Illustration

BA (Hons)

2023/24 Full-time Undergraduate course

Award:

Bachelor of Arts with Honours

Faculty:

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:

Belfast School of Art

Campus:

Belfast campus

UCAS code:

W221
The UCAS code for Ulster University is U20

Start date:

September 2023

With this degree you could become:

  • Creative Art Director
  • Designer
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Freelance Designer
  • Motion designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • StoryBoard Illustrator

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Enter Yes Animation Studio
  • Pale Blue Dot Design
  • No Alibis Publishing
  • BBC
  • Belfast Met
  • Jameson
  • UsFolk Design & Illustration

Overview

Develop as a creative, unique and innovative illustrator.

Summary

BA Hons Illustration will introduce you to a huge range of highly experimental practices and skills that will help you to develop your own visual language and prepare you for working in the diverse and exciting world of Illustration.

The course is taught by dedicated and experienced tutors who work, exhibit and publish internationally. We are passionate about illustration and encourage and support you to become a skilled creative problem solver through innovative and experimental use of pictures, language and ideas to convey specific meaning and messages. You will explore multiple illustration contexts including books/publishing, comic novels, packaging, 2D animations/films/gifs, magazines/zines, and many more.

At Ulster you will learn from creative experts, professionals and alumni. Our Illustration graduates have won high profile prizes and work for clients around the world. You will build real world connections and develop your unique practice to help you stand out as you begin a career in vibrant Illustration industries.


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About this course

About

Our Illustration course prepares you for working in the exciting and fast changing world of illustration. You will explore practice, theory and professional experience to develop your innovative and unique Illustration work.

You will study a wide range of Illustration approaches using experimental analogue and digital methods. Our facilities include a dedicated Illustration studio with access to iMacs – available in our UU Mac Labs – scanners, light boxes, exhibition spaces, print making, bookbinding workshops etc. Technician help and support is on hand.

Your tutors work, exhibit and publish locally and internationally. You will be taught through dynamic and playful workshops, studio-based projects, tutorials, seminars, exhibitions, external visits…with lots of opportunities for both collaborative and individual work.

We have an exciting programme of guest lectures from Illustration alumni and industry leaders. Past guests have included speakers such as Barry Falls, Peter Strain, Ashling Lindsay, Laura Carlin, Jonny Hannah, Val Braithwaite from Harper Collins…

Our Illustration students and graduates have won high profile international prizes including BAFTA, World Illustration Awards, Royal Society of Arts, Bologna Rigazzi and Penguin Design Award.

There are many opportunities to develop your professional Illustration practice, confidence and experience with work placements, internships, competition briefs and funded study abroad in Europe and the USA. The optional placement year allows you to work in real world contexts. You might spend time with industry partners for example; in an illustration agency, design company, animation studio, gallery or museum to gain valuable professional skills and experience.

In Year 1 you will explore the principles of Illustration through energetic hands-on workshops with an emphasis on making, experimentation, ideas and play with a very wide range of tools and techniques. Illustration is studied as a problem-solving process requiring intellectual reasoning as well as creative output. Learning takes place in our dynamic illustration studios with support from your tutors and technician.

In Year 2 the focus is on building your individual practice as an Illustrator and developing your own voice. You will grow confidence and skills through a range of projects and outcomes includingzines/books, exhibition prints, packaging, animation/moving image, book covers, presentations and portfolios.

Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI)

On successful completion of Year 2 studies, students have the opportunity to take the optional module Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or (DPPI). This year of study provides an opportunity for students to gain first hand practical experience within a professional environment such as an advertising agency or brand consultancy prior to their final year of study. This module links the education experience to the real-life situation of practice in the creative industries. It provides students with a range of experiences and skills relative to their practice, future career and professional development.

Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS).

On completion of Year 2, students have the opportunity to take the other optional module Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS). This optional module provides an opportunity for students to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, developing an international perspective and an appreciation of cultural sensitivities which are desirable qualities in any graduate. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year 3 is an exciting and intense experience whereyou are encouraged to become increasingly independent in your working methods and in your choice of projects. You will take part in major national/international student competitions such as The World Illustration Awards, RSA and Penguin Design Awards. We support you to develop as a highly-skilled critical thinker, communicator and illustrator as you embark on a career in the creative industries.

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Associate awards

Diploma in Professional Practice DPP

Diploma in International Academic Studies DIAS

Attendance

Full Time

Three years (with option of four years with optional paid placement).

Attendance on the course is made up of taught sessions, lectures, seminars/tutorials, peer review/feedback, supervised studio and independent study.

