You are introduced to professional design and illustration skills and ways of thinking. Modules encourage you to explore digital imaging, typography, design for screen, children’s book illustration, graphic novels and much more.
The subject offers you a diverse range of options that engage with a potential future employment opportunities such as editorial design and illustration, graphic design, narrative illustration etc.
This year is all about developing and consolidating your learning to create a portfolio of your achievements and work – preparing yourself for your future – be it within the design professions, post-graduate study and/or related areas such as teaching. Some students choose to specialise within one of the study options whilst others prefer a broader range of modules. All students have the option of negotiating their own projects. Many of our past students have used this to launch themselves into exciting careers within the design, illustration, new media and advertising professions.
This joint programme brings together the related disciplines of graphic design and illustration. You will have the opportunity to engage with working practises in both established and emerging technologies.
Our programme of assignments allows you to engage with branding, design for editorial, exhibition, packaging and identity; use new medias to develop web-based work that is interactive, engaging and cutting edge; and most importantly challenges you – encourages you to become a thoughtful practitioner – producing creative work that has a place in, and benefit to, our modern society.
Additionally, through a range of illustration modules, you will develop your drawing and visualising skills and apply them to a range of illustration projects. These will include Children’s book illustration, editorial, design, packaging and advertising.
We regularly work on ‘live briefs’ and have had great success; student work has entered production for national organisations and products. Our students also undertake work placements in the design industry and you might wish to opt for a whole placement year to really benefit from this experience.
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Our network of graduates working in design agencies around the world demonstrates the success of our course. Why not check out a small sample here:
“I chose Wolverhampton because of the course and modules. My highlight was my graduation ceremony.” – Danielle Lowe
Emphasis is placed on developing both Illustration and Graphic Design Skills, employing a cross disciplinary approach to your practice, with a large proportion of our alumni working in the creative industries either as freelance practitioners in publishing, editorial, children’s books and animation or in specialist areas such as: design consultancies, advertising agencies, brand planners, TV, web and multimedia companies, computer game companies, media content suppliers, exhibition designers, packaging consultants, publishing companies (books, magazines, newspapers), in house design studios and information design companies. Some have entered fields such as model making for the UK film industry and many exhibit regularly.
We’re also proactive in assisting start-up companies and freelance careers in industry. A proportion of students will opt for further study either at Master’s level or will undertake a PGCE if their ambitions are in the teaching or art therapy professions.
Recent Student and graduate successes
- Our students have already had work published in magazines and exhibited at nationally respected galleries; a number of our students are currently working on live projects
- Our students work for a range of design agencies and studios or set up creative businesses.
This course will give you a broad range of visual communication skills and knowledge enabling you to communicate your creative ideas though traditional and digital formats. You will learn to use industry standard software to create design solutions appropriate for the visual communications industry Nationally and Internationally.
- BBC from ‘A’ levels.
- BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM
- BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
- Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits – of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
- If you’ve got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
- International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here
- Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Arts guarantees entry on to this course
Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference. Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted for a Portfolio Review.
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2018/9. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study