Children's Book Illustration MA


In Cambridge

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    18 Months

Follow in the footsteps of acclaimed children’s artists. Show your work to publishers at book fairs and exhibitions and get dedicated support from a team of internationally-recognised artists, who’ll help you to develop your own personal visual vocabulary and make connections with the children’s publishing industry.

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 children’s book illustration.

Within the broad guidelines of each module, you’ll propose and develop a project, with guidance from internationally recognised illustrators, writers and publishers of children's books. You’ll 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, you’ll 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.



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Cambridge (Cambridgeshire )
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Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT

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About this course

Our partnership with Walker Books and its American counterpart Candlewick Press will give you the chance to go on a work experience visit to their London offices. They also sponsor our annual Sebastian Walker Award for Most Promising Student.

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

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  • Script Writing
  • Creative techniques
  • Illustration
  • Art
  • Image
  • Project
  • Book Publishing
  • Editorial Skills
  • Publishers
  • Writing for children
  • Book illustration
  • Book layout and design
  • Illustration drawing
  • Children's Book Illustration

Course programme

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

In your first three studio modules, you’ll show your progress through project work, worth 80% of your module grade, and an essay relating to the contextual study lectures, which is worth 20%.

Your Diploma Review thesis will be assessed 100% on your 6,000-8,000 word essay, while the Master’s Stage Project will be assessed 90% on your project work and 10% on your written report.

Additional information

Course feesUK & EU students, 2016/17 (part time total course cost) £8,100 International students, 2016-17 (total course cost) £12,700

Course duration: 18 months (full-time); 2.5 years or 5 semesters (part-time)
Teaching times: Full-time students attend for two full days of studio teaching each week, currently either Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. Part-time students attend all day Wednesdays (9am - 5pm) and must find a minimum of a further day a week in their own time to give to the project work. All students attend shared lectures and presentations on Wednesdays at 3.00 pm.

Children's Book Illustration MA

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