Kingston University London - Media and Communication MA

Kingston University London

Media and Communication MA

Kingston School of Art offers a stimulating environment for the postgraduate study of Illustration. Kingston University has some of the best fabrication and visual process workshops in the UK. This enables the most exciting innovations in 'thinking through making.

The Illustration MA course, offered through the highly-regarded Department of Illustration Animation, aims to develop a creative professional understanding of illustration in the context of communication design.

The course is structured to challenge you and your preconceptions about both illustration and design. It emphasizes the patterns of research you develop and the visual methods you employ to explore and unravel briefs. You will be expected to demonstrate how your research and develop your ideas. In this context, research is not only a working process it can also be considered an outcome in its own right.

This course encourages you to explore and understand the methods and processes at work in contemporary illustration. It challenges preconceptions about illustration and design.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • The course is taught by practicing illustrators, designers, and researchers in design. They will help you develop your understanding of the relationship between illustration, words, and communication.
  • You will study with students from across the Design School, building your visual language and ‘tools' in response to briefs in each module.
  • Your learning will be supported by live projects, competitions, lectures, and workshops.

Entry Requirements

  • A 2:1 or above honours degree or equivalent qualification in illustration or animation or a related subject, such as fine art, graphic design, photography, printmaking, fashion or textiles.

  • IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5.

Course Details

This course is designed to provide a critical overview and survey of today's media landscape and media environments. The coursework is a mixture of academic research and media practice, allowing you to build a wholesome professional portfolio of media projects.

The classroom teaching is supported by extracurricular activities including journalism lectures, publishing masterclasses, marketing and media industries events, and organised educational visits to media hubs in and around London.

You'll have to take three compulsory modules, including a dissertation, worth 120 credits in total, and then choose from two optional modules worth 30 credits each. In total you'll have to complete 180 credits.

Year 1

Core modules:
Media and Communication Dissertation
Media and Globalisation
From Mass Media to New Media: Theories, Approaches, Applications
Optional modules:
Freedom, Censorship and Subversion
Cinematic Animals: Monsters, Beasts, and Humans on Film
Creating Magazines: Content and Context
Special Study: Multi-Platform Political Communication
Marketing and Communication in Publishing
Television Production

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