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Illustration & Animation - MA/PgD/PgC

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Full time | Llandaff Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Illustration Animation

Course type


Course Summary

Course Overview

The role of the illustrator or animator is not ephemeral, temporary or mere entertainment. It is ecological, cultural, political and technological, challenging the momentum of the twenty-first century. Illustrators and animators must deploy their skills and imagination to respond to the wider political and cultural climate with more urgency and vigour than ever. Imagination is a powerful force, able to create and configure new ideas and develop dreams for both the individual and humanity as a whole. This Master’s degree course provides illustrators and animators with the skills and knowledge to effectively harness this power in their unique practice and their proposed project.

The MA in Illustration and Animation at Cardiff Met will appeal to graduates of any discipline of the visual arts, as well as professionals looking to sharpen their critical and theoretical skills. You will explore the role of the illustrator or animator through speculative methods in a transdisciplinary environment. Through a combination of self-directed studio practice, lectures, seminar sessions, and reading groups, you will be closely and individually guided in the exploration of your own practice through your proposed project, as a critical and re-directive process. We look to recruit brave, speculative, imaginative, and dedicated creative graduates who share our leading-edge-research concern for illustration and/or animation, and our instinct to imagine and explain.


The learning outcomes are assessed within the modules through a variety of methods including essays, presentations and project work etc, as seen in individual module descriptors. Assessment takes place at strategic points in the academic year to enable and support your continued development. Group critiques and tutorials offer continuous feedback opportunities. Peer and self-assessment is used extensively. Students can exit at Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma levels.

Employability & Careers

The MA Illustration & Animation programme enables students to enhance their careers as, or to become, established illustrators, artists, or animators, leading towards a career, a PhD, or to a Professional Doctorate in either art or design. Cardiff School of Art and Design offers Professional Doctoral programs in both Art and Design. The MA Illustration & Animation programme is designed to enable students to achieve the attributes of greater flexibility, adaptability, and individual responsibility and autonomy as professional artists or researchers. The course aims to develop individuality, creativity, self-reliance, initiative, and the ability to perform in rapidly changing environments as well as increasing competence with research skills and methods which will make graduates highly employable as academics and/or researchers, or enable them to develop an active and sustained practice as illustrators and/or animators.


Context and Methodologies Part 1 (20 Credits)
Critique, Test, & Reframe (40 Credits)
Output (60 Credits)
Idea (40 Credits)
Context and Methodologies Part 2 (20 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Students will normally have achieved a first class or second class upper division first degree (1st or 2.1 degree classification) in an appropriate subject, and/or equivalent professional standing or experience in a design, design crafts, or creative Industries discipline (based upon assessed Accredited Prior Learning or assessed Accredited Prior Experiential Learning), or a discipline associated with their programme of study.

University information

Cardiff Metropolitan University offers degree courses across a range of disciplines. Students can choose to study on either a full-time or part-time basis. Over 11,500 students from 140 countries study across its Cyncoed and Llandaff campuses. In addition, over 10,000 students attend its 17 partner institutions across 15 countries globally. As well as its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, the university also undertakes impactful...more