MA Visual Arts: Illustration

MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts demands strong voices and entrepreneurial image-makers who can tell their own stories. This course builds on the skills our students already have, through personally ambitious projects and wider interaction with the artistic community.

Facts

Course Leader

Janet Woolley

Course Location

Camberwell College of Arts

Study LevelPostgraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length2 years (Extended Full Time)
Home/EU Fee

£4,250 per year (Extended Full Time - 2017/18 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

International Fee

£10,110 per year (Extended Full Time - 2017/18 fees).

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Use UAL’s fees and funding calculator as a guide to how much your studies may cost in your first year.

Start DateOctober 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 2 October - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January - Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 14 May - Friday 20 July 2018
Application DeadlineHome / EU - Monday 31 July 2017.
International - No deadline, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

Content and structure

Content: what students can expect

  • A course that focuses on originality and authorship, aiming to encourage visual thinking, research skills and storytelling ability, while developing your entrepreneurial qualities, communication and professional skills
  • A series of workshops, discussion groups, and one-to-one tutorials that help students develop a proposal for an ambitious and engaging project
  • To test out and implement critical and practical skills, as well as consider how to develop their practice and any new directions they may take
  • Studio based lecture programme, practitioner visits and seminars
  • A shared lecture programme across the Visual Arts courses that draw upon the richness of research across Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges
  • Visits to museums and engagement with the creative environment London has
  • Students are also encouraged to take part in exhibitions, competitions and commissions that have previously involved collaborations with Wellcome Trust, Blackhall Studios as well as Purestone digital marketing agency

Structure

Unit One - Research, Development and Practice

Students will explore, experiment and research to further develop their Project Proposals. This unit introduces students to pathway specific issues and topics, research methodologies and techniques. It aims to orientate students and their practice within the course, and develop their contextual, critical and research skills at the onset of their MA learning.

Unit Two - Reflection and Presentation

Resolution and presentation of students' work according to their Project Proposal. A symposium will provide the opportunity to present their research and provide further peer feedback. Students' practice at this stage should synthesise their practical, conceptual and professional abilities and they will be expected to consider their future practice, audience and context of their work in contemporary practice. 

The intention and context of students' work will inform their decisions they will take regarding a final exhibition. Students' will also be expected to work collaboratively with their peers to actively plan, organise and install an exhibition as part of their continued Personal and Professional Development.

Staff

Janet Woolley - Course Leader

Janet Woolley is an award-winning illustrator who's worked for numerous publications worldwide, including Rolling Stone Magazine, Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Sunday Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Penguin Books USA and UK, Radio Times Magazine and Walt Disney.

Woolley's previous clients have included Bartle Bogle & Hegarty, Bloomberg, Fitch & Fitch, Ogilvy & Mather, and before taking the position of Course Leader for MA Illustration at Camberwell she was a Visiting Professor of Illustration at Central Saint Martins.

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Careers

The range of creative destinations for Camberwell’s MA Illustration graduates has included book contracts, comic strip creations for Flicking Publishing as well as work with the Thames Festival. Other course alumni have also gone on to work for Rave Magazine in Bombay and Samsung Advertising in Europe.

Alumni

Entry requirements

  • BA (Hons) degree or equivalent academic qualifications
  • Alternative qualifications and experience will also be taken into consideration
  • Portfolio of work
  • Study plan

If English isn’t your first language

All classes are taught in English. If English isn't your first language you must provide evidence at enrolment of the following:

IELTS Academic Test for UKVI is approved by the UK government for your UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. No other test can be accepted. It is accepted as proof of your English language ability. 

Portfolio advice

  • Approximately 10 to 20 images of your work that provide a good overview of your creative practice
  • Show a selection of your work that is relevant to your application. This can include finished work and examples of your research and development
  • For video, sound or web based work please provide links
  • Where appropriate include captions or short explanations that give context for your work. If you have worked on any group projects explain your role
  • Provide indications of the size and media used. If you are invited for interview you will need to show original work

Study Plan

The study plan is a statement of approximately 800 words describing your current practice and an opportunity for you to explore potential areas that you want to develop in your studies. 

The plan is the starting point for discussions about your postgraduate studies and will evolve during the time you study with us.

When writing your plan you are not expected to have complete answers to all the questions. 

However, you should be able to: 

  • Examine your knowledge and experience in relation to your practice
  • Identify questions and areas that you do not know about
  • Demonstrate how you may intend to tackle these questions and areas

How to structure a study plan

You should include links to referenced text or images where appropriate. 

Each of the following sections should be approximately 200 words.

Introduction

  • Briefly describe your work
  • Outline recent developments
  • Identify those aspects you would like to take further at postgraduate level

Development

Describe specific areas, issues and critical ideas that are central to your area of interest.

Methods

How will you go about exploring your area of interest?  

Are there particular methods you will use? For example - drawing, model making, photography.

Resources

Are there resources or equipment that you need to access in order for you to successfully engage in your research?

At interview and portfolio review

We look for:

  • An interest and involvement in visual arts
  • Demonstrable skills in your existing practice
  • The ability and capacity for self-reflection
  • Ambition and research interest
  • Aspiration for a higher level of practice
  • Quality of work

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview and should bring their portfolio.

Applicants may be offered a place on an alternative MA or Graduate Diploma course at Camberwell, Chelsea or Wimbledon. This decision will be based on our assessment of an applicants' creative potential and interests.

Funding

Use UAL’s scholarship search to find out what funding may be available to you.

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

How to apply

Home / EU deadline is Monday 31 July 2017.

There is no deadline for international applications, but students are advised to apply as early as possible.

You can apply for this course using our online application form.

Apply

Required information for all postgraduate course applications

You will need to enter the following information in the online application form:

  • Personal details
  • Current and/or previous education and qualification details
  • Employment history

Extra information required for applications to this course

Once you have submitted the form you will receive a confirmation email.

From January 2017 you will be emailed a link to our online application tool, where you should submit the extra information we require for the selection process:

  • Portfolio of work
  • Study plan

The course leader will review your work, may invite you to interview, and will then make a decision on your application.

Please note:

We will send you emails throughout the application process that will contain important information about your application. Please check your inbox.

We will contact you separately to ask for copies of certain documents. For example, your english language certificate and copies of any previous UK study visas.

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