Course Code AIH
NFQ Level 6*
Duration 2 Years
Award Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Illustration (Art and Design)
On successful completion of Year 1 of a two-year Higher National Diploma (HND) an Higher National Certificate (HNC) will be claimed for each 1st Year HND student. It will be included as part of the overall HND award on successful completion of Year 2.
Illustration is a highly specialized discipline. This unique course enables you to develop strong visual language and narrative skills, and a range of illustrative styles. You will focus primarily on developing your drawing, digital and media abilities while also learning to regard your work in terms of commercial viability.
You will be actively encouraged to engage in a range of methods, both traditional and non-traditional and to realise your ideas in a variety of ways. These include three dimensional formats such as paper engineering and pop-up books.
Assignments will explore the entire spectrum of illustrative practice including editorial, art direction, archaeological, advertising, instructional and fashion as well as illustration for graphic novels, storyboarding, websites, book covers and children’s books.
Working to tailored in-house and live competition briefs is a key component of the course and includes gaining valuable feedback from tutors and industry sources alike.
Guest lectures are delivered by a variety of practicing and published illustrators and artists, which often include workshop-based sessions. Location trips to relevant exhibitions and events also enhance student practice.
Emphasis on developing your own professional practice is key over the two years of study, culminating in a portfolio which reflects a strong individual style, while being varied in content.
Additionally, the Erasmus+ study programme enables students to continue their education abroad for a number of weeks and to work on a live assignment for industry with their peers. In 2020, students of the HND in Illustration visited Malta to produce a capsule merchandise package for production and sale by Heritage Malta and the Esplora Science Museum.
While BCFE continues to partake in the EC funded Erasmus+ programme and has prepared work experience placements for the 2020 – 2021 academic year the College will continue to be guided by the HSE and NPHET. Therefore, travel abroad may be postponed or cancelled depending on the advice from the Government.
Students should bring to the interview a professionally presented Portfolio of recent and original works including:
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Being a student of Illustration at BCFE was a challenging and enjoyable experience. The course helped me improve my artistic skills as well as develop my career professionally. It has broadened my horizons and prepared me to continue forward in this field. I found the staff and tutors to be friendly, supportive and highly skilled. In my final year, I did an Erasmus+ programme in Malta.
HND in Illustration (AIH, 2017- 2019)