Goldsmiths, University of London

Course Introduction

In this course, you will immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children?s illustration. Refine your practical illustration skills and ideas by working on projects that focus on materials and their combination, colour, tone, creating atmosphere, addressing the reader, and the relation of illustration to text. At the end of the programme you'll have the opportunity to exhibit your work. You won't only develop your practical skills. We draw 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 of illustration. We'll expect you to interrogate the power relations that determine what is published, distributed and selected to be read by children in schools. You'll study a bespoke module in children?s publishing that will help you with promoting your work and establishing dialogues with designers, editors and agents. You'll also have the chance to benefit from exposure to professional networks such as the Association of Illustrators, guest lectures from established illustrators and visits to illustration studios. As a graduate of the MA in Children?s Literature: Children?s Illustration you will have the skills and knowledge to succeed as a freelance children?s illustrator. In addition to honing your understanding and practice of children?s illustration, this degree will provide you with the professional skills to enter the industry with confidence. Throughout the course you will benefit from the expertise and networks of renowned practitioners.

Start Date:

2019-OCT-01. 2019-OCT-01.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,380 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £8,380 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £18,340 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,190 Home Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £4,190 European Fees
2 years
Part Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,170 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students 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. Students will also be required to provide a portfolio as part of their application. If they do not have an existing background in illustration we may offer students a place on a pre-sessional conversion course. This will cover foundational elements of illustration, including observational and sequential drawing, introduction to materials, and the psychology of pictorial reading. International students also have the option to study English language as part of the pre-sessional programme. Successful completion of the programme will lead to entry onto the MA in Children?s Literature: Children?s Illustration.
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with a 6.5 in writing and no element lower than 6.0.