Course Code: AIH
Duration: 2 Years
Illustration is a highly specialized discipline within the field of Visual Communication. This unique course enables our students to develop strong visual language and narrative skills, while developing a range of illustrative styles. Students will focus primarily on developing their drawing, digital and media skills while also learning to regard their work in terms of commercial viability.
Students will be actively encouraged to engage in a range of methods, both traditional and non-traditional, to realise their ideas and will explore the entire spectrum of illustrative practice. This will include editorial, archaeological, technical, advertising, instructional, fashion, as well as illustration for graphic novels, storyboards, greeting cards, websites, book covers and children’s books. Working to tailored in-house and live competition briefs is a key component of the course and enables students to gain valuable feedback from tutors and industry sources alike.
Ongoing talks and workshops by visiting guest lecturers enrich and inform the students’ own practice and build important and beneficial links to the world of professional illustration.
Leaving Certificate/LCVP with a minimum H5 in Art and one other H5/O1 and three O6/H7 grades or equivalent or QQI level 5 award with a merit profile or BTEC National Diploma with a merit profile. The academic entry requirements may be waived for mature applicants (21+). Suitable Level 5 courses include:
HND in Illustration
This award is made by the UK awarding body BTEC Pearson and is not, at present, placed on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
A Higher National Diploma is recognised by the QQI as being comparable to the Higher Certificate at NFQ Level 6.
Please bring to the interview a professionally presented portfolio of recent and original works including:
Students will complete this course with a varied and exciting Illustration portfolio ready to begin in the industry. Viable progression includes freelance illustration, design studios, newspapers and magazine publications, publishers, architectural firms, and museum work.
Students may also apply for advanced entry to honours degree programme in national and international third-level institutions.