• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

With unique opportunities including internships with our industry partner Hearst Magazines UK, you will develop professional confidence alongside the creative, technical and digital skills essential for careers in the expanding fields of illustration and animation worldwide. 

Based in our central Cambridge studios, over the intensive 12-month MA in Visual Communication - Illustration and Animation at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts you will develop a strong grounding in research and enquiry as you advance your specialist knowledge. You will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques, media and technologies, and respond to the new applications, platforms and spaces in which contemporary illustration and animation are produced and experienced today.  Regular workshops will support you to embrace current industry-standard software, giving you the practical and digital tools you need for the creative workplace today - and tomorrow.

Careers

The course provides students with the experience and expertise to pursue career possibilities in the expanding creative industries in the UK and worldwide across the field of illustration and animation, including freelance work in editorial and book illustration, children’s illustration, public illustration, exhibition and experience design, motion graphics and animation for TV and corporate branding, games design, VFX, editing, 3D modelling, digital content production, as well as independent animated filmmaking or further study.

Unique Opportunities

This programme offers outstanding specialist tuition combined with extensive academic contact and studio access. As a Master’s student you benefit from: 

  • Exclusive access to media and industry expertise, workshops and internships through partners including Hearst Magazines UK, publisher of titles such as Digital Spy, Esquire and Elle Decoration.
  • Expert tuition from industry-active professional animators, illustrators and graphic designers with a passion for teaching.
  • Intensive learning experience tailored to your needs and ambitions, with a high level of personalised support and 1:1 tutorial time. 
  • Opportunities for work placements or industry mentoring as part of the course. 
  • A postgraduate qualification you need to stand out, and get ahead.
  • Collaborating with a creative, inter-disciplinary and global postgraduate community.
  • Your own iMac and studio work space, open every day of the week.
  • Industry-standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud and Maxon Cinema 4D.
  • Access to regular Life Drawing in our dedicated drawing studio.
  • A small, supportive and specialist creative arts college in a beautiful, historic and cultural city—a creative hotspot and home to one of the UK’s most dynamic and international student communities. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Visual Storytelling
  • Research Practice
  • Visual Practice
  • Creative Futures
  • Independent Major Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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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General Requirements

Age

  • 20 years +

Educational Level

  • Successfully completed an Undergraduate Degree in graphics and illustration, illustration, animation, communication design or a closely related subject.
  • CSVPA recognises a wide variety of qualifications and/or relevant experience and encourages applications from all people, with a demonstrable interest and experience in their subject.
  • In some cases students may be required to complete a Graduate Diploma.

English Level

  • IELTS 6.5+ (no element under 5.5)

Portfolio & Personal Statement 

  • A portfolio demonstrating appropriate skills, research and prior experience of the subject. 
  • A Personal Statement that tells us about you, your approac

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22920 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22920 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Cambridge

  • 846 - 1470 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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