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Children’s Literature: Children’s Illustration MA

Children’s Literature: Children’s Illustration MA

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Illustration Children's Literature

Course type


Course Summary

In this course, you will immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration. Refine your practical illustration skills and ideas by working on projects that focus on materials and their combination, colour, tone, creating atmosphere, addressing the reader, and the relation of illustration to text. At the end of the programme you'll have the opportunity to exhibit your work. You won't only develop your practical skills. We draw on both professional and critical perspectives from art and education, cultural studies, design, and sociology to deliver a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the subject of illustration. We'll expect you to interrogate the power relations that determine what is published, distributed and selected to be read by children in schools. You'll study a bespoke module in children’s publishing that will help you with promoting your work and establishing dialogues with designers, editors and agents. You'll also have the chance to benefit from exposure to professional networks such as the Association of Illustrators, guest lectures from established illustrators and visits to illustration studios. As a graduate of the MA in Children’s Literature: Children’s Illustration you will have the skills and knowledge to succeed as a freelance children’s illustrator. In addition to honing your understanding and practice of children’s illustration, this degree will provide you with the professional skills to enter the industry with confidence. Throughout the course you will benefit from the expertise and networks of renowned practitioners.

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Full time | Goldsmiths, University of London | 1 year | 01-OCT-19

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Full time


1 year

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Children’s Publishing will prepare students for transition into the professional field and the wider publication of their own and others' work, which may include instruction in self-publishing and post-digital opportunities for the publication and distribution of graduates' professional activities in traditional and emerging forms of publishing. Students will learn principles of typography, typesetting, pre-flight, and scanning of analogue materials for press. They will be introduced to the principles of children's publishing, which in any given year may include the landscape of the contemporary industry and the business models of publishing and self-publishing. The principles of marketing and distribution, including budgeting, will be inculcated.
Children's Book Illustration: Final Project (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have or expect to achieve an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant area such as graphic design, illustration or art, or have equivalent professional experience. Students will also be required to provide a portfolio as part of their application. If they do not have an existing background in illustration we may offer students a place on a pre-sessional conversion course. This will cover foundational elements of illustration, including observational and sequential drawing, introduction to materials, and the psychology of pictorial reading. International students also have the option to study English language as part of the pre-sessional programme. Successful completion of the programme will lead to entry onto the MA in Children’s Literature: Children’s Illustration.