South Devon College

FdA Illustration Arts

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • FVIS101 Introduction to Visual Practice

      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.

    • FVIS105 Image and Expression

      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.

    • SOUD1361 Drawing

    • SOUD1187 Developing Research and Practice

    • SOUD1362 The Digital Environment

      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.

    • SOUD1363 Sequence and Narrative

      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
    • FVIS201 Integration and Application

      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.

    • FVIS202 Negotiated Project

      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.

    • FVIS203 Professional Practice

      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.

    • FVIS204 Negotiated Research (Contextual Studies)

      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.

    • FVIS205 Final Major Project

      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.

Fees, costs and funding

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 international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.



Progression routes

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

*Your progression route application must be submitted by 28th November 2016.

Our partnership with South Devon College

Plymouth University 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 college 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 Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your college 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 Partners 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. 

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