Children's Book Illustration MPhil, PhD

Research ( full-time, part-time)

Cambridge

January 2017, June 2017, April 2017, September 2017

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MPhil: 1-3 years (full-time), 2-4 years (part-time).

PhD via progression from MPhil, including that period: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time).

PhD: 2-5 years (full-time), 3-6 years (part-time).


Distance-learning supervision available on this course.


This course is located in the Cambridge School of Art. Find out more about our research.

Overview

Academic interest in children’s book illustration is growing. Examine this field of illustration through a combination of practical work and theoretical enquiry.

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Full description

Supervision and support

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You’ll be supervised and supported by staff who have published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Our expertise includes:

Professor Martin Salisbury: practice and theory of children's book illustration. Co-author of Children's Picturebooks: The Art of Visual Storytelling (Laurence King, 2010), winner of the UKLA Academic Book Award 2013; author of Play Pen: New Children's Book Illustration (Laurence King, 2007) and Illustrating Children's Books (A&C Black, 2004).

Pam Smy: narrative drawing, history and contemporary use of black and white artwork, the lyrical and natural. Illustrator of The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd (David Fickling, 2013), Lob by Linda Newberry (David Fickling, 2010) and Follow the Swallow by Julia Donaldson (Egmont, 2007).

Mick Gowar: contextual studies, creative writing and images, folklore and fairytales, storytelling, and the history and practice of creative writing. Principal investigator of the World Wide Story Web project, developing resources to encourage children to tell stories using digital means.

Where you'll research

Your department and faculty

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Cambridge School of Art has been inspiring creativity since 1858 when it was opened by John Ruskin.

Engaging with current debates surrounding contemporary practice and with the state-of-the-art facilities, Cambridge School of Art houses light, bright studios, industry-standard film and photographic facilities, and 150-year-old printing presses alongside dedicated Apple Mac suites. Our digital art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery, exhibits both traditional shows and multimedia presentations, from national and international touring exhibitions and our own students.

We are the only university in Cambridge offering art and design courses at higher education level. A tight-knit community of artists, academics and over 900 students, we collaborate across our University, the creative industries, and other sectors. Cambridge is a centre for employment in the creative industries and there are rich opportunities for collaboration with the city’s entertainment, technological, scientific, arts and heritage industries.

Our graduates have a history of winning national and international awards and an excellent employment record. They include Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour, Spitting Image creators Peter Fluck and Roger Law, and illustrator Ronald Searle, the creator of St Trinian's.

We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.

Where can I study?

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Specialist facilities

You’ll work within our dedicated illustration studios that surround Ruskin Gallery, a unique space that shows a range of work including student shows and touring exhibitions of international standing. You can also make use of our other facilities, including printmaking and sculpture workshops, photography dark rooms, life drawing studio, and computer suites for video production and digital imaging, as well as four Mac suites with Adobe Creative Suite software and high-quality 27-inch monitors.

You’ll have access to our Faculty’s PhD room, where all our doctoral students can meet up to work and take an active part in our postgraduate student community.

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)

£4,500

International students, 2016/17 (MPhil/Phd/MD (Res) per year, full time)

£11,200

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year, part time)

£2,650

PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Initial registration)

£1,000

PhD by Published Work, 2016/17 (Full registration)

£3,200

Writing up, 2016/17 (UK & EU students)

£1,300

Writing up, 2016/17 (International students)

£1,300

UK, EU & International 2016/17 Bench fee ranges from 1000 to 7000

£1,000

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Funding

For advice on funding and scholarships please visit our finance pages for postgraduate students and researchers. Where available, the ARU jobs search lists research positions/scholarships.

You might also find The Alternative Guide to Postgraduate Funding helpful.

ARU research

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Anglia Ruskin's academic excellence was recognised in 2014, as part of the Research Excellence Framework (REF), an exercise which assesses the quality of academic research. Twelve areas of our work were classed as generating world-leading research. The results showed that we're making a significant impact on economies, societies, the environment and culture in all corners of the globe.

Careers

We’ll provide you with many opportunities for career development and training, and encourage you to get involved with external activities like exhibiting, curating, conference organisation and presenting papers. There may be opportunities to take part in collaborative projects with our Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge, and our annual trips to the Bologna Children's Book Fair.

Many research students in this discipline are seeking to combine high-level professional creative practice with academic careers. You can also request specific support for writing-up, conference papers, general research methods and other research skills if you need it.

Contact details

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If you're interested in finding out more about research study opportunities in this area, please email the Research Convener martin.salisbury@anglia.ac.uk or alsspgr-recruitment@anglia.ac.uk.

Entry requirements

Main

MPhil: Candidates must hold a BA or equivalent in a related subject area.

PhD: Candidates should normally hold an MA or equivalent in a related subject area.

If English is not your first language, you will need a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

We’ll ask you to present a portfolio of work that demonstrates a high level of personal creative practice in illustration.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

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