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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This Course encourages you to question the nature of your practice and its context and position relative to the creative industries. 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. This course will appeal to you if you are open to participating in a broad range of creative strategies, utilising traditional and digital methods.

These include drawing and printmaking, lens and time-based media, with ideas and concepts that might be realised through exhibition, publication or exciting new hybrid forms. Students studying on the course come from a number of diverse backgrounds including Illustration, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Drawing, Photography and Painting. Others come from outside of art and design, having had experience across other subject disciplines, but demonstrating a passion for illustration.

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. Ideas are developed through specific individual approaches to research into practice and reflective is deeper understanding and commitment to practice assists students in identifying, exploring and achieving your future career aspirations. The course encourages you to engage imaginatively with illustration, in relation to both the academic subject and practice of illustration. Students’ practice is considered within a global context and with an awareness of the emergence of new and innovative approaches that interrogate, challenge and advance traditional practice. Graduates from the MA programme will be able to carve their own niche in an evolving market for visual material.

Different course options

Full time | Arts University Bournemouth | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Master?s Project 2: Resolution (60 Credits)
Strategies for Practice: Identification (60 Credits)
Master?s Project 1: Exploration (60 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants will usually have a 2:1 or equivalent undergraduate level qualification and must also hold a relevant English Language qualification.