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Children's Book Illustration

1 year
September 2024

Our MA Children’s Book Illustration course is perfect for recent graduates or professional illustrators who want to develop new ideas and techniques for the children’s market. There is an optional professional placement to gain real-world experience

Why study with us

  • On our MA Children's Book Illustration course, you will learn how to visually generate ideas and develop your own design vocabulary.
  • At the end of the course, you will have a body of work produced to a professional and publishable standard.
  • Our students have won several national children’s book awards and our alumni have illustrated over 70 published titles so far.

Degree Show 2024

As an MA Children's Book Illustration student, you will be able to take part in our Degree Show. You can display your creative work for other students and industry figures. Discover the award-winning work produced by previous students.

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2020 Degree Show - The Digby Project by Evee Lees
2020 Degree Show - The Digby Project by Evee Lees
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What you'll do

  • Our MA Children's Book Illustration course features a programme of guest lecturers, company and consultancy visits, as well as exhibitions and workshops.
  • You will develop your research and reflective skills to support and inform your creative design process.
  • Project work will be exhibited at a Degree Show that will be attended by industry and potential employers, as well as family, friends, students and the general public.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Children's Book Illustration facilities

Adobe Creative Cloud

Unleash your creativity at anytime, anywhere. From September 2024, you'll have access to the industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud package on both your personal device and on campus. Get hands-on with this widely recognised package and create a portfolio that showcases your skills.

Future careers

MA Children’s Book Illustration graduates could enjoy a career as an author/illustrator for children’s books. You could also work as a book designer or in the publishing industry.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year
Full-time£9,450 per year
Part-time£1,050 per 20 credits
Full-time£17,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Arts and Media

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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