University of Plymouth: Illustration

InstitutionUniversity of Plymouth View institution profile
Department School of Art, Design and Architecture
Telephone +44 (0) 1752 585858
Study type Taught


This course is designed to offer a professional incubation unit alongside a taught MA course. Students engage in a unique work, study and research environment, all under one roof, which promotes visual and critical thinking, research skills and storytelling ability, whilst developing entrepreneurial qualities, communication and professional skills.

The programme has its own dedicated studio spaces and access to a wide variety of traditional and cutting-edge resources including drawing studio, printmaking, ceramics, textiles, letterpress, animation, laser cutting, 3D printing, virtual reality sculpting and drawing.

Through a project-based curriculum, developing original visual illustrative languages and authorship using traditional media as well as emerging digital technologies, the programme focuses upon building individual visual practice whilst being informed by and collaborating with areas of research and links with disciplines / agencies from within the University and the outside world.

Sustainability and ethical dimensions aligned to UN Sustainability Goals to making work and communicating content to specified audiences are a particular feature.

The programme is tailored to enable your professional interests to emerge and consolidate through project-based, innovative work.

Career and entrepreneurial skills are developed through a structured programme of lectures on networking, copyright, licensing and bookkeeping as well as visiting practitioners offering alternate views on industry and their own practice.

Students are eligible to promote, publish and disseminate their outputs via the programme’s press; and take part in a key London graduate show.

The course is taught by award-winning illustrators, educators and researchers.

We expect graduate creative leaders with a high degree of illustration, design and technical awareness able to operate within industrial, multidisciplinary, creative and collaborative professional environments.

By completing this course, you will be prepared for the professional art and design marketplaces as an autonomous or collective practitioner or as a candidate for further study at MPhil/ PhD level.


University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is a high-quality, research-rich institution with a mission to advance knowledge and transform lives through specialist teaching. The University of Plymouth is a modern campus university ideally placed in the centre of Britain’s Ocean City. In one of the UK’s most beautiful regions, Plymouth is a thriving city located on the South West coast, situated between picturesque Dartmoor and the stunning beaches of Cornwall.

Why choose Plymouth?

  •  Silver in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2018)
  • Top 10 modern university (Times Higher Education rankings)
  • Two thirds of our most recent submission to ...

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