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(UCAS Course Code W2W6/Institution Code W73)

This is a broad-based Illustration with Animation course which allows students to specialise in either Illustration or Animation at Level 5 & 6 of the course. The course will enable you to develop your practical and intellectual skills and the history & theory of Art will be a part of your course. The course is validated by the University of Chester.

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Course details

The course is divided into sections that enable you to gain credit towards your final qualification. Each level accounts for 120 credits and you need 360 credits to achieve a BA (Hons) degree, validated by the University of Chester. Timetables of study and assessment calendars can be found in the course handbooks, which are distributed to students following enrolment.

The course offers an intensive period of study that proceeds from relatively directed projects to greater independent learning through self-directed and Live projects. This all takes place in studios, computer rooms, workshops and through a programme of lectures, seminars and one to one tutorials. Critical, historical and theoretical studies permeate the course and written work is presented in the form of a series of essays or assignments.

Level 4 takes you through an induction programme you will be introduced to the range of available facilities. Emphasis is placed firstly on the acquisition of a vocabulary, and the methods you may utilise in approaching visual image-making. At later stages of the level you will be required to develop and sustain your own approach to research & image-making.

Level 5 continues your personal development through experience of Illustration & Animation practice. Emphasis is increasingly placed on your growing sense of awareness corresponding to your critical self evaluation. The course at this level allows you to develop your work within either the area of Illustration or Animation. During level two, in consultation with staff, students are expected to take part in live projects & enter national competitions relating to their specialism.

Level 6 is designed initially to consolidate and intensify individual directions of study. You are expected to demonstrate a higher level of creative independence working on self-directed and Live projects. The level concludes with a degree exhibition which will demonstrate a level of study and research skills capable of sustaining your own practice on completion of the course. The degree show includes the production of a catalogue. The cost of this is shared within the graduating group (through contributions and fundraising approx. £50).

Entry guidelines

UCAS Tariff 104 points. 3 A levels including 2Cs plus an A or B in an Arts or Design subject.

Applicants should normally have 5 GCSEs (A-C or grade 4 or above) and either A levels as outlined or have satisfactorily completed either a foundation course, a BTEC National Diploma or Certificate in an appropriate Art & Design subject or other evidence of potential to study at degree level.

Applications are welcome from mature students, who may lack qualifications but who can demonstrate their suitability to study at this level.

All applicants invited for interview must produce a portfolio of work.

The ability to develop communication skills, English, maths, action planning and use of information technology to levels appropriate to study Illustration & Animation.

If English is not the first language of the applicant, an assessment will be arranged before enrolling on this course. To discuss further, please contact the ESOL department on 0151 551 7144.

Assessment Method

You will be assessed throughout the course via a portfolio of your work , along with written work surrounding critical, historical and theoretical studies in the form of essays and assignments.

Additional Information

Applications for this course are normally made via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) at You will need to indicate the following for this course:

UCAS Institution code: W73 (Wirral Met College)
Course code: W2W6

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Where can I progress to?

Graduates should be equipped to apply for freelance work and employment as an illustrator / animator. Graduates may also wish to seek further study at MA level within a related discipline & PGCE teaching qualifications.

When does this course run?

University of Chester

For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm (all year round) and Wednesdays and Thursdays 10am-6.30pm (term time only).

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