Undergraduate study2017

BA (Hons)

Graphic Communication and Illustration

School of the Arts

Year of entry: 2017

Loughborough's Graphic Communication and Illustration course has an enviable reputation for developing students to be superb visual thinkers who excel in the creative industries. By combining graphic communication and illustration in one degree, our course offers you the unique advantage of teaching a specialised skillset that can be applied to a greater range of industries and technical formats.

  • Additional Award
  • Study Abroad
  • Placement Opportunities

BA (Hons)

Graphic Communication and Illustration

School of the Arts

Year of entry: 2017

Loughborough's Graphic Communication and Illustration course has an enviable reputation for developing students to be superb visual thinkers who excel in the creative industries. By combining graphic communication and illustration in one degree, our course offers you the unique advantage of teaching a specialised skillset that can be applied to a greater range of industries and technical formats.

Course details

Why Choose Us?

  • Ranked 2nd for Art and Design (The Times Good University Guide 2016)
  • 1st Rate Facilities
  • Vibrant Research Community

Graphic Communication and Illustration is a flexible course that can be tailored to your interests, whether those are in computer-aided design, hand-drawn illustrations, app development, computer game development, or visual branding. The potential is vast, with final projects having previously included; corporate advertisement campaigns, children’s book illustrations, websites, smart phone and tablet apps, brochures, computer games, illustrated comics, puppet animations, and animated films, amongst others.

As a student, you will develop creative ideas and related visualisation skills, equipping you with the fundamental ingredients to work within your chosen industry. You will receive the very best opportunities to grow as an artist, with chances to showcase your work at exhibitions, and an international study visit. We have strong industry links and aid our students in gaining work experience and placement opportunities in the UK and internationally. Recent placements have included Blue Peter, Lost Boys International, Vocalink, Chanel (Paris), Vogue and Dinamo.

Study options
QualificationLengthUCAS code
BA (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich W901
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time W900
Course overview

In Year 1, students are encouraged to work through an exciting array of briefs that examine aspects of the subjects, including drawing and visualising, layouts and grids, animation, filmmaking, typography, ambient media, advertising and graphic theatre.

In Year 2, students are encouraged to sample a wide range of specialisms including sequential and narrative design, corporate identity, editorial and book design, packaging and information graphics, all deployed across a range of media.

In the Final year (Year 3), this process stimulates students to recognise and test their strengths as a graphic and illustrative communicator, building confidence in the ability to develop a personal focus.

Facilities

Our students have full access to our state-of-the-art facilities, which includes a stop-frame animation area, printing facilities, visualisation lab, continuous lighting studio, photography studios, personal study spaces, and more. Our facilities provide industry standard outputs and you will receive an unparalleled level of professional training in using them. Students also have access to the rest of the School of the Arts' facilities.

Competitions and awards

Our students are encouraged to gain recognition and experience by entering industry renowned competitions. Awards recently won include; D&AD Graphic Design and Illustration Student Briefs, Association of Illustrators’ Images, Panasonic Design Awards, Nokia Student Design Campaign, American Express Student Series, and the BFI Future Film Best Documentary.

Industry projects

We are regularly contacted by industry requesting that our students gain experience by working on projects with, or for, them. Companies previously worked with include; Reebok, Swarovski, Ford, H&M, Radio Times, Abercrombie & Fitch, Shell and Mercedes Benz.

Trips and excursions

The School organises national and international study trips for students. Previous trips have been to San Francisco, Singapore, Chicago, St. Petersburg, Paris, Valencia, New York and Milan. Travel and accommodation costs are included in your tuition fees.

Entrepreneurial support

Many of our students use their creativity to start their own businesses. The School encourages this by teaching modules covering patents, copyright and other legalities. Students can also apply to become part of The Studio. This is a purpose built area that provides budding graduate entrepreneurs from the School of the Arts with the office space, support, knowledge and resources to develop their own sustainable businesses.

Assessment

Assessment is carried out using a number of different methods, including: Studio work, Research, Sketchbooks, Written statements, Presentations, Reports, Exhibition, Portfolio, Dissertation

Selection

The School welcomes applicants with traditional and non-traditional qualifications.

We interview all applicants who meet our entry requirements. At the interview you will be expected to show us a portfolio and have an informal talk with our staff. Current students form part of our interview panel so that you can ask questions about their experience of the course.

