Taught course

Illustration and Visual Media

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

Entry requirements

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.

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.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Illustration and Visual Media explores the creation and production of images at a time of unparalleled possibilities for skilled visual communicators. You will specifically investigate the opportunities for imagemakers to work with time-based, sequential, interactive and narrative forms. This will develop an experimental illustration practice that reflects the integrated nature of the design, communication and media industries. This course is taught at London College of Communication, at Elephant & Castle, part of University of the Arts London (UAL).

What can you expect?

The course explores both the theory and practice of contemporary image making. A self-authored, practice-led investigation will drive your programme of study over the four terms of the course.

Your enquiries into the expanded nature of the image will be enhanced by specialist workshops, course-led briefs, tutor, peer and expert critique forums, site visits, lectures and talks from leading practitioners and thinkers.

This approach provides you with a unique platform from which to produce innovative and exciting work that has a critical and contextual value to the contemporary image world.

Through the development of an extensive portfolio of work, the course places graduates in a position to operate across areas as diverse as freelance visual practice, the gallery and museum sector, art direction, visual communication, the animation and film industries, photography, interactive and new media.

Outside the core studio delivery, you will have the opportunity to utilise the range of excellent technical resources available at London College of Communication to extend your experimentation and continue developing your projects.

Reasons to apply

  • Subject expertise: the course is taught by internationally active practitioners and thinkers in art, design and image making. We engage with visiting lecturers within our MA Illustration and Visual Media studio programme and embrace opportunities for an expanded discourse by our involvement in lecture series across the College’s postgraduate provision.
  • Outward facing experiences: We regularly work in collaboration with external partners in the creative and cultural industries, recently participating in live projects with V&A Museum, The Museum of London, The Design Council, The Barbican and The Wallace Collection.
  • Discourse, research and debate around contemporary visual culture: London College of Communication’s established MA and PhD community offers opportunities for expert academic guidance. Engage in research-oriented workshops and contemplate progression to PhD, as well as interact with a growing number of research hubs at London College of Communication, such as Design Activism Research Hub, Graphic Subcultures, Conscientious Communicators, Typographic Research Unit, and many others across UAL.

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

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

Fees and funding

Learn more at the funding page.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

+44 (0)20 7514 6599