Illustration at University of Huddersfield - UCAS

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Course summary

The Illustration MA is part of the School of Art and Humanities MA Art & Design Suite, an innovative approach to postgraduate taught education that brings together disciplines from across art and design to produce a collaborative programme of courses that foreground the shared practices, processes and values of art and design in the 21st century. Illustration creates a deep emotional connection in the telling of stories and communication of ideas to a global audience. Illustration is made up of many different creative processes and inhabits a multitude of contexts. The Masters course provides an opportunity for you to hone your professional approaches to the discipline for different commercial and artistic platforms. Illustration offers traditional as well as increasingly innovative spaces for image makers as the scale of what we illustrate and where evolves. Our course offers continuing students or graduates from creative art and design subjects with an opportunity to enhance their knowledge, creative skills and employment prospects. Our course aims to enable you to:

  • Critically appraise the importance of social, ethical, technological and cultural dimensions of illustration as applied to your personal practice and that of others.
  • Evidence advanced knowledge and understanding of illustration and its current and emerging global applications such as, but not limited to, authorial practice, visual communication, children’s’ books and graphic novels.
  • Systematically plan, negotiate and implement topical research to substantiate a coherent body of advanced illustration practice.
  • Contribute to the principles and processes of illustration in supporting innovation within commercial or creative industries.
  • Evidence awareness and relevance of your work in relation to professional standards in illustration practice such as, for example, maintaining an online portfolio and demonstrating an ability to work across a range of platforms such as print, web, animation and multimedia.
Our course aims to encourage you to push the boundaries of your illustration practice with the development of innovative and imaginative concepts and ideas relevant to a range of situations, artefacts and products. We will introduce you to a variety of platforms and contexts within which illustration sits, enabling you to experiment, expand, progress and communicate your ideas through different forms and processes, both digital and analogue. Materials: You will need to cover the cost of manufacturing and printing your work during the course. You will need to consider how you document and back up your work. You will also need to supply your own materials, which may include drawing (sketchbooks, pens, specialist papers) or craft materials and specialist tools. The approximate cost of these items in recent years has been approximately £500. However, given the nature of the Masters course, where your own project design is the driving focus for specific outcomes, these costs are approximations only. There is no limit on the amount you may wish to spend. It may be that, depending on the nature of what you intend to produce, the costs may increase or decrease. The costs vary depending on the materials you choose, the specialist area you pursue and how you present your work.

Modules

Research Methods and Project Proposal Creative Innovation and Entrepreneurship Creative Studio Professional Platforms Art and Communication Illustration Major Project

Assessment method

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical workshops and a programme of design projects. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course. Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally: * An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification. * Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval. * International students with qualifications in 'creative' or 'practice' subjects should submit a digital portfolio (pdf) of work with their application. * All suitably qualified applicants are normally invited in for an informal chat with a portfolio or considered for admittance under alternative arrangements.


English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our International Entry Requirements pages.

https://hud.ac.uk/international/courses-and-entry-requirements/international-entry-requirements/


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7900* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7900* Year 1
Scotland £7900* Year 1
Wales £7900* Year 1
Channel Islands £7900* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7900* Year 1
EU £17600* Year 1
International £17600* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

This information sets out the tuition fee charges for full-time undergraduate students for the academic year 2024/25. This webpage will be updated with 2025/26 tuition fees as information becomes available. Tuition fees for UK students will cover the cost of your study at the University. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see our Fees and Finance - https://www.hud.ac.uk/postgraduate/fees-and-finance/ Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X). If you are an EU or international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - https://www.hud.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/ Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Illustration at University of Huddersfield - UCAS