Master’s in Illustration
The online Master’s in Illustration from IDI will prepare you for a successful career as an illustrator, and for related roles in digital graphics, online media, communications and marketing, publishing, advertising and many other fields.
Start Date: 18th February
Future start dates: June, October 2019
Ready to get started?
You can speak with an Admissions Advisor, or apply now to start on the path to gaining your master’s in illustration.
What You'll Learn
Design a Unique Creative Project
As part of your MA studies, you’ll devise and deliver a completely personal illustration project, exploring your own creative and commercial interests.
You’ll refine the skills, creativity and understanding necessary to work as a professional practitioner in illustration, providing evidence of your preparedness for employment to potential employers and clients.
Practice 1: Art and Design, Practice 2: Art and Design, Major Study
Develop Your Individual Vision
Throughout the MA programme, you’ll be encouraged to set out your personal ‘manifesto for change’ and define your future contribution to the creative discipline of illustration.
You’ll consider your own design practice in relation to local, national and global art and design practices, and develop your awareness of your position within the wider creative industries.
Creative Industries: Global Perspectives, Research and Practice
Pitch and Present Professionally
As part of your studies you’ll learn how to present yourself and your work to a range of potential clients, employers and audiences relevant to your design practice.
You’ll develop a digital presence through a range of activities designed to enhance your portfolio, and gain an understanding of how to negotiate the demands of different stakeholders.
Creative Industries: Professional Presentations
Become a Creative Entrepreneur
Throughout the MA Illustration programme, you’ll pitch new ideas, exploit emerging technologies and devise original, innovative visual work that responds to contemporary visual narratives.
You’ll be encouraged to challenge your assumptions about the creative industries, and will develop an awareness of current debates and insights at the forefront of illustration.
Embrace Global Collaboration
Through your MA studies you’ll engage with a global cohort of your peers, expanding your networks and growing your awareness of the impact of international illustration.
You’ll become prepared for various engagements with other professionals – including project management and collaboration – ensuring that your skills are marketable in a global business environment.
Creative Industries: Business Perspectives
The Interactive Design Institute has been partnered with the University of Hertfordshire since 2008, with the aim of giving everyone the opportunity to get their degree in a design subject without having to attend college or university.
*All percentage figures come from our performance in the most recent academic year, 2016/17.
Why Choose Us?
We believe that our level of online support and tuition is second-to-none, but we don’t want you to just take our word for it.
We encourage you to compare us with alternative providers and ask them the following questions to see how they stack up against our MA Illustration.
I chose to study with IDI because it was the only programme that met my needs: it’s online, part-time, and it’s affordable for me. I think IDI is great value for money.
IDI have an amazing support system. Even though it’s all online I’ve always felt a part of the university from the outset. I was nervous at first but I needn’t have worried. The mode of study is great.
I enjoy studying online with IDI. They allow everybody to work at their own pace, and you have one on one interaction with your tutors, which I think is much better when you are serious about developing your own style in design.
Specialising in illustration, you’ll study several inter-disciplinary modules with students from related subjects.
Click the modules to find out what you’ll learn in each, or read the programme specification for more information about the MA.
How Online Study Works
As an online student with IDI you’ll benefit from our custom-built study platform, designed for ease of use and communication.
To learn more about the study site and how the online programme works, click here.
Start Dates & Schedules
The two-year online Master’s illustration programme is taught across six semesters.
While you’re studying, we recommend you set aside a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for activities, as well as additional time to read supporting materials and for discussion with your tutors and peers in the forums.
Meet Your Programme Coordinator
As the Programme Coordinator for the MA Illustration programme, Ewan will be your first point of contact for any non-tutorial enquiries.
Ewan has oversight of all aspects of the programme, and will therefore be able to provide you with the best guidance and advice throughout the entire course of your studies.
Are You Eligible?
We consider all applications for the MA Illustration on an individual basis.
To be eligible you’ll normally meet certain academic or professional requirements, but we also welcome applications from those with non-standard qualifications.
Read up on our entry requirements below, or see our handy admissions guide to see what’s required for your application:
Fees and Payment Options
The tuition fee for the MA Illustration is £6,000. You can choose from a number of payment options:
- Payment in full: £6,000
- Payment per semester: 6 instalments of £1,010 (£6,060 in total)
- Payment per month: 24 instalments of £255 (£6,120 in total)
Ready to Get Started?
To take the next step, get in touch or click ‘Apply Now’ below to access the Admissions Portal.
There’s no obligation to enrol, and you can return to complete your application any time between now and the next start date.