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BA (Hons) Illustration

Course Duration

3 years; full-time
6 years; part-time

UCAS Code

Course: W220
Institution: P65

Our stimulating degree programmes are delivered by our team of academics, technical demonstrators and invited experts who together deliver excellence in teaching. You’ll learn from real industry professionals, to ensure your future success in the fast-paced creative industries.

Sam Rowe
Sam Rowe
Senior Lecturer & Subject Leader

Sam Rowe is a Senior Lecturer and Subject Leader on BA (Hons) Illustration and BA (Hons) Graphic Communication, where he team-teaches modules on sequential illustration, professional practice, and independent and self promotional practices.

Outside his time teaching at Plymouth College of Art, Sam is a freelance illustrator, art director, and designer, working with clients such as The New York Times, Financial Times, Airbnb, Atlassian, The McConnell Foundation, NPR, Dyson, and Bristol University amongst others. Sam is represented globally by The Loud Cloud, an agency that works with a dynamic group of unique illustrators, designers and animators.

Sam regularly works with the Society for Research into Higher Education, delivering workshops and seminars focusing on visualising research and sharing best practice. Prior to joining the academic teaching staff at the college, Sam taught illustration at the universities of Gloucestershire and Plymouth.

In 2021, Sam also became part of our Postgraduate cohort of students, beginning his MA in Illustration. His research centres on voice and communication, particularly those that bridge difficult gaps in understanding such as language and deep time.

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Mel Brown
Senior Lecturer & Assistant Head of School for Design + Communication

Dedicated to teaching both theory and practice since 1999, Mel began teaching at Plymouth College of Art in 2004.

Mel’s skills and experience are consolidated in her role as Principal Lecturer on the BA (Hons) Illustration programme at Plymouth College of Art, having long since decided that working alongside the next generation of Illustrators & Image-makers was exactly where she wanted to be. As the Illustration provision at Plymouth College of Art has grown from strength to strength, Mel has built a team of dedicated staff to help shape the identity and curriculum of the programme and deliver a high quality HE experience to our undergraduates.

While studying in Bath for her BA (Hons) in Graphic Design and MA in Visual Culture, Mel became obsessed with discarded books, abandoned photographs and seemingly random pieces of ephemera, and a recurring theme in her own practice is the exploration of juxtaposition to transform the use, meaning and interpretation of the things she finds. One of the co-founders and members of Bread & Butter – a Bath & Bristol based collective of Artists, Illustrators, Printmakers & Ceramicists working together to promote and exhibit their work - the power and potential of the collective and creative collaboration has remained an interest ever since.

Mel Brown (and research partner Elaine Garcia)'s research around experiential and collaborative learning investigated the potential of blogs to extend opportunities for peer critique outside the classroom, and their papers were presented in the UK, Europe and the US.

Current research interests explore play and the role of curiosity in creative learning.

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Phil Trenerry
Lecturer

Philip is a Lecturer on BA (Hons) Illustration, where he team-teaches modules on Sequential Illustration, Independent Practices and Research & Experimentation.

Outside of teaching, Philip explores interests in hauntology and folklore through various projects, including site-specific fabrications about the dangers of walking on Dartmoor, illustrations of substation ritual sites and skateboarding clips which often feature audio samples from public information films and TV shows.

In 2010 Philip co-founded Pylon Press, a shared framework for students, academics and practitioners who want to investigate authorial avenues and independent publishing within their Illustration practice.

Pylon Press
now has over 20 publications, which have been showcased through various local and national events and stockists including Bristol Artists Book Event, Counter Plymouth, Native Makers, Gosh! Comics and Gnash! Comics & Graphic Novels.