Masters | Postgraduate Course - Comics & Graphic Novels MDes, MLitt Course Details within University of Dundee

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Comics & Graphic Novels MDes, MLitt

Study Details

MDes/MLitt: 12 months full-time

Our Masters in Comics and Graphic Novels is the only course of its kind in the UK, and Dundee is one of only a handful of institutions in the world offering the opportunity to study comics at postgraduate level.

Our expert staff are involved in making comics, researching comics, organising major comics conferences, and co-editing peer-reviewed journals in this expanding field.

The city of Dundee is a recognised powerhouse of comics production. It is home to DC Thomson & Co Ltd, producers of iconic titles such as the Beano, Dandy, Commando, Starblazer and Bunty. Drawing on such expertise, we can offer workshops with industry professionals. We also have contacts at other major comics publishers such as Chapterhouse Comics, Titan Comics and DiamondSteel Comics.

Module details

Core Modules for MLitt
CG50001 - Critical Approaches to Comics and Graphic Novels
CG50002 - International Comics Cultures
CG50010 - The Dissertation [English Studies]
Core Modules for MDes
CG50004: Comics Production
CG50011 - Major Project (MDes)
CG50003 - Creating Comics
Optional modules (shared between both courses):
CG50004: Comics Production
CG50001 - Critical Approaches to Comics and Graphic Novels
CG50002 - International Comics Cultures
CG50003 - Creating Comics
CG50005 - The Superhero
CG50006 - Science Fiction Comics
CG50008 - Autobiographix: - Documentary and Autobiographical Comics
CG50009 - Comics and Film

Entry Requirements

 You'll normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in Humanities, Art & Design or a related discipline. If your academic background does not meet our requirements but you have extensive experience or work in this area then the Course Director would be interested to consider your application; please ensure that your Personal Statement clarifies.

For the MDes, you'll need to submit a portfolio of up to 15 relevant still images, preferably comic pages, sequential art, character designs or conceptual art, sent as a PDF.

Programme Funding

Student Destinations

This course offers excellent employment opportunities for anyone interested in working in the field of comics, either critically or creatively. You will also meet many industry professionals during the course, and have the chance to make valuable connections.

Students taking this programme may also choose to pursue academic careers, work in the media, or in the creative industries or publishing. An understanding of comics cuts across publishing, computer games, the internet, television, and film.

You'll have networking opportunities throughout the course, you'll meet with industry professionals and there will be opportunities to attend and organise major comic conventions. There are also opportunities for internships.
Additionally, the high levels of analysis, problem-solving abilities and the presentational and communication skills that you will develop on this course are highly valued by employers.