12 months
26300 GBP/year
12500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Postgraduate study in Illustration at The University of Edinburgh reflects the diversity of the subject and the opportunities that exist in areas such as publishing, advertising, graphic and web design, theatre, television, art galleries and museums.

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Who is this for?

We welcome applicants with a variety of approaches to Illustration , from both academic and professional backgrounds. Students will be encouraged to explore various forms of practice, with support from accomplished and respected staff. All staff have understanding, professional experience and skills in this field of art & design.


Facilities include excellent individual working spaces. There is access to a drawing studio and extensive printmaking resources, as well as other workshops in the ECA campus and wider University. There are life drawing classes, book-arts workshops and field trips.


The Illustration programme at The University of Edinburgh  also includes working with writers, designers and publishers in collaboration and in live briefs. Many of our postgraduates have their work published and a number of set projects evolve from year to year. These reflect contemporary developments in illustration and the graphic arts. For example, students have made work for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh Filmhouse and the ECA Bookmarks symposium.

Much work in the studios is concerned with storytelling, documenting current events, fiction and non-fiction, visual complements to literature, and authorial illustration. You will be encouraged to take part in national and international competitions, with the aim of joining the ranks of those who have exhibited and won prizes in events such as the V&A Student Illustration Awards, AOI, Image Nation, Folio Society, Penguin Book Awards, 3x3, Batsford and D&AD briefs.

Career opportunities

Graduates explore an exciting and diverse range of careers, including working as picture book illustrators, designers, freelance illustrators, artists and craftsmen, or in leading agencies.

Programme Structure

  • Illustration offers an excellent opportunity for independent, focused study. This is a fertile field of the creative arts, with many facets in contemporary print media and digital communications. MA students produce a body of practical and written work on an agreed topic.
  • Self-directed projects are connected to set projects, workshops and collaborations throughout the year. You will combine practical studio work with theory and written studies, including professional practice, in preparation for industry employment.
  • A lecture/seminar series examines the wider context of your studies, presented by contemporary artists, illustrators and designers.
  • Illustration includes working to a brief and developing an individual portfolio. An international group of illustrators, working at this level reflects a global sense of identity and ambition. We will provide you with individual workspace in a shared studio.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. 


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

Other requirements

General requirements

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in illustration or a related subject that gives appropriate grounding for postgraduate study.

You should demonstrate knowledge of the subject and its contemporary practice.

Your portfolio should contain examples of work that show an understanding and level of skill appropriate to the postgraduate study of illustration, including:

  • observational drawing

  • colour, line, composition

  • idea development

  • awareness of narrative image-making and sequential image-making

  • awareness of print and applications of digital media

  • awareness of the professional practice and the cultural context of historical and contemporary illustration

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26300 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12500 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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



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