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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

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.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,500per year

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

University information

University of Portsmouth

  • University League Table

    74th

  • Campus address

    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
The University of Portsmouth Global team is dedicated to supporting international students from enquiry, through application and arrival, to graduation.
International students can get specialist advice on matters including visas and immigration, settling in to the UK and adjusting to a new culture.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    66th out of 85 36

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    113 52%

    65th

    8
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    66.0 66%

    16th

    15
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.18 84%

    25th

    20

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