MDes Comics

Course details

  • UCAS CodeCOMD
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 4 YRS (FT)
  • UCAS Tariff 120
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
A comics student sketches out ideas

Course Highlights

2nd in Wales

for career prospects (The Guardian University Guide 2022)*

8th in the UK

for teaching quality (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022)*

Develop

freelancing skills in marketing, invoicing and working with clients

Why choose this course?

The programme introduces a broad range of creative skills, from the generation of ideas to their technical production through printmaking, bookbinding, 3D materials, life drawing, traditional and digital media, with an emphasis on drawing and the development of a unique personal style.

Students will:

  • Work with experienced and industry active staff, learn how to write stories, draw comics and produce a professional portfolio.
  • Have opportunities to explore visual sequencing, narrative imagery, anthropomorphism and character development.
  • Gain personal, professional and entrepreneurial skills, learning about the business of working as a freelance artist.
  • Be encouraged to work on live briefs and competitions.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *Study a course that is part of a subject area rated 8th in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd in Wales for student experience in the Art and Design subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.
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Art & Designat WGU

Key course features

  • You will be part of a vibrant and creative community of commercial artists including children’s book artists, illustrators, animators, game artists and designers.
  • You will be taught by a teaching team with a broad range of experience working professionally in the comics and illustration industries.
  • We encourage our students to self-publish and learn how to produce high-quality production prototypes to pitch to the publishing industry through the use of our in-house Bindery.
  • Our students have won illustration prizes and awards such as the Oxford University Press Illustration competition, the Macmillan Children’s Book competition, the Caldecott Society and D&AD awards and been nominated for prestigious Eisner and Silver Reuben Awards.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 1st in the UK for satisfaction with assessment, 2nd in Wales for career prospects and 3rd in Wales for satisfaction with teaching and satisfaction with the course in the Design and Crafts subject league tables, The Guardian University Guide 2022.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated 8th in the UK for teaching quality and 3rd in Wales for student experience in the Art and Design subject league tables, Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

What you will study

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

This year introduces students to the fundamental principles of illustration that will help you develop your illustrative style. This includes developing an understanding of the tools and creative techniques you will be using, the historical contexts and theories of comics, creative writing, print, production, bookbinding techniques and an understanding of the industry.

MODULES

  • Visual Communication
  • Media & Techniques
  • Contextual Studies 1
  • Creative Writing for Visual Narrative
  • Print & Production
  • Creative Futures 1

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

This year enables students to develop their individual approach to character design, scriptwriting and visual storytelling, the practical aspects of making comics as well as exploring the basics of running a business as a freelancer.

MODULES

  • Characters in Context
  • Scriptwriting & Storytelling
  • Contextual Studies 2
  • Making Comics
  • Print & Publishing
  • Creative Futures 2

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

Level 6 is negotiated. You will work with staff to pitch the projects that demonstrate your flair for storytelling, your skills and abilities, your ambition and your understanding of the comics industry.

MODULES

  • Negotiated Practice
  • Contextual Studies 3
  • Creative Futures 3
  • Comics Degree Project

YEAR 4 (LEVEL 7)

MODULES

  • Locating Practice
  • Practice and Application
  • Advanced Professional Practice

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

 

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 120 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent. Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account.

Where possible, we like to interview all of our applicants in person. If this is problematic, we can arrange a digital portfolio review or an online interview.

In your portfolio we love to see you demonstrate your drawing ability. You can show this by showing life drawing, sketchbook work as well as your final pieces. We would normally expect students hoping to specialise in graphic novels or children’s publishing to show examples of comics or children’s book illustration work they have produced.

Teaching & Assessment

Students are assessed in a variety of ways over the course of their degree, from individual tutorials, group critique, peer assessment and presentation of final artwork. Feedback is tailored individually to help you develop your artwork to a professional standard.

TEACHING AND LEARNING

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Career opportunities include; comic book artists, freelance illustrator, artists agents, stylists, concept artists, character designers, story artist, environment artists, writers, designers and visualisers.

 

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are TBC.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages. You will also find information about what your fees include in the FAQs.

Accommodation

If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.

International

If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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