This course teaches you to understand both the historical and contemporary context for illustration practice. You graduate with an understanding of what illustration has been, what it is now, and are encouraged to explore what it will be in the future. Practices, technologies and opportunities for illustration and image making are shifting. Working within a vibrant and supportive cross-disciplinary studio culture, you focus on generating new and memorable ideas as the basis of your creative process. You are encouraged to be a creative leader within your field. You explore in detail the changing nature of the illustrator as director, entrepreneur and networker, as well as developing your critical skills with an emphasis on solving problems creatively. Key areas include • animation • narrative • motion and interactive • structural graphics • surface design • design theory • printmaking • life drawing • photography • programming • digital publishing • book design • picture books. **Placements and work experience** During the third year of the course you can take an optional placement year. Placements give you the opportunity to apply your learning, develop new and existing skills and increase your knowledge and experience. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. During the course you produce work to a professional standard. There is an emphasis on preparing you for a meaningful career within illustration and associated design industries. *Expertise Our teaching staff have excellent links with local, national and international design and illustration professionals. We have hosted several major conferences and exhibitions covering • illustration • design theory • graphic design • typography. These have been covered in design journals and magazines such as Eye and Design Week. This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students and partners work as equals to deliver real innovation and creativity. SIA opened in 1843 and is one of the UK's oldest Art and Design Schools. We have recently moved into the Head Post Office, a redesigned Grade II listed building. It includes state-of-the-art workshops which provide you with a unique studio-based learning environment in the heart of the creative community.