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10 MA Programs in Illustration

A master’s degree can often be completed in two years or fewer. However, most programs require a bachelor’s degree before enrollment. What is an MA in Illustration? In an illustration master’s degree program, students may study a range of concepts to help them develop their artistic skills and style. Courses in a program may cover drawing, techniques, illustration markets, digita… Read more

A master’s degree can often be completed in two years or fewer. However, most programs require a bachelor’s degree before enrollment.

What is an MA in Illustration? In an illustration master’s degree program, students may study a range of concepts to help them develop their artistic skills and style. Courses in a program may cover drawing, techniques, illustration markets, digital illustration and composition of illustrations. A program will typically focus on helping scholars develop a well-rounded portfolio of work while also encouraging them to advance their skills. Students may also learn about keeping work original and developing entrepreneurial skills.

After completing a program, graduates should have a completed portfolio that showcases their individual skills and style that can be used to secure work. They may also have developed skills that help them to find potential employment or start a business of their own.

The costs of a program are influenced by many factors. It is best for students to check with their chosen schools for accurate cost information as well as information on scholarships, grants and other forms of financial aid.  

After graduation, scholars are prepared to begin work as illustrators. While most will work under the job title “illustrator,” there are other titles for which they may qualify. These include character designer, book illustrator, digital artist, art director, graphic artist, game designer and storyboard artist. Graduates may find work in a variety of fields with a range of companies. Jobs may be found with different employers, such as motion pictures, books, television and newspapers. Some graduates may choose to start their own business or work on a freelance basis under contracts with different companies.

If you are interested in an exciting career in the field of illustration, then an MA in Illustration may be a great option. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts
Cambridge , United Kingdom

Our MA Visual Communication: Illustration & Animation course is a broad-based studio programme that offers the freedom to develop your own visual language a strong creativ ... +

Our MA Visual Communication: Illustration & Animation course is a broad-based studio programme that offers the freedom to develop your own visual language a strong creative voice. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Flexible Learning with Falmouth University
Saint Ives , United Kingdom

Immerse yourself in the many different roles illustration has to play in today’s globalised world with Falmouth University’s MA Illustration course.

Immerse yourself in the many different roles illustration has to play in today’s globalised world with Falmouth University’s MA Illustration course. -
MA
Part-time
2 years
English
23 Jan 2021
Online
 
Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth , United Kingdom

Our MA Illustration programme encourages the development of an individual and distinctive illustrative practice, through an engagement with contemporary approaches, contexts, ... +

Our MA Illustration programme encourages the development of an individual and distinctive illustrative practice, through an engagement with contemporary approaches, contexts, audiences and debates. While contemporary illustration continues to flourish, becoming far more fluid, outward-looking and interdisciplinary in nature, the role of the illustrator encompasses many new possibilities. -
MA
Full-time
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 

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Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)
Rochester , USA

Collaborating with scientists and physicians, medical illustrators transform complex information into visual images that are used in education, research, patient care, public ... +

Collaborating with scientists and physicians, medical illustrators transform complex information into visual images that are used in education, research, patient care, public relations, legal cases, and marketing efforts. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
Falmouth University
Falmouth , United Kingdom

Develop your own authorial voice on this unique illustration course. You’ll learn to see your work as an evolving practice, as you challenge and re-evaluate your personal visu ... +

Develop your own authorial voice on this unique illustration course. You’ll learn to see your work as an evolving practice, as you challenge and re-evaluate your personal visual language with the help of experienced practitioners. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Arts University Bournemouth - The Graduate School
Poole , United Kingdom

Our MA Illustration course encourages you to question the nature of your practice and its context and position relative to the creative industries. The course allows you to fu ... +

Our MA Illustration course encourages you to question the nature of your practice and its context and position relative to the creative industries. The course allows you to further refine your creative identity, offering a bridge between HE and professional illustration practice. It offers a great opportunity for creative professionals to return to university in order to reflect upon their creative practice and change direction. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Oct 2021
Campus
 
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent
Ghent , Belgium

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes ... +

The School of Arts offers English-language master programmes in the visual arts, audiovisual arts and music. Each year, dozens of foreign students choose the master programmes of our faculty to continue their studies. The presence of students from different international backgrounds is an enrichment for our educational tradition and provides an added value to the training of foreign master students and Flemish students moving on from the Dutch-language bachelor programmes alike. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
60 hours
English
Campus
 
Royal College of Art
London , United Kingdom

Visual Communication as a discipline is undergoing a major shift in both its vocational positioning and intellectual relevance. At the Royal College of Art, the programme has ... +

Visual Communication as a discipline is undergoing a major shift in both its vocational positioning and intellectual relevance. At the Royal College of Art, the programme has a long history that has radically examined the place of visual communication in relation to culture and society, while championing the importance of an interdisciplinary approach. -
MA
Full-time
2 years
English
Campus
 
University for the Creative Arts
Farnham , United Kingdom

Contemporary illustration practice has grown to encompass a broad range of ambitions and opportunities for image-makers and storytellers. The growth of online digital cultures ... +

Contemporary illustration practice has grown to encompass a broad range of ambitions and opportunities for image-makers and storytellers. The growth of online digital cultures - and the impact of digital image creation on traditional image-making - requires flexible and adaptable practitioners, and it provides unique opportunities for the entrepreneurial illustrator. Our course offers you the chance to challenge the boundaries of illustration, both in its practice and its context, and is primarily concerned with the illustrated narrative. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge , United Kingdom

Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed children’s artists. Work with a dedicated support team of internationally-recognised illustrators to develop your own personal visual voca ... +

Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed children’s artists. Work with a dedicated support team of internationally-recognised illustrators to develop your own personal visual vocabulary. Make connections in the children’s publishing industry. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
18 - 30 months
English
Campus
 

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