Lucy Magee flatlay MA 2018

MA Illustration

Our MA Illustration programme encourages the development of an independent, distinctive illustrative practice, through engaging with contemporary approaches, contexts, audiences and debates.

While the field of contemporary illustration is rapidly expanding, becoming more fluid, autonomous and interdisciplinary in nature, the role of the illustrator provokes many new possibilities for the practitioner and discipline as a whole.

Drew Turner

Drew Turner - MA Illustration

As well as the illustrator’s traditional collaborations with the design community, creative directors and publishers, we encourage self-directed alliances such as the formation of collectives, independent publishing, gallery-based ventures and academic research.

Arts University Plymouth MA Subject Tutor and published illustrator Caroline Pedler discusses illustrating best selling children's books.

Our programmes will help you to become a reflective and reflexive practitioner who can demonstrate an ability to think with more depth and criticality, to operate within, and respond to, the evolving landscape of contemporary design.

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Awareness of contemporary global practices is a starting point for rigorous investigation and debate, enriching your understanding of both the potential and relevance of the discipline as a whole, as well as your own social responsibilities as an image-maker and designer.

The student will propose and negotiate a self-initiated project that encourages exploration and inquiry into personally central concerns, whether commercial, self-authored or entrepreneurial in nature.

Wendy Howarth

Wendy Howarth - MA Illustration

MA applicants are normally expected to have an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above. However, the strength of your creative practice and other forms of experience will be taken into account at the interview stage and we encourage you to start a conversation with us.

Your portfolio should give us an indication of the work that you have made, organised or been involved in. For our postgraduate arts, craft and design courses, we expect to see examples of work you have created.

For our MA by Research, MA Museum Studies, and MA Creative Education courses, we don't expect you to have traditional artworks; instead you can share examples of projects you have worked on, classroom experiences you have created, and so on. Please ensure that your portfolio includes descriptions, website links and visuals if they are available.

Arts University Plymouth graduates are offered a discount of 15% on Masters programme fees, regardless of when they studied with us previously. The discount applies if you studied on one of our pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programmes.