University of Edinburgh


Central Campus


Postgraduate study in illustration reflects the diversity of the subject and the opportunities that exist in areas such as publishing, advertising, graphic and web design, theatre, television, art galleries and museums. Applicants with a variety of approaches to Illustration, from both academic and professional perspectives are welcome.

Students will be encouraged to explore various forms of practice, with support from accomplished and respected staff. All staff have understanding, professional experience and skills in this field of art & design.

There are life drawing classes, book-arts workshops and field trips. The programme also includes working with writers, designers and publishers in collaboration and in live briefs. Many of our postgraduates have their work published and a number of set projects evolve from year to year. These reflect contemporary developments in illustration and the graphic arts. For example, students have made work for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh Filmhouse and the ECA Bookmarks symposium.

You can exit at the end of 1 year with an MA.

Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in illustration or a related subject that gives appropriate grounding for postgraduate study. You should demonstrate knowledge of the subject and its contemporary practice.

You must submit a portfolio as part of your application.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Full time

Course Length

21 months (MFA) 12 Months (MA)


College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences


Edinburgh College of Art

SCQF Level