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MA Illustration (Online)

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2 years

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MA - Master of Arts

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Course Summary


Celebrate the role that illustration plays within a global context and immerse yourself in the diversity of practice that increasingly defines the subject in the 21st century.

Connect, engage and network with your peers on a global level and explore innovative approaches to visual communication. Push creative boundaries and both question and influence new thinking on the subject.

Why study with us?

This MA is designed to help illustrators with well-versed practical, drawing, and mark-making skills further develop their output. Whether you’ve recently earned an undergraduate degree in Illustration or a related discipline, or if you’re an established illustrator looking to change the direction of your practice, our course can support you in realising your creative and professional goals. As a graduate of the MA, you’ll be well-equipped to succeed as a professional illustrator. You can also utilise your skill set to find employment in similarly creative roles. Some examples include working as an animator, a concept artist, a multimedia programmer or a paper engineer. Other career options include advertising, publishing, teaching, graphic design, web design and art direction.

What you’ll learn

Explore the different context and applications of illustration, the range of visual tools available to illustrators and the role of storytelling within illustration.

Position your illustration practice within the wider communications industry and develop a self-promotion strategy

Careers and employability service

In addition to the guidance offered by our tutors, you can also access our RealWORKS, our careers and employability service throughout your studies, and for up to 5 years following graduation.

Our expert team will help you identify potential opportunities in the UK or internationally, prepare for job interviews, advise you on starting up your own business, and more. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.


To accelerate the development of your personal ?visual language? this module involves an in-depth exploration of the broad range of visual tools available to the illustrator. This includes different approaches to the core mark?making skills, both haptic and digital, relevant to illustration practice.

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Entry requirements

Students need to have an honours degree at 2:2 level or above in Illustration or a related subject.