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Course summary

Design and carry out your own visual projects, exploring the relationships between word and image, as you prepare for a career as a visual artist in a growing creative industry. Cross the divide between fine art and applied art created by other UK degree courses. Benefit from a 150-year tradition of drawing and inspiring creativity at Cambridge School of Art. Study in Cambridge, with its many galleries and exhibition spaces, just a quick train journey from London. Whatever your artistic background, our Master's course will develop your visual practice in areas that are important for illustrators, such as visual sequencing and visual text. It will challenge you to cross the divide between fine art and applied art found on many undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, making it a unique course for the UK. Studying in our purpose-built studios at Cambridge School of Art, much of your work will be practice-based. You’ll propose and undertake self-directed projects, attending group critiques and tutorials that will help you develop your creative skills. You'll also attend a series of integrated lectures and seminars. These serve two purposes. You’ll explore different aspects of illustration such as the relationships between word and image, narratology and visual language, and receive guidance on research methods and critical writing, which you'll put to immediate use on the course as well as in your future career. Throughout the course, you’ll collaborate and discuss your work with staff, visiting professionals and fellow students, giving you an invaluable opportunity to see how others respond to it. All of our teaching team are practising artists, so you’ll hear about the latest news and issues in the industry, and have access to sound careers advice. Our course will prepare you for a career as a freelance illustrator. In recent years these roles have been increasingly in demand thanks to the growth of interest in artists' books, graphic novels, self-publishing, e-books and an awareness of small, batch publishing. You’ll also gain skills that will be useful in many other fields, such as bookbinding or teaching. Course Leader: Nanette Hoogslag

Modules

Process and Practice as Research; Visual Text; Sequence and Series; Master's Dissertation Art and Design; Master's Project: Art and Design.

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress through your self-directed visual projects, which will include written project proposals, developmental and final visual work, and a reflective commentary. On the Master's Dissertation module, you’ll submit a 6,000-word essay. Finally, the Master's Project will allow you to build on all previous modules to design a visual project which shows mastery of your subject.


Entry requirements

A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. Interview and portfolio: You will be required to attend an interview of around 20 minutes, during which you will evidence your discussion with a portfolio or, if you are resident outside of the UK, an e-portfolio.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for details: https://aru.ac.uk/study/tuition-fees
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