Children's Book Illustration, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    13400 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    9100 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #301 (WUR) ,
Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed childrens artists. Work with a dedicated support team of internationally-recognised illustrators to develop your own personal visual vocabulary and make connections in the childrens publishing industry.

About

This taught studio course, the first of its kind in the UK, will give you the dedicated support and knowledge you need to develop your practice in the art of childrens book illustration.

Within the broad guidelines of each module, youll propose and develop a project, with guidance from internationally recognised illustrators, writers and publishers of children's books. Youll share and discuss your work with other students in group critiques, and attend lectures and seminars that will inform your studio practice.

Illustration at Anglia Ruskin is built on a tradition that goes back to the founding of the Cambridge School of Art in 1858. Our MA students work in dedicated illustration studios right next door to the Ruskin Gallery, with access to a fully equipped printmaking studio.

By studying with us, youll follow in the footsteps of alumni such as designer and war artist Edward Bawden, acclaimed graphic satirist Ronald Searle, and Roger Law and Peter Fluck, founders of the TV phenomenon Spitting Image.

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation degrees), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Observation and Experiment
  • The Sequential Image
  • The Diploma Project
  • The Diploma Review
  • Master's Project: Art and Design

Audience

Many of our past students now enjoy careers as freelance authors and illustrators for children. Among our published graduates are Paula Metcalf, Marta Alts, Nadia Shireen, Birgitta Sif, Rebecca Patterson and Jo Empson.

You may decide to take your work to a deeper level with a research degree, like our PhD Childrens Book Illustration.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 30 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    180

    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    600

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:

    100

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Main
  • A good honours degree (or equivalent), normally in a related subject. Applicants with professional experience are also encouraged to apply.
  • If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Applicants to this course will be required to attend interview and display a portfolio of work for assessment. Applicants resident outside of mainland UK only may submit a portfolio electronically.
        Portfolio requirements

        Your portfolio should include a maximum of 20-30 images with some examples of preparatory/sketchbook work as well as more finished samples.

        If you are an international applicant, please host your portfolio online if possible and let us know the URL, or email it to us as a PDF. Well also accept CDs or hardcopy sent by post to our International Admissions Office, but please note that these will not be returned to you.

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          13400 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 13400 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
        • EU/EEA

          9100 GBP/year
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 9100 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
        UK & EU students, 2017/18 (part time total course cost)

        • 9,100

        Funding

        Its important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use the funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

        • The Governments new 10k Masters loan
        • Applying for our scholarships
        • Additional funding options and support

        StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.