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Our guide to undergraduate art & design courses

Art and design courses cover a number of study areas including textiles, fashion, media, game art design, digital visualisation, primary education, fine art and graphic design. These programmes are typically designed for those wishing to pursue a career in the creative industries. You will learn the methodological and practical skills necessary to produce a portfolio of work in a variety of themes, whilst developing the essential skills in presentation and critical analysis for progression in art and design industries.

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Where: Interactive Design Institute

What: BA (Hons) Illustration (University of Hertfordshire degree)

by J - March 2015

Instead of taking the usual route of attending a physical university I elected to complete my degree in Illustration at home. At the beginning, I hadn't expected the workload or appreciated just how much self-discipline was involved - turns out it is very different to study and not have a tutor hovering over you to get the work done. The work you complete is up to, but that doesn't mean that you aren't supported. We all got our own tutors who had lots of experience in the industry, and because illustration is similar to graphic design in certain areas, students from each pathway were able to communicate with each other. This was both good and bad as it increased our audience for feedback and critique (something the course does rightly stress on), but it wasn't always from people who would have the same brief as us so sometimes they were less forthcoming with responses. Graphic design is much more popular so there have been times when there has been a complete absence in fellow students to communicate with. The pattern of study is repetitive, but it would be in the industry too. There are opportunities to pick your own projects, proposal and all, which means that you can really get creative. Like with any course, some tutors will be better than others. But each one did have something to offer and few do get really enthusiastic which is great when it comes to generating ideas and pushing your designs and supporting work further.

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Artists create original art work, such as paintings, sculptures and installations, which they then try to sell through art galleries, agents and dealers. They may also be commissioned to produce a specific piece of art work. They may produce art work by painting, drawing, installations/conceptual art, printmaking, carving, sculpting, modelling, using photography, video and computers. They may specialise in one medium, such as oil painting, one area, such as portraits, or in a combination of techniques and subjects. Artists need to market and promote their work, and...more

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