BA (Hons) Illustration
The year in review
Words by Gill Sampson, Course Leader
Welcome to illustration and the excellent work and achievements of our graduating students.
The creativity and individuality of all our students is reflected in the diversity of their achievements and portfolios of work, produced despite the challenges this year.
This year all our students have been encouraged to engage with international industry competitions including Penguin Random House Prize Book Cover Design Awards, Silent Book and MacMillan’s Children’s Book Competitions and D&AD New Blood Awards.
Sophie Kent has been awarded highly commended for her entry to the Carmelite Prize 2020 competition, recognising excellence in children’s book illustration Sophie’s work shows her creative flair for younger audiences.
As well as our staff team, our students have been able to interact with a range of visiting lecturers, industry professionals and organisations including Serena Katt, Wilfred Wood, Jake Hollings, Joe Cruz, Charlotte Mei, Jess Nash, Bridget Marzo, Andy Ward, The AOI and Owen Gildersleeve.
Several of our students have gained internships in industry including work experience at Next, Penguin Books and Owen Gildersleeve’s studio, London.
By working on live and collaborative briefs our students work directly with clients in real work experiences. Ailish Beadle’s work has been commissioned and recognised for it’s witty and humourous ideas, as featured on line in Intern magazine.
This year a great range of our graduating student portfolios can also be found at D&AD New Blood Digital Festival and The Dots digital platform connecting students with the creative industries.
Including – Min Kim’s colourful observations of contemporary culture, reflect fashions, trends and individuality in our diverse community.
Gabriel Quinn’s work combines strong drawing and characterisation with narrative and sequential design in evocative work for comics and graphic novels.
Imogen’s illustration painting practice is research led, exploring time, space and place of recorded moments, using technology from different eras.