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The award
MA

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Illustration at Nottingham Trent University

Our Illustration students learn to become expert narrators and to explore the professional contexts for their work, including print and digital media design, production and distribution. At the start of the course you'll work on short projects, aimed at challenging conventions. You'll then focus on a subject of your choice through the research, development and production of a single, in-depth project. You will also develop a Professional Journal which explores current thought and practice.

Key features

  • Develop a project tailored to your own personal interests and career aspirations.
  • Engage with industry by undertaking short internships and studio visits.
  • Work in our dedicated Art and Design postgraduate studio.
  • Benefit from regular lectures from leading figures in the design industry.
  • Attend workshops covering typography, visual language, branding, storyboarding and life drawing sessions.
  • Opt for an additional advanced research module if you're thinking of progressing to PhD or Professional Doctorate study.

How you're taught

Teaching and learning experiences will include:

  • lectures;
  • individual and group tutorials;
  • seminars;
  • workshops;
  • live projects and competition briefs;
  • independent studio practice and
  • self-directed research.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% by coursework and involves:

  • project proposal;
  • set project research and development;
  • Professional Journal;
  • practical work;
  • verbal and visual presentations; and
  • the planning and design of a display of your work.

Careers and employability

This course will equip you with strong creative and problem solving skills. Our graduates become valuable members of professional teams working together on a range of visual communication projects, involving all kinds of cross-discipline collaborations.

Recent graduates have:

  • set up their own businesses, in the UK and abroad;
  • progressed to further study at PhD level;
  • found work within related careers in the design sector; and
  • returned to their previous occupations with a new focus.

Others have found careers in digital and printed media for advertising, branding, marketing and promotion, and a diverse range of publications.

Professional practice

We will support and encourage you to undertake short internships and studio visits to engage with industry. You may also enter industry competitions or take on live projects.

You'll benefit from talks given by visiting professionals, which will cover a wide range of creative and professional practice.

You'll have the opportunity to learn entrepreneurship skills through business development courses (such asThe Hive's HeadStart programme), and attend events held by industry experts and organisations.

You will keep a Professional Journal, which you will develop throughout the course to become an in-depth examination of current professional theory and practice in your specialist subject area. You will also attend work-related learning sessions on topics such as self-promotion and marketing, interviews and CV and portfolio building.

YouFirst – working with our Employability Team

Our friendly, experienced careers consultants will work closely with you at every stage of your career planning, providing personal support and advice you won't find in a book or on the internet. You can benefit from this at any time during your studies and up to three years after completing your course.

Get inspired

Take a look at a recent zine produced by our graduating Masters students to get a flavour of the innovation and creativity that goes on within the School of Art & Design.

Facilities

You'll be based in the Bonington building, a dedicated centre for Art and Design. Facilities and equipment include:

  • a postgraduate studio, where you'll have space to work alongside other practice-based Art and Design students;
  • Mac suites equipped with software including Adobe Creative Suite, CINEMA 4D, and Final Cut Pro; and
  • studios dedicated to print, interactive media and moving image.

You will also have access to the School of Art & Design's resources, which include camera stores, photographic studios, screen printing, laser cutting and 3D printing.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 2.2 honours degree in a related subject.
  • Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications and / or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Other requirements:

If you hold international qualifications, take a look at the alternative qualifications we accept for this course.

English language requirements

If English isn't your first language, you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. You can check our language requirements and list of accepted English language tests. Your British Council office can tell you where you can take an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test locally. Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university don't usually have to meet this requirement.

Pre-masters courses

Are you an international student whose qualifications don't meet the entry requirements? You can do a pre-masters course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). The college is on our City Campus and NTIC students can use all of the University's facilities.

Next steps

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

If you need any more help or information, please contact our International team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200. Alternatively, you can get in touch with our staff at the International Development Office, who are always happy to help. Or speak to one of our official NTU representatives for your country.

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