University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

This is a practice'led course that explores both the theory and practice of illustration across a broad range of visual media. It aims to develop visual voice with an emphasis on critical engagement with both the discipline and the world at large. This may take the form of investigating abstract concepts from disciplines such as science, technology and philosophy by developing bespoke visual languages to translate these ideas to diverse audiences. Other approaches may also include using critical ideas to produce self'directed visual authorship. Practical projects and technical workshops are run in tandem with theoretical and critical seminars in order to support the relationship between critical and practice based learning. This approach provides students with a unique platform from which to produce relevant and engaging work within the discipline of illustration that has resonance and value to the world at large. Through the development of a portfolio of work the course places graduates in a position to work across sectors as diverse as visual communication, art direction, information communication, branding, news, current affairs, entertainment, art and design as well as encouraging visual authorship. The course supports progression to research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self'directed experimental practice.

Course Modules

Modules include: Illustrative practice and visual media; critical practice and research methods; expanded practice and personal voice; final major research project; thesis.

Course Additional Entry

An Honours degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent professional/ academic qualification, or relevant professional experience. Applicants whose 1st language is not English require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £17,230  Whole course. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £8,250  Whole course. First year home fees