MA Illustration (Visual Communication)
While studying the MA Illustration (Visual Communication), you’ll develop a proposal for a programme of sustained creative practice in the field of illustration – in an area of your own personal interest.
Whether you’re working in a theoretical, philosophical or commercial context, you’ll be encouraged to experiment and develop your own visual voice.
Through our online study website, you’ll receive unlimited one-to-one tuition from tutors who are all experienced design professionals. This is also where you’ll discuss projects with your peers, and upload your work for assessment and feedback.
This Illustration MA 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 related fields.
I chose to study at MA level with IDI because it was the only program that was flexible for my needs: it’s online/distance, which means I can be anywhere in the world and study; it’s part time, which allows me to continue working; and it’s affordable for me. I think that 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 – uploading content, being sure I was understood – but I needn’t have worried. The mode of study is great.
“I enjoy studying online with IDI. I think they allow everybody to work at their own pace and in addition to that 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.
Our online Master’s in Illustration is taught across six semesters, delivered over two years.
Each semester consists of twelve weeks of study followed by four weeks of assessment processes.
While studying, you’ll be expected to set aside a minimum of 15-20 hours per week for your directed activities. You should also consider additional time needed to read supporting materials, upload your work to the site, and for discussion with your tutors and peers in the forums.
What Will I Learn?
You will study a number of interdisciplinary modules alongside students from related art and design subject areas, while also specialising in your own discipline. You will be encouraged to approach each module from the point of view of your own individual practice, as well as developing skills in collaboration and an understanding of working in the Creative Industries within illustration.
Am I Eligible?
We consider all applications on an individual basis and are open to assess non-standard qualifications. The first step is to complete an application form and we’ll send you an invite to access your own secure admissions area within the study site.
You’ll then be assigned an Admissions Advisor, who’ll guide you through the application process and answer any questions you might have.
For more information about what’s required for your application, see our handy admissions guide, or read up on our entry requirements here:
Course Fees and Discounts
£6,000 total payment
Studying for your MA online means you’ll save on all of the extra costs (such as travel and accommodation) that come with studying on-campus. We also have several payment options available to help you manage your course fees while studying with us: including various instalment options, discounts and loans: