Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

Graphic Communication and Illustration

Arts, English and Drama

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich W901 ABB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time W900 ABB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

Top 5

for Art and Design

The Times Good University Guide 2017, The Complete University Guide 2017

91%

2015 graduates in work or further study

six months after graduating

Graphic Communication and Illustration course overview

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.

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.  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.

Daniel: Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University

Loughborough University student Daniel Scott talks about being inspired on an open day by lecturer Simon Downs, and the importance of suspending judgement.

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.

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.

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.

Modules


Year 1

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.

Compulsory modules

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

Year 2

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.

Compulsory modules

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

Optional modules

  • Fashion Theory
  • 19th Century Bodies
  • Material Culture
  • Creative Dissent: Protest, Activism and Art
  • Word and Image: Verbo-visual Exchange in Art and Literature
  • Non-verbal Communication: Body Adornment and New Technologies
  • Arts Management
  • African American Culture
  • Introduction to Multimodality
  • Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts
  • Costume Design
  • From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions

Optional placement / study year

Optional professional placement and/or overseas study

Final year

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.

Compulsory Modules

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

 

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

Assessment

The course is assessed through coursework, using significant methods to encourage students to develop a broadly relevant set of skills and competencies for both industrial practice or further study.

Methods include: practical projects, industrial and self-generated project work for defined user groups, technical demonstrations and training, elicitation tools, development drawing, visual research skills, essays/reflective work, seminar participation, in-class presentations, contextual research projects, workbook/log books, group work and peer assessments, an industrial report or dissertation.

Exposure to a range of visual and contextual methods of communication builds effective and professional skill-sets for maximum employability.

For an indicative overview of the aims, learning outcomes and structure of this course please see the programme specification.


W901 Graphic Communication and Illustration - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

A-Level
A typical offer for applicants without a foundation course is ABB from 3 A levels
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC
Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC National Extended Diploma (or similar) will be considered

W900 Graphic Communication and Illustration - BA (Hons)

A-Level
A typical offer for applicants without a foundation course is ABB from 3 A levels
IB
34 (6,5,5 HL)
BTEC
Applicants with a BTEC Foundation Diploma/BTEC National Extended Diploma (or similar) will be considered

Selection

Applicants are selected on the basis of their UCAS application, and also a portfolio submission and interview in order to assess academic potential beyond that provided as part of the application. An interview also gives applicants the opportunity to visit the department, meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

More information on portfolios can be found on the School of the Arts, English and Drama pages.

Preferred subjects

We welcome applications from prospective students completing foundation courses, and also those applying directly from A Level (or equivalent) study.

Course fees 2018/19

UK/EU fee: £9,250   |   International fee: £16,400

You should plan for inflationary increases to fees in future years of study.

Additional costs for course

The cost of materials, which are necessary to develop an understanding of the technical workshops, will be covered by the School of the Arts, English and Drama. Any further costs incurred as part of project preparation and submissions are to be covered by students, and will vary depending on creative decisions, choice of materials and production techniques. Students will not gain any marking advantage merely through the costly development of work.

All Part C art students are given £100 by the School towards their final project.

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

Professional placement (sandwich) year

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.

Student Testimonials: Placements at Loughborough University

This is a short video of students who have been out on a placement sharing their experience and advice.

Studying 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.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

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

UCAS code: W901

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: W900