What will I learn?

Overview

Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed children’s artists. Work with a dedicated support team of internationally recognised illustrators to develop your own personal visual vocabulary. Make connections in the children’s publishing industry.

This taught studio course, first of its kind in the UK, was developed by our distinguished Professor Martin Salisbury, who still contributes to teaching on the course. It will give you the dedicated support and knowledge you need to develop your practice in the art of children’s book illustration.

Assessment

Throughout the course, you will be asked to create various projects, to reflect on the work you have created, and to research and apply that research to your own craft.

The Observation and Experiment module will be assessed 100% on portfolio and your own reference of your portfolio work. In the Sequential Image module, your portfolio will be worth 80% of your grade, and an essay makes up the other 20%. The Diploma Project module grade is based 90% on portfolio and 10% on a research proposal. Your Diploma Review thesis will be assessed 100% on your 6,000-word essay, while the master’s Stage Project will be assessed 90% on your project work and 10% on your written report.

As you advance through the course, you’ll learn to work progressively more independently, preparing you for life beyond graduation.

Careers

Many of our past students now enjoy careers as freelance authors and illustrators for children. Among our published graduates are Paula Metcalf, Marta Altés, Nadia Shireen, Birgitta Sif, Rebecca Patterson and Jo Empson.

You may decide to take your work to a deeper level with a research degree, like our PhD Children’s Book Illustration. You will also gain intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip.

Which department am I in?

Anglia Ruskin University

Study options

Full Time (18 months)

Tuition fees
£16,100.00 (US$ 19,623) Overall cost
Additional costs- Optional London graduation show: approximately £140 (including catalogue design/printing, gallery space, private view for publishers). Optional Bologna Book Fair stand portfolio inclusion: approximately £340 (NB this does not include document preparation, promotional material or travel costs).

This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

14 September 2020

Venue

Cambridge Campus

East Road,

Cambridge,

Cambridgeshire,

CB1 1PT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor degree with final GPA of 2.7; a recognised pre-Masters course. Our standard entry criteria for postgraduate courses is IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, with nothing lower than 5.5 in any of the four elements (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

For international students

Students need to have a good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. Students will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognized by Anglia Ruskin University.

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

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About this uni

Placing within the top 350 institutions in the world, the multicultural Anglia Ruskin University is home to students from more than 185 countries.

  • Among top 20 universities for its teaching excellence
  • Investment of £100 million in the last few years on facilities
  • Study options are closely aligned to industry needs
  • Libraries open 24/7