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A pocket guide to your MA in:

Illustration (online)


MA Ilustration (online) The online MA Illustration Programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of Illustration and related disciplines. It helps you develop your creative potential as an illustrator and provides you with the skills to work as a successful practitioner. During the MA, you will develop self-initiated work that relates to your own interests and aims as a practitioner. Teaching is designed to allow you to develop a distinct and marketable illustration style. The course runs entirely online, part-time over 2 years. The timetable is flexible, and does not require any attendance on campus. Teaching occurs via discussion forums, email, virtual classroom, etc. Most of the communication is asynchronous, so you can adapt your own schedule as you wish. There are a few live sessions which take place via a virtual classroom which do require students to be online at the same time. In these cases the time/date is negotiated with student groups, to ensure that it fits around their other commitments. The course offers benefits including: • Flexible timetable. Arrange your study around your family or work commitments. • Work from home. Save time and money by not commuting to campus. • Individual Mentors. Get personal support from a dedicated practicing illustrator alongside your study. • One-to-one support. Frequent one-to-one sessions with tutors.


MA Ilustration (online) The online MA Illustration Programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of Illustration and related disciplines. It helps you develop your creative potential as an illustrator and provides you with the skills to work as a successful practitioner. During the MA, you will develop self-initiated work that relates to your own interests and aims as a practitioner. Teaching is designed to allow you to develop a distinct and marketable illustration style. The course runs entirely online, part-time over 2 years. The timetable is flexible, and does not require any attendance on campus. Teaching occurs via discussion forums, email, virtual classroom, etc. Most of the communication is asynchronous, so you can adapt your own schedule as you wish. There are a few live sessions which take place via a virtual classroom which do require students to be online at the same time. In these cases the time/date is negotiated with student groups, to ensure that it fits around their other commitments. The course offers benefits including: • Flexible timetable. Arrange your study around your family or work commitments. • Work from home. Save time and money by not commuting to campus. • Individual Mentors. Get personal support from a dedicated practicing illustrator alongside your study. • One-to-one support. Frequent one-to-one sessions with tutors.


Graduate success Our graduates typically go on to work as editorial illustrators or children’s illustrators, producing images for books or magazines. Victor Melamed graduated from the online MA in 2008. He now illustrates freelance for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and other international publications. He is also co-founder of a community of illustrators in his home-city of Moscow. To see some of Victors work, visit www.wolphins.com/illustrators/victor-melamed Sam Loman graduated from the online MA in 2011. She has published several children’s picturebooks and a line of stationary. Much of the project work that she did during the MA has been published in magazines and picturebooks. To see some of Sam’s work, visit www.love-sam.com


Graduate success Our graduates typically go on to work as editorial illustrators or children’s illustrators, producing images for books or magazines. Victor Melamed graduated from the online MA in 2008. He now illustrates freelance for Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and other international publications. He is also co-founder of a community of illustrators in his home-city of Moscow. To see some of Victors work, visit www.wolphins.com/illustrators/victor-melamed Sam Loman graduated from the online MA in 2011. She has published several children’s picturebooks and a line of stationary. Much of the project work that she did during the MA has been published in magazines and picturebooks. To see some of Sam’s work, visit www.love-sam.com


Course leader Dr Barbara Brownie leads the online MAs in Illustration and Graphic Design at the University of Hertfordshire. She has a PhD in The Behaviours of Fluid Characterforms in Temporal Typography, and has authored several books, papers and articles on typography, motion graphics, and costume. Barbara worked as a multimedia designer before becoming a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Her recent practice and research has focused on typography, particularly lettering that transforms over time to present abstract or pictorial identities. On the MA, students work primarily with Barbara, as well as a team of specialist mentors and tutors with a range of expertise in art, design and illustration.


Course leader Dr Barbara Brownie leads the online MAs in Illustration and Graphic Design at the University of Hertfordshire. She has a PhD in The Behaviours of Fluid Characterforms in Temporal Typography, and has authored several books, papers and articles on typography, motion graphics, and costume. Barbara worked as a multimedia designer before becoming a lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire. Her recent practice and research has focused on typography, particularly lettering that transforms over time to present abstract or pictorial identities. On the MA, students work primarily with Barbara, as well as a team of specialist mentors and tutors with a range of expertise in art, design and illustration.


Studying online The online MA is delivered largely through the University of Hertfordshire’s virtual learning environment, Studynet. Studynet includes a virtual classroom which may be adapted to suit textbased, spoken, or web-cam seminars, interactive presentations, and live lectures. Teaching materials are available on Studynet at any time of day or night, including podcasts, video lectures, subject notes, assignment briefs. Class discussion and tutorials occur via the Studynet discussion forum, email and via instant messaging.

Who is the award for? Students who choose to study illustration online often have commitments that would make it difficult to study in a conventional classroom environment. Many are professionals who want to continue working, while others are parents who cannot leave their family to study. These candidates may wish to become illustrators, but do not have the time to devote to full-time study on campus. Other candidates for the online MA are already practicing illustrators who want to improve or expand their practice. Professional illustrators who study the MA find opportunities to explore new ideas and directions, inspired by the educational environment and community.


Studying online The online MA is delivered largely through the University of Hertfordshire’s virtual learning environment, Studynet. Studynet includes a virtual classroom which may be adapted to suit textbased, spoken, or web-cam seminars, interactive presentations, and live lectures. Teaching materials are available on Studynet at any time of day or night, including podcasts, video lectures, subject notes, assignment briefs. Class discussion and tutorials occur via the Studynet discussion forum, email and via instant messaging.

Who is the award for? Students who choose to study illustration online often have commitments that would make it difficult to study in a conventional classroom environment. Many are professionals who want to continue working, while others are parents who cannot leave their family to study. These candidates may wish to become illustrators, but do not have the time to devote to full-time study on campus. Other candidates for the online MA are already practicing illustrators who want to improve or expand their practice. Professional illustrators who study the MA find opportunities to explore new ideas and directions, inspired by the educational environment and community.


Start dates This programme starts in September and runs for a full 2 years, parttime.

Entry requirements An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent professional experience. In addition please supply a portfolio of work and a written proposal of study which outlines the themes that you hope to explore during the MA. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Application and fees information Please see www.herts.ac.uk for information about fees and scholarships. See www.herts.ac.uk/international for information about international tuition fees and scholarships. For further details and advice on completing an application, please contact Barbara Brownie at b.k.1.brownie@herts.ac.uk


Start dates This programme starts in September and runs for a full 2 years, parttime.

Entry requirements An honours degree (2:2 or above) or equivalent professional experience. In addition please supply a portfolio of work and a written proposal of study which outlines the themes that you hope to explore during the MA. A minimum IELTS score of 6.0, TOEFL 550 (213 CBT) or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.

Application and fees information Please see www.herts.ac.uk for information about fees and scholarships. See www.herts.ac.uk/international for information about international tuition fees and scholarships. For further details and advice on completing an application, please contact Barbara Brownie at b.k.1.brownie@herts.ac.uk


For more information about the MA Illustration (online), please contact: Dr Barbara Brownie (Online co-ordinator, MA Illustration) b.k.1.brownie@herts.ac.uk

For general information about MA/MSc programmes in the School of Creative Arts, please contact: Dr Ian Willcock (Post-Graduate co-ordinator) i.willcock@herts.ac.uk +44 (0) 1707 285307

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MA Illustration (online)  

The online MA Illustration Programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of Illustration and related disciplines.

MA Illustration (online)  

The online MA Illustration Programme aims to provide you with an understanding of the cutting-edge of Illustration and related disciplines.