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Illustration and Visual Media MA

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Study mode

Full time


15 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Illustration Communication / Media Film / Video / Television Production

Course type


Course Summary

The course explores both the theory and practice of contemporary image making. A self-authored, practice-led investigation will drive your programme of study over the four terms of the course.

What can you expect?

  • The development of your independent, self-authored approach to image making. We encourage you to engage with the world beyond the institution. You are expected to be a creative entrepreneur, responsible for directing your own developing relationship with the visual world. You will not work on commercial briefs but will focus on developing a unique authorial voice through a body of self-written work.
  • You will meet a range of practitioners who are engaged in the creation and dissemination of contemporary images through a programme of specialist speakers, artists in dialogue events and external visits to creative workplaces. Through these experiences you will gain an understanding of the diverse ways in which today’s image makers research, collaborate, and extend their professional profiles.
  • You will be supported in undertaking intensive and experimental practice-led research – you will develop an independent and critical relationship to the contemporary image, with the potential to work across a broad range of visual media such as drawing, painting, creative coding, VR, 3D, print, performance, photography and animation in LCC’s world class facilities.
  • You will be taught by internationally-active practitioners and thinkers in art, design and image making. MA Illustration and Visual Media runs alongside a suite of postgraduate courses at LCC that reflects the rich and diverse spectrum of current and emergent practices in post analogue visual culture.
  • You will be part of LCC’s expansive Postgraduate Community, and beyond that have opportunities to be part of UAL’s cross university programme of events and activities. The programme supports you in progression to research at MPhil/PhD level.

Graduates of the course will be equipped to work in an increasingly technologically informed and interdisciplinary design world with in-depth skills in the following areas: visual communication, animation, narrative and sequential image making, typography, illustration and time-based design, authorial practice and publishing. A significant proportion of graduates from this course practice as commercial illustrators.

One of your key attributes will be an ability to translate narrative images across media. You will have the facility to deploy narrative illustrative content in books, online, animation and interactive and environmental settings. This will be coupled with an agile critical perspective ensuring you have the creative drive to sustain a career in the creative industries.


Illustrative Practice and Visual Media (40 Credits)
Critical Practice and Research Methods (20 Credits)
Expanded Practice and Personal Voice (40 Credits)
Collaborative Unit (20 Credits)
Expanded Practice and Individual Voice
Final Major Project and Thesis (60 Credits)
Final Major Project and Thesis

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Educational level may be demonstrated by: Honours degree (named above); Possession of equivalent qualifications; Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required; Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

University information

University of the Arts London (UAL) is a leading creative university. It has impressive alumni including famous fashion designers, artists and musicians. There are six colleges across 14 sites around London. These offer an extensive range of courses in art, design, screen, fashion, communication, media and performing arts. The colleges are: Camberwell College of Arts Central Saint Martins Chelsea College of Arts London College of...more

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