Comics & Graphic Novels MLitt

School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law

Study the history and theory of comics and graphic novels through different genres and cultures, using a variety of critical and creative approaches

Date of entry

September 2023

Start date
September 2023
Duration
12 months
Study mode
Full Time
Location
Dundee City Campus

Comics Studies is a rapidly expanding field that benefits from an interdisciplinary approach. Drawing on a range of critical, literary, historical, and creative methods, this course will provide you with an understanding of the comics medium and industry, and their relation to different genres, cultures, and media.

You will learn about the history of the comics medium and its international significance as an art form, a means of communication, and a mode of popular entertainment. You will study genres as diverse as autobiography and documentary, superheroes, science fiction, horror, humour, and public information comics, and will consider the relationship between comics, literature, and film.

Our blend of academic analysis and creative practice allows for a distinctive approach to learning. It brings together students who are interested in comics scholarship with those who are developing professional skills as comics creators as part of our MDes in Comics and Graphic Novels course.

Dundee is an international leader in the field of Comic Studies. The city is home to DC Thomson & Co Ltd, producers of iconic titles such as The Beano, The Dandy, and Commando. We also have contacts at other major publishers, ensuring that you are able to network with professionals and learn from people who do comics for a living.

Resources include dedicated teaching space, and Dundee Comics Creative Space, which incorporates workshops, Ink Pot comics studio, and our own publishing imprint, UniVerse, which publishes a range of comics based on research and work by students.

Previous visiting industry guest speakers have included:

  • Dave Gibbons (Watchmen)
  • Grant Morrison (The Invisibles, X-Men, Superman)
  • Frank Quitely (Superman, Batman)
  • Cam Kennedy (Star Wars)
  • Ian Kennedy (Dan Dare)
“The University of Dundee's Comics Studies program has a talent for bringing together the best comics scholars and artists from around the world. I have learned so much about comics practice, history, and community from my course mates and professors. My degree has opened doors for me and has been an asset in my professional comics career.”

Rachel Davis, Graduate

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