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MA Illustration (Visual Communication)

About This Masters Degree

Course Description

Why study for an MA in Illustration?

Adding an MA qualification to your CV is a great way to differentiate yourself in what is a very competitive industry. You can now study for an MA in Illustration (Visual Communication) from the University of Hertfordshire online with IDI and achieve a master's degree whilst managing your other commitments. As well as gaining an internationally recognised qualification, during your studies you will develop and refine your illustration and related art and design skills, gain advanced knowledge of contemporary illustration at the forefront of the discipline, both in the UK and globally, and advance your portfolio with individual and thought-provoking work.

You will be enrolled on our online Postgraduate Art and Design programme, specialising in Illustration. You will develop your project proposal in preparation for your Major Study in Illustration through a series of practice modules supported by modules covering research and the creative industries. The award on your MA degree certificate will be MA Illustration (Visual Communication).

What does the course involve?

On the MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course, you will develop a proposal for a programme of sustained creative practice within the field of illustration that will reflect your own individual area of interest. Whether your work concerns itself with a theoretical, philosophical or commercial context, you will be encouraged to develop your own visual voice through extensive experimentation and to demonstrate rigorous intellectual engagement with appropriate illustrative processes.

Your work on the MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course will culminate in a Major Study which will challenge you to develop an individual proposal relating to issues and debates from the history of the subject, through change within contemporary illustration practice, or to social, cultural, aesthetic, technological, ethical or global themes.

Download the Programme Specification for detailed information about the course, or read on to find out more about what is involved in each of the modules - http://bit.ly/1phXF4J

During your studies with IDI you will need access to specific pieces of equipment which will enable you to complete your coursework. You will also need to ensure you have access to the necessary reading materials. Sourcing these will be your own responsibility and any costs incurred are not included in your course fees. For further information about the equipment and reading requirements, please refer to the course Reading and Materials List (http://bit.ly/1QOpcS6). If you require any further advice, please contact our Admissions Advisors who will be happy to help.

Research and Creative Industry Modules

While you will study common modules alongside students from other disciplines, you will be encouraged to approach them from the point of view of your own practice.

All students undertake the following modules:

- Postgraduate Study in Context
- Research and Practice
- Creative Industries: Global Perspectives
- Critical Studies
- Creative Industries: Business Perspectives
- Creative Industries: Professional Presentations

In addition to the research and creative enterprise modules listed above, as you specialise in MA Illustration (Visual Communication) you will undertake the following award specific modules centred around your own practice:

- Practice 1: Art and Design
- Practice 2: Art and Design
- Major Study: Illustration

Learn more about the modules you will study on the MA Illustration (VIsual Communication) programme - http://bit.ly/1nyY2WV

Typical progression from the online MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course is to employment or promotion in a related industry. The language of delivery is English. The location of delivery and assessment is online with no need for attendance.

Subject to minimum cohort numbers being reached, you can choose from part-time or full-time study modes on all MA courses. Find out more about the different modes of study - http://bit.ly/1YAVFjP

Contact us today to see if there's a place for you on the MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course starting in February, June or October - http://bit.ly/1RSz9Ah

Visit the MA Illustration (Visual Communication) page on the Interactive Design Institute website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Carlos Villarreal Kwasek, MA Illustration (Visual Communication)

3717.jpg "I chose to study at MA level with IDI because it was the only program that was flexible for my needs: it's online/distance, which means I can be anywhere in the world and study; it's part time, which allows me to continue working; and it's affordable for me. I think that IDI is great value for money.

"I became convinced when I saw the instructors listed on the IDI's website. I was able to see who they are and what they do. I am extremely happy that my tutors are working professionals and I can see their work on their websites. This really convinced me to study with IDI.

"It has been a long dream for me to pursue an MA and now I'm finally doing it.

"Illustration is the oldest of my passions and I always wanted to become a professional in this field. Now, I am finally pursuing my oldest primal dream.

"The online system is great. Communication with tutors and classmates is fantastic and study modules are smooth. I don't feel disconnected; I feel that I'm really studying with everybody in the same class. I believe that I have made the right choice by studying with IDI.

"A postgraduate level degree demands the student to be more self-driven and self-disciplined. I personally prefer this because it allows me to organize my own time to my own needs. I also believe that each student has to present a stronger argument about his or her work and that requires more research. Essentially, I think that postgraduate level means more freedom.

"Through my experience working in the games industry, I learned that having a title was never a requirement, but having a good portfolio and skills was essential. Pursuing an MA at IDI will lead me to create a coherent portfolio that will help me grow professionally and allow me to expand into other areas.

"To anybody finishing an undergraduate degree, I would advise you to wait until pursuing a postgraduate title and recommend you gain work experience and come back in a couple of years. This will prepare you more for the challenges of an MA.

"I personally feel that I am taking better advantage of this program after working in my industry for a few years. I can relate closer to many concepts and I can go further with my work."

Carlos' website: www.carlosvk.info


Entry Requirements

normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to the award you want to study. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. More Information: View Website

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