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Postgraduate

MA Illustration

Close up shot of moulded shapes in a variety of pastel colours
Wei Guo.,
MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
College
Camberwell College of Arts
Start date
September 2023
Course length
15 months (full time)

MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts is a broad, inclusive and experimental course that enables individual practitioners to develop sustainable creative models that respond and contribute to the expanding field of contemporary illustration.

Course overview

MA Illustration focuses on the creation of original work, individual agency and the continued development of an individually defined visual practice. The course encourages visual thinking, research skills and storytelling ability. Alongside these you will develop your entrepreneurial qualities, communication and professional skills. Through ambitious projects you will build on the skills you already have to define your future ambitions.

What to expect  

  • To consider the development of your practice in a variety of conventional and non-conventional contexts
  • To test and apply critical and practical skills
  • Workshops, discussion groups and one-to-one tutorials
  • A lecture programme, practitioner visits and seminars 
  • Engagement with London's creative environment
  • You will be encouraged to take part in exhibitions, competitions and commissions
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops that include printmaking, photography, film, moving image, digital, plastic, ceramics, wood and metalwork. View the Camberwell facilities 

Mode of study  

MA Illustration is offered in full-time mode and runs for 45 weeks over 15 months. You will be expected to commit an average of 40 hours per week to your course, including teaching hours and independent study.

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Course units

Unit 1 - Locate, identify and position

This unit is an introduction to your course, the college and the university. You will identify, map and develop your personal interests as an illustrator.

  • To expand your visual language by exploring a range of materials and media
  • To be encouraged to take an innovative and experimental approach to illustration practice
  • A programme of critical and theoretical study
  • An introduction to research and practice methods
  • Inductions to learning resources and workshops at Camberwell
  • To submit work in progress and a 1500 word Critical Position
  • To produce an audio-visual presentation or written major project proposal
  • To keep an online reflective journal throughout the course

Unit 2 - Intersect, converge, focus, trajectory

You will focus on your own work and consider how to build sustainable momentum in your practice.

  • Seminars, tutorials and workshops
  • Visiting speaker programme exploring contemporary practice
  • To integrate your deepening knowledge of the discipline of illustration with an individually defined method of enquiry
  • To submit work in progress and a 5000 word document
  • To produce an audio-visual presentation or written major project proposal

Unit 3 - Realisations

The final unit of the course will focus on the production of your major project and preparation for potential professional contexts.

  • Professional development and practice workshops, talks and seminars
  • To submit personal project outcomes
  • To put together a professional portfolio of work
  • To produce an audio-visual presentation
  • Lectures and visiting practitioner talks
  • Seminars, crits, tutorials and workshops
  • To present work in the college postgraduate show

Note: 120 Credits must be passed before the final unit is undertaken.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Group seminars, critiques and individual tutorials
  • Guided process workshops
  • Lectures and visiting practitioner talks
  • Progressive and inclusive assessment model
  • Reflection and self-evaluation
  • Student led community of enquiry meetings
  • Studio based teaching

Student work

Explore work by our recent students on the UAL Graduate Showcase

  • Seeing is Believing
    Seeing is Believing, Yujia Liu, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • This Moment is Already Over
    This Moment is Already Over, Toby Duncan, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • Tsukiji Stories
    Tsukiji Stories, Yo Hosoyamada, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • Don't tell people who I am
    Don't tell people who I am, Yang Wang, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • Time in D3
    Time in D3, Errin Quinn, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • Exploring Gender
    Exploring Gender, Thararin Jirajakkavan, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • Ouch
    Ouch, Qian Yin, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • Interference
    Interference, Jialin Wei, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL
  • WooHoo
    WooHoo, Rui Pu, 2021 MA Illustration, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL

Film

Graduate Showcase: MA Illustration

Staff

  • Darryl Clifton - Illustration Programme Director
  • Sinead Evans - Course Leader
  • Hayfaa Al-Chalabi - Senior Lecturer
  • Jayoon Choi - Lecturer
  • Miriam Elgon - Senior Lecturer
  • Daniel Freeman - Associate Lecturer
  • Phil Goss - Associate Lecturer
  • Isabel Greenberg - Associate Lecturer
  • Kate Morrell - Associate Lecturer
  • Billie Muraben - Associate Lecturer
  • Sara Ortolani - Lecturer
  • Gareth Proskourine-Barnett - Senior Lecturer
  • Bryony Quinn - Associate Lecturer
  • Jhinuk Sarkar - Lecturer
  • Priya Sundram - Associate Lecturer

Fees and funding

Home fee

£12,700

This fee is correct for 2023/24 entry and is subject to change for 2024/25 entry.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£25,970

This fee is correct for 2023/24 entry and is subject to change for 2024/25 entry.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students on courses lasting more than one year. For this course, you can pay tuition fees in instalments.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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Entry requirements

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

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

Entry to this course will also be determined by the quality of your application, looking primarily at your portfolio of work and personal statement.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • A combination of these factors

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

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

Selection criteria

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

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Home students apply by direct application.

