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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Arts University Bournemouth

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    18-OCT-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

The course allows you to further refine your creative identity, offering a bridge between HE and professional illustration practice. It offers a great opportunity for creative professionals to return to university in order to reflect upon their creative practice and change direction.

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MA Illustration welcomes a diverse range of design practitioners and celebrates a contemporary expansive notion of Illustration. The course offers you an active and dynamic community of practice, critical discourse and debate. Students come to us from a number of educational and professional backgrounds, including Illustration, Graphic Design, Animation, Fine Art, Model-making, Textiles and Photography, or from academic realms outside Art and Design.

This course is designed to appeal to students who are open and excited by a range of innovative possibilities from traditional methods such as drawing and printmaking, to virtual and time-based media. Experimenting with ideas that might culminate in publication, exhibition or new hybrid platforms, you are encouraged to re-imagine, navigate and resolve your practice. Through writing the Contextual Journals alongside studio outputs, you come to understand research and reflection as fundamental drivers for challenging creative thinking.

We encourage you to engage imaginatively with your own contexts and experiences, in order to extend your practice into new arenas. The strong emphasis on career planning enables you to carve your own niche within an evolving global market for illustration materials. Our graduates are supported in addressing the boundaries of the discipline itself through developing new visual perspectives on the world.

MA Illustration will appeal to you if you’re open to participating in a broad range of creative strategies, utilising traditional and digital methods.

These include drawing and printmaking, lens and time-based media, with ideas and concepts that might be realised through exhibition, publication or exciting new hybrid forms.

Students studying on the course come from a number of diverse backgrounds including Illustration, Graphic Design, Printmaking, Drawing, Photography and Painting. Others come from outside of art and design, having had experience across other subject disciplines, but demonstrating a passion for illustration.

MA Illustration is structured and delivered in order to encourage and support you in developing your own distinct visual language, recognising an expansive understanding of contemporary illustration through the exploration of relationships between illustrator as author, audience and context.

Ideas are developed through specific individual approaches to research into practice and reflective enquiry. This deeper understanding and commitment to practice assists students in identifying, exploring and achieving your future career aspirations. The course encourages you to engage imaginatively with illustration, in relation to both the academic subject and practice of illustration.

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University information

Arts University Bournemouth

  • University League Table

    48th

  • Campus address

    Arts University Bournemouth, Wallisdown, Poole, Poole, BH12 5HH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    13th out of 86 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    148 66%

    20th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80 80%

    4th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.11 82%

    35th

    23

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