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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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8 Results in Illustration

Nottingham Trent University: School of Art & Design

Our Illustration students learn to become expert narrators and to explore the professional contexts for their work, including print and digital media design, production a ... [+]

MA Illustration

Our Illustration students learn to become expert narrators and to explore the professional contexts for their work, including print and digital media design, production and distribution. At the start of the course, you'll work on short projects, aimed at challenging conventions. You'll then focus on a subject of your choice through the research, development and production of a single, in-depth project. You will also develop a Professional Journal which explores current thought and practice.

Key features Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations. Engage with industry by undertaking short internships and studio visits. Work in our dedicated Art and Design postgraduate studio. Benefit from regular lectures from leading figures in the design industry. Attend workshops covering typography, visual language, branding, storyboarding and life drawing sessions. Opt for an additionally advanced research module if you’re thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study. How you’re taught ... [-]
United Kingdom Nottingham
September 2019
Full-time
45 weeks
Campus
Middlesex University London

This practice and the research-based programme will enable you to explore and develop your interest and skill in all forms of narrative and sequential illustration. The p ... [+]

This is a highly practical course that aims to give students the very best opportunity to publish in these fields. The course is staffed by practicing illustrators with rich and varied experience in these fields and invaluable insight into all aspects of publishing. The course will draw on the advice and expertise of visiting publishers, writers, editors, designers and art directors offering the best possible opportunity into the seemingly impenetrable world of publishing, narratives and children's books.

Middlesex University offers superb facilities, including our exceptional printmaking rooms offering silkscreen, litho, monoprint, wood and lino cutting, etching and drypoint options. Students will have access to our state-of-the-art reprographic department, where dummy books and sample illustrations may be printed to the highest professional quality. In addition, we offer practical bookbinding expertise and instruction, enabling students to produce illustrated material to the highest presentation standard.... [-]

United Kingdom London UK Online
October 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Royal College of Art

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 ... [+]

Study at the World's number one ranked art and design university for five consecutive years (2015-2019) in the QS World University Subject Rankings.

About the Programme

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. The programme offers three pathways of study: Experimental Communication, Graphic Design and Illustration.

The pathways are interrelated and structured around the discipline of visual communication to facilitate well-informed risk-taking and experimentation from a grounded position of subject knowledge and understanding. Pathways are delivered in subject clusters (critical thinking) supported by shared workshops (critical making) and delivered by staff who are either advanced practitioners or active researchers engaged in both the core and margins of communication practice.... [-]

United Kingdom London
October 2019
Full-time
2 years
Campus
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

By combining drawing and science, Medical Illustration students translate anatomical and surgical sketches into instructional illustrations to visually support the allied ... [+]

The MFA program in medical illustration enables students to exhibit critical and creative thinking and problem-solving through the accurate translation of medical and scientific concepts into effective visual support for instruction or advertisement. Students utilize effective research techniques and demonstrate efficient use of time and resources during concept and development of projects to satisfy course assignments. Entrance requirements include one year of biology and three of the following areas of study: histology, embryology, immunology, genetics, pathology, or cellular physiology.

Admission requirements

Applicants should hold a baccalaureate degree in a field of the arts, sciences, or education from a regionally accredited college in the United States. Applicants should also demonstrate, through the quality of the undergraduate record and creative production, a genuine, professional potential. (Please see section regarding nonmatriculated students.) The undergraduate degree should include 75 quarter credit hours (50 semester hours) in studio courses.... [-]

USA Rochester
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts

MA Visual Communication: Illustration & Animation is a broad-based studio programme that offers the freedom to develop your own visual language and strong creative vo ... [+]

Overview

MA Visual Communication: Illustration & Animation is a broad-based studio programme that offers the freedom to develop your own visual language and strong creative voice. With unique opportunities including internships with our industry partner Hearst Magazines UK, you will develop professional confidence alongside the creative, technical and digital skills essential for careers in the expanding fields of illustration and animation worldwide.

Based in our central Cambridge studios, over the intensive 12-month programme you will develop a strong grounding in research and inquiry as you advance your specialist knowledge. You will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques, media, and technologies, and respond to the new applications, platforms, and spaces in which contemporary illustration and animation are produced and experienced today. Regular workshops will support you to embrace current industry-standard software, giving you the practical and digital tools you need for the creative workplace today - and tomorrow.... [-]

United Kingdom Cambridge
September 2019
3 semesters
Campus
Goldsmiths, University of London

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 ... [+]

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.

Developed and taught by leading teaching staff including children’s authors, this degree draws on both professional and critical perspectives from art and education, cultural studies, design and sociology to deliver a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the subject.

Guidance from tutors and a choice of modules and assignments will enable you to develop personal projects, culminating in a practice-based dissertation. At the end of the programme, you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
1 - 2 years
Campus
Flexible Learning with Falmouth University

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

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Apply now to get an early bird discount up to £1,000.

Course outline

Immerse yourself in the many different roles illustration has to play in today’s globalised world with Falmouth University’s MA Illustration course. With its flexible online format, the course enables you to connect with a global network of like-minded creatives, offering a learning experience and creative space like no other. You’ll explore exciting new and innovative approaches to illustration, as well as illustration’s role as one of the world’s most vital means of visual communication. As a world-leading creative industries university, Falmouth has a rich history and a renowned reputation for creative excellence, with many Falmouth graduates going on to receive international recognition for their creative work. As a Falmouth MA Illustration graduate, you’ll join this international community of Falmouth alumni and get the opportunity to also make your mark and make solid connections within the visual communication industry. You’ll have the opportunity to push creative boundaries to become a thought leader on best practice in illustration.... [-]

United Kingdom Saint Ives
May 2019
Part-time
2 years
Online
KASK & Conservatorium / School of Arts Gent

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 progr ... [+]

English master

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.

The programmes are organized so as to facilitate encounters between Dutch-speaking and English-speaking students in informal contexts, in seminars and courses, and even in artistic projects, they start up together. There are no differences in curricula, competencies, learning outcomes or organization between the English-language programmes and their Dutch-language counterparts. English-speaking candidates holding a master’s degree in music can also go in for the advanced master ‘soloist contemporary music’.... [-]

Belgium Ghent
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
60 hours
Campus