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Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course.
  • Your current creative practice and how this course will help you achieve your future plans.
  • Any relevant education and experience, especially if you do not have any formal academic qualifications.

Portfolio advice

  • A maximum of 30 pages showing a range of creative practice that’s relevant to your application including finished work and examples of your research and development.
  • For video, sound or web-based work please provide links.
  • Where appropriate include 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.

For more support, please visit our Portfolio advice page and PebblePad advice page.

Video task

  • We'd like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you
  • Please speak clearly in English and face the camera
  • Your video task is submitted along with your portfolio. Read our guidance for how to submit your video task and which file types we accept

As part of your video task please respond to the following direction:

We would like you to identify one project from your portfolio which challenged you and your understanding of illustration. Explain how this experience has inspired you to apply to MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check and selection

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio, a small number of applicants will progress to the interview stage. All interviews are held online and last 15 to 20 minutes. For support with your interview, visit our Interview tips page.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

If you would like to request feedback please contact us through the UAL Portal using the Contact Us button in your My Application(s) tab.

Deferring your place

Read our Admissions Policy for details, and request your deferral by contacting us through the UAL Portal using the Contact Us button in your My Application(s) tab.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

19 December 2022 and 3 April 2023

For postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 rounds of applications. This is to ensure equal consideration and fairness for all of our applicants. You must apply for 19 December 2022 for Round 1 or by 3 April 2023 for Round 2.

The round 1 deadline has been changed to 19 December to give you more time to make your application.

When you'll hear from us

If this course requires a digital portfolio as part of the application process, we will contact you to invite you to submit this through UAL’s online submission tool, PebblePad. For Round 1 applications, you will need to submit your portfolio by 9 January 2023 at the latest and by 20 April 2023 for Round 2.

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in 2 rounds, after each application deadline date. This means you won’t hear from us about the outcome of your application until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by (at the latest) end of March and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by end of June 2023.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

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Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course.
  • Your current creative practice and how this course will help you achieve your future plans.
  • Any relevant education and experience, especially if you do not have any formal academic qualifications.

Portfolio advice

  • A maximum of 30 pages showing a range of creative practice that’s relevant to your application including finished work and examples of your research and development.
  • For video, sound or web-based work please provide links.
  • Where appropriate include 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.

For more support, please visit our Portfolio advice page and PebblePad advice page.

Video task

  • We'd like you to submit a 2-3 minute video to help us learn more about you
  • Please speak clearly in English and face the camera
  • Your video task is submitted along with your portfolio. Read our guidance for how to submit your video task and which file types we accept

As part of your video task please respond to the following direction:

We would like you to identify one project from your portfolio which challenged you and your understanding of illustration. Explain how this experience has inspired you to apply to MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts.

What happens next

Communicating with you

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course. If you do, you will be invited to submit a digital portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. These will be reviewed by the academic team.

Following the review of the digital portfolio, a small number of applicants will progress to the interview stage. All interviews are held online and last 15 to 20 minutes. For support with your interview, visit our Interview tips page.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the final outcome of your application through the UAL portal.

Applicants for this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

Feedback requests:

If you would like to request feedback please contact us through the UAL Portal using the Contact Us button in your My Application(s) tab.

Deferring your place

This course does not allow offer holders to defer. If you want to start later, please re-apply when applications open for that academic year.

Transfers

If you are currently studying at another institution and if you have successfully completed 60 credits in the equivalent units/modules on your current postgraduate course and wish to continue your studies at Camberwell College of Arts, you can apply to transfer. The Admissions Tutor will consider applications on a case by case basis, subject to places being available. You must apply directly to the course via the course webpage as early as possible. Please check our Student Transfer Policy for more important information and be ready to provide us with your current course handbook and transcripts.

Please be ready to provide an official document (translated into English if necessary) from your current university, explaining the learning outcomes of the units you have completed.

Application deadline

19 December 2022 and 3 April 2023

For postgraduate courses at UAL there are 2 rounds of applications. This is to ensure equal consideration and fairness for all of our applicants. You must apply for 19 December 2022 for Round 1 or by 3 April 2023 for Round 2.

We recommend you submit your application as early as possible before these deadlines to allow the Admissions team to resolve any initial queries about your application as quickly as possible.

When you'll hear from us

This course receives a high volume of applications. We need to make sure that we give all applications equal consideration, so the course team will review them in two rounds. This means that offers won’t be sent to successful applicants until after the relevant application deadline date. Outcomes for Round 1 will be released by 31 March 2022 and outcomes for Round 2 will be released by 30 June 2022.

Remember to check the outcome of your application in the UAL Portal. If you apply in Round 1 and don’t hear back from us, we will consider your application within Round 2.

Find out more about what happens after you apply.

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