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MA Illustration and Visual Media

Course Description


MA Illustration and Visual Media explores the creation and production of images at a time of unparalleled possibilities for skilled visual communicators. Specifically investigating the opportunities for image-makers to work with time-based, sequential, interactive and narrative forms, students on the course will develop an experimental illustration practice that reflects the integrated nature of the design, communication and media industries.


This is a practice-led course that explores both the theory and practice of illustration across a broad range of visual media. MA Illustration and Visual Media aims to develop your visual voice with an emphasis on critical engagement with both the discipline and the world at large. This may take the form of investigating abstract concepts from domains such as science, technology and philosophy by developing bespoke visual languages to translate these ideas to diverse audiences. Other approaches may also include using critical ideas to produce self-directed visual authorship. Practical projects and technical workshops are run in tandem with theoretical and critical seminars in order to support the relationship between critical and practice based learning.

This approach provides you with a unique platform from which to produce relevant and engaging work within the discipline of illustration that has resonance and value to the world at large. Through the development of a portfolio of work the course places graduates in a position to work across sectors as diverse as visual communication, art direction, information communication, branding, news, current affairs, entertainment, art and design as well as encouraging visual authorship.

The course supports progression to research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self-directed experimental practice.
Building on LCC's resources, in digital, time-based and interactive media alongside printmaking, graphic design and visual communication, the course encourages experimental and reflective practice that echoes the cross media nature of the design, communication and media industries.


Phase 1

Units 1.1 Illustrative Practice and Visual Media (40 Credits)
Unit 1.2 Critical Practice and Research Methods (20 Credits)

Phase 2

Unit 2.1 Expanded Practice and Personal Voice (60 Credits)
(Exceptional Postgraduate Diploma exit point after 120 credits)

Phase 3

Unit 3.1 Final Major Research Project (60 Credits)
(Weighted 50% written component and 50% practical component)

Visit the MA Illustration and Visual Media page on the University of the Arts London website for more details!

Student Profiles

UAL Postgraduate Funding and Scholarships Schemes - 20+ Awards

University of the Arts London is pleased to offer a number of scholarships to those wishing to study at postgraduate level.
These awards are funded by generous private donations, company donations, philanthropic charities and University funds. The scholarships range from fee waivers to full support for a year or more.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to £25,000


To see whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Application Procedure

To find out whether you are eligible for one of our postgraduate scholarships, or to see details of application procedures and application forms, visit the UAL website by following the link below.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

An honors degree in illustration, visual communication or graphic design or closely related subject and present a portfolio of image-led work; AND a portfolio of work. Candidates with a degree in a related subject will be considered. If you do not have the required qualifications, but do have professional experience you may be eligible to gain credit for previous learning and experience through the AP(E)L system. All classes are taught in English. The level required for this course is IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent).

Course Fees

£8,250 - Home/EU, £17,230 - International

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