Dip HE Illustration

Interactive Design Institute

£4,000
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  • HND
  • Online
Description

Illustration degree courses are designed to prepare you for a range of careers in the field of Illustration and Graphic Communication. Throughout the course you will gain experience in the use of a wide range of traditional and digital media. You will have the opportunity to develop work towards a variety of projects including book and magazine publication, editorial work.
Suitable for: Anyone who intends to pursue a professional career in the field of Graphic Design & Illustration. The course would also be suitable for those who wish operate as freelance illustrators, graphic designers or consultants.

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Diploma of Higher Education

Course programme

Illustration

Illustration degree courses
Illustration degree courses are designed to prepare you for a range of careers in the field of Illustration and Graphic Communication. Throughout the course you will gain experience in the use of a wide range of traditional and digital media. You will have the opportunity to develop work towards a variety of projects including book and magazine publication, editorial work, children's book illustration and advertising.


As you progress your studies the emphasis increasingly is on project work, and as you continue to study illustration online you will be working within the constraints expected of a professional practitioner in the creative industries.


You will gain experience of working on live projects, and will develop your knowledge of design production. In doing so, you will benefit from shared experience with other students within the UK and worldwide, and from our collaboration with overseas partners.


The final part of the course is focused around the professional portfolio with an emphasis on professional standards of working and support from staff whose experience best matches student interests. It is intended to provide an experience from which you can emerge as a creative designer able to work to professional standards.


*Please note: The Interactive Design Institute currently delivers courses to the level of Certificate in Higher Education (Cert.HE) and Diploma in Higher Education (Dip.HE) online. Subject to approval, students will have the option of completing their Degree either online or through attendance at the University of Hertfordshire.


Module Description:
This programme specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the intended learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if he/she takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.


Module Descriptions Level 4 (Year 1 of Degree)

  • Visual Skills 1B

In this second Illustration module students pick up and develop skills of illustrating and work towards outcomes within a graphic setting, such as a book. There is an emphasis on conceptual imagery and students are encouraged to be adventurous in their approach.

  • Directions 1B

This module explores the wider design process, focussing on editorial and layout design. Again there are two final outcomes in which students interpret a themed topic to design two magazine pages for two distinct magazine formats. Emphasis is placed on the importance of research as a starting point for design.

  • Critical and Cultural Studies 1

This module deals with the history and context of graphic design. Students are introduced to some of the main themes running through design and are asked to explore a chosen theme in detail.

  • Visual Skills 1A

The second module is centred on illustration and the use of this within a graphic framework, such as a book cover. Students are taught a series of methods for generating ideas.

  • Thinking about Ideas 1A

The first module teaches the basic approaches of looking at graphic design, research, typography and computer skills. Learners undertake the design process as problem solving exercises. There are two project briefs based upon typographic investigation and application. The first is a guided brief during which learners are led through the process. The second is more independently undertaken.


Module Descriptions Level 5 (Year 2 of Degree)

  • Visual Skills 2A

In this module students are encouraged to investigate specific areas of the graphic design and illustration industry in which they may wish to pursue a career path. They then create pieces of work that are geared towards that area in both media and direction.

  • Professional Development and Employability

Students make further in-depth explorations of the areas of the industry that are appropriate to their chosen career paths. They will develop skills of portfolio building, presentation and c.v. writing necessary for seeking employment in design, illustration or associated industries.

  • Critical and Cultural Studies 2

In this module theories of visual communication are introduced or refreshed so that students may use these to evaluate their practical work. Moreover, a written piece allows students to demonstrate their specific areas of interest and show their ability to research and theorise on a chosen subject.

  • Visual Skills 2B

This module aims to develop more advanced levels of their image making skills. It also reinforces good practice, and experimental and accidental approaches to the development of design, illustration, storytelling and interactivity

  • Visual Communication 2A (Illustration)

In this module students develop work that reflects professional standards as well as demonstrating an individual approach to image making. Students also present work using appropriate mediums in answer to a live brief. Students also examine their strengths and weaknesses with those practicing in the field of graphic design. By the completion of this module and the 'The Commission' module, students have an understanding of the commissioning process and how to interact with clients.

  • The Commission (Illustration)

Students undertake a design project within this module that is not only more professionally realistic, but also more complex. Students' gather appropriate research and content from an increasingly diverse range of external sources. They also develop project and time management skills as they work through projects towards set deadlines. Students' abilities to work independently are developed alongside their growing confidence in critical analysis of their own work, that of their peers as well as that of industry. At the conclusion of all projects students are asked to make a presentation of their work.

Elective Modules
Elective Module Options Level 4 (Year 1 of Degree)

  • A Short History of Advertising
  • Internet Cultures
  • Photography: Application and Context
  • Sustainability: Past, Present and Future


Elective Module options Level 5 (Year 2 of Degree)

  • Media Cultures
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • The History of Technology
  • Advertising Worlds


Levels:
Level 4 (Year 1 of Degree) Certificate of Higher Education
In year 1, the emphasis is on image making using a range of drawing and graphic media - both traditional media and modern digital technologies. The aim is to encourage the development of visual language and creativity. However, the projects you work on will also have a strong industry focus, and you will be encouraged to develop commercial awareness in your response to briefs.
Although specialising in Illustration, at this level you will also work on Graphic Design projects as an essential component in building a broad based understanding of your subject area.

Duration:

  • Full time: 2 semester (32 weeks)
  • Part time: 4 semesters (64 weeks)



Level 5 (Year 2 of Degree) Diploma of Higher Education
Year 2 is the 'professional level' - where you gain the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a professional designer.
You will work to industry relevant briefs, and will become accustomed to working to strict deadlines and within the constraints imposed by both private and corporate clients

Duration:

  • Full time: 2 semester (32 weeks)
  • Part time: 4 semesters (64 weeks)


Level 6 (Year 3 of Degree) BA
*Please note: The Year 3 (Level 6) programme described here is that currently available through attendance based study at the University of Hertfordshire. Subject to validation, students may also have the option of completing a year 3 (level 6) programme online. However, the content and award title of this programme may vary from the one described here.
Year 3 is the 'portfolio level' - the emphasis at this level being on building a portfolio of work as a preparation to entering the design profession. You will have the opportunity to enter national design competitions, and will work to a series of professional briefs. You will also be able to negotiate personal projects in order to develop your personal creativity.

Duration:

  • Full time: 2 semester (32 weeks)
  • Part time: 4 semesters (64 weeks)


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Levels: Level 4 (Year 1 of Degree) Certificate of Higher Education Duration: -Full time: 2 semester (32 weeks) -Part time: 4 semesters (64 weeks) Level 5 (Year 2 of Degree) Diploma of Higher Education Duration: -Full time: 2 semester (32 weeks) -Part time: 4 semesters (64 weeks) Level 6 (Year 3 of Degree) BA Duration: -Full time: 2 semester (32 weeks) -Part time: 4 semesters (64 weeks)