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Illustration MA (Online)

Falmouth University
Program overview
14 months-2 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
January 2022

May 2022

January 2023

May 2023
Falmouth University

Program description

Illustration MA (Online)

Celebrate the role that illustration plays within a global context and immerse yourself in the diversity of practice that increasingly defines the subject in the 21st century.

Connect, engage and network with your peers on a global level and explore innovative approaches to visual communication. Push creative boundaries and both question and influence new thinking on the subject.

You will:

  • Innovate within the field of illustration and actively contribute to the ongoing evolution of illustration practice as a form of visual communication
  • Join an illustration community that has a long history and reputation at Falmouth, with many graduates being internationally recognised for their work
  • Work towards becoming successfully embedded and connected within the wider visual communication industry.

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Admission requirements

Entry requirements

Language requirements

If your first language is not English, you'll need to take one of the following tests to verify your proficiency:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of IELTS 6.0 with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
  • TOEFL iBT (online test) - minimum of 80 overall and at least 19 in all 4 components
  • LanguageCert (online test) - a High Pass from the ESOL B2 Communicator test in reading, writing, speaking and listening (2 parts)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Module one

Process and Practice

This module introduces the different contexts/applications of Illustration today, with a view to positioning your own practice and developing your personal pathway.

You will expand your understanding of ‘audience’ and the differing needs of audiences.

The module seeks to examine local and global perspectives of the subject and the emergent skills required to imagine and realise effective illustration/s for both regional and global audiences. 

Module two

Visual Language

To accelerate the development of your personal ‘visual language’ this module involves an in-depth exploration of the broad range of visual tools available to the illustrator.

This includes different approaches to the core mark‐making skills, both haptic and digital, relevant to illustration practice.  

Module three

Narrative and Storytelling

In this module you will explore the fundamental role of ‘storytelling’ within illustration practice and the wider visual communication industries.

You will analyse its theoretical, cultural contexts and critically evaluate storytelling strategies as appropriate for differing local and global audiences.  

Module four

Professional Practice

This module focuses on the professional practice of Illustration, its applications, procedures and networks within a contemporary global context, building your entrepreneurial skills to inform your career or business future. 

You will consider your own ‘brand values’ and develop an appropriate strategy for disseminating them to the right people in the industry.

You will be required to identify a network of industry connections and prepare a coherent and coordinated marketing and self-promotion strategy. This will include acquiring an advanced understanding of social media strategy.  

Final Major Project 

During this module you will develop a comprehensive body of work that reflects your chosen pathway and expresses an original personal and professional identity. 

It builds on learning from previous modules and allows you to position yourself and your work for next steps following the course.       

Scholarships & funding

Scholarships and funding are available. Please visit the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • MA: 2 years
  • PGDip: 14 months

Tuition fees

Total course fee: £11,300 (including £250 acceptance fee)

Payment options 

  • One-off payment
  • Six equal instalments spread over a two-year period.

Payment methods 

Payments can be made online or by phone, using a credit or debit card, or by bank transfer.


What you’ll learn

Explore the different context and applications of illustration, the range of visual tools available to illustrators and the role of storytelling within illustration.

Position your illustration practice within the wider communications industry and develop a self-promotion strategy.

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Falmouth University

For more than 100 years, Falmouth University has been a hub of creative thinking and design innovation. Today, our portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses represents the breadth of the Creative Industries, from art, design and fashion, to gaming, music...

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Falmouth University

Treliever Road
TR10 9FE Penryn Cornwall

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