Graphic Design and Illustration course is offered to those who want to make a career in illustration graphics and advertising design.
This degree provides a strong work-related experience aligned to graphic design and illustration, with students increasingly specialising in one of these two over the three years of study.
The first year is idea focused, emphasising design thinking, generation of ideas and problem solving with workshops providing hands-on media and software experiences. The second year focuses on projects related to the creative and cultural industries, emphasising professional constraints and expectations. It includes live projects, pitching and work-related experiences and you will develop design production knowledge. The final year centres around the professional portfolio with national competitions, with special attention paid to professional standards of working and support from staff whose experience best matches student interests. The experience is intended to produce creative, ready-to-work professionals. The staff team is drawn from nationally and internationally recognised designers and illustrators who bring their research and professional interests directly into the student environment.
Over the last two years alone, students on the graphic design and illustration course at the British Higher School of Art and Design have won commendations, prizes and work placements in a number of extremely high-profile national and international design competitions (YCN, D&AD Global Student Awards and many others).
The Course is taught both in full-time and part-time formats. Progress is assessed each semester by link tutors from the University of Hertfordshire and independent external examiners from other British educational institutions.
Admission requirements and processes
To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and other English language exams are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course.
Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days following the language test.
Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:
- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview
English examination is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced. After the English test, the prospective student negotiates with the admission officials a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview; these are usually scheduled during the following 3 days after the language test.
Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate during the first semester on Year 1.
The range of works that can form your portfolio is broad. Projects may be submitted in such areas as graphics, drawings, paintings, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation etc. First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and current projects which reflect your creative abilities.
Portfolio needs to be printed (А4 or larger format). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It is better to take pictures of large size works and modelswhich otherwise would be difficult to transport.
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
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Last updated February 2, 2018