University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Illustration

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 second-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

This course will help you learn independently through practice-based study, culminating in a self-defined project, with a reflective report. You will also position your work in relation to what is happening at the forefront of the subject area, with particular focus on social, political and social issues.

Here are the units you will study:

1)Proposal: This unit is about designing an independent practice-based project that will form the basis of your body of work. You will research a theme related to your practice and develop an independent programme of study outlining research and development.
2)Illustration Major Project: You will produce a resolved body of work responding to and reflecting on your initial MA proposal. This will consist of critical diary/blog, media experiments, sketchbooks and final artwork(s). It could take a variety of forms, e.g. artists book, print sequences, children's books, comics and zines, animation etc.
3)A Question of Research: This unit provides an introduction to debates and research methods relevant for creative practitioners and your application to a pertinent research question. It also encourages self reflection on the research process.
4)Contextual Research in Illustration - You will use a variety of forms/techniques to communicate your research into your practice and the reverse. It will consist of three elements that build upon each other: a verbal presentation - sharing research and development; Illustration major project reflective document - evidencing methodology through to resolution; and a final project statement with accompanying digital portfolio of images.

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.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 11,500 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,700 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,830 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years

Campus details

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

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Key information

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