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A central element of the course is the application and testing of communicative drawing, as well as drawing with identified purpose and intent. An intense and productive process of enquiry and investigation, focusing on the acquisition of fluency, clarity and coherence in expressing visual narrative, will form your core practice.

The techniques and technologies which form the practice-based mechanisms of illustration are also key, with the aim of achieving a dynamic, sophisticated and confident application of process. You will actively explore printmaking, digital painting, creative software and all forms of natural media. Drawing will also form a methodology for research and investigation, supported by lectures and workshops, and delivered by illustration staff who have a wide range of industry and publishing experience. You will be guided in intellectual and critical enquiry through practice, lectures and reflective study.

The programme encourages enterprise and promotion alongside personal development. You will have opportunities to print, publish and disseminate your work in collaborative and personal publications for our imprint, ‘The Pittville Press,’ which is actively promoted at book fairs and publishing events. A series of intensive tutorials will direct you towards a creative portfolio strategy relevant to your personal aims.

Modules

  • Narrative Drawing
  • Research and Context
  • Professional Development
  • Mechanisms and Methodology
  • Major Project (Illustration)

Study style

Assessment is 100% by coursework

Personal Support

The development of each student's creative practice in intensively supervised by professional artists

Print and publish your work

You will have opportunities to print, publish and disseminate your work in collaborative and personal publications for our imprint, ‘The Pittville Press,’ which is actively promoted at book fairs and publishing events in the UK and internationally. You can also publish work through our Cheltenham Illustration Awards.

Advanced research and scholarship

The programme offers a breadth and richness of experience, enabling you to reach your full potential and meet the challenges of advanced research and scholarship.

Careers

  • Freelance illustrator
  • Author/illustrator/graphic novelist
  • Roles in games art, character design, concept art, animation, storyboarding and visualization for production design
  • Education - teaching in FE and HE
  • Artist
  • Printmaker

Visit the Illustration - MA page on the University of Gloucestershire website for more details!

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