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Illustration MDes


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University of Derby Markeaton Street Derby DE22 3AW

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I have learned more than I ever imagined possible, and feel I still have so much more to gain from the feedback and experience the tutors offer. Debra Yates

Teaching and learning Teaching is delivered mainly through studio based and experiential learning using project briefs. This is mixed with tutorials, lectures, seminars, visiting speakers and visits to galleries and exhibitions. You will develop a Personal Development Plan, developing yourself as a well-rounded individual through continuous reflection on your studies, progress and future career planning.


Stage one

Spring Autumn

Stage TWO

Visual Problem Solving

Visual Culture: Theory



Start date: You can start this course in September.

Visual Culture: History

Professional Practice

Directed Projects in Illustration


Fees: This is a resource intensive course, so it costs £8600.


Duration and mode of study: 4 years full time.

About the course This four year course integrates undergraduate and postgraduate study, enabling you to be committed from the early stages as a deep thinker, risk taker and innovative practitioner in illustration. Visual narrative is at the heart of most illustration, which is often used to help interpret or explain complex or difficult issues and ideas. Throughout the course you will meet innovative speakers from the illustration industry.

Visual Exploration

Visual Culture: Extended Essay

Negotiated Study in Illustration


Entry requirements: You will usually need 260 UCAS points from accepted qualifications (see

Illustration Practice

Visual Culture: Debates

Professional Practice and Methodologies


UCAS code: W222

This is a studio practice based course that incorporates undergraduate and postgraduate study so you will graduate with a masters degree. If you have a passion for illustration, this course will prepare you for your career in this field.

Study modules

Stage FOUR

Where you will study: Derby Campus, Markeaton Street.

Why choose this course?

Visual Culture: Dissertation




Options Stage Two You will choose one module from:  Design Strategies  Sequential Illustration  Digital Moving Image. Additional information We actively encourage students to participate in national and international illustration competitions and throughout the course you will take part in a number of live briefs to develop your skills and knowledge for your future career. We are also members of the Association of Illustrators (AOI) and Design and Art Direction (D&AD). You will also have the opportunity to exhibit your final year work as part of our degree show. This


creative festival is a high profile event in the city’s arts calendar, and allows you to make vital industry contacts. Your career As a graduate you could work as a freelance illustrator in areas such as children’s and adult publishing, magazines, graphic novels, comics, printmaking, information and education design, as well as web design, newspapers and packaging. You could also gain employment in the broader field of the creative industries including graphic design, computer games, animation or advertising. Some of our graduates have also moved on to teaching or continue on to further or higher postgraduate study.

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