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Comics and Graphic Novels (with Advanced Practice) MA

Comics and Graphic Novels (with Advanced Practice) MA

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Full time | Teesside University | 2 years | JAN-24

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Novels / Short Stories Graphic Arts

Course type


Course Summary

Our MA Comics and Graphic Novels covers specialist areas relevant to comics, graphic novels and manga. You focus on core drawing skills including regular life drawing classes and develop the cognitive and technical skills to equip you for enterprise, employment and further academic research.

Course overview

As a graduate, practising creator or mid-career professional, you can engage in reflective creative practice at an advanced level.

This course is distinctive in its focus on both the visual and textual elements of the comic medium, combining the development of an authorial voice with establishing a unique visual style.

You have access to industry standard technologies and excellent facilities including specialist drawing equipment such as Cintiq Wacom Tablets, software such as Adobe Creative Suite and ClipStudio as well as more traditional facilities such as wet-spaces, scanners, drawing tables and light boxes.


You demonstrate a deep and nuanced understanding of the key issues relating to the development of sequential art created in response to provided written material. The provided written document may be in the form of a professionally formatted full scrip. You also explore a range of written material from a variety of sources. You undertake appropriate research and analysis, which is synthesised into your visual interpretation. You experiment with storytelling techniques and visual style to recognise and develop your individual strengths leading to an original creative approach. You critically reflect on your work to promote further development of specialist skills. Your assessment is a portfolio of artwork and a reflective document.

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Entry requirements

You will normally have a first degree (2.2 minimum) in any subject. You are expected to be a confident and independent learner with a good understanding of the design process, idea development and critical thinking. You are asked to present a portfolio of work or a completed project showing the development of your work from behind the scenes, or an ongoing project showing the progression and direction of your work.