Illustration is connected to contemporary visual culture in the fine and applied arts. ECA undergraduate courses present a creative and inspiring introduction to this subject, in both form and content, giving students a challenging and appropriate education in the applications of visual media. Projects at this level of study address such connections and they explore Illustration’s role in publishing, literature, design and print. There is a strong basis of observational drawing and a series of projects that cover the range of conceptual approaches to image-making and the interpretation of ideas.
Through years one to four, our academic projects evolve each year to encapsulate current developments in the graphic arts as well as addressing Illustration’s established traditions and working methods. Various courses will address how to answer a brief and develop an original and accomplished portfolio. Story telling and sequential imagery form a large part of the curriculum. Students will become authorial illustrators as well as being able to complement an existing text with their skilled interpretations.
Likewise, collaboration is a natural element for the illustrator, and various projects are particularly focused upon working across disciplines and with practitioners from other fields. Our graduates work as freelance illustrators, with many examples in Picture Books, illustrated literature in fact and fiction, graphic & editorial design, concept art, comics and graphic novels.
ECA undergraduate illustrators are given permanent individual work-spaces, which are used for day to day study and for tutorials and presentations. Students will also use the Life Drawing Studio, Printmaking Workshop, and various digital suites across the college. These locations give a thorough grounding in the subject, with technical process allied to conceptual thinking, interpretation, and problem solving. A range of visiting illustrators, artists and designers introduce professional aspects of this subject, allied to the academic content of our courses.