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Why study an MA in Illustration?

Why study an MA in Illustration?

Banner image credit: Illustration by AUB student Jiachen Lin

Pursuing postgraduate study is a significant decision that can shape your career and personal growth. If you're looking to take your passion for visual communication to the next level, then considering a master’s degree in Illustration might be the perfect next step for you. In this blog post, we'll explore five compelling reasons why studying an MA in Illustration can be a transformative experience. 

Elevate your illustration skills 

One of the biggest benefits of pursuing an MA in Illustration is the opportunity to elevate your skills as a practitioner to new heights. Through rigorous self-reflection, workshops, and exposure to a wide variety of mediums and techniques, you'll be guided by experienced academics who are well-established in the field of illustration. This focused learning environment will challenge you to push boundaries and explore new creative territories, helping you refine your artistic voice. 

Career development and recognition 

MA Illustration can open doors to a wide range of career opportunities. Whether you aspire to become a freelance illustrator, work in publishing, animation, or even venture into concept art for video games or film, a postgraduate degree can give you a competitive edge. Additionally, many employers value the dedication and specialist knowledge that comes with earning an MA. This can lead to higher earning potential and increased job stability, and the visual literacy skills you develop are incredibly versatile in creative positions. 

Expand your portfolio 

Building a robust portfolio is crucial for any illustrator looking to establish themselves in the industry. An MA programme provides a structured platform for you to create a diverse, impressive body of work. With access to cutting-edge resources, you'll have the freedom to explore different styles, mediums, and subject matter, allowing you to showcase your versatility and adaptability as an artist. Your academic tutors will encourage you be experimental, playful, and push your creativity to the limit, so you’ll unlock your full potential as an illustrator. 

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As an AUB Online student, you'll always be just a few clicks or taps away from your course mates and our experienced teaching staff. Find out more about the student experience and our digital learning platform, Canvas: 

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Networking and industry connections 

Being part of an MA programme exposes you to a melting pot of like-minded individuals across the globe who share your passion for illustration. This network can be invaluable as you navigate the professional world of illustration. Lecturers, classmates, and visiting artists can offer insights, feedback, and potential collaborations that will help you grow as an illustrator. Additionally, many programmes have established connections with industry professionals, providing opportunities for internships, mentorships, and even job placements. 

Creative freedom and experimentation 

While pursuing an MA in Illustration, you'll have the space and support to experiment with your creative process. You'll be encouraged to take risks, explore unconventional approaches, and challenge established norms. This environment fosters innovation and allows you to develop a unique artistic voice. Whether you're interested in traditional illustration, digital media, or a combination of both, an MA programme provides the resources and guidance to help your work stand out in a sea of creative talent. 

Studying an online MA Illustration with AUB 

Studying for an MA in Illustration is not just about honing your technical skills; it's about immersing yourself in a dynamic, supportive community that encourages artistic growth and exploration. From expanding your portfolio to forging valuable industry connections and a business-savvy mindset, the AUB Online MA Illustration has been designed to set you up for success. If you're passionate about illustration and want to join AUB's thriving creative community, read more about our MA Illustration course:

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