Taught course


Arts University Bournemouth · Arts University Bournemouth

Entry requirements

To discuss an application or to apply for this course, please email admissions or call +44 1202 363228

Months of entry


Course content

This MA Illustration course encourages you to question the nature of your practice and its context and position relative to the creative industries.

This course will appeal to you if you're open to participating in a broad range of creative strategies, utilising traditional and digital methods. These include drawing and printmaking, lens and time-based media, with ideas and concepts that might be realised through exhibition, publication or exciting new hybrid forms. The course is structured and delivered in order to encourage and support students to develop their own distinct visual language. This deeper understanding and commitment to practice assists students in identifying, exploring and achieving their future career aspirations.

The course encourages you to engage imaginatively with illustration, in relation to both the academic subject and practice of illustration. Your practice is considered within a global context and with an awareness of the emergence of new and innovative approaches that interrogate, challenge and advance traditional practice.

The course recognises an expansive understanding on contemporary illustration through the exploration of relationships between illustrator and author, audience and context. Ideas are developed through specific individual approaches to research into practice and reflective enquiry.

Our students go on to work in diverse roles and have even won awards within industry.

Information for international students

For further information, email the International Office or call 01202 363233.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Creative work60
Professional practice20

Course contact details

+44 (0)1202 363228