The MLitt in Comics Studies is the only one of its kind in the UK – a one year course allowing students to examine comics and graphic novels in terms of genre, style, formal properties and history, while also providing, in various option modules, the opportunity to focus on the creative aspects of comics production. The core modules explore comics as autobiography and different international comics traditions, and the dissertation element of the course allows students to research any aspect of comics history (subject to acceptance of a proposal).
The modules offer the opportunity to study the following:
The academic work is also supported by a range of activities which will be of great interest to students enrolled on the course, such as conferences, talks and workshops with acclaimed comics creators, and comics professionals, scholars and researchers.
Students must take both core modules, two optional module plus a dissertation (for the MLitt).
Autumn (First) Semester
Winter/Spring (Second) Semester
Summer (Third) Semester
This course is delivered by Dr Chris Murray, who researches comics and graphic novels, and is published on superheroes and propaganda, comics and the gothic, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, and the relationship between British and American comics. He also teaches comics modules at undergraduate level and supervises postgraduate research into the medium. He is editor of the journal Studies in Comics (Intellect), and organises an annual comics conference in Dundee, which attracts major speakers, such as Warren Ellis, Pat Mills, Alan Davis, Rian Hughes, and Alan Grant. The creative elements of the course will be delivered by Phillip Vaughan, a lecturer in Graphic Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, who has a great deal of experience in animation, computer game design and comic art, and who leads a course on comics at the Art College.
The Comics Studies MLitt has been developed for graduates who have an interest comics and graphic novels, and who want to pursue this at postgraduate level. Comics and Graphic Novels are a hugely important part of contemporary art, literature and popular culture, and comics scholarship is an expanding field. Those with an interest in the creative side of comics, either as a writer or artist, or both, will find the course very useful in terms of expanding their knowledge of the history of comics, and the artistic and literary potential of the medium. There will also be the opportunity to enhance practical skills related to the creation of comics, for those with abilities and interests in this direction.
Times Higher Education, Student Experience Survey 2012