Graduate destinations

Graduate careers have included: photography, art direction, graphic design, publishing, illustration, video production, television and film, artist, curator, art buyer, art editor, marketing, art director for advertising, branding, performing arts, exhibition and display design, app designer, comic illustrator, public relations, advertising and artists agents.Recent graduate destinations include:

  • AlllofUs (McCann Erickson), Head of Digital Design
  • Imagination Labs, Senior
  • Art Director
  • Surround Studio, Creative Director and Founder
  • Focus PR, Digital Account Executive
  • Fashion UK, Graphic Designer
  • Scholastic Children's Books UK, Junior Designer
  • Ted Baker, Copywriter
  • Dinamo Productions Ltd, Puppet Fabricator

*Diploma in Professional/International Studies

Course structure

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Visual Research in Practice
  • Visual Methods in Practice
  • Drawing: Discourses and Debates
  • Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art and Design
Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Content and Context: Society, Culture and Economy
  • Visual Culture: Histories and Theories
  • Locating Practice: Interpreting Environment and Audiences

Optional modules

  • Textile Futures
  • Fashion Theory
  • Art, Activism and Society
  • Urban Visual Culture
  • Wearable Words, Aretfacts and New Technologies
  • Arts Management
  • African American Culture
  • Women's Writing of the 17th Century
  • American Nightmare
  • Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Multimodality
  • Children's Reading
  • Puppetry
  • Playwriting and Dramaturgy
  • Modern and Contemporary British Theatre
Optional placement / study year

Optional professional placement and/or overseas study

Final year

Compulsory Modules

  • Directions in Graphic Communication and Illustration Practice
  • Art and Design Dissertation
  • Destinations in Graphic Communication and Illustration Practice

Entry requirements

Choose a study option below for details of the entry requirements.

UCAS code: W901 BA (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

A-Level
A typical offer for applicants without a pre-degree course is ABB from 3 A-Levels. Interviews are not guaranteed for applicants whose predicted grades fall significantly short of this minimum requirement.
SQA AH
IB
Other
Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma or similar will be considered
Additional

UCAS code: W900 BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

A-Level
A typical offer for applicants without a pre-degree course is ABB from 3 A-Levels. Interviews are not guaranteed for applicants whose predicted grades fall significantly short of this minimum requirement.
SQA AH
IB
Other
Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC Extended Diploma or similar will be considered
Additional

The entry requirements for each course should be read alongside the University’s general entrance requirements, which give further details on acceptable subjects, alternative qualifications and minimum English language requirements.

SQA AHScottish Qualifications Authority Advanced Highers IBInternational Baccalaureate Diploma DPSDiploma in Professional Studies DISDiploma in Industrial Studies DIntSDiploma in International Studies

Fees and Finance

Course fees 2016-17

Student category

Yearly full-time fee

UK/EU Students £9,000
International Students (Band A course) £14,950

Course fees for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as they are available.

Placement year fees for 2019/20 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2018/19 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

 

Loughborough University financial support 2016-17

Financial support for 2017-18 will be published here as soon as it is available. The current support we offer is listed below to give an indication of what may be available. 

SupportWhat is it?How much?More information
Loughborough Scholarship Programme* Cash bursaries. Additional support is available for those taking a foundation year or extended undergraduate Masters degree, as well as for mature students. Up to £6,000 over three years See below for more information or visit our website
Development Trust Scholarships Cash bursaries funded through donations from alumni and friends of the University for students from areas of low HE participation within the UK. £9,000 over three years Website
Sports Scholarships To help talented student athletes succeed in both sporting and academic development. The level of support varies by sport and performance level. Applicants need to be competing to at least junior international level. Between £500 and £3,500 per year Website 
Email
01509 226108
 Music Tuition and Scholarship Subsidised music lessons for students who show musical ability. Scholarship offered to exceptional musicians. £55 for 20 lessons £500 scholarship Website
Care Leaver’s Bursary Additional cash bursary (£1,500) and tuition fee waiver (£3,000) for those students who are care leavers. £4,500 support per year Website

* Not available to students from Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Placements

Professional placements

We have strong industry links which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. If you choose to extend your 3 year course to 4 years, spending an optional year out between Years 2 and 3 to work in industry, you can gain an additional Diploma in Professional Studies (DPS).

Recent placements include very prestigious companies, such as: Blue Peter, Saatchi, Design Bridge, Lost Boys International, Versace, Vocalink, Chanel (Paris), Vogue and Dinamo.

