Taught course

MA 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 subject, however, we do accept candidates who have graduated from other less strongly aligned disciplines. 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. If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience, you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the Accreditation of Prior and Experiential Learning (APEL) i.e. professional experience or a combination of courses and work experience. Language requirements (International/EU) All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability when you enrol. IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required for this course. You can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English on the Language Requirements page. For further details regarding international admissions and advice please visit the Study at UAL International pages. Portfolio advice All applicants must submit an electronic portfolio on CD or via a website together with their application form whether they are in the UK or resident overseas. Applications will be shortlisted and those candidates will be invited for interview (telephone interviews can also be arranged if you live outside the UK). The portfolio should contain the following: Examples of image-led and visual work from either education or professional practice The portfolio can be supplied as a PDF with links to web projects and media assets A minimum of 5 projects and self-initiated projects are also encouraged. Project proposal (400 - 800 words) All candidates will also be expected to outline an idea for their major project in the application. This should describe the area of interest, field of study and the particular focus of their intended project. This includes an overview of how you intend to go about producing the project and the methodology. It is important to recognise that these ideas will inevitably develop and change across the year of study on the course and only serve to inform your application at this stage.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a practice-led course that explores both the theory and practice of illustration across a broad range of visual media. MA Illustration and Visual Media aims to develop your visual voice with an emphasis on critical engagement with both the discipline and the world at large. This may take the form of investigating abstract concepts from disciplines such as science, technology and philosophy by developing bespoke visual languages to translate these ideas to diverse audiences. Other approaches may also include using critical ideas to produce self-directed visual authorship. Practical projects and technical workshops are run in tandem with theoretical and critical seminars in order to support the relationship between critical and practice based learning.

This approach provides you with a unique platform from which to produce relevant and engaging work within the discipline of illustration that has resonance and value to the world at large. Through the development of a portfolio of work the course places graduates in a position to work across sectors as diverse as visual communication, art direction, information communication, branding, news, current affairs, entertainment, art and design as well as encouraging visual authorship.

The course supports progression to research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self-directed experimental practice.

Building on LCC's resources, in digital, time-based and interactive media alongside printmaking, graphic design and visual communication, the course encourages experimental and reflective practice that echoes the cross media nature of the design, communication and media industries.

This course is taught within the School of Design.

Information for international students

Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 8138

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
15 months

Course contact details

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