Taught course


Plymouth College of Art · Plymouth College of Art

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Entry requirements

BA 2.1; equivalent professional experience or portfolio; exceptional project proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Illustration programme encourages the development of an individual and distinctive illustrative practice, through an engagement with contemporary approaches, contexts, audiences and debates.

While contemporary illustration continues to flourish, becoming far more fluid, outward-looking and interdisciplinary in nature, the role of the illustrator encompasses many new possibilities.

The illustrator’s traditional collaborations with the design community, creative directors and publishers have been extended, to include more self-directed alliances, such as the formation of collectives, and independent publishing and gallery-based ventures.

You will be asked to propose and negotiate self-initiated projects that encourage you to discover and investigate your central concerns, be they commercial, self-authored or entrepreneurial in nature.

Our programme will help you to become a reflective practitioner who can demonstrate an ability to think deeply and critically, and so operate within, and respond to, the changing landscape of contemporary illustration.

Awareness of contemporary global illustrative practice is a starting point for rigorous investigation and debate, enriching your understanding of both the potential and relevance of the discipline as a whole, as well as your own social responsibilities as an image-maker.

We offer a dynamic studio environment in which to study illustration, with access to workshop areas across the college.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)1752 203434