Graphic Design & Illustration

This course isn’t just about graphic design and illustration: it encompasses animation, multimedia, interactive design, motion graphics, printmaking and photography. Modules are designed to be flexible so you can specialise in either graphic design or illustration early in the course or take your time deciding while you get a feel for different art forms. This means that you will be working in a highly creative and stimulating environment where craft-based skills flourish alongside new technology using a variety of traditions including drawing, typography, image making and inventive approaches to new media.

Graphic Design and Illustration FactFile coverEven our home, the RIBA award-winning Art and Design Academy, is considered a work of art, having been recently nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize.

This course has a reputation for excellence and we are proud to have produced some of the country’s most innovative and respected designers and illustrators. They include Kirsty White who won first prize in the national 2010 Penguin Book Design Awards; Luke Sanders who designed the 2009 D&AD Annual which was art directed by the world-renowned Peter Saville; Katy Foster whose final year project was featured in the book Data Flow 2 – Visualising Information in Graphic Design; and Owain Bentley whose final year film was shown at Glastonbury.

Teaching is centred on practical studio projects which usually last for several weeks and involve briefings, workshops, discussions, reviews and critiques. There will also be a series of design history and theory lectures, with some high profile visiting speakers. You will have plenty of one-to-one contact with your tutors, either while you are working in the studio or in tutorials, but as the course progresses, you are expected to spend more time working independently. This becomes particularly important when you start to work on career-focused projects and placements. All in all, you are expected to commit to 35-40 hours’ study per week.

Additional opportunities available outside of the studio: Study trips at each Level (typically to Manchester, London and Berlin); 2 week Erasmus Summer School in Sardinia for 5 selected students; Susan Cotton Travel Awards that give up to £2,200 to selected Level 5 art and design students.

Course at a glance

  • Diverse range of graphic arts covered, including graphic design, illustration, printmaking, photography, animation, motion graphics and interactive design
  • Placement schemes with local design studios linked with LJMU
  • ‘Live’ team projects with local musicians, charities or retail outlets
  • Opportunities to enter design competitions and attend freelance events
  • State-of-the-art facilities in the Stirling Prize-nominated, RIBA award-winning Art and Design Academy.

Read more about BA Graphic Design and Illustration here.