Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Teesside University

Comics and Graphic Novels

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Course summary

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Course overview: Through our comics, graphic novels and sequential art degree, we aim to produce a new breed of storytellers, each with their own individual, formidable voice. The course covers and caters to all styles of cartooning, from manga to journalism, adventure to Amerimanga, superhero to memoir. 'Words and pictures are yin and yang. Married, they produce a progeny more interesting than either parent.' Dr Seuss. Creating comics is more than a job - it's a vocation. We live in a golden age for the comic book, in which Far Eastern manga is now part of the popular culture of the West. We have seen a graphic novel awarded the Pulitzer Prize, 50c funny books of the 1960s turned into iconic, billion dollar franchises and the internet change the way we make and read comics forever. The combination of words and pictures can produce something more powerful, more exciting and more personal than either alone. The mastery of communication through words and pictures is at the heart of this course. We aim to produce a new breed of storytellers, each with their own individual, formidable voice. You emerge as experts at communicating through cartooning, understanding how the medium works from the technical aspects of perspective, composition and figure drawing to the founding theories of modern literature. Comics are also entering into more mainstream areas of advertising, marketing and public relations - anywhere where a message needs to be communicated in as unforgettable and universal a manner as possible. You are expected to do at least one two-week work placement between your second and third years, though opportunities will be available for significantly more workplace experiences through our placement officer. After the course: Expected career routes include self publishing, graphic novel publishing, advertising, marketing, public relations, journalism, brand management, publishing and graphic design.

Course details

Modules

Access course information through Teesside University’s website using the course details link provided.

Assessment method

You learn through a mixture of personal project and group-based development.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course codeW211
Institution code T20
Campus nameTeesside University
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points Including level 3 qualifications in art and design or another creative subject.

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

We accept level 3 qualifications in art and design or another creative subject. A portfolio may be used to support your application if you have not studied a formal qualification in a creative subject. Your portfolio should demonstrate basic skills in drawing and visual invention. Applicants offered a course place are invited to an applicant experience day to meet teaching staff, take a facilities tour, learn more about the course, and experience being a university student at an interactive workshop. Portfolios may be brought to an applicant experience day or sent to us by email.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £13000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Find out more about fees and funding if you are from the UK/EU here: tees.ac.uk/fees, or if you are an international student here: tees.ac.uk/international/fees. If you live in the Channel Islands or Isle of Man contact your education office: gov.uk/student-finance.
Comics and Graphic Novels at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS