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Illustration: Authorial Practice (MA)


Course Description

On this unique illustration course - the only one of its kind with a specific academic focus on authorial practice - you'll develop your own voice. You'll learn to see your work as an evolving practice rather than as a response to an already defined concept or brief, as you challenge and re-evaluate your work with the help of teaching staff who are experienced practitioners.

As your authorial voice develops and you learn to identify your audience, you'll also be encouraged to take an entrepreneurial approach, thinking creatively about the outlets and options for your work. This professionalism is aided by the course's close relationship with independent publisher Atlantic Press, offering you opportunities to gain direct experience in the many aspects of producing and publishing graphic literature.

At the heart of this studio-based course is a belief that there is a need to reassert the characteristics of personal origination, ownership, storytelling and literary ideas within the medium of illustration. We'll help you gain the confidence to take ownership of your work, you'll develop new ideas and concepts driven by your desire to create a distinct, original, authorial voice.

You'll explore narrative and storytelling as defined by your developing voice, working on longer-term projects across a variety of mediums that suit your interests – including children's books, graphic novels, digital work and screen-based production. The course will also engage you with current ideas and thinking related to notions of authorship, encouraging you to draw inspiration from a diverse range of influences, providing further personal insight and direction for your practice.

Visit the website https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/illustrationma

Building professional experience

A unique feature of our MA is our relationship with Atlantic Press (http://www.atlanticpressbooks.com/). The specialist publishing house, based in Penryn, was founded 15 years ago by course leader Steve Braund. The partnership enables you to learn about the whole publishing process, from concept to realisation – as well as the practical aspects of printing, distribution and marketing. The close proximity of a publishing press also means that internships to students on the course are offered on a regular basis.

The course will give you a grounding in all aspects of professional practice related to the work of an authorial illustrator. You'll also be encouraged to consider entrepreneurial approaches to your practice. At the end of the course, you'll mount a professional presentation of work from your negotiated MA project.

How the course is taught

Teaching takes place in the form of lectures, seminars, group critiques and workshops, supported by high-profile guest speakers. The Illustration Discourses lecture series considers authorial positions, related theories and their contexts. Both lectures and seminars will help inform your negotiated practical projects, whilst recording your studio practice in a research journal will aid self-reflection.

- Typical workshops

Research Journals
Creative Writing
Screen Printing
Life Drawing
Listening to Images
Book Art
Printmaking & Collography
Etching
Composition
Professional Practice
Table Top Book Binding
Visual Thinking
InDesign I
What are Archives?
Professional Practice, Networking & Entrepreneurship
Visual Narrative
Perspective
Book Design, Layout & InDesign
Bookbinding
Graphic Design

Course outline

This is a one-year course delivered over 45 weeks and divided into three 15-week study blocks. Alternatively, you can study part-time over two years, totalling 90 weeks.

Over the course of the year you'll be required to produce a sequence of three negotiated practical projects based on personal authorial illustration work.

The lecture and seminar series Illustration Discourses supports the practical work, running concurrently with a research journal, which builds connections and the opportunity to reflect on practice. You'll be expected to demonstrate progression; indicating the research, analysis, reflection and investigation necessary for the development of a successful and distinctive authorial illustration practice.

You'll also produce two analytical essays and deliver a presentation exploring areas of personal interest within the authorial context relating to your practice. These will show a consideration of audience awareness and the processes and development of your practice. In order to develop self-reliance the course allows you a good deal of freedom to develop your projects.

Facilities

- Individual studio space
- Full IT facilities
- Print room
- Comprehensive library facilities
- Access to specialist equipment

Assessment

- Assessment takes place at the end of each module
- Combination of visual, verbal and written assignments
- Final assessment takes place in September

Careers

Potential careers include:

- Commissioned or self-published illustrator
- Art director or creative director
- Illustration residencies
- Curatorial roles
- Teaching
- Further study

Interview and selection process

When you apply to join the course, we'll ask you to send us a study proposal and either samples of work or a link to your website or blog, if you have one. At interview we'll look for authorial illustration potential or capabilities, illustration ability, graphic skills, drawing skills, creative writing/storytelling potential, ideas and concepts. We really value meeting you in person but we can hold a telephone or Skype interview if this is not possible.

Falmouth Illustration Forum

Our respected annual Falmouth Illustration Forum recently celebrated its tenth anniversary with the publication of the world's first book devoted to the subject, The Authorial Illustrator (available from atlanticpressbooks.com (http://www.atlanticpressbooks.com/)). Each annual forum explores different aspects of authorial illustration and includes internationally renowned guest speakers.

View information about our forums here - https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/content/ma-illustration-open-forum-2014-witness-reportage-documentary

Find out how to apply here - https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/apply

Visit the Illustration: Authorial Practice (MA) page on the Falmouth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Alex Higlett

In the competitive world of illustration, combining your creative talents with a professional approach is of paramount importance when it comes to securing commissions. Alex Higlett took full advantage of the opportunities available during her time as an MA Illustration student at Falmouth and is now reaping the rewards.

“I did a degree in Illustration and then worked for three years in a number of part-time jobs as well as doing the odd illustration commission. I was persevering with my illustration work, but couldn’t find an agent. I was
also working on collaborative projects, doing lots of freebies and putting on exhibitions, but I felt like I didn’t really have much direction.

I decided to do the Masters at Falmouth to try and rectify this. The course was really well-suited to what I wanted and needed. There seemed to be a particular emphasis on looking at the relationship between words and images, and on narrative and sequential illustration. Since my work was nearly always about storytelling, I thought the course would be really beneficial for me.

The career opportunities you hear about and get through being a student at Falmouth were really great. We did a book with the Brighton Stanza of the Poetry Society, the course runs a graphic literature competition and
publishes a student each year, and there are lots of other competitions and professional opportunities. I came
joint first at the Cheltenham Illustration Awards, and as a direct result have illustrated a book for Walker Books.

The course has given me lots of skills that helped me to work independently and professionally. The emphasis on research, practice and reflection has remained an important part of the way I work, and I think this has positively influenced my professional practice.

The course was definitely a sound investment. It has improved my work, helping me to understand and ngage
with it in a deeper way, and building a skillset which has been invaluable to me since completing the course.”

www.alexhiglett.com

(Student Profile)

Jenny Soep

The course injected a great deal more motivation, professionalism and creativity into my practice, helping me foster and cultivate connections and progressions in my chosen area, especially combining traditional craftsmanship with new technologies.


(Scholarship)

Falmouth Global, Vice-Chancellor's scholarship - Single Award

This £15,000 scholarship is open to all students on all courses, including undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation. To apply, please complete the application form below. To be selected you will be assessed on your scholarship application statement of 500 words that should explain how you hope to use your study at Falmouth to influence your work, practice and future ambitions.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£15,000

Eligibility

• Be liable to pay tuition fees at the international (non EU) rate
• Have submitted a course application to Falmouth University for entry starting academic year 2016-17

Application Procedure

• Please complete the application form
• Return your completed application form to Falmouth University (along with your course application if not already submitted)
• Scholarship forms can be emailed to [email protected]
• The deadline for applications is 27 May 2016

Further Information

https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/student-funding/international-scholarships


(Scholarship)

International scholarships - Single Award

These £5,000 scholarships are awarded to each of our academic departments. They are open to all students on undergraduate, postgraduate and foundation courses who will be studying within these departments. To apply, please complete the application form below. The 500-word application statement allows you to explain how you hope to use your study at Falmouth to influence your work, practice and future ambitions.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

• Be liable to pay tuition fees at the international (non EU) rate
• Have submitted a course application to Falmouth University for entry starting academic year 2016-17

Application Procedure

• Please complete the application form
• Return your completed application form to Falmouth University (along with your course application if not already submitted)
• Scolarship forms can be emailed to [email protected]
• The deadline for applications is 27 May 2016

Further Information

https://www.falmouth.ac.uk/student-funding/international-scholarships



Entry Requirements

Relevant equivalent Level 6 qualifications, or relevant equivalent experience, and a demonstrable interest in their subject. We also welcome applications from prospective students who do not necessarily hold conventional higher education entry qualifications. This process is called Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Prior learning includes both formal or 'certified' learning (such as training courses not run by universities or colleges) and informal or 'experiential' learning (gained as a result of work experience or self-study). This experience should be current (gained within the last five years) and should be equivalent to the learning outcomes of our minimum entry qualifications.

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