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Foundation Degree Illustration

Foundation Degree Illustration


What you'll study

The Foundation Degree in Illustration will teach you how to creatively develop your own style, reflecting the imaginative way you see and communicate with the ever changing world. You'll explore different contexts of image making from traditional illustration and commercial application through to indie books, information graphics, zines, moving image, limited edition prints, surface pattern and illustrative products.

You will learn to work independently, creatively and critically in a variety of contexts, as we support your enthusiasm to design, manufacture, market and sell your own work. We will support you in developing professional skills in every assignment, including creative problem solving, project management, working to a brief and completing work to a deadline. Through continuous self-reflection, you'll develop and identify personal strengths, helping you to recognise transferable skills and how they will be useful for future employment.

Modules include:

Year 1

    • Creative visual skills

    • Colour and communication for illustration

    • Communication studies

    • Study skills

    • Creative industries practical project

Year 2

    • Illustration for literature

    • Illustration for surface pattern

    • Career industries work related experience

    • Career development

    • Communication studies

You'll work on exciting live project briefs and benefit from visiting practitioners who work in the industry; delivering workshops, offering portfolio guidance, and talking about their own practice. Introducing you to explore commercial practice, we also encourage you to professionally promote yourself and also to explore your own ideas through self-directed and professional approaches which will extend the boundaries of your visual language. As you develop your interests you can choose to adapt your study to a range of creative specialisms, including editorial illustration, children 's books, independent publishing, printmaking, modelling, interactive illustration and surface pattern.

You will enjoy a varied programme of cultural and inspirational trips both locally, nationally and internationally giving you the opportunity to visit galleries and other relevant locations that will inform and enhance your work.

You will be part of a diverse creative environment which provides you with access to all kinds of industry standard facilities benefitting from both traditional and high-tech equipment. In both years you will have your own dedicated workspace within our illustration studio and the opportunities to work with a range of other specialist workshops and facilities in the college.

What's expected of you

  • Manage your time
  • Know your programme of study
  • Attend your classes and engage
  • Always have a sense of purpose
  • Seek help whenever you need it

What qualifications you'll achieve

Foundation Degree in Illustration acreditted by the University of South Wales.

How you'll be assessed

  • Coursework
  • Portfolio

What you can do next

This course will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience for a career in illustration or to progress on to the BA (Hons) Illustration programme at the University of South Wales.

Entry requirements

You would usually need at least one of the following:

  • A relevant BTEC Level 3 profile of Merit/Merit
  • DD at A Level
  • DE grades at A Level plus C in Welsh Baccalaureate
  • Access to HE where you have achieved a Pass Diploma with 45 Passes


  • GCSE passes in three subjects at grade C or above to include Maths and English Language (or equivalent)

Additional information

This course is franchised by the University of South Wales.

The UCAS course code is: W224

The institution code: W01

The campus code: G

You can apply directly to the college or via UCAS for this course.

Where can I study Foundation Degree Illustration?


Crosskeys Campus
(Full Time)

Call 01495 333 777 to apply today

All courses may be subject to change. Coleg Gwent reserves the right to withdraw courses should they no longer be deemed viable to run.

Gall yr holl gyrsiau fod yn destun newid. Mae Coleg Gwent yn cadw'r hawl i dynnu cyrsiau yn os ystyrir nad yw bellach yn ddichonadwy i'w rhedeg.

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