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Illustration, M.A.

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
While exploring your personal potential, you'll develop your fluency of narrative construction and authorial voice. As well as the application and testing of communicative drawing, you'll reflect on your creative work and its relevance to specialised audiences.


Study at the cutting edge of illustration, questioning the audiences addressed and approaches employed. The programme offers a breadth and richness of experience, enabling you to reach your full potential and meet the challenges of advanced research and scholarship.

There are opportunities to publish work through the Cheltenham Illustration Awards.

The core practice is narrative drawing. Subsequently, digital and traditional processes, such as printmaking, are used to interrogate practice in the first semester.

The process of communicating through illustrations will be critiqued and re-evaluated via research methodologies, and by developing a wide range of knowledge and skills.

In the second semester, among other elements, you'll engage with animation and sequencing for publication through electronic media.

The final Masters stage offers the option of a practice-based research project in line with the faculty's commitment to practice as a powerful and effective form of research and enquiry. Alternatively, you may choose to undertake a traditional-written dissertation. There is a broad market for Illustration within traditional publishing and creative industries such as animation and film/TV storyboarding, and games design and fashion. The global market and audience for original content and creative thinking demands the high level of skills and knowledge refined through postgraduate study.

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • Narrative Drawing
  • Research and Context
  • Professional Development
  • Mechanisms and Methodology
  • Major Project (Illustration)
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Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2:1 or above) or equivalent qualification and/or relevant industry experience demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level. Applicants will be considered on an individual basis in conjunction with their portfolio submission and interview.
  • The interview includes the presentation of your portfolio of work for review.
  • The portfolio can be in print or digital format and should demonstrate a broad overview of previous work, experience and skills. It can include ongoing work and should indicate the current focus of creative practice.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Cheltenham

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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The Government is introducing loans for taught and research postgraduate Masters programmes. Students under the age of 60 may be eligible for loans of up to £10,000, which will be paid directly to them at 3 points during the academic year. These will be at the start of the course and then 4 months and 7 months into the course.

EU nationals and Distance Learners are eligible. Part time courses are also eligible as long as they meet the minimum 50% intensity requirement. Postgraduate student loans are not available to students who already hold a Masters qualification (or an equivalent or higher qualification) or those only studying to Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma level. Repayments of these loans will be in addition to the current undergraduate student loan scheme. Further information and guidance is available on the government website or you can contact Money Advice team.

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