MA Visual Communication: Illustration & Animation is a broad-based studio programme that offers the freedom to develop your own visual language and strong creative voice. With unique opportunities including internships with our industry partner Hearst Magazines UK, you will develop professional confidence alongside the creative, technical and digital skills essential for careers in the expanding fields of illustration and animation worldwide.
Based in our central Cambridge studios, over the intensive 12-month programme you will develop a strong grounding in research and enquiry as you advance your specialist knowledge. You will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques, media and technologies, and respond to the new applications, platforms and spaces in which contemporary illustration and animation are produced and experienced today. Regular workshops will support you to embrace current industry-standard software, giving you the practical and digital tools you need for the creative workplace today - and tomorrow.
This programme offers outstanding specialist tuition combined with extensive academic contact and studio access. As a Master’s student you benefit from:
- Exclusive access to media and industry expertise, workshops and internships through partners including Hearst Magazines UK, publisher of titles such as Digital Spy, Esquire and Elle Decoration.
- Expert tuition from industry-active professional animators, illustrators and graphic designers with a passion for teaching.
- Intensive learning experience tailored to your needs and ambitions, with a high level of personalised support and 1:1 tutorial time.
- Opportunities for work placements or industry mentoring as part of the course.
- A postgraduate qualification you need to stand out, and get ahead.
- Collaborating with a creative, inter-disciplinary and global postgraduate community.
- Your own iMac and studio work space, open every day of the week.
- Industry-standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud and Maxon Cinema 4D.
- Access to regular Life Drawing in our dedicated drawing studio.
- A small, supportive and specialist creative arts college in a beautiful, historic and cultural city—a creative hotspot and home to one of the UK’s most dynamic and international student communities.
This course is awarded by Falmouth University.
What to Expect
In your first semester you will be set a series of briefs designed to stimulate your creativity and help you develop the ingenuity and resilience that professional creative practice requires. You will begin to outline a self-directed project proposal, which will ultimately develop into your Independent Major Project.
You will continue to develop your own creative practice, whilst addressing how artists and designers need to be engaged in forging the future of their respective fields. You will be given a chance to explore your ideas with students on other MA courses, and will also have the opportunity of a work placement.
During this semester, all your attentions turn to the research, development and production of your Independent Major Project. The year ends with an exhibition showcase of your projects, celebrating the end of an intensive period of creative, conceptual, critical and professional development
1 year (3 semesters)
Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Video Editor, Photojournalist, Art and Design Director, Communications Manager, App designer.
Specialist tutor support available 5 days a week.
Students have access to our studios 7 days a week, from 10am to 8pm, Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm at weekends.
How your Work is Assessed
Visual and written assignments and projects.
Visiting Lecturers, drawn from a variety of relevant industry contexts, will deliver a series of presentations which help you to situate your own hopes and ambitions for the future.
How we Teach
Throughout this course students will be taught through specialist workshops, guest lecturers, regular one-to-ones and group tutorials
Previous students have gone on to work in such places as Esquire Magazine, Vivienne Westwood and Fashion Crossover.
20 years +
Successful completion of an Undergraduate Degree in an art & design or related subject or professional relevant experience. Students who do not meet these entry requirements will still be considered on their own individual potential to succeed.
IELTS 6.5+ (no element under 5.5)
Portfolio and personal statement required
Please submit a short statement (300-400 words), telling us about yourself, your previous experience and your approach to creative practice. Please include:
- Reasons for applying to our MA course.
- Experience and skills. What were you doing before?
- Your approach to art/design practice. What inspires, informs and influences what you do—and why?
- Your goals. What do you hope to get out of the MA?
- Your long-term ambitions. How do you think postgraduate study will help you develop a career in the creative industries?
For more information about the course download the programme specification