MA Children's Book Illustration

Anglia Ruskin University

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MA Children's Book Illustration

Anglia Ruskin University

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Illustration at Cambridge School of Art (CSA) has recently been declared one of Anglia Ruskin's 'areas of proven excellence'.

This course is built on a tradition which goes back 150 years to the founding of CSA. Notable alumni include designer and war artist Edward Bawden; acclaimed graphic satirist Ronald Searle; and the founders of the TV phenomenon Spitting Image, Roger Law and Peter Fluck. The success of numerous undergraduates in this field led to the founding of this specialist, studio practice-based MA, which is the first of its kind in the UK.

Interest in the art of illustration for children has grown considerably in recent years. Our UK heritage is particularly strong going back to early chapbooks, through Thomas Bewick, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott, the 'golden age' of Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, and through to the 20th century with Edward Ardizzone and Quentin Blake. Blake is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University.

The increasingly global nature of today's children's publishing industry is reflected in the research and practice of the staff team.
The MA Children's Book Illustration is a taught studio course that focuses on the creative development and direction of each student artist. The teaching is delivered primarily by internationally recognised artists, writers and publishers who work professionally in the field of children's books. Each module requires you to propose and develop a project through negotiation with tutors, within the broad parameters of the module definition. One-to-one tutorial support is seen as a key element of the student experience along with group critiques, briefings and seminars.

Links with industry and professional recognition

This course has built strong links with the children's publishing industry. The annual London graduation exhibition, which takes place in a leading West End gallery in February, is attended by representatives of most leading publishing companies and literary agencies. Bologna Children's Book Fair also provides for opportunities for publishing deals. A more formal partnership exists between the course and Walker Books and its American counterpart, Candlewick Press. Walker books work regularly with our students providing work-experience visits to their London offices and the Annual Sebastian Walker Award for the Most Promising Student.

Associated careers

Graduates of this course tend to aim for freelance careers as authors or illustrators for children. It has an outstanding record of success in this area. Among our published recent graduates are Paula Metcalf, Marta Altés, Nadia Shireen, Birgitta Sif, Rebecca Patterson, Jo Empsom and Kazuno Kohara.

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Last updated June 15, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1.5 - 2.5 years
Part time
Full time
Start date Sept. 2016
United Kingdom Cambridge, England
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Duration 1.5 - 2.5 years
Price - EU/UK: £7,695; International: £11,500