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Art, Design & Creative Media

BA (Hons) Illustration with Animation - A026

12 Quays Full Time Higher Education

(UCAS Course Code W2W6/Institution Code W73)

If you are only applying for one course which is at Wirral Met, you can apply online. If you are applying for more than one course outside of Wirral Met, you must apply via UCAS.

This is a broad-based Illustration with Animation course which allows students to specialise in either illustration or animation at Level 5 and 6 of the course. The course will enable you to develop your practical and intellectual skills and the history and 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 offers an intensive period of study that proceeds from relatively directed creative projects to greater independent learning including self-directed and live projects. This takes place within design studios equipped with Apple Mac suites using industry standard software and through a variety practical workshops in real media techniques. All directly aimed at informing and developing your own practice within Illustration and Animation. The course involves a series of lectures, seminars, regular one to one tutorial sessions, briefings, reviews and critiques which are delivered by a team of creative academic staff who have direct and current experience in the Illustration and Animation industries. 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 where you will be introduced to the range of available facilities. Emphasis is placed firstly on the acquisition of a visual vocabulary and exploration of creative methods in approaching image-making through a series of briefs. Through specialist guidance you will be required to develop and sustain your own professional approach to research and image-making.

Level 5 continues your personal development through experience in illustration and animation practice. Emphasis is increasingly placed on your growing sense of awareness within your craft. The course at this level allows you to develop your work, specialising within the area of either Illustration or Animation. During Level 5, in consultation with staff, students are expected to take part in live projects and enter national competitions relating to their specialism. As well as the building up of awareness through self-evaluation.

Level 6 is designed initially to consolidate and intensify personal directions of study. You are expected to demonstrate a higher level of creative independence by working on self-directed and live projects that relate to your chosen field. The Level concludes with a Private View and Public 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 2 Cs 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 and 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 and animation.

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 www.ucas.com.

You will need to indicate the following for this course:

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

To find out more about Illustration and Animation see our website, www.instagram.com/artswmc and www/twitter.com/IllustrateAnim

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.


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For advice and guidance, please contact Student Services on 0151 551 7777 or call into our Conway Park Campus. Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11 to 4pm and Wednesdays 4 to 6.30pm (term time only).

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