Dr Rowan Gatfield and Jamie Oliver - Joint Programme Leaders
Dr Rowan Gatfield is a Senior Lecturer, teaching on the Illustration programme. He has more than 30 years’ experience within the print, publication, design, and advertising industry, having served as a Junior Art Director at Matthews and Charter/Olgilvy and Mather, as a partner at Gatfield and De Freitas/Polyhedron Advertising, and then owner of Bright Green Tomato Advertising. Jamie Oliver is an illustrator, painter, photographer and a senior lecturer on the Illustration programme at the University of Lincoln. He has worked as an illustrator since 1993 including four years at Elsevier in London. His illustration work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, books and journals, and continues to undertake illustration commissions.Academic Staff List
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
The course regularly invites a variety of guest speakers to enhance students' understanding of the wider Illustration community. In the past these have included Graham Rawle, Jonny Hannah, Lydia Monks, Derek Brazell, Gareth Brooks, Scott Garrett, Tom Gauld, and Jade Sarson to name a few.
Innovation, Professionalism and Entrepreneurship
There is a module dedicated to preparing students for life in the creative industry. It establishes the professional responsibilities of the illustrator and his/her role within the visual communication industry and society as a whole. This pedagogic philosophy aims to empower students to further their visual and professional development holistically. Business, research, self-promotion, and presentation skills are fundamental areas of learning in this approach. Students are introduced to various aspects of the illustration business and emphasis is placed on self-employment and the development of professional integrity. This focus on business also provides the opportunity for students to evaluate and distil project briefs.
Students are provided with access to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of software which includes Photoshop and Illustrator, Linked-In Learning as well as the Microsoft Office suite of software.
Students on this course may have the option to take part in national and international study visits. Students who choose to participate in optional study visits are expected to cover their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs. These optional study trips may include the Book Fair in Bolgona, the International Comic Strip Festival in Angouleme, and a range of museums and specialist exhibitions internationally.
Through instilling in our design students a thoughtful and critical approach to the way they think about design and apply their creative skills, we aim to prepare them to be leaders in the creative industries.
The University of Lincoln has a comprehensive range of facilities designed to provide a supportive environment for creative practitioners. Students have regular access to workshops, labs, studios, and industry-standard equipment, as well as highly knowledgeable technicians. This environment can help students to develop their knowledge and skills, and complements our purpose-built design studios.
Lincoln School of Design students have a long history of winning and being shortlisted for international and national student design competitions, and the last few years have been no exception.
Applicants will be invited to submit a digital portfolio of work. Portfolios should include plenty of observational drawings as well as evidence of creative exploration, visual problem solving, ideation, and experimentation with a range of different media and materials. Please also include some of your sketchbook pages so that we can see evidence of your developmental work. Work should demonstrate a good contextual knowledge of illustration and how it differs from fine art and graphic design. You may also wish to include evidence of written work, such as a recent essay.
"One of the key ways the course prepared me for freelance life is the way they let us manage our own time and work independently, as time management and independence are key skills for freelancers."Ellie Roe, Illustration graduate
Illustration graduates have gone on to develop successful international careers in illustration and art direction for advertising agencies, publishing houses, in graphic novels, zines, comics, as well as book illustration. They have gone on to work in games design, storyboarding for cinema, graphic design, and animation. An increasing number of entrepreneurial graduates have launched their own businesses and pursued careers in the broader creative industries.
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Discover the innovative world of animation and visual effects through moving image, digital visualisation, and contemporary narrative.
Students can consider creative solutions for the challenges of global advertising, developing concepts that can be turned into creative campaigns
Students can become skilled visual communicators with the opportunity to work on practical projects to develop their creativity
At Lincoln, we strive to make sure our student experience is engaging, supportive, and academically challenging. That is why, in response to the issues presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been prioritising face-to-face teaching sessions for our new and returning students in areas where they are the most valuable, such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lab and practical sessions. Additional online opportunities have been introduced where they support learning and have been shown to be successful and popular with our current students.
Safety remains a key focus. We are fully prepared to adapt our plans if changes in Government guidance makes this necessary, and we will endeavour to keep current and prospective students informed. For more information about how we are working to keep our community safe, please visit our coronavirus web pages.