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18 Masters Programs in Illustration

A master’s degree is a postgraduate degree that signifies advanced learning in a field of study. For many students, this degree can be earned in 18-24 months. What is a Master in Illustration? One of the most important skills you can have as an artist is the ability to think strategically about using art to tell a story. You will likely learn how to create characters and give them unique per… Read more

A master’s degree is a postgraduate degree that signifies advanced learning in a field of study. For many students, this degree can be earned in 18-24 months.

What is a Master in Illustration? One of the most important skills you can have as an artist is the ability to think strategically about using art to tell a story. You will likely learn how to create characters and give them unique personalities while drawing your audience into the story. Fine art also is within your reach with courses in concepts, composition, contemporary art and more. You can graduate with practical skills in creative drawing using both digital and traditional (such as pen-and-ink) formats.

Earning a Master in Illustration can help you in a variety of personal and professional situations by giving you a voice and the confidence to express your ideas. You will likely learn how to cultivate your creative visions and art techniques and gain leadership skills to use in directing projects. You can also gain valuable presentation skills that are sure to serve you in any career field.

There are many qualified schools offering a Master in Illustration. Education costs depend on the school you choose and where it’s located. For a breakdown of course costs, contact the school directly.

If you’re a gamer, perhaps you’d like to look at games from the other side and help illustrate them. How would you like to draw comic books or be a cartoonist? Storyboard artists are always in demand, whether in ad agencies or Hollywood. Whether digital or print, books will always need a cover designer, or maybe you want to illustrate children’s books. All these careers require illustrative skills.

If you’re ready to explore this career path, there are a variety of schools throughout the world you can attend via Internet-based offerings. 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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IEBS - Escuela de Negocios de la Innovación y los Emprendedores
Barcelona, Spain

The Postgraduate in Storytelling and Transmedia Narrative aims to train experts who master strategies in transmedia environments, know how to articulate a network of media tha ... +

The Postgraduate in Storytelling and Transmedia Narrative aims to train experts who master strategies in transmedia environments, know how to articulate a network of media that allow developing the narrative and get to offer the best experience to a multichannel consumer, content generator and every time more demanding. -
Master
Part-time
10 months
Spanish
Online
 
Flexible Learning with Falmouth University
Falmouth, 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. -
Master
Part-time
2 years
English
30 May 2022
Online
 
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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Universal Arts School
Los Angeles, USA +1 More

Shaping your dreams. In every film, video game, advertising piece ... concept art is a fundamental piece. All subsequent design is based on this previous work of concept artis ... +

Shaping your dreams. In every film, video game, advertising piece ... concept art is a fundamental piece. All subsequent design is based on this previous work of concept artists and illustrators. Learn to work in the creative field to produce at a professional level any type of work regarding design and Concept Art. Finish the training by presenting a competitive and attractive portfolio, ready for getting a job in the industry. -
Master
Full-time
2 years
English, Spanish
Campus
Online
 
ESDESIGN - Escuela Superior de Diseño de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Today two of the sectors with the greatest potential in the creative sector are illustration and animation. Together they form the best formula to tell stories and explain ide ... +

Today two of the sectors with the greatest potential in the creative sector are illustration and animation. Together they form the best formula to tell stories and explain ideas. -
Master
Full-time
12 months
Spanish
May 2022
Online
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
Maastricht, Netherlands

In this international study programme, you will learn to make accurate visualisations of topics from the clinical, medical and biological domain.

In this international study programme, you will learn to make accurate visualisations of topics from the clinical, medical and biological domain. -
Master
Full-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
 
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
 
Academy of Art University
San Francisco, USA

The MFA in Illustration provides the skills to develop portfolios with samples in Children’s Book, Editorial, Licensing, Package Illustration, Concept Art, Book Covers, Prelim ... +

The MFA in Illustration provides the skills to develop portfolios with samples in Children’s Book, Editorial, Licensing, Package Illustration, Concept Art, Book Covers, Preliminary Art, Advertising, or Institutional Art portfolios. Both representational and stylistic approaches for print and or web are taught. Students graduate with a portfolio created in a personal style and medium of choice that is market appropriate. -
Master
Full-time
6 semesters
English
Sep 2022
Campus
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