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Children's Book Illustration MA

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Full time | Preston Campus | 1 year | SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Illustration Artwork: Publications

Course type


Course Summary

The MA in Children’s Book Illustration (with optional Professional Placement) is perfect for practicing professional illustrators, artists and designers wishing to develop new ideas and techniques aimed at the children’s market. This taught, studio course is also suitable for recent design graduates who wish to focus and refine their ideas at a more advanced level.

Although primarily a visual course for artists and illustrators, authorial control over content is also hugely important in the children's book?field, so the ability to write creatively and to fuse written and visual content is an important component in the practice of children’s book illustration.

The emphasis of the course is on the practice of illustration for children’s picture books and story books. At postgraduate level you will be encouraged to pursue an original line of enquiry within your chosen area of children’s book illustration and design.

Why study with us

  • Learn to generate ideas and visually problem solve to a deadline whilst forging your own visual vocabulary.
  • At the end of the course you will have a body of work produced to a professional and publishable standard.
  • Our students have won several national children’s book awards and our alumni have illustrated over 70 published titles so far.

Future careers

Most children’s illustrators work as freelancers, often developing their own book ideas, or working as illustrators for hire for UK and International publishing houses.

Some specialise purely in children’s work whereas others work as character and toy designers, animators or as general illustrators working across design and advertising disciplines, as well as in the publishing industry.


This module provides the opportunity for you to realise your ideas and aspirations through the successful completion of a major study within animation. It will encourage a mastery of practiced-based research through a complex and specialised area of animation study. Enhance critical decision-making in complex and unpredictable solutions for the generation of new ideas within the animation process.

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Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a 2:2 degree or equivalent professional experience or learning in a related field. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits in the light of the nature and scope of the programme.

University information

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is an international, multi-campus university leading the way in modern postgraduate learning today. The University’s main campus is located in Preston, Lancashire – a small yet thriving city which was recently named the best city in the north west of England to live and work (Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index, 2022). The university has a student and staff community of around 38,000 people...more

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