Postgraduate study
The Arts

MA Illustration

Our MA Illustration explores modern and future-facing definitions of illustration and is an intensive, highly practical course, designed to create flexible practitioners with a keen awareness of the changing needs of the industry. It enables you to develop a unique, industry-ready visual identity - ready for the modern, online marketplace of images.

Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year (September start), 16 months (January start) or 2 years with advanced practice (September or January start)

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2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September and February
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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Note: this course is recruiting for January 2019.

This course helps you develop your unique voice and to become competitive and recognizable as an individual creator. It also offers early career practitioners an incubation space to challenge and refine their practices, to re-enter the industry with improved confidence and practical skill.The course is uniquely structured to approach a variety of illustrative outcomes including installation, active/participatory illustration, and authorial illustration – all of which are burgeoning and promising areas.

You will have access to industry standard technologies and excellent facilities - including specialist drawing equipment such as Cintiq Wacom Tablets, green screen, motion capture, as well as more traditional facilities such as wet spaces, scanners, drawing tables and light boxes. There are three routes you can choose from to gain an MA Illustration:

  • full-time - 2 years with advanced practice (September start)
  • full-time - 1 year (September start) or 16 months (January start)
  • part-time - 2 years.

Course structure

Core modules

Adaption and Interpretation

You demonstrate a deep and nuanced understanding of the key issues relating to the development of sequential art created in response to provided written material.

The provided written document may be in the form of a professionally formatted full scrip. You also explore a range of written material from a variety of sources.

You undertake appropriate research and analysis, which is synthesised into your visual interpretation.

You experiment with storytelling techniques and visual style to recognise and develop your individual strengths leading to an original creative approach.

You critically reflect on your work to promote further development of specialist skills.

Your assessment is a portfolio of artwork and a reflective document.

Fundamental Illustration

A picture speaks a thousand words, but how do pictures tell a story? You explore the capabilities of the single image to communicate on its own. You engage in creative and innovative ways with typical commercial outputs. You explore book covers, posters and promotional material that use illustration - each time reconsidering the communicative potential of the single image.

You create single images that suggest a larger narrative, intended to quickly deliver information, atmosphere, and pique curiosity.

Your assessment is 100% ICA based on a wordless piece of visual communication.

Illustration for Communication

You interrogate the field of visual communication and investigate the power of image-based communication in the commercial world.

You examine how complex issues are communicated in visual terms through the navigation of infographics, emoji’s, GIF’s, data visualization and much more as you research and analyse commercial communications in industry.

You also explore non-verbal communication and the use of iconography through history from cave paintings and hieroglyphs to emoji’s and brand marks.

You develop a piece of illustrative work suitable for the online space, describing a significant message or narrative in response to a given brief.
Your assessment is 100% ICA.

Launchpad: Exit to Industry

This module supports your strategic career vision in the media and events industries. You are supported and guided through a series of workshops to produce a range of professional assets, designed to support your career aspirations through work and analysis of practice/work related practice.
Your assessment is professional portfolio and exit strategy.

Research Based Learning

You gain a grounding in research approaches and processes in the creative arts disciplines in areas such as animation, visual effects, games and concept art.

You learn how to construct a rigorous critical framework to generate evidence based material to justify and inform your conceptual investigation through creative practice. You also critically evaluate and source appropriate academic research and relevant outputs from the creative arts disciplines.
Your assessment is 100% ICA, a written critical discourse/research proposal that contextualizes and theorizes the accompanying practice element, this may form the basis of your master’s project.

The Visual Identity

You create a piece of illustrative art to communicate an original idea or story developed from a topic of specific interest.

You research and analyse your area of interest and develop a range of creative responses. You express your ideas in novel, original and visually idiosyncratic ways.

You demonstrate a high level of professional competence and willingness to experiment with a range of visual approaches.

You explore a range of publishing venues including online and print.

You critically reflect on your work to promote further development and appropriate professional skills.

Your assessment is a piece of sequential art and a reflective document.

 

Advanced practice

Internship

Internship is normally a six month period of placement working in a host organisation where you usually receive a salary. You gain practical experience over a substantial period of time, enhance your employability and put your academic learning into practice. The placement office identify suitable placements, but you can also submit relevant placement opportunities for consideration. You are interviewed and selected by the host organisation.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn about concepts and methods primarily through keynote lectures and tutorials using case studies and examples. Lectures include presentations from guest speakers from industry. Critical reflection is key to successful problem solving and essential to the creative process. You develop your own reflective practice at an advanced level, then test and assess your solutions against criteria that you develop in the light of your research.

How you are assessed

Work placement

Advanced practice

There are a number of internship options, including:

Vocational internship – spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge.

Research internship – develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.

Entry requirements

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • within 1 year (September start), 16 months (January start) or 2 years with advanced practice (September or January start)

More full-time details

2018 entry

Part-time

  • 2 years

More part-time details

2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September and February
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 342639
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information