Middlesex University

Course Introduction

This practice and research-based course will enable you to explore and develop your interest and skill in all forms of narrative and sequential illustration. You will produce a children's book, graphic novel or illustrated text using our extensive facilities, supported by highly experienced staff and successful practitioners in the field. This is a highly practical course that aims to give students the very best opportunity to publish in these fields. The course is staffed by practising illustrators with rich and varied experience in these fields and invaluable insight into all aspects of publishing. The course will draw on the advice and expertise of visiting publishers, writers, editors, designers and art directors offering the best possible opportunity into the seemingly impenetrable world of publishing, narratives and children's books. Middlesex University offers superb facilities, including our exceptional printmaking rooms offering silk screen, lithography, mono print, wood and lino cutting, etching and dry point options. Students will have access to our state-of-the-art reprographic department, where dummy books and sample illustrations may be printed to the highest professional quality. In addition, we offer practical bookbinding expertise and instruction, enabling students to produce illustrated material to the highest presentation standard.

The course will prepare you for a career in children?s books, illustrating stories and graphic novels. There will be chances to meet with agents, publishers, writers and practicing illustrators. Almost all illustrators working in children?s books and graphic novels work in a freelance capacity and advice will be given on how to establish yourself, based on first hand experience, in this field. Advice is given on how to approach publishing houses, including presenting your book at the world?s biggest children?s book fair at Bologna, Italy and at the Frankfurt book fair in Germany. Possible alternative careers include teaching and studio-based work. With strong links to art and design employers in the UK and abroad, we support the individual ambitions of every one of our students while they are studying with us and after graduation.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,000 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,000 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £13,900 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have a good honours degree 2:2 or above, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have: an IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components); 58 (with 51 in all components) in Pearson Test of English; 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading) in TOEFL (IBT); 176 overall (no less than 169 in any component) in Cambridge First, Advanced, Proficiency - taken post January 2015.