What will I learn?

Course overview

MA Illustration and Visual Media provides a critical space in which traditional definitions of this field can be challenged, deconstructed and reconfigured to provide a unique platform from which our graduates can move into professional practice as autonomous artists.

What can you expect?

MA Illustration and Visual Media is distinctive in its emphasis on students developing their own bodies of work. We do not believe that illustration is a philosophy of practice or self-contained discipline in the contemporary visual world - moreover it is one of many contexts in which images may exist on or offline. Through experimental practice-led research, you will develop an independent and critical relationship to the contemporary image, with the potential to work across a broad range of specialist visual media.

You will have access to LCC's significant resources in digital and time-based media alongside printmaking, 3D and photography. This environment encourages experimental and reflective practice and the opportunity to work alongside your peers in technical workshop and studio environments. The course begins by helping you to position yourself with a critical understanding of working as an artist-researcher at postgraduate level. Through studio and seminar sessions you will be introduced to a range of critical and theoretical ideas, and explore the ways in which artists use research, which will develop your ability to contextualise your own practice.

Careers and alumni

Graduates from this course have gone on to work in a range of professions in the creative world including practising artists, freelance image makers, art writers, curators and commercial galleries, as well as progressing to further study at PhD level. One of your key attributes will be an ability to translate narrative images across media. You will have the facility to deploy narrative illustrative content in books, online, animation and interactive and environmental settings. This will be coupled with an agile critical perspective ensuring you have the creative drive to sustain a career in the creative industries.

Which department am I in?

University of the Arts London

Study options

Full Time (15 months)

Tuition fees
£22,920.00 (US$ 30,809) per year
This fee is correct for 2021/22 entry and is subject to change for 2022/23 entry. Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

This is a fixed fee

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

Start date

10 January 2022, 19 April 2022, 3 October 2022

Venue

London College of Communication

Elephant and Castle,

London,

SE1 6SB, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Application to a postgraduate course usually requires US students to have an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree in a subject related to the proposed area of study, a personal statement and, where needed, a study proposal and references. Many of our courses also ask for a portfolio and some require work experience. Our IELTS requirements vary depending on the course and level of study. Minimum score for IELTS: 5.0.

For international students

Educational level may be demonstrated by: Honours degree; 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. English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four skills; TOEFL IBT overall score 90.

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

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About University of the Arts London

University of the Arts London has been ranked second in the world for Art and Design in the 2020 QS World University Rankings.

  • Rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted for its Foundation Diploma
  • 2 of top 4 undergraduate fashion courses are taught at UAL
  • Ranked in the top 15 in the UK for industry connections
  • UAL alumni have won awards including Golden Globes and Oscars

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