Taught course

Illustration MFA

York St John University · School of Art, Design and Computer Science

Entry requirements


Entry onto this postgraduate course requires a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject.

If your undergraduate degree is not in Fine Art or a related discipline but you can provide a strong portfolio of visual work, your application will be considered.

International Students

If you're an international student, you'll need to demonstrate experience, or qualifications equivalent to those above.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent (with no skill below 5.5).


Applicants will be invited to an interview.

  • Before the interview, you will need to provide an artist's statement that explores your studio practice as a research activity. This must indicate how your work relates to comparable practices, as well as theoretical and contextual ideas relevant to their discipline. The statement should specify what kind of questions your practice deals with and identify the processes of rigorous exploration and experimentation you will employ to answer them. (max 750 words)
  • Your artist’s statement should be accompanied by a digital portfolio of work. The portfolio should contain examples of resolved work and documentation of works in progress with a focus on recent practice. Provide captions with titles, dates and information about materials and dimensions (durations). Where necessary, give very brief descriptions that may help explain aspects of the work.
  • At your interview, you will be asked to give a short presentation about your work, showing a selection of your portfolio and exploring your work’s ideas. Physical work can be seen if strictly necessary.
  • We are happy to arrange interviews via Microsoft Teams for overseas students, and for UK student on request.

APEL policy

If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Months of entry


Course content

Do you have an existing Illustration practice ready to be taken to the next level? Do you want to join a community of creative practitioners to debate and challenge your work?

Our Illustration MFA enables you to enrich your existing practice and develop as a professional artist in a creative community. You will produce a mature body of work, coëxisting with debates at the forefront of your discipline. The course focuses on making, informed by technical knowledge. You will research, develop and refine your ideas. Your practice and your academic understanding will become inseparable.

Develop as an illustrator and refine your creative practice. Experiment, explore and enable your professional practice to emerge.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MFA
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Admissions Team