Coventry University: Illustration and Animation

InstitutionCoventry University View institution profile
Department School of Art and Design
Study type Taught


Coventry School of Art and Design has taught art and design for over 150 years and our award-winning faculty will share the lessons learned from their significant experience of global academic, creative, industrial and commercial environments. We have a successful track record including Oscar nominee Chris Townsend, BAFTA winner Amy Dodd and Turner Prize nominee artist George Shaw.

Internationally acclaimed for their own creative practice, our faculty staff have exhibited in Berlin, Athens, Helsinki, Bucharest, Istanbul, Tokyo, Linz, Zurich, Zagreb, Gijon and London. This course continues to provide illustrative and animated input into many areas of professional practice including the publishing, scientific, technical, marketing, publicity and advertising, medical and cultural arenas; all of which provides opportunities to hep you stay abreast of emerging trends and the challenges of contemporary professional practice.

This practice-based course provides opportunities to develop a broad range of traditional and digital skills, including drawing, etching, screen-printing, typography, film effects, and working with sound; all using industry-standard practices and toolsets.

Your studies will take place in a studio environment with access to an extensive range of specialist facilities, including laser cutters, 3D rapid prototyping, screen printing, computer suites and clay modelling to enable you to produce original informative artifacts. We particularly encourage you to creatively explore emergent and mixed media, considering these art forms in their broadest application: from films and games design to advertising, training videos and technical illustrations as used in science, engineering and medicine.

**Key course benefits;**

- Coventry University is Ranked 13th in the Guardian University Guide 2019.

- Staff will provide instruction on various creative techniques and will share their own diverse professional experience.

- Access to dedicated design studios, industry-standard software for illustration and design such as the Adobe and Autodesk suites of products.

- High levels of student satisfaction in Art and Design; 80% compared with the sector average of 76% (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016).

- Coventry University is participating in the AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges) project, a national initiative providing residencies to visual artists and designers, which enables students to work alongside and interact with them. We currently have four artists with us, who will be giving talks and showing work throughout the year.

- Our faculty staff continue to practice themselves; for example, the course leader has exhibited award-winning work at the Re-Animate Festival at the Oriel-Davies Gallery and has a track record of producing illustrative and animated work for national and international industries in addition to exhibiting and presenting work in Europe and South East Asia.


Coventry University

Coventry University is a dynamic university that provides high quality education to students. Our teaching, staff, facilities and student experience have all been recognised as being among the finest in the sector and our future is looking bright as a modern university with a flourishing global reputation.

Why choose Coventry University?

  • Top 15 for five years running in the Guardian University Guide (2016-2020)
  • Awarded University of the Year for Student Experience (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)
  • 1st for Overseas Experiences (based on student trips abroad from HESA 2016/17 data)
  • Gold for outstanding teaching ...

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