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MA Illustration

Falmouth University - Offered by CEG Digital, United Kingdom


Next enrollment cycle

September 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 7,872

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  • 2 Years
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree

Celebrate the role that illustration plays within a global context and immerse yourself in the diversity of practice that increasingly defines the subject in the 21st century.  

Connect, engage and network with your peers on a global level and explore innovative approaches to visual communication. Push creative boundaries and both question and influence new thinking on the subject.  

You will:  

  • Innovate within the field of illustration and actively contribute to the ongoing evolution of illustration practice as a form of visual communication 
  • Join an illustration community that has a long history and reputation at Falmouth, with many graduates being internationally recognised for their work  

Work towards becoming successfully embedded and connected within the wider visual communication industry

With Falmouth Flexible, you access your course content, interactions with other students and tutors, and learning resources, through Canvas, an easy-to-use online platform. You can access the course wherever you are in the world, and you can stop, pause and rewind lectures whenever you want. 

Learning activities
Engaging learning activities will help you apply theory to practice. They could include: 

  • Concise online presentations to introduce key concepts 
  • Small group and class discussions and crits to facilitate interaction and dialogue 
  • Online critiques to test assumptions, ideas and to receive feedback from peers and tutors 
  • Group tutorials throughout the course 
  • Independent study 
  • Self-evaluation and peer feedback.


Assessment methods for the masters degree in Illustration can typically include: 

  • Practical assignments, for example portfolios and online presentations 
  • Written assignments, for example writing a research journal 
  • Work-based assignments that are grounded in your existing practise where you will apply tools such as storytelling or market research.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2023
  • January 2024
  • May 2024

An honours degree at 2:2 level or above in Illustration or a related subject.
If your first language is not English, you'll need to take one of the following tests to verify your proficiency:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 6.0 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • TOEFL iBT (online test) - minimum of 88 overall and at least 21 in all 4 components
  • LanguageCert (online test) - a High Pass from the ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts)

We also accept a range of equivalent recognised English language qualifications. Candidates without a degree or formal qualification are still encouraged to apply.

You will need to complete four 30-credit modules and one 60-credit project (180 credits in total). All modules on the course are compulsory and must be passed in order to complete the award.  

Module one Process and Practice (30 credits)  

  • This module introduces the different contexts/applications of Illustration today, with a view to positioning your own practice and developing your personal pathway.
  • You will expand your understanding of ‘audience’ and the differing needs of audiences.
  • The module seeks to examine local and global perspectives of the subject and the emergent skills required to imagine and realise effective illustration/s for both regional and global audiences.  

Module two Visual Language (30 credits)  

  • To accelerate the development of your personal ‘visual language’ this module involves an in-depth exploration of the broad range of visual tools available to the illustrator.
  • This includes different approaches to the core mark‐making skills, both haptic and digital, relevant to illustration practice.  

Module three Narrative and Storytelling (30 Credits)  

  • In this module you will explore the fundamental role of ‘storytelling’ within illustration practice and the wider visual communication industries.
  • You will analyse its theoretical, cultural contexts and critically evaluate storytelling strategies as appropriate for differing local and global audiences.    

Module four Professional Practice (30 Credits)  

  • This module focuses on the professional practice of Illustration, its applications, procedures and networks within a contemporary global context, building your entrepreneurial skills to inform your career or business future.  
  • You will consider your own ‘brand values’ and develop an appropriate strategy for disseminating them to the right people in the industry.

Final major project (MA only)

  • During this module you will develop a comprehensive body of work that reflects your chosen pathway and expresses an original personal and professional identity.  
  • It builds on learning from previous modules and allows you to position yourself and your work for next steps following the course.  
  • May 2021 - £10,900 
  • September 2021 - £11,300

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