Illustration 2: Responding to a Brief

Illustration 2: Responding to a Brief

Duration: 15 months at 10hrs/week

Price: £1630

Run by: Enquiries
at OCA

0800 731 2116

Unit 1B
Redbrook Business Park
Wilthorpe Road
Barnsley
South Yorkshire
S75 1JN

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About the Course

This course builds on your learning from illustration 1 by developing your practical skills, extending your critical and contextual understanding of illustration by undertaking client led projects, exploring reportage illustration, introducing you to sequential illustration, and by starting to define your own voice and visual language within your work. Working to a brief is central to the practice of illustration, taking this context as a starting point this course will begin to locate your practice professionally by explore how to develop your visual language, intepretive skills and ability to visualise your ideas to creatively respond to the demands of a brief. This course will explore reportage illustration, investigating how you use drawing and illustration to capture a sense of place, introduce contemporary forms of illustration such as street art. It will introduce you to digital artworking, using software to scan, make and manipulate your images; explore narrative and sequential images through storyboards, comics, graphic novels and simple animations; and develop a greater understanding of metaphor and meaning within your and other illustrators visual language. The learning log will be used to document and reflect your learning journey and location of your practice. Developing critique and self-reflective skills are important in helping define your own visual language and assessing the effectiveness of your visual communications, these will be supported through written feedback, peer interaction and tutor feedback.

The Open College of the Arts is a non-profit educational charity offering arts education through open and flexible distance learning methods. You will receive support from a one-to-one tutor who is also an arts practitioner and you will become part of a thriving UK and international student community.

All of our part time distance learning Open degrees are awarded by the University for the Creative Arts (UCA). We have an exceptional range of part-time Open courses at Higher Education level in painting, drawing, photography, music, illustration, graphic design, creative writing, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, art history and film.

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If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.



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