Two-Year Diploma Programme: Illustration


A two-year programme in illustration and visual narrative in which the emphasis is placed on the student becoming familiar with both classical and new and analog and digital methods and techniques used by illustrators. A strong emphasis is placed on conceptual work in relation to all of the students’ practical work and the theoretical aspects of the programme are aimed at deepening students’ professional knowledge, broadening their horizons and their ability to contextualise their work in relation to society and culture and to encourage further research and experimentation. At the end of the programme, the student may apply to complete a BA degree at an arts university abroad and the university in question can determine whether and to what extent MIR’s course credits are evaluated.

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Admission​ ​Requirements:

*Admission requirements for the course is​ ​a secondary school matriculation certificate in the arts or an equivalent education.

*Applicants submit sketchbooks and a folder with samples of their own works.

*Applicants may also be called for an interview by the admissions board.


The illustration course is made up of 120 secondary school credits, in which the student acquires skills on level 4 according to the Icelandic Qualification Framework for Education. Each term is based on certain themes. The possibilities that are offered by the subject matter are examined from different perspectives and new approaches to the material and methods are experimented with. A forum is created for fruitful debate, and scholars and professionals from different areas of study engage with the students and highlight the subject's relationship with history and society. Teaching in conceptual and practical work runs concurrently, but there is also a great deal of flow in which the development of projects and ideas go hand in hand. At the end of the the programme, the students work independently on their own projects. The programme is largely practical but about a quarter of all modules are academic. Academic subjects include the history of illustration, design history, art history and philosophy, as well as business and seminar topics which provide a forum for a wide range of discussions on drawing and illustration. This is part of an endeavour to view the subject’s history in a broader and more informed context. Some modules are taught throughout the term and others for shorter periods.

Course​ ​assessment:​

The course assessment takes into account the learning objectives set out in the course description. The course description stipulates the submission of projects and the manner in which students’ work will be assessed. The assessment framework is set out in the curriculum, but assessment at the school is based on a continuous evaluation which focuses on a variety of methods to meet students’ different needs. Practical courses assess both students’ competence in specific aspects of the relevant field of study and also their ability to express themselves critically. In addition to grades, students receive guideline reports at the end of each module. In consultation with the school's educational counsellor, ways are sought to find solutions for students with learning difficulties.

Course​ ​progress​ ​regulations:​

To complete a module, students must attain a minimum grade of 5.

Further information on the development of the studies and programme is to be found in the school curriculum.

Course​ ​objectives:​

At the end of the programme, students will have the ability to:

* Work independently on specific projects

* Work systematically on the development of ideas

* Apply professional working procedures

* Have good communication skills and the ability to work in close collaboration with others

* Be able to communicate detailed information about their own ideas and work

* Participate in and be aware of discussions in their field

* Know the working and business environment of their profession

* Have knowledge of a variety of ways for presenting their work

* Work in a socially and environmentally responsible manner

* Handle hazardous materials responsibly

* Handle tools and equipment and maintain the workplace in a responsible and sensible manner.