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.
- The Emergent Image
- The Critical Image
- Collaborative Unit
- The Authored Image
- The Contemporary Image: Final Major Project and Thesis
- 15 months
Start dates & application deadlines
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DisciplinesDesign Visual Arts Film, Photography & Media View 348 other Masters in Film, Photography & Media in United Kingdom
- 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
- Personal statement
- Study proposal/project proposal
International18336 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 22920 GBP for the full programme during 15 months.
National8976 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 11220 GBP for the full programme during 15 months.
Living costs for London
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