University of Portsmouth: Illustration (MA)

InstitutionUniversity of Portsmouth View institution profile
Department Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries
Web https://www.port.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/masters-and-postgraduate-taught
Email admissions@port.ac.uk
Telephone 023 9284 5566
Study type Taught

Summary

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.

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Qualification MA
Level RQF Level 7
Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a related subject, or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications. An interview or online portfolio submission will 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.

Assessment

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.

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.

Location Main Site
University House
Winston Churchill Avenue
Portsmouth
PO1 2UP

Fees

EU 7500 GBP for Year 1
Channel Islands 7500 GBP for Year 1
International 13900 GBP for Year 1
England 7500 GBP for Year 1
Scotland 7500 GBP for Year 1
Wales 7500 GBP for Year 1
Northern Ireland 7500 GBP for Year 1

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