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Comic & Concept Art BA (Hons)

Comic & Concept Art BA (Hons)

Farnham

Course overview

Whether you want to draw stories for graphic novels and comics or create concept art for films or games, our BA (Hons) Comic & Concept Art degree will get you on the right track.

This degree is all about preparing you for the vital role that comic and concept artists play in animation, film, games, comics and other media.

Your imagination and drawing skills will combine to visualise directors' ideas on paper and screen, building your problem-solving skills as you create new and exciting designs.

This course focuses on the pre-production process, and will involve designing assets including characters, creatures, environments, key art illustrations, splash art, weapons and props.

You'll explore these creative briefs through traditional art methods, as well as using digital art tools such as Photoshop, Maya, ZBrush and After Effects.

You have the option to complete a Professional Practice Year as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be confident and engaged in creative workplaces. Employers widely recognise these qualities, and a significant proportion of placement students are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Please note: this course is subject to validation.

Our standard three year undergraduate degree for those who meet the entry requirements for higher education.

A four year degree programme, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree.

A four year course, specifically designed to provide international students with the English language and creative skills before they embark on year one of a degree.

A four year programme, which sees you spend an entire year gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

A five year course, including a foundation year to help develop your creativity before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

A five year course, including an international foundation year concentrating on English language and core creative skills before you embark on year one of a degree, and a year on a professional placement gaining valuable industry experience prior to your final year of study.

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Course details

Course Details

UCA’s Integrated Foundation Year is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and more.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Foundation Year, based at UCA Farnham to bring students from around the world to one hub of creativity.

This year of preparatory study is designed to give you the skills you’ll need to start your degree in the best possible way – with confidence, solid knowledge of creative practice, study skills and the English speaking and writing skills you’ll need to succeed.

You’ll explore a range of creative techniques and develop your portfolio, with your chosen subject in mind. We’ll work with you throughout the year to ensure you’re on the right track and give you the tools to achieve your highest potential on your degree.

Your first year will focus specifically on developing your understanding of comic and concept art, and your individual style. You'll explore the core illustration practices that are the foundations of effective development as a comic artist, including the use of appropriate software packages.

Confirmed units include:

  • Visual Design Fundamentals
  • Diversity & Inclusion/Placement
  • Narrative Development for Concept & Sequential Art
  • Industry Focus
  • Design Sprint (elective)
  • Design Sprint 2 (elective)

In your second year, we'll challenge you to dig deeper, build your skills further and flourish as an artist. You'll also develop yourself as a professional as you learn how to deal with clients and make your name in the industry.

Confirmed units include:

  • Character & World Building
  • Diversity & Inclusion/Placement
  • Advanced Workflows & Techniques
  • Industry Focus
  • Design Sprint/Cross-course Game Jam (elective)
  • Design Sprint 2 (elective)

If you opt to complete a professional practice year, this will take place in year three. You will undertake a placement within the creative industries to further develop your skills and CV.

While on your Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be determined using government funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you are charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during this year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this as you approach your Professional Practice Year.

Please note: If you are an international applicant, you will need to enrol onto the course ‘with Professional Practice Year’. It will not be possible to transfer onto the Professional Practice Year after enrolment

In your final year, you'll use all the knowledge, skills and experience you have built to produce your final major project.

Confirmed units include:

  • Pre-production for Comics & Concept Art
  • Critical & Conceptual Influences
  • Professional Practice
  • Final Major Project (solo/collaborative)

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees per year for September 2022 entry will be published here shortly.

If you opt to study the Professional Practice Year, you will be required to pay a reduced tuition fee for that year. This fee will be set by the government in their funding regulations. Based on current regulations, we expect this to be a maximum of 20% of the tuition fee rate that you will be charged for your second year of study. You will also incur additional travel and accommodation costs during your Professional Practice year. The University will provide you with further advice and guidance about this.

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be additional course costs and the details for these will be available here in due course.

Further information
Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

Course specifications

 

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

UCA Farnham has digital media suites programmed with design software for high-quality print production; printmaking studio with relief and block printing, plate or stone lithography, intaglio, letterpress, photopolymer plate printing and screen-printing; and a modern library with a wealth of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

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Library, UCA Farnham

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Print studios, UCA Farnham

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Digital Media suite, UCA Farnham

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Library, UCA Farnham

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma / BTEC National Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. Further information on how to compile and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

More portfolio advice

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Please use the following fields to help select the right application link for you:
  • UCAS Institution

    C93

  • UCAS Code

    W223

  • UCAS Code for course with Professional Practice

    W224

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year

    W22A

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated International Foundation Year

    W22C

  • UCAS Code for course with Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    W22B

  • UCAS Code for course with International Integrated Foundation Year and Professional Practice Year

    W22D

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