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Program overview
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
September 2022

September 2023

September 2024

About this program

MA Illustration

Bring knowledge to life

Our Illustration master's degree course will help you to engagingly convey complex information to effectively tell stories. Experimenting with an array of storytelling and narrative methods, you will master the roles of illustration and how to take advantage of immersive technologies.

In a recent survey, our postgraduate courses scored 91% student satisfaction for creativity and design, and 93% satisfaction overall

Why study this Illustration master's degree?

  • Embrace the natural storyteller in you
  • Explore cutting-edge storytelling and narrative methods
  • Augment your understanding of immersive illustration technologies
  • Supercharge your illustration business
  • Tap into exceptional industry connections
  • Study in a stunning new building in London's Design District
  • Be a legacy-maker for The Institute of Creativity and Technology

Throughout your MA Illustration course in London, you will explore the roles of illustration today and its wide-ranging professional applications moving forward. You will experiment across narrative and storytelling methods, which will enable you to present and reposition information in a strategic, accessible and engaging fashion.

You will examine complex knowledge, data and information and bring it to life with empathy, which will free you to tell stories that need to be told and ensure that no message is lost in translation.

Admission requirements

Ideal for: illustrators who want to diversify their professional practices through exploring narrative communication techniques

Entry Requirements for Home/EU

First or upper second-class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject.

If you are applying directly from an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice, you must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area.

Entry Requirements for Non-EEA/EU

In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This applies if you are from the European Union (EU) or a country outside the EU.

You need to provide us with an IELTS or equivalent English language qualification, which demonstrates a minimum of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub test) or CEFR Level B2 in each component.

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

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Program content

Key study topics

  • How creative narrative and storytelling methods can be used to make complex information accessible
  • Expanded models of professional illustration, including collaborative, interdisciplinary, facilitation and commercial practices
  • The use of illustration to foster community, facilitate dialogue, witness and document human experience and knowledge
  • Illustration as a distinctive empathetic, intersubjective communication discipline operating with specific behaviours, mechanisms and principles
  • The expansive application of illustration to communicate and transfer knowledge across disciplines and professional fields, with an emphasis on social practice
  • How to develop your creative practice with exposure to different methods of traditional and digital illustration and physical production
  • Explore storytelling techniques using immersive technologies to engage mass audiences
  • Experiment with how narratives can be told across media and platforms in linear, nonlinear, interactive, participatory and immersive ways

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for UK students: £10,400
  • Tuition fees for International students: £17,000

Career paths

As it crosses so many creative boundaries, there are unparalleled opportunities for contemporary illustrators to work with time-based, sequential and narrative forms including graphic design, advertising and publishing, fashion and product design, animation and games design.

About this institute

Ravensbourne University London

Ravensbourne University London is an innovative, industry-focused university located at the heart of London’s newest creative community on the Greenwich Peninsula. They're champions of creativity and collaboration, dedicated to giving their learners the specialist skills and opportunities they need for...

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Contact info

Ravensbourne University London

6 Penrose Way
SE10 0EW London
United Kingdom

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