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Plymouth College of Art: Illustration

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


Our MA Illustration programme encourages the development of an individual and distinctive illustrative practice through engagement with contemporary approaches, contexts, audiences and debates.

Ethos Contemporary illustration continues to flourish, becoming far more fluid, outward-looking and interdisciplinary in nature, meaning that the role of the illustrator can encompass many new possibilities. Our programme explores this rapidly changing landscape alongside wider cultural contexts of image, text and narrative. The MA Illustration will allow you to develop a distinctive position for yourself as an illustrator, whether through traditional collaborations with the design community, creative directors and publishers, or through contemporary self-directed alliances – such as the formation of collectives and independent publishing and gallery-based ventures.

Outline Rigorous investigation and debate about illustrative practice will enrich your understanding of both the potential and relevance of the discipline as a whole, as well as your own social responsibilities as an imagemaker. We offer a dynamic studio environment in which to study illustration as an image-making practice, with access to workshop areas across the college. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports authorial illustration practices, and practitioners who want to investigate new approaches to illustration made possible by contemporary critical debates.


Plymouth College of Art
Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent, university-sector art school – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, Fab Lab Plymouth, and to our public-facing gallery MIRROR, which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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