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Course Overview

This course celebrates the role that illustration plays within a global context providing opportunities to immerse yourself in the diversity of practice that increasingly defines the subject in the 21st century. Taught online, it allows you to connect, engage and network with your peers on a global level, offering a learning experience that reflects trends within contemporary professional practice today. It aims to develop creative practitioners who are able to explore new and innovative approaches to visual communication and reflects an increasing interest in the practice of illustration. The course recognises its position as one of the most important forms of visual communication.

Illustration at Falmouth has a long history and reputation, with many of its graduates being internationally recognised for their work. The course aims to produce a community of postgraduate alumni that are successfully embedded and connected within the wider visual communication industry. You will be encouraged to push creative boundaries and both question and influence new thinking on the subject.


The course aims to develop practitioners who are able to:

  • Innovate within the field of illustration and actively contribute to the ongoing evolution of illustration practice as a form of visual communication.
  • Demonstrate an ability to visually problem solve in an effective and appropriate manner.
  • Promote an understanding of the social, cultural and environmental responsibilities that are integral to the practice of illustration.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the practical, theoretical, historical and cultural contexts in which illustration operates.
  • Locate your creative practice in relation to local and global audiences within the present climate of accelerated technological and cultural change.
  • Communicate and collaborate confidently with other professionals on a global scale.
  • Facilitate the development of co-operation, self-reliance and critical judgement.

Who is this course for?

The aim of this course is to facilitate practitioners that are successfully embedded and connected within the wider visual communication industry, equipped with a deep knowledge and understanding of how to manage your career.

The course is designed to accommodate illustrators with well -versed practical, drawing and mark making skills. Typical applicants will have an undergraduate degree in Illustration or related discipline and may either be at an early stage of their career or more established and looking to change the direction of their practise through further study.


You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.


You will need to complete four 30-credit modules (120 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award. A dissertation (major project) is not required.

  • Process and Practice
  • Visual Language
  • Narrative and Storytelling
  • Professional Practice
  • Major Project (MA only)


You will be assessed through written coursework and practical activities, such as

  • Practical assignments, for example portfolios and online presentations
  • Written assignments, for example writing a research journal
  • Work-based assignments that are grounded in your existing practise where you will apply tools such as storytelling or market research

Visit the Illustration - MA/PGDip page on the Falmouth University website for more details!




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