BA (Hons) Comics (with Foundation Year)
- UCAS CodeCO1FY
- Year of entry 2023
- Duration 4 YRS (FT)
- UCAS Tariff 48-72
- Institution Code G53
- Location Wrexham
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)*
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.
- 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.
Art & Designat WGU
Key course features
- Includes a foundation year to prepare you for further study
- 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.
- Be part of an end of year degree show exhibition - view the 2022 Degree Show e-magazine, Unjammed.
- 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 (FOUNDATION YEAR)
The foundation year will introduce you to the key elements of art and design, including graphic design, animation, illustration, photography, and film, applied and fine art. You will explore the creative thought process relating to various art and design disciplines, developing your ability to put ideas down on paper quickly. There will be a range of practice assignments that will increase your recognition of strong ideas and original concepts.
- Visual Investigation
- Materials and Methods
- Creative Processes
- Progression Project
- The Skills You Need
- Contextual Studies
YEAR 2 (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.
- Visual Communication
- Media & Techniques
- Contextual Studies 1
- Creative Writing for Visual Narrative
- Print & Production
- Creative Futures 1
YEAR 3 (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.
- Characters in Context
- Scriptwriting & Storytelling
- Contextual Studies 2
- Making Comics
- Print & Publishing
- Creative Futures 2
YEAR 4 (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.
- Negotiated Practice
- Contextual Studies 3
- Creative Futures 3
- Comics Degree Project
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 48-72 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications, as well as motivation and potential to succeed.
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 drawings, 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
The majority of the active teaching and learning is studio/workshop based and practical in nature supported with lectures, demonstrations, tutorials, seminars and critiques and talks by specialist guest speakers
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.
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 2023/24 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.
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.
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.