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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    1 year Full Time, 2 years Part Time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    Please see the course page for more information.

  • Last Updated

    01 August 2019

About this course

LJMU's MA in Graphic Design and Illustration advances your artistic development and helps you become a critically engaged practitioner.

  • Develop your work in state-of-the-art workspaces and facilities 
  • Benefit from close links with industry and local creative agencies and professionals
  • Visit key graphic design industry events
  • Build a graphic design and illustration portfolio through collaborative projects with local festivals and creative ventures
  • Apply for the prestigious Susan Cotton Travel Awards, the Michael Pugh Thomas and Julia Carter Preston Legacy study awards

This course invites you to benefit from the tutelage of our industry networked academic team, dedicated to creating opportunities for you and the development of your artistic crossover projects.

The MA focuses on the cultural shifts at the centre of a rapidly moving Graphic Design and Illustration industry. It has been specially designed to place craft and production activities firmly at the heart of its research and your development experience.

You will examine and explore the role of independent visual practice within the context of an ever-increasing interdisciplinary profession.

You will be expected to develop personal practice that challenges traditional perspectives on both Graphic Design and Illustration disciplines while, at the same time, engaging with industry partners that have established profiles in commercial practice. A particular emphasis will be placed on challenging and exploring media as a method of developing your professional practice and realising your career ambitions.

Programmes from the School of Art and Design are fully collaborative aiming for cross-disciplinary practice across our suite of postgraduate subject areas: Architecture, Exhibition Studies, Art and Design, Fashion Innovation and Realisation, Graphic Design and Illustration, Fine Art and Urban Design. As a student you will creatively practice and network with a wide range of fellow students and a broad set of ideas and concepts.

Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

Core Modules

  • Research and Practice 1 
  • Research and Practice 2 (Graphic Design and Illustration) 
  • Studio Practice (Graphic Design and Illustration) 
  • Collaborative Practice 
  • Major Project (Graphic Design and Illustration) 

Visit the Graphic Design and Illustration page on the Liverpool John Moores University website for more details!





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