Entry requirements

You will need at least a 2.2 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. You may be required to attend an interview. A portfolio of work is essential. EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

The Illustration MA offers you a unique opportunity to develop a creative illustration practice and a mature, insightful authorial voice. A central element of the course and fundamental to the development of your specialism is the application and testing of communicative drawing; and drawing with identified purpose and intent.

An intense and productive process of enquiry and investigation, focusing on the acquisition of fluency, clarity and coherence in expressing visual narrative, will form your core practice.

The techniques and technologies which form the practice-based mechanisms of illustration are also key, with the aim of achieving a dynamic, sophisticated and confident application of process. You will actively explore printmaking, digital painting, creative software and all forms of natural media. Drawing will also form a methodology for research and investigation, supported by lectures and workshops, and delivered by illustration staff who have a wide range of industry and publishing experience. You will be guided in intellectual and critical enquiry through practice, lectures and reflective study.

The programme encourages enterprise and promotion alongside personal development. You will have opportunities to print, publish and disseminate your work in collaborative and personal publications for our imprint, ‘The Pittville Press,’ which is actively promoted at book fairs and publishing events. A series of intensive tutorials will direct you towards a creative portfolio strategy relevant to your personal aims.

Fees and funding

Learn more at the postgraduate fees, loans and finance page.

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

Enquiries Team
03330 141414