In recognition of the expansive nature of illustration, we have created the MA in Illustration with Graphic Novel. This course will encourage students to engage in critical discourse to support and expand the development of their practice.

Drawing from multidisciplinary methods of working, students will be confident to explore and extend the concepts of communication, sequential narrative and visualisation through research, practice and discursive critique.

The course allows students a stimulating, open thinking space for speculation, collaboration and an opportunity to explore the boundaries of what the disciplines can be.

Supported by a team with diverse research and practical interests from the fields of illustration, graphic novel and its broader visual cultures. Research and dissemination methods will be introduced and developed with the support of visiting industry professionals, workshops, lectures and seminars with opportunity to situate work in relevant professional contexts. The course methods centre around the ideas of observing, questioning and responding to the world, you will critically examine and contextualise your work in relation to emerging social, political, cultural, and ethical issues.


How to Apply

The application form for 2023 home applicants will be available on this page later in the year.

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If you need any assistance completing the form please contact the Admissions team at admissions@leeds-art.ac.uk.

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Specialist Resources

Students are able to access professional standard digital print facilities (including film scanning) by arrangement on one evening per week and on Saturdays during the standard academic year.

Course Specification

When You'll Study

The course is flexible and is designed to meet the needs of a variety of artists and designers.

The academic year runs from September to August and the course gives you many study options.

Entry Requirements

At enrolment you should normally have achieved:

  • An undergraduate UK honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to your proposed course of study or;
  • A degree-equivalent postgraduate diploma/professional qualification

You will also need:

  • One reference to support your application from an academic or a creative practitioner
  • A personal statement outlining your intentions for postgraduate study

Applicants who hold a degree from another discipline or have experiential learning in lieu of a degree that can demonstrate appropriate knowledge and skills may also be considered for entry using our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) process.

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Fees, Funding and Other Costs

Tuition Fees

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Discounts are available to graduates of BA (Hons) courses at Leeds Arts University directly progressing to a postgraduate course at the University. Visit our Postgraduate Finance page for more information.

Postgraduate loans are available for all taught and research Masters courses in all subjects for students who meet the funding criteria. The loans can be used for tuition fees, living costs and other study expenses as you see fit. Find out more at www.gov.uk/funding-for-postgraduate-study.

Other Costs

The other costs that need to be considered are those associated with the production of work. An MA Graphic Novel student must consider the costs of materials, production (including printing costs, creating a portfolio and exhibition costings etc.), processing services and specialist equipment and visits - a suggested sum of £350, however some students may spend less or more depending on their actual project.

Leeds Arts University Postgraduate Scholarships

Home Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Postgraduate Scholarship

A scholarship of £2,000 will be awarded to one home student for one year. The scholarship will be awarded by a panel of staff and comprises of a reduction in tuition fees for the year.

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Studio Space Scholarship

The University recognises the challenges that graduates face in finding appropriate studio space in the first few years of their career.  The studio space scholarship will provide suitable working studio space for one home student for the period of their studies.

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International Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s International Postgraduate Scholarship

Five £3,000 scholarships are available as a tuition fee reduction.

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Terms & Conditions and Key Information

Open Days

We understand deciding to continue your studies to postgraduate level is a significant step in your academic and career development. We aim to give you all the information you need to make the right choice.

If you are interested in attending an open day you can find out more and book your place on our Postgraduate Open Days page.

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