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Master Illustration - Bordeaux Montaigne University

The Master Illustration is is an unprecedented pathway in French universities. It trains graphic design professionals in art, culture, data, and education (with applications such as children’s books, web and multimedia, press and communication, and graphic design). The program focuses on practical work (such as drawing in all its forms, specialized workshops and graphic chains) and calls for proposals (involving commissions and collaborations). It also includes instruction from a theoretical point of view on the history of illustration, publishing, and narrative systems. It culminates in a final creative research project, defended at the end of the program in front of a jury composed of lecturer-researchers and professionals (such as editors, authors, and illustrators). The Master Illustration is lastly defined by its international mindset, with a semester abroad in one of its partner universities or Art Schools.

Illustration section


Stéphane Abboud

Artist, video artist and teacher, he coordinates the video workshops at Bordeaux Montaigne University in the Arts and also Design section. For several years, he surveyed international stages as a VJ with cinema and video supports, or by developing image architecture for live performances.

Julien Béziat

Lecturer in Arts at Bordeaux Montaigne University and head of the Master Illustration. His research focuses both on imaginary spaces and the relationship between art and cartography, and on the questions of contemporary illustration. He is also an illustrator and author of picture books published by Editions Pastel / L'école des loisirs.

Clémentine Beauvais

She is a youth literature author and also a Lecturer in Education at the University of York (UK). Her field of study revolves around childen's literature, school translation, and childhood studies. Her children's books, from children's picture book to novels for teenagers, are published mainly by Sarbacane editions (FR).

Florent Chardin

Professor in BTEC (BTS) Studies of Realization of a Communication Project at the High School Albert Bayet in Tours. He obtained the title of "Meilleur ouvrier de France" (Best Craftsman of France) in Communication, multimedia and audiovisual professions - option Technician of prepress platform in 2018. He's also prepress trainer and advisor for printers.

Anne-Perrine Couët

Cartoonist and illustrator. She teaches drawing and screeprinting at Bordeaux Montaigne University. Over the past decade, she organized exhibitions and multiple projects with the artistic collective Sauvage Garage, websites such as Arts en Fac and events like the 24 hour Comics Day (les 24 heures de la Bande dessinée) in Bordeaux.

Guillaume Delamarche

Freelance graphic designer, he teaches screeprinting, graphic practices and also infography at Bordeaux Montaigne University. Layouts, signage, typographic character designs are part of his fields of action.

Anne-Charlotte Remaux

Webmarketing professional in publishing. She founded « Boucan », a digital communication agency, to support brands and entrepreneurs in their webmarketing strategy. She also shares her knowledge of the book sector to help community players to communicate on the web and on social networks.

Antoine Ullmann

Publisher and gallerist, he dedicate himself to make Art History and Illustration available to all. Since 2008, he has been the director of DADA, "the first art journal", and publishes related Picture book (with the same name). He is also the founder of the publishing house Tishina and director of the Robillard gallery, dedicated to illustration.


Artists and professionals invited:

Albertine, author illustrator illustratrice
Germano Zullo, author
Alfred, author illustrator
Lionel Cazaux, graphic designer and illustrator
Kitty Crowther, author illustrator
Sonia Déchamps, journalist and author
David Prudhomme, author illustrator
Sébastien Gnaedig, editor
Alice Meteignier, illustrator
Icinori, duet of author illustrator
Odile Josselin, editor
Régis Lejonc, author illustrator
Johanna Schipper, author illustrator


Core Curriculum (Research, Edition, Comics)


Pierre Baumann

Pierre Baumann is Professor at Bordeaux Montaigne University in Arts, attached to the CLARE Research Unit, ARTES team and coordinator of the Moby-Dick project. He is also responsible of the Research Master in Arts. His current work of research-action focuses on the construction of an "écopoïétique" (ecological approach of creation) and a recast of the statutes of objects located between art and research (Objets libres) dealing with questions of living.

Olivier Bessard-Banquy

Professor at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is a specialist in literature and contemporary publishing, researcher affiliated with the TELEM research team.

Hélène Camarade

Professor of Germanic studies and member of the "Institut Universitaire de France" (IUF, Academic Institute of France). Specialist in the German resistance to Nazism and German Democratic Republic (GDR), she also works on gender issues and representation of History in cinema and in comics.

Laura Caraballo

PhD in Aesthetics and post-doctoral researcher within the "Projet MédiaBD" (Media Comics Project) at the Bordeaux Montaigne University. She is an exhibition curator, a cultural mediator and a researcher specialized in Spanish-American comics. She is also a lecturer and associate researcher at the Superior European School of Images. Focused on the intersections and convergences between comics and contemporary art, her current researches are oriented towards post-colonial activists, trans-feminists and self-publishing.

Nicolas Champ

Associate Professor in contemporary history, he regularly offers comics as a source for historians as part of general history lessons. Since 2016, he has been responsible for a class of Bachelor of Arts (third year), which provides an overview of comics in France, from Töpffer to the present days.

Jean-Paul Gabilliet

Professor of American civilization at Bordeaux Montaigne University, and head of the "Master Edition, theory and criticism of comics". His research focuses on the cultural history of comics in North America (the United States and Canada) and in the Atlantic area since the 19th century.

Nicolas Labarre

Lecturer HDR in American Civilization at Bordeaux Montaigne University. His research focuses on North American comics, particularly through the lens of issues of adaptation. He is the author of Heavy Metal, l'autre Métal Hurlant (PUB, 2017) and of Understanding Genres in Comics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

Hélène des Ligneris

Bookseller at La Machine à Lire, Bordeaux.

Guillaume Muller

Associate Professor in the department of Japanese studies at Bordeaux Montaigne University, specialist in modern and contemporary Japanese literature, he is attached to the TELEM team (Texts, Literatures: Writings and Models). His reasearch focuses particularly on representations of the World War II in the Japanese Empire.

Sylvie Nérisson

Associate Professor at Bordeaux Montaigne University, specialist of author's rights, copyrights and collective management/administration of rights.

Maxime Roudil

Curator of the libraries, director of the "Gradignan mediatheque".

Alban Pichon

Associate Professor in cinematographic studies at Bordeaux Montaigne University, teaching in the sectors "Métiers du livre" (Book professions) at the IUT Bordeaux Montaigne (University Institute of Technology), and head of the Master Edition. His research focuses especially on the relationship between cinema and other arts. Mostly French contemporary cinema (Carax, Garrel, Rivette, Desplechin, etc.).

Isabelle Touton

Isabelle Touton is an Associate Professor at the Department of Hispanic and Hispanic-American Studies at Bordeaux Montaigne University. She works, from cultural studies, on Spanish comics and press cartoons (but also novels, cultural and social movements), and she regularly invites writers and cartoonists.

David Vincent

Visiting professor (PAST) at the IUT Bordeaux Montaigne, editor at Arbre Vengeur, sales manager of Festin, former bookseller


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