The Illustration and Animation MA aims to expand digital and physical knowledge of your craft, helping you find your own ‘voice’ and style.
If you are seeking to enhance your professional portfolio and understanding of emerging practice, we offer a vibrant creative community environment in which you could progress your personal research and practice to make your own unique contribution to the expanding, fluid arena of illustrative and animated visual communication.
The course covers illustration, publishing, photography, image generation and animation. While you develop your talent, both conceptually and technically, we aim to help you achieve a deeper understanding of your role as a visual interpreter and of the importance of adapting to market needs and to a developing field.
We will encourage you to develop a unique visual signature and a compelling visual voice that effectively communicates with intended audiences; both essential for success in professional practice.
Drawing and the visual expression of narrative – or storytelling – lie at the heart of this programme. We believe that the use of hybrid approaches and high-level crafting should inform the handmade mark, the filmic image and the created artefact and you may often find yourself working with mixed media.
Our MA covers a broad spectrum of media, including physical paper or other material-based leaves within books, magazines, newspapers and posters, as well as computer, video or projection screens and stereoscopic viewing systems. You will be expected to explore and redefine the application of such media as a means of conveying and explaining information, entertainment and aesthetics within a broad range of contexts such as the medical, botanical, scientific, technical, social, cultural and ethical.
Through practical exploration and reflection of digital and traditionally physical forms you will develop an appropriate synergy between practice and theory, establishing your specialist signature of work. Your final project will be tailored to your own area of professional practice and your personal creative passion, culminating with an exhibition of your work in the end-of-year MA Degree Show.
Why choose this course?
Coventry School of Art and Design has taught art and design for over 150 years and our award-winning faculty will share the lessons learned from their significant experience of global academic, creative, industrial and commercial environments. We have a successful track record including Oscar nominee Chris Townsend, BAFTA winner Amy Dodd and Turner Prize nominee artist George Shaw.
Internationally acclaimed for their own creative practice, our faculty staff have exhibited in Berlin, Athens, Helsinki, Bucharest, Istanbul, Tokyo, Linz, Zurich, Zagreb, Gijon and London. This course continues to provide illustrative and animated input into many areas of professional practice including the publishing, scientific, technical, marketing, publicity and advertising, medical and cultural arenas; all of which provides opportunities to hep you stay abreast of emerging trends and the challenges of contemporary professional practice.
This practice-based course provides opportunities to develop a broad range of traditional and digital skills, including drawing, etching, screen-printing, typography, film effects, and working with sound; all using industry-standard practices and toolsets.
Your studies will take place in a studio environment with access to an extensive range of specialist facilities, including laser cutters, 3D rapid prototyping, screen printing, computer suites and clay modelling to enable you to produce original informative artefacts. We particularly encourage you to creatively explore emergent and mixed media, considering these art forms in their broadest application: from films and games design to advertising, training videos and technical illustrations as used in science, engineering and medicine.
International experience opportunities
The course equips you with the creative, technical and professional skills to pursue a global career in illustration and animation with staff drawing on their own experiences of having worked and exhibited throughout the world.
National and international graduate career prospects are many and varied and include education, curation, film and television, games disciplines, print and publishing, animation, film, scientific and technical illustration, storyboarding and character generation in 2D and 3D for traditional and emergent media.
We aim to help you develop a wide range of transferrable skills associated with the use of information gathering, communication technology, professional practice, time management, project management and self-promotion. This opens up career opportunities that include education, television production and web-based media. You may also wish to continue your studies at PhD level or to establish a freelance business.