The Sequential Design/Illustration MA attracts new and established illustrators, artists and designers from all over the world who are keen to explore the principles of sequence within their chosen field and make them visible through a variety of forms.
These forms have included written and illustrated books for children and adults, interactive design, film, graphic novels, stage and exhibition design, animation, book arts, narrative textiles, experimental writing, product design and even community projects that encourage social development through storytelling.
In its 25-year history, this course has built on the gathered knowledge and experience of its staff and students to cover topics that are relevant to all MA students interested in storytelling, visual narrative and delivering complex sequential messages.
Recent graduate work – ranging from a biography of Edith Sitwell to a series of calendars made from human hair – demonstrates the diversity of individual research. Other students have examined the legacy of recipes, the secret language of headscarves, the parallels between quantum physics and Taoism as demonstrated through a detective novel, and the role of plumage in communication.
- UK/EU (full-time) 6,030 GBP
- International (full-time) 14,400 GBP
The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2016. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
Degree and/or experience
Normally an honours degree in a related discipline, a recognised equivalent qualification or professional experience. Admission is subject to interview and requires a portfolio of recent work (in any appropriate discipline) plus a 600-word proposal for a potential project. Applicants are requested to submit their proposal at the application stage (guidelines are available on request).
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.
All students applying before June will be interviewed. Applicants are encouraged to attend open days during the spring term.
Careers and employability
Because of the diversity of our students and the projects they create, their professional achievements are equally wide-ranging. Successful commercial enterprises have been established, research degrees undertaken, books published, collaborative design groups formed, and work exhibited in major galleries and institutions. Graduates have also participated in festivals and conferences around the world.
Recent graduates include:
- an art and display technician at the Littlehampton Academy
- an associate teaching fellow at the University of Southampton
- a book designer at Flukso Design
- a designer and associate lecturer at the Open University
- an exhibition and graphic designer at Hello Museum
- an illustrator at Helen Murphy Freelance Illustration
- a lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts
- a mobile game designer at TieSense Information Company.
Many of our graduates cite the course as having been a strong influence on their success. Kate Adams MBE, founder of Project Art Works, described the course as "richly diverse in the practice it promotes and encourages". She went on to say: "The analysis of working methodology was really formative and important for me. I founded Project Art Works a few years after completing the course and felt it had a big influence on how we expressed the conceptual and political drive of our early projects." Success stories
Margardia Botelho, community art educator
In 2009, Margarida received an award from UNESCO to take the art/literacy storytelling project she had developed on the course and spend eight months working among disadvantaged communities in slums, rural villages and refugee camps in Mozambique. The ongoing project has since been developed for other Community Arts Education projects in Portugal, Brazil and India.
Sarah Dyer, author and illustrator
A prolific children’s book author and illustrator, Sarah’s published books include The Girl with the Bird's Nest Hair, Mrs Muffly's Monster, A Monster Day at Work, Bear's Best Friend (written by Lucy Coats, illustrated by Sarah Dyer), and the Bloomsbury Book of Things. Sarah also attends many festivals, workshops and schools to carry out events and readings.
Woodrow Phoenix, comic artist and writer
Woodrow is co-editor of Nelson and winner of the 2012 Best Book at the British Comics Awards. In 2011, he led workshops and drawing exercises in Buenos Aires art and language schools as part of the The British Council project, which worked with writers in 50 countries to celebrate the bicentenary of Charles Dickens. Woodrow regularly writes about comics and has authored more than a dozen books.
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Last updated April 12, 2016