Attendance at all sessions is mandatory and it is expected that you will engage not only with the taught elements but also with independent learning in the provided studio environment where your individual learning can be expanded through informal conversations with fellow students.

Start dates

  • September 2023

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching methods

Formal presentations, briefings, lectures and ‘hands on’ workshops form the core of each module. Modules include group tutorials, seminars, feedback and IT training sessions in all three years. Illustration students are given assistance in directed and independent learning, so that they can make the most effective use of resources and of the image/information networks. We also expect Illustration students to be interested in art and the media in the broadest sense and to reflect on such work through personal logs. The professional aspects mean that elements of entrepreneurship are built into almost every module.

Assessment

At each level, modules are assessed according to specific criteria and weightings which are published before the beginning of the semester. Assessment is both formative and summative, and, where appropriate, criteria are written to encourage risk-taking, enterprise and experimentation.

Feedback on your work helps you to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses so that you can develop and improve your work throughout the course.

Marks for all Final Year modules contribute to the final classification of the honours degree.

Content

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until close to the start date and may be subject to some change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days and periods of attendance will be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules (more usually 20) and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Master’s courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be a combination of examination and coursework but may also be only one of these methods. Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have 4 learning outcomes, and no more than 2 items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6, (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Master’s degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Master’s degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

The content for each course is summarised on the relevant course page, along with an overview of the modules that make up the course.

Each course is approved by the University and meets the expectations of:

Attendance and Independent Study

As part of your course induction, you will be provided with details of the organisation and management of the course, including attendance and assessment requirements - usually in the form of a timetable. For full-time courses, the precise timetable for each semester is not confirmed until near the start date and may be subject to change in the early weeks as all courses settle into their planned patterns. For part-time courses which require attendance on particular days and times, an expectation of the days of attendance will often be included in the letter of offer. A course handbook is also made available.

Courses comprise modules for which the notional effort involved is indicated by its credit rating. Each credit point represents 10 hours of student effort. Undergraduate courses typically contain 10- or 20-credit modules and postgraduate course typically 15- or 30-credit modules.

The normal study load expectation for an undergraduate full-time course of study in the standard academic year is 120 credit points. This amounts to around 36-42 hours of expected teaching and learning per week, inclusive of attendance requirements for lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical work, fieldwork or other scheduled classes, private study, and assessment. Part-time study load is the same as full-time pro-rata, with each credit point representing 10 hours of student effort.

Postgraduate Masters courses typically comprise 180 credits, taken in three semesters when studied full-time. A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) comprises 60 credits and can usually be completed on a part-time basis in one year. A 120-credit Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) can usually be completed on a part-time basis in two years.

Class contact times vary by course and type of module. Typically, for a module predominantly delivered through lectures you can expect at least 3 contact hours per week (lectures/seminars/tutorials). Laboratory classes often require a greater intensity of attendance in blocks. Some modules may combine lecture and laboratory. The precise model will depend on the course you apply for and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. Prospective students will be consulted about any significant changes.

Assessment

Assessment methods vary and are defined explicitly in each module. Assessment can be via one method or a combination e.g. examination and coursework . Assessment is designed to assess your achievement of the module’s stated learning outcomes. You can expect to receive timely feedback on all coursework assessment. The precise assessment will depend on the module and may be subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Coursework can take many forms, for example: essay, report, seminar paper, test, presentation, dissertation, design, artefacts, portfolio, journal, group work. The precise form and combination of assessment will depend on the course you apply for and the module. Details will be made available in advance through induction, the course handbook, the module specification and the assessment timetable. The details are subject to change from year to year for quality or enhancement reasons. You will be consulted about any significant changes.

Normally, a module will have four learning outcomes, and no more than two items of assessment. An item of assessment can comprise more than one task. The notional workload and the equivalence across types of assessment is standardised.

Calculation of the Final Award

The class of Honours awarded in Bachelor’s degrees is usually determined by calculation of an aggregate mark based on performance across the modules at Levels 5 and 6 (which correspond to the second and third year of full-time attendance).

Level 6 modules contribute 70% of the aggregate mark and Level 5 contributes 30% to the calculation of the class of the award. Classification of integrated Masters degrees with Honours include a Level 7 component. The calculation in this case is: 50% Level 7, 30% Level 6, 20% Level 5. At least half the Level 5 modules must be studied at the University for Level 5 to be included in the calculation of the class.

All other qualifications have an overall grade determined by results in modules from the final level of study. In Masters degrees of more than 200 credit points the final 120 points usually determine the overall grading.

Figures correct for academic year 2019-2020.

