BCU Visual Arts Talk

Visual Arts students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull got an insight into illustration as a career when representatives from Birmingham City University visited last week.

Ian Dodds (Deputy Programme Leader Illustration) and Joel Mercer (Lecturer in Illustration) visited the College to give a presentation to a group of more than 40 Visual Arts students. Ian worked at the College some years ago, before moving onto BCU. He discussed his work at the university, as well as his freelance illustration work for newspapers, magazines and book covers. Ian and Joel explained their differences in working approaches, with Ian utilising Photoshop to produce his illustrations graphically, while Joel opts for the traditional drawing approach to illustration. The talk includes an explanation of the way freelance illustration work is done, from the brief arriving from a client, the creative process they undertake, all the way through to the final design. Examples of the work they have done brought the subject matter to life for the students.

Art teacher Alison Hempsall commented:

“It was great to have Ian back in College and to hear the different approaches to Illustration that Ian and Joel have. Lots of our students have ambitions to make their living out of Art, so to discover more about a possible career in Art was hugely beneficial to the students who attended this talk. It was also useful for them to find out more about the options open to them at BCU.”

The Visual Arts department at the College includes A levels in Fine Art, Graphics and Photography, as well as a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design. Students who opt for the A level route often progress onto Foundation Art courses when they finish College, while BTEC students are able to start an undergraduate degree immediately after their course.

10 November 2017