“BA Illustration attracts students who are imaginative, curious, and astute, to create illuminating translations of our world and our time”
About the course
UCAS Code: W220
Subject Leader: Chris Glynn
Minimum Tariff: 300 UCAS tariff points from at least two A-levels (or equivalent), plus portfolio
Admissions Tutor: Amelia Johnstone
We believe illustration is a speaking art: it arises from a need to communicate beyond words and an empathetic desire to influence and enlighten others. Its ancient languages originate in gesture and extend from drawing and print to encompass sound, moving image, 3D modelling and more recent technologies including the digital, virtual, haptic and simulated.
Illustration’s spheres of influence extend across the art school and outwards, to science and medicine, psychology, literature, education, theatre, politics, commerce: the list goes on. It has become a critical discipline for the 21st Century, connecting historically established practice with contemporary visual enquiry and technological experimentation. At Cardiff, we are pioneering ambitious developments in teaching, practice and research. The academic team includes practicing illustrators and researchers, experienced in editorial and fine art illustration, animation, visual facilitation and interdisciplinary arts education. We lead in teaching narrative form, and aesthetically driven approaches connecting art, science and technology, rhetoric and forecasting, information and memory.
“To illuminate the world, illustrators need to be bright; to dig out the truth they need sharp minds.” – Chris Glynn, Subject Leader, Illustration
Our research interests include experimental drawing, visualising abstract thought, and humour. We are co-founders of Illustration Research, which has curated three international symposia: Shadow Play(Cardiff 2010), Illustration and Writing (Manchester 2011) and the Function of Folk (Kracow 2012). Science, Imagination and the Illustration of Knowledge takes place at the Oxford Universities Museums in November 2013. We are members of the editorial panel of the new Journal of Illustration (Intellect, 2013) and are developing a range of commercial and artistic outreach projects with partners outside academia.
As a force for good, illustration can shed light, heal, reconcile and attempt to explain. It also has free rein to pose problems and speak cryptically. At CSAD we are resistant towards the anaesthetic image, preferring work which questions and disrupts conventional thinking. To this end, we believe cautionary and prophetic idioms offer the illustrator exciting scope for comic and tragic expression beyond the mundane.
CSAD Illustration offers inspiring contexts for students to apply their imagination and develop the skills and confidence to operate as creative professionals. BA students are encouraged to evolve a distinct voice, technical range and intellectual stance. This is no style school: we encourage purposeful output so that our graduates can thrive in challenging and complex working environments. Across the degree course, practical projects and workshops vary in length and purpose, offering authorial scope and editorial challenge. We aim to foster critical and creative breadth, experimental curiosity and an enlarged understanding of illustration’s contexts and purposes.
All students are encouraged to engage with live briefs, ranging from competitions to residencies and exhibitions. There is a strong emphasis on group tutorial teaching and interactive seminars, enhanced by ‘Muses’ and workshops by professionals working within and beyond the discipline. We aim to equip graduates to create independent practices and to serve as key players and leading lights in publishing, film, animation, theatre, fine art, new media, and emerging fields.
Visiting speakers and guests since 2008 include:
Talya Baldwin www.talyabaldwin.co.uk
James Caddick http://www.jamescaddick.com/
Laura Carlin http://lauracarlin.blogspot.co.uk/
Mike Collins http://www.freakhousegraphics.com/
Ken Garland http://www.kengarland.co.uk/
Eleanor Glover http://www.eleanor.glover.freeuk.com/
Sophie Herxheimer www.sophieherxheimer.com
Øivind Hovland www.oivindhovland.com
Price James: link
Tiffany Leeson, Art Director http://www.egmont.co.uk/
Prof John Vernon Lord http://johnvernonlord.blogspot.co.uk/
Justin Kerrigan http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0449863/
Katherina Manolessou http://www.lemoneyed.com/
Prof. Len Massey: http://www.lenmassey.com/len/lenmassey.com.html
Catrin Morgan http://catrinmorgan.co.uk
Fran O’Hara http://www.franohara.com/
Tony Ross: link
Anna Steinberg www.annasteinberg.co.uk
Dylan Teague http://dylansdrawingboard.blogspot.co.uk/
Richard Webb www.seewhatyoumean.co.uk
Holly Wales www.hollywales.com
Ian Whybrow www.ianwhybrow.com
Prof. James Woudhuysen www.woudhuysen.com
Shadow Play Symposium Guests, Nov 2010
Alan McGowan http://www.alanmcgowan.com/
Roderick Mills http://roderickmills.blogspot.co.uk/
Prof. Mario Minichiello: link
Prof. Christopher Morris http://christophermorrisfilms.co.uk/
Graham Rawle http://www.grahamrawle.com/