About the course
- On the MA Illustration degree you will develop your professional skills as an Illustrator.
- You will work with design professionals of international standing.
- This masters degree gives you the opportunity to work in professional and industrial contexts.
- There is the opportunity to spend a semester in Germany at the prestigious Hochschule Mannheim as part of your course.
- See examples of work and course news on the MA Illustration Blog.
- This award can also be taken on a distance learning pathway online.
- Take a look at our MA Design Leaflet.
Why choose this course?
MA Illustration is a Masters award within the MA Art and Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field.
The aim of the postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level, to foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities. You will work alongside artists and designers who are involved with a wide variety of media and forms. Induction, seminars and social events for students and staff mean that you will be part of a friendly and supportive postgraduate community, which also includes film makers, musicians and professionals working in new media. Senior research staff and internationally renowned artists work with postgraduate students, helping you to develop original and challenging work.
The MA Illustration degree is designed to develop your imaginative, creative and technical potential as an illustrator. It provides an opportunity for you to examine a range of media in the fields of illustration, including the role of image-making in new and traditional media, and illustration's relationships with fine art and digital media.
This masters degree gives you an opportunity to develop advanced knowledge and skills in the use of narrative storytelling and its relationship to illustration, as well as illustrative conventions in children's and adult literature, comics and other media. We encourage you to develop the entrepreneurial and commercial skills necessary to help develop your work to its full potential and to equip you with the practical and intellectual skills to thrive as a practicing artist. Through working alongside artists and designers on other postgraduate courses you will explore the possibilities for the illustrator today, questioning conventions and refining the direction of your practice.
Our staff are experienced in research and professional practice, and you will also benefit from contributions from visiting designers and professionals, as well as from involvement with our international exhibitions programme. The course also has close links with a wide range of industry partners.
Creative Arts Distance Learning Courses
Study MA Graphic Design (online) or MA Illustration (online). With our distance learning courses you can fit studies around work and life commitments.
Programme tutor Barbara Brownie explains how it all works in this video!
Particular emphasis is given to providing you with the skills necessary to further your career an illustrator. The course is designed to help you understand and work within the contemporary industrial environment and particular attention is given to helping you acquire entrepreneurial skills.
This course is designed to help you develop your practice and give you the skills recovery to further your career in industry both in the UK and abroad. The course includes practice based modules where you will explore and develop your work as an illustrator. It also contains course or research skills, entrepreneurialism and professional practice. The final part of the course enables you to complete a major project.
- Creative Economies - 15 Credits
- Major Study: Illustration - 60 Credits
- Research and Enquiry - 15 Credits
- Practice 1: Design - 30 Credits
- Practice 2: Design - 30 Credits
- Discourse and Reflection: Design - 30 Credits
- Research and Enquiry (Online) - 15 Credits
- Creative Economies (Online) - 15 Credits
Fees & funding
- £8000 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £665 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £12500 for the 2018/2019 academic year
- £1040 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year
*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.
Additional course costs
Distance learning course fees for the 2015/2016 academic year:
UK/EU £2040 per year (£4080 total course fee)
Overseas £3390 per year (£6780 total course fee)
Other financial support
Living costs / accommodation
The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.
An honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to the award you want to study. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course. We may also be able to take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning. In all cases you will need to demonstrate through a portfolio or interview your preparedness for study at postgraduate level.
If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.
If you do not have the required level of English for entry, our academic English courses can help you to achieve this level.