MLitt / MDes Comics & Graphic Novels
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.
Close links with industry experts
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.
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.
How you will be taught
The MLitt is led byProfessor Chris Murraywith the MDes led byPhillip Vaughan.
A variety of teaching methods are used, including: small group teaching, one-to-one teaching, supervised study, seminars, tutorials, presentations, invited speakers and discussion groups, lectures, workshops, practical classes and demonstrations.
How you will be assessed
The assessment methods used in this course include weekly journals, presentations, research essays, dissertations and projects. Some of the option modules include assessment of creative work accompanied by reflective essays.
Dissertations and projects are supervised on a one-to-one basis to ensure continuity, and this will provide you with the opportunity to work on an area of comics study or creation of your own choosing (subject to approval by the tutor).
What you will study
There are two teaching semesters, from September to December and from January to March.
From April onwards, you'll write your dissertation or produce your major project.
Scottish and EU students pay £7,300 per year of study
Overseas students (non-EU) pay £17,275 per year of study
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.
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