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MA Illustration for Communication

The need for visualisation, visual narratives and the articulation of concepts is growing across the creative industries. At the same time, the role of the illustrator is in constant flux and open to continuous redefinition.

The MA Illustration for Communication recognises the magnitude of this ongoing shift and aims to provide you with the understanding, skills and practical means to redefine, refine and potentially reset the role of illustrator in both established and emerging fields.

This course has been designed to sit at the intersection of a diverse range of practices including but not limited to animation; moving image; data visualisation; illustration for social media; character illustration and development; games design and world forming; illustration for architecture and interiors; narrative environments; and fashion illustration.

Running within Ravensbourne University London’s new Institute for Creativity and Technology in the heart of London’s new Design District this programme aims to embed you into a dynamic, physical and conceptual matrix of practice.

We can also offer you access to our strong ties with industry, an incubation programme for start-ups, and a unique industry-based mentorship programme.


Full time – 1 year

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Ravensbourne University London

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Entry requirements


First or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent non-UK qualifications) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent professional qualification in a related subject area.
If you are applying directly from an undergraduate degree course without experience or professional practice you must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of your chosen subject area.


In order to be eligible for a course, you will need to be a competent speaker and writer of English. This also applies if you are from the European Union, or if you're from a country outside the EU. You need to provide us with an IELTS or equivalent English language qualification demonstrating a minimum of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each sub test) or CEFR Level B2 in each component.

If you are applying as a Tier 4 student, please read the English Language requirements  or contact postgrad@rave.ac.uk for more detailed information.

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Applications are welcomed from those who may not possess formal entry qualifications, mature students, those with work experience or with qualifications other than those listed above.

Such applicants should demonstrate sufficient aptitude and potential to complete the course successfully. Applicants will be assessed at interview in accordance with Ravensbourne’s Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy and Procedure.

Selection criteria

We welcome suitably qualified applicants who are able to demonstrate a good level of skills in areas associated with illustration.

To get a holistic view of your ability and aptitude to succeed on the course we will also consider your enthusiasm and interest in the subject area, how you manage the creative process, and your study and professional skills. A PDF portfolio of visual work is required.

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