Academic profile

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (18%) or Lecturers (57%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise. The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff. This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

The University employs over 1,000 suitably qualified and experienced academic staff - 59% have PhDs in their subject field and many have professional body recognition.

Courses are taught by staff who are Professors (25%), Readers, Senior Lecturers (20%) or Lecturers (55%).

We require most academic staff to be qualified to teach in higher education: 82% hold either Postgraduate Certificates in Higher Education Practice or higher. Most academic staff (81%) are accredited fellows of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) by Advanced HE - the university sector professional body for teaching and learning. Many academic and technical staff hold other professional body designations related to their subject or scholarly practice.

The profiles of many academic staff can be found on the University’s departmental websites and give a detailed insight into the range of staffing and expertise.  The precise staffing for a course will depend on the department(s) involved and the availability and management of staff.  This is subject to change annually and is confirmed in the timetable issued at the start of the course.

Occasionally, teaching may be supplemented by suitably qualified part-time staff (usually qualified researchers) and specialist guest lecturers. In these cases, all staff are inducted, mostly through our staff development programme ‘First Steps to Teaching’. In some cases, usually for provision in one of our out-centres, Recognised University Teachers are involved, supported by the University in suitable professional development for teaching.

Figures correct for academic year 2021-2022.

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Campus Address

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2-24 York Street,
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Modules

Here is a guide to the subjects studied on this course.

Courses are continually reviewed to take advantage of new teaching approaches and developments in research, industry and the professions. Please be aware that modules may change for your year of entry. The exact modules available and their order may vary depending on course updates, staff availability, timetabling and student demand. Please contact the course team for the most up to date module list.

Year one

Introducing Illustration Practice

Year: 1

This module seeks to
• to introduce Illustration as a problem solving process
• to introduce image making, visual language and narrative as a central aspects of Illustration
• to introduce type, layout, composition and the dynamic use of space
• to encourage students to take responsibility for their own learning through self-directed study and critical self-reflection

Exploring Illustration Practice

Year: 1

Students will undertake a range of projects of growing complexity aimed at developing their confidence and skills in image making and layout as the semester progresses. The

central relationships between image, text and layout will be explored in a variety of projects and media - highlighting the importance of composition and hierarchy in illustration. Students will learn about traditional and digital processes and the wide variety of professional practice contexts where their illustration skills can be used.

illustration Influences

Year: 1

This module will develop Study skills to move from a 'teacher-focussed' mode of learning to a more confident and independent approach, encouraging students to engage with and write about key influences and ideas in graphic design and illustration. Students will learn of the wider social, cultural, economic, political and technological contexts influencing, and being influenced by their practice. The module encourages students in establishing good observation skills and sound research practice.

Illustration Research and Writing 1

Year: 1

This module introduces year one students to key ideas and developments in illustration history that have informed and influenced current practice. Students will learn of the wider social, cultural, economic, political and technological contexts in which illustration work has been made and used. The coursework encourages students in establishing good observation skills and sound research practice.

Year two

Illustration Research and Writing 2

Year: 2

The module considers seminal and recent academic approaches and debates in illustration visual communication design. Using exemplar historical and theoretical texts students develop an understanding in the ways in which issues and discourses are constructed in relation to their practice and the broader cultural context.

Illustration, Visual Narrative and Motion

Year: 2

The module introduces a range of motion/sequential design/animation techniques, methods and formats. It focuses primarily on experimentation with narrative and motion to communicate ideas with workshops in drawing, image, story, sound and conceptualisation techniques. It encourages experimentation with traditional approaches, methods and skills in a digital animation/illustration environment. Students will learn about concept visualising via storyboards and the importance of timing, pacing, structure, sequencing and viewpoints; visual narrative, story development, art direction; professional workflows and output.

Illustration Studio

Year: 2

The module extends students' understanding of a range of new and traditional techniques, methods and formats for print and screen in preparation for working in illustration practice. The focus on contemporary contexts and case studies (studio based, freelance, entrepreneurial, collective…) develops a rigorous approach to the acquisition of knowledge with exploration of a wide range of skills and expertise relating to processes, terminology and applications that will be pertinent to working in illustration.

Professional illustration Practice 1

Year: 2

This module will introduce students to the professional aspects of working as an illustrator in a rapidly changing society and explores cognate fields where their attributes and skills are increasingly acknowledged, needed and valued as having wider application.

