Illustration at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS

Course summary

Our Masters in Illustration is specifically designed to help you develop and craft your personal visual language, taking your illustrative practice to the next level. Combining theory and practice, you will create a bespoke portfolio that truly represents you as a creative. You will have the opportunity to engage in three areas of Illustration Research Excellence: Narrative, Entrepreneurial and Experimental Illustration. You will join other creative minds and collaborate with postgraduate students across the School of Art and Design; and you will focus on your professional journey as an illustrator/academic. In our studio-based illustrative masterclass series, delivered by a team of internationally recognised illustrators and academics, you will engage in hands-on, practical experiences including workshops in areas such as:

  • Sequence in Children's Books
  • Graphic Novels
  • Illustrative Ceramics
  • Watercolour for illustrators
  • Undigital digital Image
  • Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects.
Complimentary to this is our unique Professional Futures module and Advancing Research Design module, which are designed to help focus and enhance your future career ambitions, whether those are commercial, experimental, or academic. You will leave us confident and equipped to succeed in your chosen visual field, whether industry or academia. Key features • Attend workshops covering: Visual Sequence in children's books, Graphic Novels and Storytelling, Visual Identity for Illustrators, Illustrative Ceramics, Watercolour for illustrators, Undigital digital, Cinema 4D and Adobe After Effects. • We are proud to be ranked 13th in the UK for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021). • Engage with industry through guest lectures from renowned illustrators and publishers and studio visits. • Opt for an additional advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study. • 83% of NTU's research submitted to the 'Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory' Unit of Assessment was assessed to be world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021. Your space to create at NTU We’re committed to helping you explore, expand and refine your craft, as you discover new creative horizons with some truly great tools, equipment and workspaces. Visit our facilities hub at to find out more.


Illustration (180 credit points or 160 credit points), optional research module, Advanced Art and Design Research (20 credit points)

Assessment method

Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves a project proposal, set project research and development, a professional journal, practical work, verbal and visual presentations and the planning and design of a display of your work.

How to apply

International applicants

**English language requirements** If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally. Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university don't usually have to meet this requirement.

Entry requirements

2.2 honours degree in a related subject and a portfolio. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. **Other requirements** IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill

Fees and funding

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Illustration at Nottingham Trent University - UCAS