Taught course

Illustration: Authorial Practice

Falmouth University · Falmouth School of Art

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from those with relevant Level 6 qualifications, or relevant equivalent experience, and a demonstrable interest in their subject. If you have professional experience, this can sometimes be substituted for traditional academic qualifications. This experience should be current (gained within the last five years) and should be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

On this unique illustration course – the only one of its kind with a specific academic focus on authorial practice – you'll develop your own voice. You'll learn to see your work as an evolving practice rather than as a response to an already defined concept or brief, as you challenge and re-evaluate your work with the help of teaching staff who are experienced practitioners.

As your authorial voice develops and you learn to identify your audience, you'll also be encouraged to take an entrepreneurial approach, thinking creatively about the outlets and options for your work. This professionalism is aided by the course's close relationship with independent publisher Atlantic Press, offering you opportunities to gain direct experience in the many aspects of producing and publishing graphic literature.

At the heart of this studio-based course is a belief that there is a need to reassert the characteristics of personal origination, ownership, storytelling and literary ideas within the medium of illustration. We'll help you gain the confidence to take ownership of your work, you'll develop new ideas and concepts driven by your desire to create a distinct, original, authorial voice.

You'll explore narrative and storytelling as defined by your developing voice, working on longer-term projects across a variety of mediums that suit your interests – including children's books, graphic novels, digital work and screen-based production. The course will also engage you with current ideas and thinking related to notions of authorship, encouraging you to draw inspiration from a diverse range of influences, providing further personal insight and direction for your practice.

Information for international students

Please apply using the online application form on our website. You will be asked to submit a portfolio of creative work and satisfy the English language entry requirement IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. We offer a range of scholarships for international applicants, details are available on our website.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University has been awarded 30 postgraduate bursaries of £10,000 each for students admitted to taught Masters degree programmes at Falmouth in September/October 2015. The scheme can only consider applications from students who: have been paying £9,000 fees as an undergraduate (and graduate in 2015); are a UK or EU student; and qualified for grant/bursary support in their final year of undergraduate studies, or were from Cornwall prior to commencing their undergraduate studies, or have a disability which qualifies for DSA.

For more information and to apply, please visit: www.falmouth.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

01326 211077