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Foundation Degree Illustration

Our foundation degrees, in partnership with the University of Plymouth, are equivalent to studying the ?rst two years of an honours degree, but unlike traditional degrees there are no formal entry requirements. Created in collaboration with employers, they combine academic study with developing the skills and attributes needed in the workplace. It makes them ideal preparation for a specific profession or industry or for making progress in your existing career. You can always convert to a full honours degree by taking a top-up course on completion.

This course develops professional skills within the creative field of illustration, including graphic design and communications. The structure and teaching on the course builds confidence and challenges thinking to enable you to respond, create, invent, explore, and resolve ideas. In our busy studios you will work on individual and collaborative projects and live client briefs.

You will begin with an exploration of the illustrative genres, figure and character work, books, book binding, layout, typography, and digital photography. You will work in Adobe Creative Suite as well as discovering new technical processes and build your experience through work-based learning.

In the second year you will focus on your strengths, skills, and personal passions to produce work with personality, and start to explore specific markets and genres. At this point you might also determine what areas you want to improve or areas you wish to research, bringing professional and entrepreneurial skills to your illustration.

There are critical, contextual, and professional practice modules running alongside the practical work that increase your understanding of theoretical and contemporary design and illustrative contexts; these are designed to help you see yourself as a practising designer/illustrator and to prepare you for possible further study.

Foundation Degree Illustration Handbook

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Sep 2022 : Brannams : Full-time
Course Code : HEB017F / W220 (2022)
Level : Level 5
Duration : 2 Years

Cost : * Annual Fee £9250

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Sep 2022 : Brannams : Part-time
Course Code : HEB017P / W220 (2022)
Level : Level 5
Duration : 3 Years

Cost : * Annual Fee £6167

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Course details


Assessments for practical projects take place at the end of each module with a presentation. In a transparent and positive process, feedback and marks are fully explained through discussion.

Entry Requirements

You should have 48 UCAS points, preferably in an art related subject.

Applications are welcomed from students with non-traditional or non-academic backgrounds, however you may be asked to submit further evidence to support your application. The most important requirement is a portfolio of work which you will present at interview. This could be wide ranging in content and should demonstrate your potential as an illustration student.


Although you could go straight into work as a designer or illustrator, you could also progress to the part-time BA Professional Development (Creative Industries) course at Petroc, or the third year of the BA (Hons) Illustration at Plymouth University.


Q: How much will this course cost?

A: For more information about course fees, please visit www.petroc.ac.uk/hefees

Please note: If you are only applying for a degree course at Petroc, you can do so through our website. If you are applying to more than one college or university, then you are required to apply via the UCAS application system

Apply for this course

Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : HEB017F / W220 (2022) Brannams campus Apply
Staring Date : 12/09/2022
Course Code : HEB017P / W220 (2022) Brannams campus Apply

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