The course allows you to further refine your creative identity, offering a bridge between HE and professional illustration practice. It offers a great opportunity for creative professionals to return to university in order to reflect upon their creative practice and change direction.

MA Illustration welcomes a diverse range of design practitioners and celebrates a contemporary expansive notion of Illustration. The course offers you an active and dynamic community of practice, critical discourse and debate. Students come to us from a number of educational and professional backgrounds, including Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Fine Art, Model-making, Textiles and Photography, or from academic realms outside Art and Design.

This course is designed to appeal to students who are open and excited by a range of innovative possibilities from traditional methods such as drawing and printmaking, to virtual and time-based media. Experimenting with ideas that might culminate in publication, exhibition or new hybrid platforms, you are encouraged to re-imagine, navigate and resolve your practice. Through writing the Contextual Journals alongside studio outputs, you come to understand research and reflection as fundamental drivers for challenging creative thinking.

We encourage you to engage imaginatively with your own contexts and experiences, in order to extend your practice into new arenas. The strong emphasis on career planning enables you to carve your own niche within an evolving global market for illustration materials. Our graduates are supported in addressing the boundaries of the discipline itself through developing new visual perspectives on the world.

Study Details:

Our MA courses are between one and two years in length, depending on the subject and mode of study.

Module Details:

The course is structured and delivered in order to encourage and support you in developing your own distinct visual language, recognising an expansive understanding of contemporary illustration through the exploration of relationships between illustrator as author, audience and context.

You’ll deepen your knowledge and your ability to focus on your chosen field in relation to the key aspects that inform it. The course devises specific discipline-focused project work to enable you to take the right path towards your chosen career in industry or progress to further study at doctorate level.

  • Unit one: Re-imagining Practice
  • Unit two: Navigating Practice
  • Unit three: Resolving Practice

Part-time pathway
The part-time pathway is carried out over a period of 90 weeks – rather than 45 weeks as in the full-time pathway.


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Entry Requirements

We encourage application from students with a broad range of qualifications and we welcome students from all educational backgrounds. We will take into account the knowledge and skills that you have developed outside the classroom as well as your previous qualifications.

UK Applicants
You will usually have BA (Hons) Degree graded at 2.1 or above, or an equivalent UK or international qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline.

Overseas Applicants
For overseas applicants, we accept a range of English Language qualifications, including the following qualifications for MA and Master of Architecture (MArch) courses:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C
  • Certificate of Attainment in English (London Board) level 5 or 6
  • IELTS score of 6.5 or above
  • Pearson PTE score of 54 and over, with a score of 51 in each component.
  • IELTS, Pearson and TOEFL scores must be less than two years old at the time the course commences to be valid.

We may also accept TOEFL iBT scores of 80 or above for entry to degree courses; however we would prefer one of the above qualifications.

TOEFL is a test of American English and is not classified as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for Tier 4 Visa applicants.

Alternative Qualifications/Experience
Applicants with other than the required academic qualifications will be considered for entry if there is sufficient evidence to indicate that they have the potential to fulfil the objectives of the course of study and to achieve the standard of the final award.

Applications are also welcomed from those with other qualifications or with work experience which demonstrates appropriate knowledge and skills to study at postgraduate level.


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