University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth


This course offers you the opportunity to question, develop and reflect upon you own practice by exploring both traditional and innovative techniques. Through a negotiated project you will be encouraged to define your role as a creative practitioner in a broad social, political and historical context. This MA would suit graduates from arts based courses but also professionals returning to education to complete �unfinished creative business�. The staff team has a wealth of experience with internationally renowned practitioners in the field of artist�s books and zines, practice-based PhDs and printmaking. The course benefits from an extensive dedicated collection of artists� books and zines located within the illustration studios. You will consider the question �what is illustration?� and seek to redefine and cross boundaries. A strong social awareness ethos underpins the course enabling you to develop a unique voice within the creative industries.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2nd Class Honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An online portfolio submission may be required as part of the selection process. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

Course modules

Modules include: Proposal; illustration major project; a question of research; contextual research in illustration.

Assessment methods

You will receive guidance and supervision throughout the programme that encourages independent learning. There will be regular contact teaching time including group tutorials, 1-1 tutorials and workshops but we also aim for you to engage in the wider studio culture that develops within the subject area along side the undergraduate students in illustration.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,100 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MA Full-time £ 11,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MA Part-time £ 1,700 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MA Part-time £ 3,830 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

Key information

Admissions Team, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2421