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Illustration courses introduce students to the various disciplines required to become professionals in the design and illustration industry. Typically, these programmes are designed to give you a broad skill level in areas such as drawing, animation, material and medium selection, digital production and the application of software. Courses will also encourage students’ professional development via theoretical and placement studies, and the undertaking of critical studies aimed at creating a knowledgeable and introspective practitioner.

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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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