Cardiff Metropolitan University Illustration

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Cardiff Metropolitan University Illustration

Cardiff Metropolitan University Illustration

Course Overview

Illustration always has a purpose, making sense of complex ideas. As illustrators, you will work to enable understanding of the everyday; enriching literature and poetry and responding to social issues from science, medicine, politics and economics.

You will be asked to explore and experiment with materials, technical skills and challenging subject matter, developing visual languages, which communicate in a visceral way. You will define your purpose from your interests and strengths, and by being exposed to ideas and subject matters you are not ordinarily drawn to.

You will test how images ‘work’, in a variety of environments and scenarios – alongside and integrated with animation, film, printed and digital media. Illustration is constantly extending its reach, and whether it’s working with clients and collaborators or authoring and directing your own projects, you will graduate with a multitude of transferable skills.

In an industry that’s constantly growing, you will be asked to consider the power of images in a visually saturated world and to shape your own practice enabling your work to speak to audiences in a way that’s helpful, humble and inclusive.

Course information on this page relates to September 2017 entry.

Please note: This programme will undergo periodic review in early 2017. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.

​Course Content​

Unlock ideas for illustrative material – from a variety of perspectives. You’ll explore applied narrative, drawing, making and collaborative processes, incorporating a wide range of skills that include:

  • Drawing experimental and observational
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Understanding colour
  • Characterisation
  • Composition
  • Personification i.e. working with inanimate objects as characters
  • Metaphor
  • Storytelling
  • Animation stop-frame/experimental
  • Book binding
  • Book design and book cover design
  • Editorial illustration
  • Zine making
  • Poster design
  • Gif making
  • Design for personal website
  • Shadow puppetry/ puppetry
  • Live briefs/ competitions

You’ll start to think about your speciality – honing your skills and building on your strengths. And in your final year, you’ll work towards producing a sophisticated body of work to showcase your passion for communicating ideas.