Our Masters programmes offer you an intensive personal programme of creative and stimulating study within a supportive critical and practical framework that enables you to examine, interrogate and reflect upon the nature and role of your chosen practice.
We encourage diversity in thinking and making, acknowledging the potential in material exploration, collaborative working, cross-fertilisation of ideas, and the exploration of new and vital concepts. Critical enquiry and practice-based exploration are central to the programmes, helping you to make dynamic and challenging work that resonates and reflects your key concerns in light of current national and international dialogues.
Our MA Illustration programme encourages the development of an independent, distinctive illustrative practice, through engaging with contemporary approaches, contexts, audiences and debates.
While the field of contemporary illustration is rapidly expanding, becoming more fluid, autonomous and interdisciplinary in nature, the role of the illustrator provokes many new possibilities for the practitioner and discipline as a whole.
As well as the illustrator’s traditional collaborations with the design community, creative directors and publishers, we encourage self-directed alliances such as the formation of collectives, independent publishing, gallery-based ventures and academic research.
MA applicants are normally expected to have an undergraduate degree at 2:1 or above. However, the strength of your creative practice and other forms of experience will be taken into account at the interview stage and we encourage you to start a conversation with us.
Plymouth College of Art graduates are offered a discount of 15% on Masters programme fees, regardless of when they studied with us previously. The discount applies if you studied on one of our pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programmes.
Our programmes will help you to become a reflective and reflexive practitioner who can demonstrate an ability to think with more depth and criticality, to operate within, and respond to, the evolving landscape of contemporary design.
Awareness of contemporary global practices is a starting point for rigorous investigation and debate, enriching your understanding of both the potential and relevance of the discipline as a whole, as well as your own social responsibilities as an image-maker and designer.
The student will propose and negotiate a self-initiated project that encourages exploration and inquiry into personally central concerns, whether commercial, self-authored or entrepreneurial in nature.