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MLitt Comics Studies


Course Description

Our unique MLitt in Comics Studies examines comics from the point of view of critical analysis (in terms of genre, style, formal properties and history) and also provides training in the creative aspects of comics production. The course leads to excellent employment opportunities for anyone interested in working in the field of comics - either creatively or in the production industry.

English at Dundee has a strong record in the annual Guardian league tables for teaching. Its highest ever rating was No. 1 in the UK and the latest (2010) places it in the UK top twenty with 95% student satisfaction rating for teaching.

Why study Comics Studies at Dundee?

The MLitt in Comics Studies is the only programme 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 programme has grown out of the expertise of the course leader, Dr Chris Murray, who researches comics, organises major comics conferences, and co-edits one of the few peer-reviewed journals in this expanding field.

"I thoroughly enjoyed studying Comics this year, you have given me a real love and understanding of the medium"
Current student, 2011

Close links with industry experts

The city of Dundee is a recognised powerhouse of comics production. It is home to DC Thomson & Co Ltd, who produce iconic titles such as the Beano, Dandy, Commando, Starblazer and Bunty. Drawing on such expertise, we can offer workshops with industry professionals and even the possibility of a placement with DC Thomson.

Aims of the Programme

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.

This course will also be of benefit to anyone who hopes to work in the popular media or publishing.

"We have our own dedicated Comics Studio in the Tower Building where we can work on our projects and coursework throughout the year, with drawing tables, computers, and scanners."
Read Kirsten's blog

Postgraduate culture

The English department provides a lively postgraduate culture, including a regular postgraduate forum, a postgraduate website, visiting speakers and an annual postgraduate conference held in Dundee. There are also several activities related to Comics Studies, with an annual Comics Day as part of the Literary Festival. The Comics Day has attracted world famous industry professionals, including writers such as Warren Ellis and Pat Mills, artists such as Alan Davis, Rian Hughes, Hunt Emerson, and editors like Dez Skinn.

The Dundee Comics Society holds regular talks by comics writers and artists. Dundee is also the home of D-Con, an annual Manga festival. The journal Studies in Comics is edited from within the programme, and the University library has a good selection of comics and graphic novels.

The course starts in September each year and lasts for 12 months on a full time basis or 24 months on a part time basis.

Assessment

The assessment methods used in this course include weekly journals, presentations, research essays, and dissertations. Some of the option modules include assessment of creative work accompanied by reflective essays. Dissertations are supervised on a one-to-one basis to ensure continuity, and this will provide you with the opportunity to work on an area of comics study of your own choosing (subject to approval by the tutor).

Programme Content

There are two teaching semesters, from September to December and from January to March. You will study the core modules below, plus your choice of optional modules

From April onwards, you will write a dissertation in English Studies or Creative Writing.

All students must attempt the dissertation. Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.

Core Modules
Critical Approaches to Comics and Graphic Novels
International Comics Culture
Optional modules from a list such as the one below:

Creating Comics
Digital Comics
Comics and Film
Science Fiction Comics
Autobiographix: Documentary and Autobiographical Comics
Dissertation

English Studies or Creative Writing

Careers

This course offers good employment opportunities for anyone interested in working in the field of comics, either creatively or in the industry from a production point of view. You will also meet many industry professionals during the course, and have the chance to make valuable connections. Students taking this programme may also choose to pursue academic careers, work in the media, or in the creative industries or publishing. An understanding of comics cuts across publishing, computer games, the internet, television, and film.

Additionally, the high levels of analysis, problem-solving abilities and the presentational and communication skills that you will develop on this course are highly valued by employers.

Learn more about careers related to the Humanities on our Careers Service website.

Visit the MLitt Comics Studies page on the University of Dundee website for more details!



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Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) Taught Postgraduate Scholarship (International) - 5 Awards

£2,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for international students entering School of Humanities MLitt programmes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2,000

Eligibility

For international students entering School of Humanities MLitt programmes.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form and return to Admissions and Student Recruitment, as per the instructions provided.You will be notified whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not. You can apply for several scholarships but only one Scholarship towards tuition fees will be awarded.Closing date 1st July 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/huma.htm


(Scholarship)

School of Humanities Alumni Scholarship - 5 Awards

School of Humanities Alumni Scholarship12% off tuition fee for School of Humanities graduates (including joint MA) entering MLitt programmes.

Value of Scholarship(s)

12% off tuition fee

Eligibility

For both International and Home/EU University of Dundee, School of Humanities graduates (including joint MA) entering MLitt programmes.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form and return to Admissions and Student Recruitment, as per the instructions provided.You will be notified whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.You can apply for several scholarships but only one Scholarship towards tuition fees will be awarded.Closing date 1st July 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/huma.htm


(Scholarship)

5% discount on advance payment of tuition fees - 20+ Awards

A 5% discount on tuition fees is applicable for international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5% discount on tuition fees

Eligibility

For international applicants who pay the full fee amount (for the year), in advance, by a given deadline.

Application Procedure

You must pay the tuition fees due in advance, the full amount must be in the University of Dundee's bank account by the relevant date:Courses starting in September - full payment by 1st July.
Courses starting in January - full payment by 15th Novmber.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/huma.htm


(Scholarship)

Arts & Humanities Research Institute (AHRI) Taught Postgraduate Scholarship (Home/EU) - 5 Awards

£1,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee for Home/EU students entering School of Humanities MLitt programmes (£500 if studying part time).

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,000

Eligibility

For Home/EU students entering School of Humanities MLitt programmes.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, we will send you a Scholarship form by email.You must complete the form and return to Admissions and Student Recruitment, as per the instructions provided.You will be notified whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not.You can apply for several scholarships but only one Scholarship towards tuition fees will be awarded.Closing date 1st July 2011

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/huma.htm


(Scholarship)

School of Humanities Research Postgraduate Scholarship - 5 Awards

£4,000 Scholarship towards tuition fee

Value of Scholarship(s)

£4,000

Eligibility

For international students entering School of Humanities research degrees.If you are being sponsored or are receiving a discount on your fees due to an articulation agreement, then you cannot apply for a University of Dundee Academic School scholarship.You can apply for several scholarships but only one Scholarship towards tuition fees will be awarded.

Application Procedure

Once you have been given an offer to study in the School of Humanities at the University of Dundee, we will send you an email telling you how to apply for a Scholarship.You must complete the form, as soon as possible, and return it as per the instructions provided.We will notify you after the closing date, to let you know whether you have been successful in being awarded a Scholarship or not. The closing date for Scholarship applications for courses starting September 2012 is 1st July 2012, and for courses starting in January 2013 the closing date is 15th November 2012.

Further Information

http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/fees_funding/scholarships/huma.htm



Entry Requirements

Students will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in English or a related discipline.This would include areas such as History, Art, Design, Literature, Linguistics and Semiotics. English Language Requirement: IELTS of 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

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