Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration and gain an in'depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature. Developed and taught by leading teaching staff including children’s authors, this degree draws 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. Guidance from tutors and a choice of modules and assignments will enable you to develop personal projects, culminating in a practice'based dissertation. At the end of the programme you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work.

Course Modules

Core modules: Children’s literature and cultural diversity (30 credits); children’s book illustration practice (30 credits); children’s publishing (30 credits); children’s book illustration final project – portfolio and reflective essay (60 credits). Option modules: Children’s literature in action; race, culture and education; early childhood education for a diverse society; revisiting practice. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA £8,130 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA £17,800 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • For direct entry onto the degree, you 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. You will also be required to provide a portfolio as part of your application.