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What will I learn?

Overview

Do you want to develop your creative and technical abilities and take your illustration skills to postgraduate level?

If you're an arts graduate or a professional returning to creative studies, this MA Illustration degree course will give you the opportunity to explore, question and develop your practice through traditional and innovative techniques.

On this course you'll produce a personal project that defines your role as a creative practitioner within a social, political and historical context.

Our academic team is made up of practitioners in the field of artists' books and zines, practice-based PhDs and printmaking – and they'll provide the expertise and support you need to push your creative boundaries.

If you're imaginative, ambitious and ready to improve your already-impressive illustration skills, our MA Illustration degree course will give you the tools you need for a successful career as an illustrator, or in related fields such as art direction, design, and publishing.

What you'll experience

On this Illustration degree course, you'll:

  • Reflect on and challenge your illustration practice through a mix of lectures, seminars, group critiques, themed events, workshops and individual tutorials
  • Engage with high profile visiting lecturers alongside the University’s dedicated careers department to build your Professional Practice skills
  • Access our extensive collection of artists’ books and zines, located within the illustration studios
  • Consider the question “what is illustration?” and examine the social responsibility of the illustrator as a cultural producer
  • Develop your existing skills through specialist workshops such as laser cutting and 3D printing, photography, collage, drawing, print workshops, and Adobe workshops with Adobe Certified Associate status
  • Explore themes such as narrative and sequential illustration, humour and satire, ethical and social positioning of the artist, literary sources for inspiration, limited edition publications, small presses and artists’ books
  • Complete a major body of work which showcases your development and skills

Careers and opportunities

Once you graduate, you'll have the practical skills necessary to compete in a commercial arena, and the rhetorical skills to promote your own work. You'll be able to position yourself as a creative individual, giving you a competitive edge as an illustrator or artist.

What jobs can you do with an Illustration degree?

Career opportunities include:

  • Animator, storyboard artist and digital illustrator
  • Graphic/editorial designer
  • Art director
  • Toy and character designer
  • Comic book or graphic novelist
  • Printmaker and small press publisher
  • Zinester

You'll also have the option of progressing to doctoral level in your specialised area of illustration. We'll also be on hand to give you help, support and advice, whatever you decide to do next.

Which department am I in?

School of Art and Design

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,500.00 (15,87,916) per year
Tuition fees are subject to annual increase. Additional cost may apply.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

September 2021

Venue

Main Site

University House,

Winston Churchill Avenue,

Portsmouth,

PO1 2UP, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry to our postgraduate Master's programmes, you'll usually need to have a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of 2.6 /4 or above from a recognised Higher Education institution. Students need a minimum of IELTS band 6.5–7.0, with no component below 6.0.

For international students

A minimum of a second-class honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An interview or online portfolio submission will be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0. For most of our Master's degrees, you need a TOEFL score of 91 with a minimum of: 20 in Reading; 19 in Listening; 21 in Speaking; 20 in Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth University is a vibrant, diverse and cosmopolitan institution offering high-quality education and excellent student support.

  • 5,200 international students from over 150 countries
  • Five-star teaching rating (QS)
  • Gold rated teaching (TEF)
  • 94% graduate employment rate