BA (Hons)

Illustration

Summary

The OCA BA (Hons) Illustration degree curriculum focuses on drawing, image making, narrative and creative problem solving. Drawing and image making are central to the study of illustration in this Open degree and are explored through the use of sketchbooks, figure and reportage drawing and the relationships between ideas, visual research and outcomes in project work.

Degree overview

The OCA BA (Hons) Illustration degree curriculum focuses on drawing, image making, narrative and creative problem solving. Drawing and image making are central to the study of illustration and are explored through the use of sketchbooks, figure and reportage drawing and the relationships between ideas, visual research and outcomes in project work. Narrative illustration is examined through the use of sequential images, satirical illustration, visual storytelling, and in response to texts within the context of editorial illustration.

Degree aims

  • To offer high quality and stimulating study material and tutor support through which students can develop a specialist understanding of illustration practices.
  • To provide flexibility for students to meaningfully establish their own creative voice and a personal and/or professional understanding of their practice.
  • To develop autonomous learners capable of applying their skills, knowledge and understanding creatively within a range of contexts.
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Degree prospectus

Full details of the content of the Illustration degree, and pathways available can be found through the BA (Hons) Illustration degree handbook and pathway documents, downloadable here.

The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

“I could chase my dream while maintaining my responsibilities. The coursework has been wonderfully challenging; the practice of keeping sketchbooks has been invaluable and the feedback from my tutor have enabled me to finally begin to understand my own creative voice. I would recommend the OCA to anyone eager to springboard into the world of creativity.”

 

Katherine Jasven, Illustration student

Programme Leader for Illustration, Graphic Design and Visual Communications

Christian Lloyd

I have been with OCA since 2009 – as a tutor across a range of courses and levels, course author and programme leader for BA (Hons) Visual Communication. More recently, I helped to write and develop the new programmes in Graphic Design and Illustration. I am a keen advocate of OCA’s inclusive and accessible approach to art education and enjoy working with the diversity of students that OCA attracts.

Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

By studying the OCA BA (Hons) Illustration degree, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gaining your academic qualifications at the same time.

You might find yourself working for an advertising agency or media organisation, or you may prefer to open your own illustration business or studio to pursue your own specific creative interests. As well as opening the door to creative arts-specific areas of employment, through employers such as publishing companies, advertising and marketing agencies, web design, animation or graphic design companies, an Illustration degree can also make you employable in areas outside of the creative sector e.g. in education or consultancy and curation. For more information on the careers your Illustration degree can lead to, please see the Illustration section on Prospects.ac.uk.

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BA (Hons)

Illustration

Summary

The OCA BA (Hons) Illustration degree curriculum focuses on drawing, image making, narrative and creative problem solving. Drawing and image making are central to the study of illustration in this Open degree and are explored through the use of sketchbooks, figure and reportage drawing and the relationships between ideas, visual research and outcomes in project work.

Degree overview

The OCA BA (Hons) Illustration degree curriculum focuses on drawing, image making, narrative and creative problem solving. Drawing and image making are central to the study of illustration and are explored through the use of sketchbooks, figure and reportage drawing and the relationships between ideas, visual research and outcomes in project work. Narrative illustration is examined through the use of sequential images, satirical illustration, visual storytelling, and in response to texts within the context of editorial illustration.

Degree aims

  • To offer high quality and stimulating study material and tutor support through which students can develop a specialist understanding of illustration practices.
  • To provide flexibility for students to meaningfully establish their own creative voice and a personal and/or professional understanding of their practice.
  • To develop autonomous learners capable of applying their skills, knowledge and understanding creatively within a range of contexts.

Degree prospectus

Full details of the content of the Illustration degree, and pathways available can be found through the BA (Hons) Illustration degree handbook and pathway documents, downloadable here.

Download prospectusDownload programme specification

The Open College of the Arts is the distance learning college of the University for the Creative Arts – one of the UK’s leading specialist art and design universities.

“I could chase my dream while maintaining my responsibilities. The coursework has been wonderfully challenging; the practice of keeping sketchbooks has been invaluable and the feedback from my tutor have enabled me to finally begin to understand my own creative voice. I would recommend the OCA to anyone eager to springboard into the world of creativity.”

 

Katherine Jasven, Illustration student

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Programme Leader for Illustration, Graphic Design and Visual Communications

Christian Lloyd

I have been with OCA since 2009 – as a tutor across a range of courses and levels, course author and programme leader for BA (Hons) Visual Communication. More recently, I helped to write and develop the new programmes in Graphic Design and Illustration. I am a keen advocate of OCA’s inclusive and accessible approach to art education and enjoy working with the diversity of students that OCA attracts.

Creative careers

The creative sector employs 1.9 million people in the UK alone.

By studying the OCA BA (Hons) Illustration degree, you can kick-start your career in the creative industries by working part-time or doing an internship whilst gaining your academic qualifications at the same time.

You might find yourself working for an advertising agency or media organisation, or you may prefer to open your own illustration business or studio to pursue your own specific creative interests. As well as opening the door to creative arts-specific areas of employment, through employers such as publishing companies, advertising and marketing agencies, web design, animation or graphic design companies, an Illustration degree can also make you employable in areas outside of the creative sector e.g. in education or consultancy and curation. For more information on the careers your Illustration degree can lead to, please see the Illustration section on Prospects.ac.uk.

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