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MA/MFA Illustration

Course Description

The word illustration means ‘to illuminate’ or to shed light onto a subject. Illustrators work within many disciplines, are able to visualise, elucidate and extend the meaning of a given field of knowledge or information, and communicate ideas and narratives to specific audiences.The contemporary practice of illustration is multi-disciplinary, incorporating drawing, printmaking, traditional and digital media, model making, performance and collaborative, interactive practices. The course is studio practice driven and relies on experimentation and critical reflection supported by individualised mentoring, lectures, seminars and group critiques. Authorial practice is encouraged alongside pragmatic, commercial professionalism.

The MA Illustration is made up of five units totalling 180 credits.

The programme is designed to help you acclimatise to the challenges of MA level research and practice, enabling you to identify and describe a clear direction for your postgraduate design study.

You will be encouraged to develop design propositions that encompass key design issues and have complexity and ambition, taking full consideration of the relative contextual drivers.

You will also have the opportunity to extend your experience in the professional sphere either through a practical project, research context, exchange, work experience, or other negotiated professional set of interactions with an external partner, groups of students and creative industry.

Towards the end of the programme you will undertake a major project to consolidate your past research and practice into fully realised collections, pieces, proposals, business plans, or exhibitions – what ever means is appropriate to the work. You will also have developed a strategy for the continuation of your practice located and contextualised to the profession or discipline.

If you choose to progress to MFA Illustration award you will study a further two units of 60 credits each.

This route is focussed on the continuation of your practice aligned to the research and selection of appropriate public or professional venues and platforms to disseminate a significant body of work. You will be required to produce work for a public audience in the most relevant and appropriate form along with any implicit publicity and dissemination material.

In the first year you will study units in; Design Intention, Design Proposition, Professional Platforms, Major Project. An option of one of the following: Digital Futures, Contested Territories, Health and Wellbeing, The Museum and the City - The City as Museum, Negotiated Study, Object, Women Artists and Surrealism.

In the second year you will study units in; Contextualising, Realisation and Publication.

Special Features

State-of-the-art facilities in print and digital media workshops including risograph, bookbinding and letterpress facilities.

Seminars are structured to investigate a broad range of themes relevant to the practicing illustrator and provide a rich diet of inspiration.

The Special Collections are a museum standard resource of historical printed material incorporating children’s books, artists books, book design and several artists’ archives- ideal inspiration for the student interested in the cultural and historical significance of illustration.

Visit the MA/MFA Illustration page on the Manchester Metropolitan University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally have an undergraduate honours degree or a degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification. Alternatively, you may be admitted if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills at honours degree standard. In addition you also need to submit a Digital Portfolio.

Course Fees

UK/EU FT students: £6,480 (per year) /£1,080 per 30 credit unit. Non-EU FT international students: £12,500 (per year)/ £2,085 per 30 credit unit.

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