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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Cambridge Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    12-SEP-22

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Introduction

Design and carry out your own visual projects, exploring the relationships between word and image, as you prepare for a career as a visual artist in a growing creative industry. Whatever your artistic background, our Master's course will develop your visual practice in areas that are important for illustrators, such as visual sequencing and visual text. It will challenge you to cross the divide between fine art and applied art found on many undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, making it a unique course for the UK.

Studying in our purpose-built studios at Cambridge School of Art, much of your work will be practice-based. You’ll propose and undertake self-directed projects, attending group critiques and tutorials that will help you develop your creative skills. You'll also attend a series of integrated lectures and seminars. These serve two purposes. You’ll explore different aspects of illustration such as the relationships between word and image, narratology and visual language, and receive guidance on research methods and critical writing, which you'll put to immediate use on the course as well as in your future career. Throughout the course, you’ll collaborate and discuss your work with staff, visiting professionals and fellow students, giving you an invaluable opportunity to see how others respond to it. All of our teaching team are practising artists, so you’ll hear about the latest news and issues in the industry, and have access to sound careers advice.

How you'll be assessed

You’ll show your progress through your self-directed visual projects, which will include written project proposals, developmental and final visual work, and a reflective commentary. On the Masters Dissertation module, you’ll submit a 6,000-word essay. Finally, the Masters Project will allow you to build on all previous modules to design a visual project which shows mastery of your subject.

Careers

Our course will prepare you for a career as a freelance illustrator. In recent years these roles have been increasingly in demand thanks to the growth of interest in artists' books, graphic novels, self-publishing, e-books and an awareness of small, batch publishing. You’ll also gain skills that will be useful in many other fields, such as bookbinding or teaching. Or you might decide to move on to a research degree, like our PhD Fine Art. You will gain Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip.

Tuition fees

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£ 16,700per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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Anglia Ruskin University

  • University League Table

    117th

  • Campus address

    Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PT, England

Welcoming local community and buddy scheme.
Diverse student cohort from all over the world.
Specialised international student advice service.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    41st out of 85 22

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    122 56%

    53rd

    6
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%

    30th

    45
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.05 81%

    49th

    14

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