South Devon College

FdA Illustration Arts

Everything at University Centre South Devon (UCSD) is designed to maximise your employability and future career opportunities. Courses are created with local employers to ensure you learn industry-relevant skills and are delivered in small classes with regular one-to-one support, covering a range of study skills – it’s no wonder we’re recognised as a leading institution in the National Student Survey.

Course details
  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Introduction to Visual Practice (FVIS101)

      This module will introduce the students to aspects of good studio and workshop practice and associated development of teamwork, communication and conceptual skills appropriate to visual communications.

    • Image and Expression (FVIS105)

      The emphasis on this module will be to develop an expressive visual language that communicates. The module intends to develop creative ideas that have a direct relationship to meaning and introduces students to the relationship between audience, expressive content and process.

    • Developing Research and Practice (SOUD1187)

    • Drawing (SOUD1361)

    • The Digital Environment (SOUD1362)

      This module acts to underpin the practical elements of the programme through the introduction, exploration and application of digital media. Students will explore digital technology as a means of creating both still and moving images offered by a range of software. A personal on-line blog will enable students to review and reflect upon work produced.

    • Sequence and Narrative (SOUD1363)

      This module exploits printmaking, digital technologies and drawing to respond to the demands of narrative image making and the book form experimentally. It explores a range of structural approaches to the book using mock-ups, storyboarding and other planning strategies. Students are encouraged to reflect upon design ideas in order to achieve a finished outcome.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Integration and Application (FVIS201)

      This module aims to provide an opportunity for the student to apply skills developed on the programme to the work environment and gain greater awareness of the operational aspects of the creative industries.

    • Negotiated Project (FVIS202)

      Students will negotiate a studio project which demonstrates a growing independence in terms of content, process, time management and an awareness of constraints. Tutors will act to guide students in the direction of personal practice, realising your design outcomes.

    • Professional Practice (FVIS203)

      This module will investigate the relationship between studio and professional practice, between audience, the practitioner and the business community. The aim is to equip students to function effectively within business and professional communities.

    • Negotiated Research (Contextual Studies) (FVIS204)

      The module will discuss the cultural context of creative practice and examines issues which may impact on current practice and future design. The content will focus on an individually researched and produced document.

    • Final Major Project (FVIS205)

      The final major project provides a vehicle to demonstrate accumulated skills and greater independence of the programme and will act to confirm student directions. After approval, you will be expected to manage the whole project, from initiation through to final results, appropriate to your stated aims. The presentation and display of work produced is an assessable part of this module.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the changeable nature of the situation and any updates to government guidance, we may need to make further, last minute adjustments to how we deliver our teaching and learning on some or all of our programmes, at any time during the academic year. We want to reassure you that even if we do have to adjust the way in which we teach our programmes, we will be working to maintain the quality of the student learning experience and learning outcomes at all times.
Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply
All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with South Devon College
The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with South Devon College

At the heart of the sunny English Riviera, we’re an award-winning Beacon status college. Add to that our ‘outstanding’ rating by Ofsted (in 2009), modern facilities and our larger-than-life Students’ Union, and you’re left with the perfect environment.

Find out more about studying at South Devon College