This BA (Hons) Illustration for Commercial Application degree is an inspiring art course that will help you create and develop your own illustrative voice. Our students gain the skills, knowledge and industry links to forge a career as a comic book artist, editorial illustrator, picturebook artist, product illustrator, concept artist, greetings card artist or fashion illustrator - equipping you with the business and creative skills to pursue a career in advertising, editorial, games, film, television, comics and publishing. Your development - creatively, academically and professionally - will be directed into producing a distinct portfolio and developing a strong business focus to support you in launching a successful career in the creative industries.
Our BA (Hons) degree in Illustration for Commercial Application here at The Northern School of Art offers opportunities to build a credible contemporary and commercially aware illustration portfolio, with training from working practitioners in the industry. Our degree is unique in that we offer a distinctive studio culture; no two days on this course are ever the same. We back this up with a wealth of industry links, exhibitions and opportunities.

• From the moment you start, you are an illustration industry professional as a member of the Association of Illustrators.

• Students are given their own individual work space and a wealth of industry standard resources.

• We provide you with access to high profile illustrators from different areas within the industry through our extensive visiting lecturer scheme.

• We support and guide you to have your own unique illustrative voice, evident from the diversity and breadth of our students work

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NIEL BUSHNELL

NIEL BUSHNELL
Senior Lecturer Niel is an established animator, illustrator and artist whose work has featured in Disney productions and Marvel Comics as well as numerous feature films and computer games. His career started at Marvel Comics before he moved into the animation industry where he worked on a broad range of projects from cereal commercials to feature films including Space Jam and Lost in Space. He then moved into the computer games industry as a concept artist, illustrator and animator on games including Shadowman and Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Niel’s work for Disney included a Lion King short film called ‘The Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable’ which played at the Epcot Centre’s The Land pavilion at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, for over twenty years until it finally closed in 2018. After a stint in London, Niel returned to his native Hartlepool and formed his own studio, supervising a team of animators and artists, producing work for UK television shows such as Spooks, Hyperdrive, Mongrels, The Windsors and Derry Girls. More recently, Niel has been involved in the Doctor Who blu ray range, creating new animation, graphics and effects. When he’s not drawing or animating, Niel enjoys writing and has had nine books published.

ALICE HAIR

ALICE HAIR
Lecturer Alice graduated from an MA in Illustration and Design in 2013 and since has worked in higher education whilst developing personal work for a range of regional exhibitions including; The Northern Festival of Illustration in 2019, Emanation at ThoughtFoundation 2018, Hamsterley: Unearthed 2018 in Hamsterley Forest, and the Drawing Parallels and Drawing the Line series at Gala Gallery and Holy Biscuit gallery. This has built a wealth of experience working with varied teams to plan and curate exhibitions. Alice has worked on a range of illustration commissions for clients such as Bernicia Festival, Lake Poets, Narc Magazine, The Customs House theatre, and Tiny Lights Recordings and Kittle PR. Alice continues to work on private illustration and design commissions alongside lecturing.

CAREER PATHS

This degree is for you if you wish to have a career in:

ADVERTISING ILLUSTRATION
BOOK ILLUSTRATION
EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION
FASHION ILLUSTRATION
FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION
GREETINGS CARD ILLUSTRATION
PRODUCT ILLUSTRATION

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