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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

MA Illustration

We offer the opportunity to work in a shared entrepreneurial, enterprising, outward looking, creative community of practice in the midst of the University and benefit from all of the facilities, networking, collaboration and opportunities on offer. Personal practice and exploration, critical evaluation, UN Sustainability Goals, and the business of Illustration are at the core of the curriculum.

Resources cover traditional drawing, printmaking and fabrication workshops to virtual reality drawing, 3D printing and other emerging is new MA is a 2 year part-time course, but with full time access to the Illustration studios and facilities.

Careers with this subject

We focus on the development of your career as an illustrator with modules based around the UN Sustainability Goals, enterprise, a negotiated final major project that consolidates your chosen direction and opportunities to start your own independent brand or collective within the studio environment.

Key features

  • Engage with award winning tutors, sharing and discussing ideas as you develop your practice.
  • Use the studios as professional incubation units allowing you to identify yourself as a professional brand or collective whilst studying for your MA.
  • Enjoy full time access to the facilities and resources, whilst on a part-time mode of study.
  • Work with a highly skilled team of technicians who deliver specific practical workshops (as available) in printmaking, letterpress, book binding, photography, ceramics, textiles, wood and metal as well as digital software.
  • Collaborate with other University of Plymouth departments and academics as well as external businesses on practical and/or research projects and initiatives.
  • MILL701PD may be taken as a stand-alone Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module as an introduction to the MA course.


This module will focus on the practical and theoretical factors influencing the manufacture, viability, sustainability and distribution of an original body of illustration work, directed towards a specified audience. You may work as an individual, or within a team or collective. Critical reflective research and writing reflects and informs practical work. Study trips to events / industries concerned with manufacture / distribution may be undertaken.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

The fee for 2019/20 is: £430 per 10 credits. There might be slight increase in fee for 2020/21.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 degree from a UK University or equivalent plus supporting portfolio of work and a 200 - 500 word draft statement of intent. But we will consider students below 2:1 if they can demonstrate a strong academic portfolio or a record of professional experience.

University information

The University of Plymouth’s campus is centrally located within Britain’s Ocean City, perched on the South Westerly coast of Devon in between scenic Cornwall and the historic Dartmoor National Park. The University is renowned for its world leading research; postgraduate students are supported by accomplished and experienced staff who undertake research that is innovative, operates across disciplinary boundaries, and provides outstanding...more