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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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Arts University Bournemouth
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
Campus
 
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
Aug 2022
Campus
 
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
 

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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
 
University of Plymouth
Plymouth, United Kingdom

We offer the opportunity to work in a shared entrepreneurial, enterprising, outward-looking, creative community of practice in the midst of the University and benefit from all ... +

We offer the opportunity to work in a shared entrepreneurial, enterprising, outward-looking, creative community of practice in the midst of the University and benefit from all of the facilities, networking, collaboration and opportunities on offer. Personal practice and exploration, critical evaluation, UN Sustainability Goals, and the business of Illustration are at the core of the curriculum. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
Ravensbourne University London
Greenwich Peninsula, United Kingdom

Throughout your Illustration MA degree course, you will explore the roles of illustration today and its wide-ranging professional applications moving forward. You will experim ... +

Throughout your Illustration MA degree course, you will explore the roles of illustration today and its wide-ranging professional applications moving forward. You will experiment across narrative and storytelling methods that will enable you to present and reposition information in a strategic, accessible and engaging fashion. You will examine complex knowledge, data and information and bring it to life with empathy, which will enable you to tell stories that need to be told and ensure that no message is lost in translation. Join the new MA Illustration course in our new flagship building, The Institute for Creativity and Technology, where creative minds prosper. By taking on consultancy and organisational roles as well as developing your own illustration practise, this course is designed to make you truly industry-ready. The MA Illustration course leader, Dr Mireille Fauchon, is an illustrator, educator and researcher, while her illustration practice encompasses publishing for print, screen, installation, facilitation and critical writing. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University of Hertfordshire Online
Hatfield, United Kingdom

Foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities by joining MA Illustration. The aim of this postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge ... +

Foster your creativity and enhance your employment opportunities by joining MA Illustration. The aim of this postgraduate programme is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and understanding required to practice at an advanced level. There is a strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of art and design. You'll develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field. -
MA
Part-time
2 years
English
Sep 2022
30 Jun 2022
Online
 
Goldsmiths, University of London
London, United Kingdom

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an i ... +

Immerse yourself in exploring professional and practical approaches to children’s illustration as well as engaging in the academic study of children's literature, to gain an in-depth understanding of the relationships between image, text, readers and context in the world of children’s literature. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2022
Campus
 
University of Hertfordshire
Hatfield, United Kingdom +2 More

M.A. Illustration is a Masters award within the P.G. Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is a strong emphasis on professional practice ... +

M.A. Illustration is a Masters award within the P.G. Design programme at the School of Creative Arts. Within the programme there is a strong emphasis on professional practice and the real-world applications of design. You will develop key research skills and gain a good understanding of the work of other practitioners in your field. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
23 Sep 2022
Campus
 
Royal College of Art

At the heart of your experience with us in Visual Communication is the shared commitment to ‘conversational practice’. By this we mean a practical and discursive approach to m ... +

At the heart of your experience with us in Visual Communication is the shared commitment to ‘conversational practice’. By this we mean a practical and discursive approach to making. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus