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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.

On this 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

Work experience and career planning

We'll help you to identify internships, voluntary roles and opportunities that will complement your studies.

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • independent learning
  • group tutorials
  • 1-to-1 tutorials
  • workshops
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • peer-to-peer learning

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • illustration project
  • presentation
  • reflective document

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.

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.


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

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