Study abroad

All of our students have the chance to study at art institutions abroad for up to a year, which leads to an additional Diploma in International Studies qualification. Destinations include; Finland, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, USA, Australia, Japan, Canada, and Singapore, amongst others.

Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DPS/DIntS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: W901

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: W900

Our students

Kabwe K

“I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility of our course. Tutors encourage you to explore whatever brief or production method you believe is viable.”

Naomi I

“I was attracted to Loughborough because of the great facilities and I found the standard of work students produced was amazing. It was inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Reece P

“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

Valentina T

“The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. Loughborough has helped me to push my artistic and designer boundaries.”

Aaron P

“Nobody does the social, personal and academic experience together like Loughborough and I can’t imagine being a student at any other university.”

Fiona M

“I enjoy the practical opportunities that we are given on a day-to-day basis alongside the potential to try something new.”

Beatriz S

“Being an international student, I wanted a place that could offer me all the support I needed whilst living so far from my family and Loughborough does that.”

Catherine M

“What set Loughborough apart from other universities I visited was the clear sense of ‘hall spirit’ and the close yet expansive bonds people seemed to have with each other.”

Charlotte M

“The thrill of having H&M come into the University to review, critique and select possible internship candidates was exciting…”

Christopher L

“You make friends with people from many different backgrounds and learn about places you’ve never even heard of.”

Emma G

“My placement year was spent working for five different companies in three different countries, it was the most beneficial year of my life and I would highly recommend it.”

Hannah K

“Studying at Loughborough has given me the opportunity to meet a variety of diverse, interesting people.”

Helen W

“Every tutorial I take part in is an inspiration – coming to Loughborough is the best decision I have ever made.”

Kelly L

“You can take part in so many sports, charity events, music performances and much more – the Union and student life at Loughborough is amazing.”

Laura H

“I have been inspired by the successes of past students and will be extremely proud to say I have studied at Loughborough University.”

Lily S

“Over the past two years I have established myself as a skilled individual, both technically and personally. Loughborough respects students for who they are and what they want to achieve.”

Rachel H

“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be at any other university – not even if you paid for my tuition!”

Sarah J

“You aren’t thrown in at the deep end; you have a personal tutor, a peer mentor and academic guidance classes to help you adjust to university so you are never on your own.”

Kabwe K

“I really enjoy the freedom and flexibility of our course. Tutors encourage you to explore whatever brief or production method you believe is viable.”

Naomi I

“I was attracted to Loughborough because of the great facilities and I found the standard of work students produced was amazing. It was inspiring and innovative and I wanted to be a part of that.”

Reece P

“The support given to you in Fine Art is second to none. Throughout my time I have been able to create ambitious projects with the help of the technical tutors in the department.”

Valentina T

“The University is very innovative and open minded and there are a lot of facilities on campus where I can learn and practice. Loughborough has helped me to push my artistic and designer boundaries.”

Aaron P

“Nobody does the social, personal and academic experience together like Loughborough and I can’t imagine being a student at any other university.”

Fiona M

“I enjoy the practical opportunities that we are given on a day-to-day basis alongside the potential to try something new.”

Beatriz S

“Being an international student, I wanted a place that could offer me all the support I needed whilst living so far from my family and Loughborough does that.”

Catherine M

“What set Loughborough apart from other universities I visited was the clear sense of ‘hall spirit’ and the close yet expansive bonds people seemed to have with each other.”

Charlotte M

“The thrill of having H&M come into the University to review, critique and select possible internship candidates was exciting…”

Christopher L

“You make friends with people from many different backgrounds and learn about places you’ve never even heard of.”

Emma G

“My placement year was spent working for five different companies in three different countries, it was the most beneficial year of my life and I would highly recommend it.”

Hannah K

“Studying at Loughborough has given me the opportunity to meet a variety of diverse, interesting people.”

Helen W

“Every tutorial I take part in is an inspiration – coming to Loughborough is the best decision I have ever made.”

Kelly L

“You can take part in so many sports, charity events, music performances and much more – the Union and student life at Loughborough is amazing.”

Laura H

“I have been inspired by the successes of past students and will be extremely proud to say I have studied at Loughborough University.”

Lily S

“Over the past two years I have established myself as a skilled individual, both technically and personally. Loughborough respects students for who they are and what they want to achieve.”

Rachel H

“I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to be at any other university – not even if you paid for my tuition!”

Sarah J

“You aren’t thrown in at the deep end; you have a personal tutor, a peer mentor and academic guidance classes to help you adjust to university so you are never on your own.”