‘I consider myself extremely lucky to be a student at HCA. It’s a wonderful place’! – Cindy Jarvis Part Time Illustration student - October 2014
A quick summary of this course
The ability to communicate an idea visually is a difficult and employable skill. If you can affect people’s emotions and make them think by engaging them with a story or animation that entertains and thrills and you’re able to explain information accurately and with style, you could be rewarded with an exciting career that would be the envy of many.
There are opportunities for illustrators and animators to contribute visuals in film & television, theatre, publishing, advertising, information graphics, print, and with interactive new media platforms and this course seeks to give its students experience of working in many of these specialist areas.
The course has been developed in consultation with a wide range of practicing artists, animators, designers, writers, publishers and teachers. Their accumulated knowledge has been combined to create a course that delivers skills and knowledge, challenges and stimulates and most importantly, is fun to take part in.
Projects are designed to reflect real world situations and issues. We want our students to begin showing, selling and sharing their work with communities at local, national and global level whilst still on the course, not just after they leave.
We offer opportunities for our students to meet A-list practitioners, see their work and learn about the world they inhabit. We travel and take part in the most interesting events, screenings and exhibitions. We actively seek out partnerships with national profiles and work with them in order to gain valuable experience of problem solving and gaining confidence through success.
All this is delivered in a friendly and industrious studio and workshop environment where everyone enjoys their own workspaces. Our students form part of a larger college wide community that collectively supports and nourishes individual creative development.
These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details.
Progression and Careers
Why take this course?
Graduates leave well placed to continue their studies at Postgraduate level or develop careers as freelance illustrators, animators or designers. This could include acquiring free-lance work in print media and journalism, advertising and multimedia, comic and picture books, graphic novels, concept art and story-boarding for film & video games, reportage and fashion illustration, as well as in more traditional low tech areas such as Book Arts and Crafts.