15 months
23610 GBP/year
11550 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Illustration and Visual Media at the University of the Arts London (UAL) explores the creation and contextualisation of images at a time of unparalleled possibilities for engagement in visual culture. 


The MA Illustration and Visual Media course at University of the Arts London (UAL)  provides a critical space in which traditional definitions of this field can be challenged, deconstructed and reconfigured to provide a unique platform from which our graduates can move into professional practice as autonomous artists.

What can you expect?

MA Illustration and Visual Media is distinctive in its emphasis on students developing their own bodies of work. We do not believe that illustration is a philosophy of practice or self-contained discipline in the contemporary visual world - moreover it is one of many contexts in which images may exist on or offline.

Through experimental practice-led research, you will develop an independent and critical relationship to the contemporary image, with the potential to work across a broad range of specialist visual media.

You will have access to LCC's significant resources in digital and time-based media alongside printmaking, 3D and photography. This environment encourages experimental and reflective practice and the opportunity to work alongside your peers in technical workshop and studio environments.

The course begins by helping you to position yourself with a critical understanding of working as an artist-researcher at postgraduate level. Through studio and seminar sessions you will be introduced to a range of critical and theoretical ideas, and explore the ways in which artists use research, which will develop your ability to contextualise your own practice.

As you progress through the course you will be supported in generating bodies of self-authored creative work that extend your personal visual language and approach to the made image.

Throughout the course you will be asked to produce reflective writing that helps you to position your work in a critical context that relates to contemporary thought in visual culture, culminating in a Final Major Project and Thesis.

The course supports you in progression to research at MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self-directed experimental practice.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • The Emergent Image
  • The Critical Image
  • Collaborative Unit
  • The Authored Image
  • The Contemporary Image: Final Major Project and Thesis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The deadline has passed. However, this course will remain open until places have been filled. We recommend you submit your application as early as possible.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

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Other requirements

General requirements

Entry requirements

  • Honours degree in either illustration, visual communication or graphic design or closely related subjects
  • Possession of equivalent qualifications
  • Prior experiential learning, the outcome of which can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • Or a combination of formal qualifications and experiential learning which, taken together, can be demonstrated to be equivalent to formal qualifications otherwise required
  • If your first language is not English, you can check you have achieved the correct IELTS level in English
  • CV
  • Personal statement
  • Portfolio
  • Study proposal/project proposal

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    23610 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 23610 GBP per year during 15 months.
  • National

    11550 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11550 GBP per year during 15 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 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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