Year three

Placement

Year: 3

This is an optional placement year for students who have completed Level 5 prior to the final year of study. The placement must be a minimum of 25 weeks duration and can be in a broad range of Art/Professional practice. A programme of work is agreed by the student, the Placement Tutor and the Placement Partner and usually takes place in Europe with respect to the relevant health and safety and disability regulations (SENDO). The placement is designed to increase experience of workshop/studio/communal and technical practice, while broadening and enhancing the student's social, personal and professional development.
Upon successful completion of the placement year the student is awarded a Diploma in Professional Studies (DPP) or a Diploma in Professional Practice International (DPPI) upon graduation from the course.

International Academic Studies

Year: 3

This module provides an opportunity to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland. Students will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

Year four

Illustration Research and Writing 3

Year: 4

The module facilitates a broader understanding of the context of illustration/visual communication practice using theoretical debate and analytical methodologies. The student led nature of this module, through researching and writing a dissertation or using other research presentation formats will develop intellectual confidence and self-expression.

Illustration Development

Year: 4

In this module students will work critically and ambitiously to make, develop and refine work that integrates risk taking, practical, aesthetic and intellectual knowledge. Students will further develop and refine understanding of the wide range of professional applications of illustration through undertaking illustration focused briefs/projects. The module will focus on developing an individual approach to contemporary illustration practice. Project activity, weekly peer discussion, small group, paired, and individual tutorials will further develop critical awareness and evaluation skills in preparation for professional illustration practice and/or the rigours of postgraduate study.

Professional Illustration Practice 2

Year: 4

The Professional Illustration Practice 2 module develops research, strategic planning and professional management skills. Students document, critically review/evaluate and present their illustration practice from the concurrent Illustration Development module. Student extend knowledge and understanding of their practice in the professional environment; PDP 2, Verbal/Visual Presentation, Self Promotion.

Standard entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

A level

Grades CCC

Applied General Qualifications

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of DMM

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma (2016 Suite)
Award profile of MMM

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of DM plus A Level Grade C

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Diploma (2016 Suite)
Award profile of MM plus A Level Grade C

QCF Pearson BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Introductory Diploma (2012 Suite)
Award profile of M plus A Level Grades CC

RQF Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate / OCR Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Certificate (2016 Suite)
Award profile of M plus A Level Grades CC

Irish Leaving Certificate

96 UCAS tariff points to include a minimum of five subjects (four of which must be at higher level) to include English at H6 if studied at Higher level or O4 if studied at Ordinary Level.

Irish Leaving Certificate UCAS Equivalency

Scottish Highers

Grades CCCCC

Scottish Advanced Highers

Grades DDD

International Baccalaureate

Overall profile is minimum 24 points (including 12 at higher level)

Access to Higher Education (HE)

Overall profile of 55% (120 credit Access Course) (NI Access Course)

Overall profile of 45 credits at Merit (60 credit Access Course) (GB Access Course)

GCSE

For full-time study, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for admission to a first degree course and hold a GCSE pass at Grade C/4 or above in English Language.

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication will be accepted as equivalent to GCSE English.

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants to this course will be required to submit a portfolio.

Acceptable alternative qualifications include:

Pass HND with overall Merit to include distinctions in 15 Level 5 credits/units may be specified.

Pass HNC with overall Merit to include distinctions in 45 Level 4 credits/units may be specified.

You may also meet the course entry requirements with combinations of different qualifications to the same standard as recognised by the University (provided subject requirements as noted above are met).

Careers & opportunities

Graduate employers

Graduates from this course are now working for:

  • Enter Yes Animation Studio
  • Pale Blue Dot Design
  • No Alibis Publishing
  • BBC
  • Belfast Met
  • Jameson
  • UsFolk Design & Illustration

Job roles

With this degree you could become:

  • Creative Art Director
  • Designer
  • Editorial Illustrator
  • Freelance Designer
  • Motion designer
  • Multimedia Designer
  • StoryBoard Illustrator

Career options

Illustration graduates are successful in the illustration/ design/ publishing/ animation/multimedia/ photography/ broadcasting/ marketing/ editorial /magazine and promotional industries.

Many of the Illustration, Publishing and Design Studios in Northern Ireland are staffed or run by graduates from the course. Graduates include illustrators Oliver Jeffers, Barry Falls, Jacky Sheridan, Ashling Lindsay, Jamie Beard and Peter Strain. In addition graduates find employment in diverse media, television and publishing roles.

Our Illustration alumni achieve regular success and awards in book design and illustration, publishing and animation for companies competitions and clients: such as:

Clients: BBC, The Guardian, New York Times, , The New Yorker, The Financial Times, Random House, Channel 4, Orange, UNICEF, FILM4, The New Yorker, Harry Potter, Empire, Fox Sports, The Guardian, Island Records, ADIDAS, TIME magazine, Sonia Friedman Productions, BBC, Esquire, Queens Film Theatre, POLITICO, Random House, Time Out, The Washington Post, The Big Issue, Jameson, High Life Magazine, Unilever, MOJO, WWF, The Lancet Medical Journal, Faber & Faber, Macmillan Books, American Express, Brand USA, Aviva.

