Taught course

Illustration and Book Arts

Institution
Anglia Ruskin University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Applicants to this course will be required to attend interview and display a portfolio of work for assessment. Applicants resident outside of mainland UK only may submit a portfolio electronically. See our website for more details.

Months of entry

September

Course content

Design and carry out your own visual projects, exploring the relationships between word and image, as you prepare for a career as a visual artist in a growing creative industry.

  • Cross the divide between fine art and applied art created by other UK degree courses
  • Join a course led by internationally-exhibiting artist Jim Butler, with collections in the Tate Britain and British Library
  • Benefit from a 150-year tradition of drawing and inspiring creativity at Cambridge School of Art
  • Study in Cambridge, with its many galleries and exhibition spaces, just a quick train journey from London

Whatever your artistic background, our Master's course will develop your visual practice in areas that are important for illustrators and book artists, such as visual sequencing and visual text. It will challenge you to cross the divide between fine art and applied art found on many undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, making it a unique course for the UK.

Studying in our purpose-built studios at Cambridge School of Art, much of your work will be practice-based. You’ll propose and undertake self-directed projects, attending group critiques and tutorials that will help you develop your creative skills.

You'll also attend a series of integrated lectures and seminars. These serve two purposes. You’ll explore aspects of illustration and book art, such as the relationships between word and image, narratology and visual language. And you'll receive guidance on research methods and critical writing - which you'll put to immediate use on the course, as well as in your future career.

Throughout the course, you’ll collaborate and discuss your work with staff, visiting professionals and fellow students, giving you an invaluable opportunity to see how others respond to it. All of our teaching team are practising artists, so you’ll hear about the latest news and issues in the industry, and have access to sound careers advice.

Course Leader Jim Butler is well known for his artist's books, winning the professional books category in the World Illustration Awards 2018 for his piece 'Blackrock Sequence,' and having publications purchased for public collections at the Tate, the British Library and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

Course Leader: Jim Butler

Information for international students

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,900
International students
£14,100

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Course enquiries
Email
answers@anglia.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1245 493131