Our Illustration and Animation (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) starts with na intensive semester to teach you the essentials of illustration. This preparatory semester will ensure you have all the skills and techniques needed to complete the rest of your degree.
Your projects can span multiple disciplines, allowing you to experiment with a number of different mediums. Throughout the course you’ll find your own unique style and gain confidence in your ability to create.
You will complete this degree in three years, starting in September. Following the preparatory semester you’ll join students starting on the standard course in January. This means that Year 1 will consist of three semesters and you’ll be required to study at the University during some of the summer between Year 1 and 2. During the subsequent two years of your studies you’ll follow the same schedule and study the same content as students on the Illustration and Animation BA (Hons) course.
While you may make a considerable saving in time and fees by choosing this route over a four-year degree with a foundation year, do be aware that you’ll have to budget for the additional semester in your first year.
Learn to use narrative techniques to tell stories visually and explore the foundations of visual communication. Our Illustration and Animation (with preparatory semester) BA (Hons) degree will equip you with skills such as drawing and other forms of mark-making (from digital animation to rug-tufting), bookbinding, letterpress printing and stop-motion animation. You’ll be using the same standard industry equipment and software as those used in your future profession.
You’ll be encouraged to publish, critique and display your work throughout the course, helping you to gain professional working practice as an illustrator and animator. You’ll benefit from a diverse studio setting where you’ll be free to use a wide variety of mediums to respond to briefs and develop your unique creative vision.
You'll be assessed through project work, essays, individual practice and a final portfolio project including a dissertation. There are no examinations.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
You will need to attend an interview with your portfolio of creative work. If you live outside of the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Your portfolio should be selective but have enough work to show the range of your interests and talents. We're interested in seeing how you develop a project from beginning to end, not only finished work.
Graphic designers work in a variety of media; please include the whole range of your creative work. If you can't bring some of your work to the portfolio interview, please take photographs and include them.
Finally, be ready to talk about your work and how you see your future as a graphic designer.
If you're coming in person to your interview we strongly suggest bringing a physical portfolio of work.
Things to bring:
If you are submitting an online application, please follow these guidelines.
Things to include:
Example Year 1 modules include:
Example Year 2 modules include:
Example Year 3 modules include:
"Intellectually stimulating. I have learned new techniques and my understanding of the subject has broadened. I have made some really good connections."
"Tutors are the highlight of the University. You can see the passion they have for art and design, as well having the passion to teach us."
"My dissertation tutor put me at ease and helped me a lot with writing."
"The new studio idea is really successful and my studio leader is absolutely amazing."
"An incredibly diverse cross section of students. A real incentive to want to work hard and produce a stunning range of work through dialogue with tutors... The opportunity to find myself, and despite having different career motives now, be fully supported by all staff in and around the subject area. A vast library spanning three different buildings. A university-wide ethos that stands for true social equality."
"Excellent tutors and lecturers. A good range of facilities were available, all of which are well supervised by helpful technicians and tutors."
"I have definitely learnt a lot over my three years, gained confidence in my work and met some brilliant people." all quotes from the National Student Survey
Graduating from this degree will give you all the skills and experience you'll need to work as an illustrator, animator, graphic designer, print-maker or production designer.
The transferable skills you'll gain on this course will also allow you to work as a fashion designer, visual effects artist, fine artist or web designer.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.
大学 and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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