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Illustration with Graphics and Animation*

*This programme is subject to approval.

This foundation degree will provide you with a broad range of creative skills that will enable you to become an independent and capable illustrator. It will address the practical and professional requirements necessary to succeed in illustration practice, whilst developing an experimental approach to visual communication.

The course considers a variety of relevant fields of illustration, including: editorial, reportage, merchandising, publishing and narrative image making (comic arts, graphic novels and picture books). You can explore areas such as character development, typography, book design and visual expression. Practical areas include drawing, printmaking, bookbinding and digital skills.

Drawing is a central component of the course and is seen as critical to the development of your ideas and practical skills. You will explore contemporary and traditional approaches to drawing and illustration, working both on location and in the studio. The range of skills you develop will help you build a comprehensive, high-quality portfolio of work, where you find your own personal and professional voice.

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Entry Requirements
What will I learn?

Ucas Code: W213

Award: FdA awarded by South Devon College

Modes of study: Full-time, part-time and modular study available

Institution code: S32

Year 1 Studies
Year 2 Studies
Careers & Employability

Upon successful completion of this Foundation Degree you may progress to the BA (Hons) Illustration programme at the University of Plymouth. Please note that there is a deadline for progression applications and places may be subject to availability. Alternatively, you could explore freelance illustration opportunities or employment within a wide range of creative industries, such as graphic design, gallery representation, self-publishing, animation, photography and illustration.

Potential Job Roles

"I studied for a FdA in Illustration Arts as a mature student single parent. I was apprehensive about returning to study, but I was soon made to feel welcome. The course was challenging, fun and informative. On completion of my course I proceeded to Plymouth University to complete my BA (Hons) Degree in Illustration. After my studies, I set up my own illustration business with my partner James called 'Flossy and Jim'. We are now a registered brand working for major global companies. Our illustrations have been published in several children's books worldwide, used in cartoons, and used on a global messenger app. We've been lucky enough to work with major clients such as a Hollywood film director, Heat magazine, ASOS and Apple, to name a few. I'm extremely happy I completed my course at University Centre South Devon, as it's given me the freedom to do a job I love!"Lynette Jordan of ‘Flossy and Jim’

Paignton Campus – Vantage Point

This course is available at our Vantage Point Campus. 

Our inspirational Paignton Campus provides the very best learning environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

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