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Illustrators create images to accompany text - for books, magazines, websites, posters, stationery and cards. The job of an illustrator often involves working with a client to develop a brief, but it can also involve working as part of a team with editors and other designers.
" In my youth I dreamed of being an illustrator."
Illustrators often work with a wide range of media; this can include traditional art materials such as pencils, pens and paint, but increasingly illustrators are using digital media and software programmes such as Adobe Creative Suite, which includes Photoshop, Illustrator and Indesign, to realise their creative ideas.
Using Design software enables illustrators to work much more quickly and react to changes in design briefs and to client requirements, and digital technology also means that illustrators seldom need to take a physical portfolio of work with them to interview. Instead most professional illustrators will showcase their creative illustration work online and can take commissions directly from their websites, which can lead to potential global exposure.
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Some companies employ in house illustrators – particularly if they require specialist technical illustration such as medical illustration or product or safety diagrams. There’s likely to be a ‘house style’ and so it helps if the design team are fully familiar with it. Having an understanding of budgets and deadlines is also crucial.
Develop an illustration portfolio & gain a recognised qualification
Good illustrators are able to take on a wide variety of briefs. These can include book illustration projects which includes illustrating for children's books as well as illustration for manuals, magazines and guides. They can also turn their hand to fashion illustration, medical illustration and other specialist areas. The BA (Hons) Illustration course from the University of Hertfordshire will equip you with all of these skills and more!
Level 4 (Year 1 of Degree)
You will find our standard entry requirements below. However we consider all applications on an individual basis and welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications, and from a variety of backgrounds. If you are returning to education, if you have commitment and are determined to succeed, we want to hear from you, so don’t hesitate to contact us.
You would normally be expected to have successfully completed a visual arts pre-degree course, which may be a Foundation or equivalent course in art and design, leading to BTEC National Diploma/Certificate, or equivalent international qualification, during which you are likely to have specialised in Illustration. However, other patterns of prior study and experience may be acceptable and applications are considered on a case by case basis.
IDI Admissions Process
The first step is to complete an application form You will then have an online discussion with an IDI Admissions Advisor, who will be able to give you further information about your chosen course and answer any questions you may have about studying with IDI, fees, funding and payment options. You will have the opportunity to show us some examples of creative work, and evidence of your previous qualifications and experience. This all takes place in the Admissions area within IDI-Study.
Returning to Study
We consider all applications on an individual basis and welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications, and from a variety of backgrounds.
If you have prior higher education or equivalent work experience, it may be possible for this to be taken into account. It may also enable advanced entry to your chosen programme.
For example, if you have an HND in an appropriate subject and you are aiming to achieve an honours degree, you may be considered for exemption from Level 4 and Level 5 studies (the equivalent of the first and second year of a full-time degree).
You may also be awarded credit for relevant prior learning such as previous courses studied, industrial, or professional experience.
We normally evaluate applicants against the following:
a) 240 points from GCE A Levels (or equivalent) including a qualification in an art related subject, plus GCSE English language and maths at grade C or above (Key skills are accepted as equivalent). If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0, TOEFL 550 is required
You are also normally expected to provide evidence of previous study within art and design through a range of the following:
b) Evidence of an awareness of the chosen area of study
c) Evidence of the ability to develop visual ideas
d) Use of processes towards subject specific conclusions
e) Evidence of the ability to develop visual ideas from an observational basis
f) 2D work such as drawing, painting, technical drawing, design, media experimentation, photography
g) 3D work evidenced by photograph, models, prototypes
h) Commitment to your chosen area of study and an awareness of the professional contexts of your chosen career
i) A clear indication of ability in English Language
Here is some advice about the type of creative work that you could include a portfolio. If you need further information don’t hesitate to contact our admissions team.
Entry is also possible at Level 5 or Level 6 through Credit Accumulation and Transfer from other higher education experiences that are roughly equivalent to the earlier levels of the programme (APCL) or through accredited prior experiential learning (APEL) where appropriate.
TOEFL Internet Based Test http://www.ets.org/toefl/ibt/about/
The programme is subject to the University's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of University policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL)
You can also download our Academic Schedule.