, seminars, crits, presentations and tutorials 
  • Lectures and visiting practitioner talks 

Year 3

Unit 9 - Exploratory core practice ‘of discipline’

This unit is a coming together of your practical, professional and critical position as an illustrator. It will be highly self-directed. It will look at professional development and potential fields you might work within after graduation.

  • Presentation describing the progress of your individual programme of study
  • Written work
  • Practical work for set projects 
  • Online personal archive 
  • Workshops, seminars, group discussions, crits and tutorials
  • Lectures and visiting practitioner talks 

Unit 10 - Expanded core practice ‘of discipline’

In this unit you will work on a self-directed final project that integrates your conceptual and practical activity.

  • To produce a resolved body of work and portfolio
  • Online personal archive 
  • A designed and printed document using material from your online personal archive
  • Workshops, seminars, presentations, crits and tutorials 
  • Lectures and visiting practitioner talks
  • To present work in the college degree show

Year 1 Unit 1 - Introduction to Illustration This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university. Unit 2 - Exploratory practice ‘in discipline’ During this unit you will develop an understanding of the key methods and knowledge that define the subject of...

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Entry Requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • And 3 GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*-C)

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work, personal statement and reference.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are one or a combination of the following qualifications: Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4) 2 A Levels at grade C or above Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma Pass at UAL Extended Diploma Access to Higher Education Diploma Or...

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Assessment Methods

  • Development file
  • Essays
  • Evaluative reports
  • Peer assessment
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment
  • Tutorial records
  • Written assignments

  • Development file
  • Essays
  • Evaluative reports
  • Peer assessment
  • Practical work
  • Presentations
  • Proposals
  • Self-assessment
  • Tutorial records
  • Written assignments

Additional Information

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021

Course dates

Autumn Term:

Monday 21 September - Friday 4 December 2020

Spring Term:

Monday 4 January - Friday 12 March 2021

Summer Term:

Monday 12 April - Friday 18 June 2021