COURSE OVERVIEW
UCAS CODE W220 Our BA (Hons) Illustration for Commercial Application course here at The Northern School of Art is a unique programme that offers opportunities to build a credible portfolio, with delivery by practitioners from the illustration industry. So what do we offer that is so different? • From the moment you start, you are an illustration industry professional as a member of the Association of Illustrators • We provide you with access to the highest profile illustrators in the world 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 You won’t find another illustration degree like ours, anywhere. This is quite a bold statement to make, but we back this up with a wealth of industry links, exhibition opportunities, the distinctive studio culture and the fact that no two days on this degree are ever the same. BA (Hons) Illustration for Commercial Application Programme Specification 2018-2019
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We exhibit in places such as: • The Coningsby Gallery, London • The House of Blah Blah, Middlesbrough • The Festival of Illustration, Hartlepool • Ernest, Newcastle • Truman Brewery, London (Degree Show) Commercial opportunities for our students have included: • Spitalfields Market, London – Level 5 students selling work • Coningsby Gallery – Level 4 selling exhibition • The House of Blah Blah – Selling exhibition for Level 4 / 5 / 6 • Ernest – Two exhibitions of successfully submitted work This course is also behind the successful Hartlepool Festival of Illustration, which runs bi-annually. The festival is an arts council supported exhibition of internationally renowned illustrators and a series of workshops for illustrators of all ages.

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In your first year (Level Four) you will explore:
• Drawing in contemporary illustration • Creative processes and visualisation • Exploring narrative in illustration • Visual culture
In your second year (Level Five) you will develop:
• Innovation in illustration • Exploring and application of non-narrative illustration • Visual culture theory • Negotiated commercial application
In your third year (Level Six) you will produce:
• Project research and preparation • Dissertation/Report • Final Major Project • Final Show & Portfolio

VISITING LECTURERS

IN THE PAST, OUR VISITING LECTURERS HAVE INCLUDED: Chris Riddell – Visting Fellow, Children’s Laureate, Author, Illustrator God Machine – Illustrator Sam Arthur – MD, Nobrow Publishing Zara Pickin – Illustrator Drew Millward – Illustrator Dan Mumford – Illustrator Tom J Newell – Illustrator Craw – Artist / Illustrator Curtis Jobling – Illustrator Mr Millerchip – Illustrator Hunt Emmerson – Author / Illustrator Sara Ogilvie – Illustrator W.J Cadwell – Illustrator Lucy MacLeod – Illustrator

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NIEL BUSHNELL

NIEL BUSHNELL
Programme Leader 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.

NIK HOLMES

NIK HOLMES
Lecturer After spending a year working in licensed products at a childrenswear design studio, Nik then spent 3 years as an in-house Illustrator, Graphic Designer and Art Director (Humour) at UK Greetings. With over 14 years freelance experience, for a wide range of clients including Paramount Pictures, BBC, Channel 4, Microsoft and Google among others, his experience as a commercial illustrator is exhaustive. He has worked on almost every aspect of commercial illustration, including fashion, concept art, children's books, editorial illustration, product design, comic books, greeting cards, branding, logo design, animation, advertising and tattoo design among others. As well as client-based work, Nik also works on private commissions and sells his work - both through online stores as well as at various film and comic conventions around the UK.

FRANCES MOFFATT

FRANCES MOFFATT
Lecturer Frances began her creative career as an Assistant Accessories Designer at high end womenswear brand Luella, before moving into illustration. She worked for The Bright Illustration Agency on a range of editorial, greetings and publishing commission for clients including Paperlink, Egmont Publishing and Michael O’Mara Books. Frances now combines lecturing with a successful freelance practice, illustrating the Fashion Exercise Book (2014) and Pick Up a Pen (2018) for Pavilion, a leading publisher specialising in illustrated books for the UK and international markets. She has produced live portraits for events across the country, and exhibited and sold work at the Baltic Self Publishing Artists’ Market. Frances also exhibited at the Hartlepool Festival of Illustration in 2017, and curated the Fashion Illustration section.

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.

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BOOK ILLUSTRATION
EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION
FASHION ILLUSTRATION
FREELANCE ILLUSTRATION
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