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Illustration MDes

Work by Emma Wilton

Education with the personal touch

Illustration MDes

*These fees apply if you are starting this course between September 2013 and August 2014. We recommend you check fees as they can change. Costs can increase each year.

Start date: September UCAS Code: W222

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

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.

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.






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.

Visual Problem Solving

Visual Culture: Theory



Your career


You’ll develop a Personal Development Plan, developing yourself as a wellrounded individual through continuous reflection on your studies, progress and future career planning.

Visual Culture: History

Professional Practice

Directed Projects in Illustration


Course fees: £10,225 per year*

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.

Visual Exploration

Visual Culture: Extended Essay

Negotiated Study in Illustration


Duration: 4 years full time

How you’ll learn

Illustration Practice

Visual Culture: Debates

Professional Practice and Methodologies


Language – A qualification such as IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas) or TOEFL – 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based). See our website for other accepted qualifications or phone us: +44 (0)1332 591698.

What you’ll cover


Entry requirements: Academic – 260 UCAS tariff points, of which at least 220 must be from your International Baccalaureate or equivalent qualification.

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 Culture: Dissertation



Where you will study: Derby Campus – Markeaton Street site


Additional information


We actively encourage students to participate in national and international illustration competitions and throughout the course you’ll 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).

Stage two You’ll choose one module from: ▪ Design Strategies ▪ Sequential Illustration ▪ Digital Moving Image.

You’ll 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.

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

Get in touch Tracy Tomlinson E: T: +44 (0)1332 593216

The information in this leaflet was correct when we produced it, but please check our website for the most up to date information.

Illustration MDes