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MA Illustration

College
CAMBERWELL
Start date
October 2019
Course length
1 year (full time)

Course summary

MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts demands strong voices and entrepreneurial image-makers who can tell their own stories.

The course will focus on originality and authorship. The aim is to encourage 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. You will also have wider interaction with the artistic community.

Course Leader Janet Woolley talks about MA Illustration at Camberwell.

Student work

MA Illustration Stories

Paula Rivas with her short listed piece for The Prize of Illustration 2017 – Sound of the City
Paula Rivas with her short listed piece for The Prize of Illustration 2017 – Sound of the City

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Paula, a graduating student of MA Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts, is from Mexico. We spoke with her about how she came to illustration, her work and her time at […]

Fine Art Dig – terence Quinn (4)
Fine Art Dig – terence Quinn (4)

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Course details

This course is subject to re-validation. Re-validation is a process that makes sure students get a high quality academic experience. During re-validation there maybe be some changes to course content and structure. Please contact us if you have any questions about this course.

What you can expect

  • To test and apply critical and practical skills
  • To consider how to develop your practice and any new directions you may take
  • A series of workshops, discussion groups, and one-to-one tutorials. These will help develop a proposal for an ambitious and engaging project
  • Lecture programme, practitioner visits and seminars
  • Visits to museums and to engagement with London's creative environment
  • You will be encouraged to take part in exhibitions, competitions and commissions. Previous collaborations have been with Wellcome Trust, Blackhall Studios as well as Purestone digital marketing agency
  • To have access to Camberwell's shared workshops. View the Camberwell facilities

Course units

Unit 1 - Research, Development and Practice

You will explore, experiment and research to further develop your project proposal. The unit introduces you to subject specific issues and topics, research methodologies and techniques. It aims to orientate you and your practice within the course. It will develop your contextual, critical and research skills.

Unit 2 - Reflection and Presentation

A symposium will provide the opportunity to present your research and provide further peer feedback. At this stage your practice should combine your practical, conceptual and professional abilities. You will consider your future practice, audience and context of your work in contemporary practice.

The intention and context of your work will inform the decisions you take in relation to a final exhibition. You will work with your peers to plan, organise and install an exhibition. This will be part of your continued personal and professional development.

Learning and teaching methods

  • Blogs and wikis
  • Collaborative projects
  • Lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Peer-lead events, critical engagement and feedback
  • Personal and professional development
  • Personal projects
  • Research methods
  • Study visits
  • Workshop inductions

Assessments methods

  • Contextual and evaluative writing
  • Exhibition
  • Presentations
  • Project proposal
  • Reflective journal
  • Research portfolio
  • Writing on critical practice - including blogs

Staff

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

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, personal statement and reference.

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:

Personal statement

This should be about 500 words long and include:

  • Your reasons for choosing the course
  • Your current creative practice and how this will help with your future plans
  • If you do not have any formal academic qualifications please describe your relevant education and experience

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

Making your application

You should apply by making a direct application.

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Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 31 July for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

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’ll be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The portfolio should show the following:

  • Approximately 10 to 30 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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academics conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for Home/EU applicants happens in a variety of different ways:

  • In person at Camberwell College of Arts
  • By phone or Skype

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.

There are 2 ways international students can apply to a postgraduate course at Camberwell College of Arts:

Read our immigration and visa information to find out if you need a visa to study at UAL.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 31 July for equal consideration.

However, this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

This course will give consideration to deferred entry application. If you are interested in requesting a deferral, you can only request this if you are successful at application.

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’ll be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system.

Mini portfolio

The portfolio should show the following:

  • Approximately 10 to 30 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

Following the review of the mini portfolio we select applicants to move on to the next stage of the process. These applicants will be invited to an interview selection event.

Interview Selection Event

You will be expected to bring your portfolio, which will be reviewed by the academic conducting the event. Please be prepared to talk about your work, what inspires you and your influences. We may not discuss all of these topics at the event.

More details about your interview selection event will be emailed to you once you have chosen or been allocated your date.

Selection for international applications are available in a variety of different ways:

  • By phone or Skype
  • In your country, if your application was made through one of our official representatives
  • In person at Camberwell College of Arts

If you choose phone or Skype your mini portfolio that you uploaded via UAL’s online portfolio review system will be used during the interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Please note that applications made to this course may be given an alternative offer. This decision will be based on our assessment of your creative and potential interests.


Fees & Funding

Home / EU fee

£9,500 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19 fees). 2019/20 fees to be confirmed.

Course fees may be paid in instalments.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Equivalent or Lower Qualification (ELQ) fee - Home / EU students whose chosen course is at a level equivalent to, or lower than, a qualification that they already hold, will be charged the fees shown above, plus an additional £1,100 ELQ fee. Students in receipt of Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) are exempt from ELQ fees and will pay the original fee, regardless of the highest qualification held.

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Careers and alumni

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

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