• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

On this Illustration course at University of Portsmouth you'll produce a personal project that defines your role as a creative practitioner within a social, political and historical context. Our academic team is made up of practitioners in the field of artists' books and zines, practice-based PhDs and printmaking – and they'll provide the expertise and support you need to push your creative boundaries.

If you're imaginative, ambitious and ready to improve your already-impressive illustration skills, our MA Illustration degree course will give you the tools you need for a successful career as an illustrator, or in related fields such as art direction, design, and publishing.

What You Will Experience?

On this course, you'll:

  • Reflect on and challenge your illustration practice through a mix of lectures, seminars, group critiques, themed events, workshops and individual tutorials
  • Engage with high profile visiting lecturers alongside the University’s dedicated careers department to build your Professional Practice skills
  • Access our extensive collection of artists’ books and zines, located within the illustration studios
  • Consider the question “what is illustration?” and examine the social responsibility of the illustrator as a cultural producer
  • Develop your existing skills through specialist workshops such as laser cutting and 3D printing, photography, collage, drawing, print workshops, and Adobe workshops with Adobe Certified Associate status
  • Explore themes such as narrative and sequential illustration, humour and satire, ethical and social positioning of the artist, literary sources for inspiration, limited edition publications, small presses and artists’ books
  • Complete a major body of work which showcases your development and skills

Career

Once you graduate, you'll have the practical skills necessary to compete in a commercial arena, and the rhetorical skills to promote your own work. You'll be able to position yourself as a creative individual, giving you a competitive edge as an illustrator or artist.

Career opportunities include:

  • Animator, storyboard artist and digital illustrator
  • Graphic/editorial designer
  • Art director
  • Toy and character designer
  • Comic book or graphic novelist
  • Printmaker and small press publisher
  • Zinester

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Proposal
  • Illustration Major Project
  • A Question of Research
  • Contextual Research in Illustration

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Make your application as soon as possible.

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • 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

  • A good honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications.
  • An interview or online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process.
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students Part time: £2,170 in year 1 and £4,330 in year 2.
  • Part time: £4,400  in year 1 and £8,800 in year 2.

Living costs for Portsmouth

  • 710 - 1100 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.

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