Kingston University
Illustration MA
Kingston University

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

Reasons to choose Kingston: – The course is taught by practising 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 own visual language and ‘tools’ in response to briefs in each module. – Your learning will be supported by live projects, competitions, lectures and workshops.

About this course:

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

You will be asked to consider what? how? why? and who? This represents a shift from the traditional problem-solving approach to one of problem finding.

There is a focus on the patterns of research you develop and the visual methods you employ to explore and unravel briefs. You will be expected to demonstrate how you research and develop your ideas, culminating in an independent project.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • All other courses
    • 6.0
    • Foundation / Pathway Courses
    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Illustration, MA, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Tuition Fees Illustration MA

EU £10285 year 1
England UK £5995 year 1
Northern Ireland £5995 year 1
Scotland £5995 year 1
Wales £5995 year 1
International £10285 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of Kingston University in top UK and global rankings.

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About Kingston University

Founded in 1899, Kingston University is located in the suburban town of Kingston upon Thames, London. The university’s four campuses can be found in and around the town centre, with a free shuttle bus helping students to get there. This university offers what they call Flexi-stay accommodation, which allows students to book rooms in their residence halls for periods in which they expect to be studying exceptionally hard.

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Where is this programme taught

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