Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS

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Course summary

Study MA Illustration and discover how illustration can change the world for the better. Develop crucial skills such as observation and creative thinking, and learn to apply them to the issues that society faces today. Illustration is a broad visual narrative practice that has many applications in publishing and the wider creative industry. On our MA Illustration degree you will focus on illustration for social change, an innovative and growing area that addresses the complex social and environmental problems faced by society today. Illustration skills such as visual storytelling, visual mediation, observation, creative thinking and of course image making are much sought-after, and more and more illustrators take part in change-making processes in organisations, institutes, and government. Our Masters in Illustration is unique in its focus on building your illustration practice and exploring and developing your role in addressing issues including integration and diversity, behavioural change, community cohesion, and environmental challenges. Whatever your background, you will develop your visual practice in important areas for illustrators, such as image creation; visual sequencing; concept development; and textuality. You’ll also extend your knowledge of the complexities of socio-environmental problems; institutional and government structures; creative project development and management; design methods; and collaboration processes. As a graduate, you will have the confidence to start out in a career as an illustrator and play an active creative role in social and environmental change-making processes. As a postgraduate student at ARU, you will have access to a dedicated base studio, as well as specialist facilities such as animation suites, film and photography studios, and the print studio, which will provide you with a wide range of printing methods. You will receive training in creative software such as Adobe Cloud, – and you can also get training in all our other art and creative industries facilities, too. Studying in our dedicated studios at Cambridge School of Art and project locations, much of your work will be practice-based. You’ll take part in live projects, working with an external partner and students from related Masters degrees, as well as proposing and undertaking your own self-directed projects. At the end of the course, you will use all the skills you have developed to research and complete a final visual project relating to your own specialisms. Throughout your studies, you will collaborate and discuss your work with staff, external partners, visiting professionals and fellow students, giving you an invaluable opportunity to see how others respond to it. All our teaching team are practising designers, design researchers and artists, so you will hear about the latest news and issues in the industry and have access to sound careers advice. Teaching times 2023-4 (subject to change for 2024-5): Full-time - Mondays and Wednesdays 10am–4pm; Part-time - Wednesdays 10am-4pm. Careers Our MA Illustration course will prepare you for a career as a freelance illustrator and creative consultant. In recent years, roles in illustration - either on a freelance basis or as creative team members - have been increasing. This is due to the understanding of the important role of visual storytelling and the need for distinct visual identity and connection. Depending on your own interests, your career might take you into self-publishing and artistic production; book and magazine illustration; in-house media and creative teams in publishing, advertising, games and animation and communication agencies; as well as freelance or in-house creative consultancy and institutional and organisational change-making teams. You’ll also gain skills that will be useful in many other fields, such as teaching and creative management, or find a way to combine it with your current career.


Sequence and Series; Design Methods and Contexts; Visual Text; Practice Through Partnership; Master's Project: Illustration.

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress through your self-directed visual projects, which will include written project proposals, developmental and final visual work, a reflective commentary, and an academic report of 3000 words. The Masters Project will allow you to build on all previous modules to design a visual project which shows mastery of your subject. We offer the guidance and structure to self-organise a degree show, which will show your work, but also evidence your project management abilities.

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. You need to submit a digital portfolio for this course. You are welcome to arrange a face to face portfolio review and tour.

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Illustration at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS