The course is organised over three years. Each year consists of interrelated modules, emphasising the continuity of approaches to making narrative images with creative flair and consistency of style.
The course develops varied approaches to image-making using a variety of media, including digital manipulation.
We place great emphasis on developing your ability to survive and prosper in a business environment. Self-motivation, personal confidence and marketing skills are all fostered to enable graduates to win commissions in a fiercely competitive field.
As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules available may vary from those listed here. All modules are compulsory.
- Visual Communication in Illustration
- Visual Narrative and Storytelling
- Digital Tools for Illustration and Animation
- Illustration in Context
Years 2 and 3
- Drawing for Illustration
- Sequential Illustration
- Live Briefs and Collaborations
- Illustration Research Project
- Personal and Creative Style
- Self-initiated Major Projects
- Extended Research Project/ Dissertation
- Professional Practice and Exhibition
Regular field trips are offered throughout the course and there is also an opportunity to take part in a residential study visit each academic year. Past trips have included New York, Berlin and Krakow. These residential trips are not covered by your fees and additional costs will apply.
Your course tuition fee covers the cost of all mandatory field trips. The cost of any optional field trips are not included in your course tuition fee, and a separate fee will apply. Please contact the College (see 'Contact us' for details) if you would like more information about the field trip(s) on this course.
You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are studying at Swindon College as an Oxford Brookes student. Most exchanges take place in the second year.
Studying abroad provides an amazing opportunity to add value to your studies by:
- increasing your employability within an international market
- boosting your language skills
- building your confidence in adapting to new situations
- improving your knowledge of different cultures.
- While on exchange you will gain credits which count towards your degree.
Oxford Brookes has more than 100 partner universities around the world. However, we currently do not have a partnership arrangement for Illustration. If this is something you would be interested in then we can investigate the possibility of a possible exchange with our current partners.
All costs related to studying abroad are not covered by the College. All travel, accommodation and subsistence will need to be funded by yourself.
For more information, visit our pages on studying abroad and exchanges.
Attendance pattern Attendance is typically expected to be two and a half days per week, thirty weeks per year.
Art and design materials are not included in the course tuition fees. You need to provide your own art and design materials to allow you to complete your projects successfully. Costs for projects can vary significantly dependent on your project and the materials used.The exact amount that you will need to budget for will depend upon the projects that you choose; however, the following is a guide:
Materials and equipment - £200-£300
Final Exhibition costs - £300
Study visits, travel & gallery entrance fees - £100
The residential study visit may be in the region of £400-800 but this could vary according to the destination.