As Illustration is a very competitive career, it can be difficult to differentiate your work from the work of others and make yourself stand out as a professional. Gaining a respected illustration qualification is a fantastic way to this and studying at this level will also provide you with new knowledge and skills that will be of great benefit to your practice. On the MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course, accredited by the University of Hertfordshire and delivered 100% online by IDI, you can achieve an internationally recognised UK qualification while working on your illustration portfolio with expert one-to-one tuition and guidance from our subject specialist tutors.
What will you learn on the online MA Illustration (Visual Communication) course?
We believe that studying online requires students to receive more support, not less. You will have access to our specialist study website, IDI-Study, where your tutors will provide you with one-to-one tuition and feedback so that you never feel isolated in your studies online. All learning is asynchronous with no real-time lectures or exams so you will also be encouraged to pursue your individual practice at times that suit you using the quality resources that are available to you through your personal online studio. Through a combination of individual tuition and personal study you will:
- Be encouraged to develop your own unique visual voice through extensive experimentation and intellectual engagement with the illustrative process
- Learn about the history of illustration and explore contemporary illustration practice
- Explore the social, cultural, aesthetic, technological, ethical and global themes of contemporary illustration
- Be encouraged to experiment with your practical work and be open to exploring a varied range of processes and media
On completion of the course you will have developed an ambitious and cohesive portfolio that will be representative of all the intellectual and practical skills you have acquired over the duration of the postgraduate programme.
Research and Creative Industries Modules
You will be required to study common modules as part of the Postgraduate Art and Design programme to give you a rounded understanding of the design process and the creative industries. Studying online alongside IDI master's students from other design related disciplines on the Postgraduate Art and Design programme, you will complete modules in:
- Postgraduate Study in Context
- Research and Practice
- Creative Industries: Global Perspectives
- Critical Studies
- Creative Industries: Business Perspectives
- Creative Industries: Professional Presentations
As well as the core modules on the Postgraduate Art and Design programme listed above, you will be required to take the following Illustration (Visual Communication) specific modules that will focus on your own practice:
- Practice 1: Art and Design
- Practice 2: Art and Design
- Major Study
During Practice 1 and 2 you will develop your proposal for your Major Study project, which will demonstrate everything you have learned during the entirety of your postgraduate studies.
To be eligible to enter the Postgraduate Art and Design Programme you would normally have an honours degree (2:2 or above) in a field relevant to illustration. If you do not have a degree, you will need to show you have appropriate professional experience and skills to benefit from the course.
We may also take into account accredited prior learning (APL) or accredited prior experiential learning (APEL). If your degree is in a different field, you will need appropriate knowledge, skills or experience in the field you wish to study, or be able to show that you are prepared for intensive new learning.
In all cases you will need to demonstrate, through a portfolio and personal statement, your preparedness for study at postgraduate level. Once you apply, you will have access to our online Admissions area, where a member of the Admissions team will advise and guide you through the application process. Applying is free of charge and after applying, you are not committed to enrolling on the Postgraduate Programme or paying any fees.
If your first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is required. Contact us for further details.
This programme is subject to the university's Principles, Policies, Regulations and Procedures for the Admission of Students to Undergraduate and Taught Postgraduate Programmes and will take account of university policy and guidelines for assessing accredited prior certificated learning (APCL) and accredited prior experiential learning (APEL).
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Last updated September 28, 2017