• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Humanities
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Explore comics and graphic novels from the point of view of critical analysis and creative comics production. Leading to excellent employment opportunities for working in the field of comics and 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.

I feel like I learned and accomplished more in my 15 months in Dundee than during the previous 5 years of study, and I owe most of that to the tutors on the Masters in Comics and Graphic Novels. I could not have hoped for a better result for the decision to pursue a graduate degree in comics, and have now embarked on a PhD in comics. The tutors encouraged me at every stage, and with their guidance I converted an essay for the course into an academic essay which appeared in a peer-reviewed journal. I was also given the opportunity to present at conferences while at Dundee. All of this more than prepared me for my PhD in comics.

Madeline Gangnes, PhD Student

Published student work

Masters of UniVerse and Tales of the UniVerse are anthologies of student work from our current and former students

Aims of the course

This course will provide you with an understanding of the comics medium and the comics industry, and their relation to different genres, national cultures, and various media. You will be encouraged to think critically about these ideas, and to appreciate the importance of relating critical close analysis of style and form to theory, context, politics and history.

You can also practice creating comics from script writing to thumbnails, pencils, inks, lettering, colouring and production methods.

These analytical and creative skills, combined with assessments that test presentational and communication skills and problem solving abilities, are essential in the workplace. The fact that the course is interdisciplinary in its approach (looking at writing and visual culture together) means that we foster creativity and ingenuity in developing critical approaches to the work.‌

Coming from overseas?

Our course will provide you with educational and cultural experiences which are unique to the UK, and will give you a familiarity with the role UK comics publishers and creators have had in influencing the global comics industry.

Is this the course for you?

You'll find the course very useful in terms of expanding your knowledge of the history of comics, and the artistic and literary potential of the medium. You will get the opportunity to enhance critical and practical skills related to the creation of comics.

Our graduates have gone on to work as:

  • professional comics artists
  • freelance comics artists
  • commissioning editors
  • PhD students
  • comics scholars
Comics Studies

We offer a regular postgraduate forum, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference. Students benefit from a range of Generic Skills classes throughout the year.

You'll have access to the Cam Kennedy Comics Studio and also dedicated media labs fitted out with all the equipment required to produce traditional and digital publications.

There are also several activities related to comics, with an annual Comics Week as part of the Literary Festival. The Comics Week has attracted world famous industry professionals, including writers such as Grant Morrison, John Wagner, Robbie Morrison, Warren Ellis and Pat Mills, artists such as Dave Gibbons, Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart, David Lloyd, Tanya Roberts, Alan Davis, Rian Hughes, Hunt Emerson, and editors like Dez Skinn.

Close links with industry experts

Visiting industry guest speakers include Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), Frank Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman & Robin), Colin MacNeil (former DJCAD and Judge Dredd Artist), Cam Kennedy (Star Wars), Pat Mills (creator of 2000ad), David Bishop (former 2000ad Editor), Kate Brown (The Pheonix, Fish + Chocolate), Montynero (Death Sentence), Dan McDaid (IDW Judge Dredd), Alex Ronald (2000ad and Titan cover artist) and staff from DC Thomson including Ian Kennedy (Dan Dare).

Dundee is also the home of Dundee Comics Creative Space, the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies and the comics and anime festial Dee-Con. The journal Studies in Comics is edited from within the course, and the University archive and museum service have been steadily building up a collection of original artworks by comics artists and cartoonists from the late 19th century up to today. We also have our very own imprint, UniVerse, which publishes our students' work.

Comics legend Ian Kennedy delivers a live drawing masterclass at Dundee Comics Creative Space

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