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Children's Book Illustration and Graphic Novels (Part-Time)

Middlesex University
London, Great Britain
Part-time
€72.86/Credit
215 Points
Duration
2 Years
Language
English

Program Description

This practice and research-based course will enable you to explore and develop your interest and skill in all forms of narrative and sequential illustration. You will produce a children's book, graphic novel or illustrated text using our extensive facilities, supported by highly experienced staff and successful practitioners in the field.

This is a highly practical course that aims to give students the very best opportunity to publish in these fields. The course is staffed by practising illustrators with rich and varied experience in these fields and invaluable insight into all aspects of publishing. The course will draw on the advice and expertise of visiting publishers, writers, editors, designers and art directors offering the best possible opportunity into the seemingly impenetrable world of publishing, narratives and children's books.

Middlesex University offers superb facilities, including our exceptional printmaking rooms offering silk screen, lithography, mono print, wood and lino cutting, etching and dry point options and these will be part of our blended learning approach available where possible. Students will have access to our state-of-the-art reprographic department, where circumstances allow, where dummy books and sample illustrations may be printed to the highest professional quality. Our university printing department CDS will offer the opportunity for students to have their dummy books printed where necessary and delivered to a specific address, enabling students to pitch their final major projects where this is appropriate and relevant.

In addition, we offer practical bookbinding expertise and instruction, enabling students to produce illustrated material to the highest presentation standard.

Entry Requirements

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Education
Bachelor's Degree
6
or
Degree from State Technical Insitute (TEI)
6
English Level
Michigan Proficiency (ECPE)
B
or
Cambridge Proficiency (CPE)
B
or
Cambridge Advanced (CAE)
A
or
International Baccalaureate
5.0
or
IGCSE
C
or
Pearson Test of Academic Engl.
58
or
IELTS
6.5
or
TOEFL (internet based)
87
or
PTE
58
Required Documents
CV
Certified Copy of the Degree Certificate/Diploma
Certified Copy of the English Certification
ID Certified Copy
Passport Certified Copy
Personal Statement - Motivation Letter
Portfolio Relevant to the Programme
Interview
Detailed Transcript
Academic Reference Letter (1st)
Student Visa
Academic Reference Letter (2nd)
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Notes:

Information about qualifications:

  • We normally require a good honours degree in an appropriate subject.

Alternative English language requirements:

  • ESB ESOL International: Level 2‐Step 1
  • European Baccalaureate Language 1: Grade 7.0
  • European Baccalaureate Language 2: Grade 7.0
  • Language Cert International ESOL B2 SELT (SELT version ONLY): B2 High Pass overall and min 33/50 in each skill
  • Duolingo: Overall 110

More information:

  • We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications.
  • If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study.

Curriculum

Developing Practice

In this module you will explore a chosen area of illustration in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. You will learn to employ a variety of reflective methods to develop your own creative research proposal with the advanced communication skills to present, discuss and evaluate your work. - Term 1 (30 credits)

Critical Debates

In this module you’ll explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of children’s books and graphic novels. With particular focus on the cultural and social contexts within your chosen discipline, you’ll produce a portfolio of critical responses to contemporary debates in research and professional practice. - Term 1 (30 credits)

Pen to Paper

This module will explore sequential imagery in storytelling, looking particularly at opportunities for gaining access to the publishing industry. As part of this module you will assemble a store of visual proposals, enabling you to present your ideas to publishing houses. - Term 2 (30 credits)

Advanced Research

This module will prepare you for your final major project by enabling you to explore the work of practitioners and scholars in illustration and the contemporary research problems they face. By the end of this module you will have produced an illustrated research survey demonstrating your findings and investigations. - Term 2 (30 credits)

Major Project

The major project is an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills you have acquired during the course to the process of writing and illustrating your own children’s book or graphic novel, supported by critical and reflective written work that demonstrates your resolution and expertise. - Term 3 (60 credits)

Careers

The course will prepare you for a career in:

  • children’s books
  • illustrating stories
  • graphic novels

There will be chances to meet with agents, publishers, writers and practicing illustrators. Almost all illustrators working in children’s books and graphic novels work in a freelance capacity and advice will be given on how to establish yourself, based on first hand experience, in this field.

Advice is given on how to approach publishing houses, including presenting your book at the world’s biggest children’s book fair at Bologna, Italy and at the Frankfurt book fair in Germany.

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