Those wishing to research and develop their own work to a higher level go on to pursue a Masters qualification either at the University of Ulster, or at other institutions in the UK and further afield. There is also the potential for entry onto a PhD.

There are also opportunities for those wishing to teach after the completion of a postgraduate teaching qualification (PGCE).

Work placement / study abroad

On successful completion of Year 2 studies, you have the opportunity to take the optional module Diploma in Professional Practice (DPP) or (DPPI). This year of study provides an opportunity for you to gain first hand practical experience within a professional environment such as an advertising agency or brand consultancy prior to your final year of study. This module links the education experience to the real-life situation of practice in the creative industries. It provides you with a range of experiences and skills relative to your practice, future career and professional development.

You also have the opportunity to take the other optional module Diploma in International Academic Studies (DIAS). This optional module provides an opportunity for you to undertake an extended period of study outside the UK and Republic of Ireland, developing an international perspective and an appreciation of cultural sensitivities which are desirable qualities in any graduate. You will develop an enhanced understanding of the academic discipline whilst generating educational and cultural networks.

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Start dates

  • September 2023

Fees and funding

2023/24 Fees

Fees for entry in 2023/24 have not yet been set. See our tuition fees page for the current fees for 2022/23 entry.

Scholarships, awards and prizes

The World Illustration Awards, The Kate Greenaway Medal, British Book Awards: Children's Book of the Year, BAFTA, New York Times Best Illustrated, Children’s Books Award, Bologna Rigazzi Award, An Irish Book Award, United Kingdom Literary Association Award, RSA Design Award (Animation), Penguin Design Award, Macmillan Prize…

Our graduates exhibit their work locally and internationally to include Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, the National Portrait Gallery in London, and the Palais Auersperg in Vienna, Ulster University, The Naughton Gallery, Belfast.

Additional mandatory costs

Students purchase materials for their own coursework.

Consumable workshop contribution of up to £100 is optional and contributes to materials used by students.

Field trips may incur additional costs.

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges), and normal living are a part of university life.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.

Please contact the course team for more information.

It is important to remember that costs associated with accommodation, travel (including car parking charges) and normal living will need to be covered in addition to tuition fees.

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses (in addition to tuition fees) we make every effort to highlight them above. We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals, as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free Wi-Fi are also available on each of the campuses.

There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as a part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs, as well as tuition fees.

See the tuition fees on our student guide for most up to date costs.

Contact

Course Director: Christine Blaney

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7221

E: c.blaney@ulster.ac.uk

Admissions: Fiona Murphy

T: +44 (0)28 9536 7549

E: ft.murphy@ulster.ac.uk

International Admissions Office

T: +44 (0)28 7012 3333

E: global@ulster.ac.uk

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  1. The University endeavours to deliver courses and programmes of study in accordance with the description set out in this prospectus. The University’s prospectus is produced at the earliest possible date in order to provide maximum assistance to individuals considering applying for a course of study offered by the University. The University makes every effort to ensure that the information contained in the prospectus is accurate but it is possible that some changes will occur between the date of printing and the start of the academic year to which it relates. Please note that the University’s website is the most up-to-date source of information regarding courses and facilities and we strongly recommend that you always visit the website before making any commitments.
  2. Although reasonable steps are taken to provide the programmes and services described, the University cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility and the University may make variations to the contents or methods of delivery of courses, discontinue, merge or combine courses and introduce new courses if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Such circumstances include (but are not limited to) industrial action, lack of demand, departure of key staff, changes in legislation or government policy including changes, if any, resulting from the UK departing the European Union, withdrawal or reduction of funding or other circumstances beyond the University’s reasonable control.
  3. If the University discontinues any courses, it will use its best endeavours to provide a suitable alternative course. In addition, courses may change during the course of study and in such circumstances the University will normally undertake a consultation process prior to any such changes being introduced and seek to ensure that no student is unreasonably prejudiced as a consequence of any such change.
  4. The University does not accept responsibility (other than through the negligence of the University, its staff or agents), for the consequences of any modification or cancellation of any course, or part of a course, offered by the University but will take into consideration the effects on individual students and seek to minimise the impact of such effects where reasonably practicable.
  5. The University cannot accept any liability for disruption to its provision of educational or other services caused by circumstances beyond its control, but the University will take all reasonable steps to minimise the resultant disruption to such services.