Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Illustration and Visual Media

University of the Arts London - London College of Communication · Faculty of Design

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Entry requirements

The course team welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, from all over the world. The course has a particular aim to appeal to image-led art & design graduates that are interested in exploring these new and emerging areas of illustration practice.

Applicants are expected to have an honours degree in either illustration, visual communication or graphic design or closely related subjects, however, we do accept candidates who have graduated from other less strongly aligned disciplines.

The course team also welcomes students with relevant experience or those who may have previously worked in industry.

Educational level may be demonstrated by:

  • Honours degree (named above);
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications;
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required;
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Illustration and Visual Media explores the creation and contextualisation of images at a time of unparalleled possibilities for engagement in visual culture. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant and Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).

Why choose this course at London College of Communication

  • We believe in image makers as authors: We expect you to consider the life of the image in contemporary visual culture in an expanded context and you will generate your own projects that allow you to explore and position your practice in an informed and progressive manner in order to apply your work to the professional visual world.
  • We are part of a critical community: You will work with theoretical ideas in an applied context and will synthesise critical thought through practice. Through reading groups, seminar sessions, study trips and workshops led by highly qualified and experienced artists and writers you will learn about key ideas to help you think through visual history and culture, and to locate your own practice in a contemporary critical context.
  • We build networks: You will engage with a dynamic programme of visiting experts from the creative industries, and studio visits to a range of contemporary practitioners’ workplaces. As part of the wider LCC and UAL community you will have access to postgraduate resources, events and opportunities to enhance your career potential.
  • We equip you with skills for advanced learning: The course expects you to work independently and rigorously outside of your taught studio sessions. The course introduces you to the expectations of working at postgraduate level, where you will take responsibility for managing your own development. You will exploit the potential of working at a higher academic level, which could lead to progression to PhD level study.
  • We connect resources to contexts: You will have access to world class technical facilities in visual media at LCC including 3D printing, creative coding, Virtual Reality, photography, screen printing, letterpress, print production and bookbinding as well as usage of UAL’s extensive library catalogues and collections of archival material. Led by processes of making you will use your time on the course to generate image-based work that could be situated in a range of professional contexts including publishing, galleries, screenings and gaming, and the capacity to progress to careers as an artist, illustrator, curator, writer or academic.

About London College of Communication

The communications sector is evolving fast. Through our world-leading community of teaching, research and industry partnerships, we enable our students to develop the critical, creative and technical excellence needed to succeed and to discover new possibilities and practices. Our Design, Media and Screen Schools produce experts and award-winners across virtual reality, journalism, photography, television and sound, graphic communication, games, design management – and more. The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of our facilities and technical spaces. Students work on live briefs and commissions, with everything from independent start-ups and charities in Southwark, through to major global companies. Student designers, makers and innovators have worked with Nike, Penguin, the EU Commission, Colgate, Plan International, the National Trust, Nokia and Royal Mail, to name a few.

Information for international students

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you let us know your English language test score in your application. If you have booked a test or are awaiting your results, please indicate this in your application. When asked to upload a CV as part of your application, please include any information about your English test score.

IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills.

If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page.

Fees and funding

Learn more by visiting our funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    15 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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