Concept and Comic Arts at De Montfort University - UCAS

Course summary

Our course encompasses two distinct practical themes - concept art and comic art, both of which focus on fundamental, traditional art skills and contemporary digital techniques. In concept art you will be helped to master a range of industry-focused tools and techniques for developing pre-production, production and post-production art for the film and video game industries. In comic art you will develop a practical understanding of idea generation, visual storytelling and visual communication. These two themes mean you will access a wide range of creative possibilities and opportunities. They are underpinned by contextual studies to inform and enhance your practice through an exploration of the historical, cultural and social contexts of the wider world of print and web-based comic arts, graphic novels and visual communication. The course features regular guest lectures and workshops, giving you an opportunity to experience first-hand what it takes to design successful content. Our studio culture encourages peer collaboration and networking with industry professionals to support you as you create your portfolio. You will be able to develop skills in your own special interests and graduate as a skilled comic and concept artist, ready to work in a range of roles across the creative industries. *Key features

  • Engage with learning and teaching through hands-on practical activity, supported by our expert academic team and vibrant studio culture.
  • Benefit from special guest lectures to enhance your understanding of the industry and learn directly from film and game industry professionals.
  • Produce your own portfolio to enhance your employability, by taking final-year modules in Personal Exploration and Professional Practice.
  • Through block teaching, you will focus on one subject at a time instead of several at once. This means that you will be able to focus closely on each subject and absorb your learning material in more depth, whilst working more closely with your tutors and course mates.
  • Gain a valuable international experience as part of your studies with our DMU Global programme. Students from related courses have been inspired by urban architecture in New York and explored the cultural context of art in Berlin.
  • Get one-to-one support to develop your drawing skills and meet like-minded creatives at the Leicester Media School Drawing Centre.


Year one Block 1: Visualisation Block 2: Design Thinking Block 3: Making Comics Block 4: Concept Art Year two Block 1: Visual Narrative Block 2: World Building Block 3: Professional Practice Comics Block 4: Character Building Year three Block 1: Professional Practice Block 2: Dissertation Block 3: Personal Project: Planning and Pre-Production Block 4: Personal Project: Production and Post-Production

Assessment method

This is a full-time course. Each module is worth 30 credits. Outside of your normal timetabled hours you will be expected to conduct independent study each week to complete preparation tasks, assessments and research. Course delivery is in block mode, which means each 30 credit module consists of a seven week teaching block. Assessment The assessment strategy will include regular presentations of work in progress for formative feedback and guidance purposes, and final summative assessments by portfolio of completed work and supported by evidence of reflective practice. In the final year, students will develop their own portfolio of professional standard work, guided by artists from relevant industry and the teaching team.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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You will also need a good portfolio according to the course guidelines as part of your application

English language requirements

English language – If English is not your first language we require an English language level of IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each component or equivalent English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £16250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees for subsequent years of study for continuing students are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fee will be in line with RPI-X (linked to the retail price index) and the fee cap set by the Government.
Concept and Comic Arts at De Montfort University - UCAS