Glyndwr University

BA (Hons) Comics

Why choose this course?

With its special focus on comics, this degree will provide you with the technical and creative skills to develop both your illustrative style and flair for storytelling.

The programme introduces a broad range of creative skills, from the generation of ideas to their technical production through printmaking, bookbinding, 3D materials, life drawing, traditional and digital media, with an emphasis on drawing and the development of a unique personal style.

Students will:

  • Work with experienced and industry active staff, learn how to write stories, draw comics and produce a professional portfolio.
  • Have opportunities to explore visual sequencing, narrative imagery, anthropomorphism and character development.
  • Gain personal, professional and entrepreneurial skills, learning about the business of working as a freelance artist.
  • Be encouraged to work on live briefs and competitions.

Entry Requirements

The academic requirements for the course are 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent. Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account.

Where possible, we like to interview all of our applicants in person. If this is problematic, we can arrange a digital portfolio review or an online interview.

In your portfolio, we love to see you demonstrate your drawing ability. You can show this by showing life drawings, sketchbook work as well as your final pieces. We would normally expect students hoping to specialise in graphic novels or children’s publishing to show examples of comics or children’s book illustration work they have produced.

IELTS:

6.0 (with no individual skill score below 5.5)

Career Prospects

Career opportunities include; comic book artists, freelance illustrator, artists agents, stylists, concept artists, character designers, story artist, environment artists, writers, designers and visualisers.

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

Course Details

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

The first year introduces students to the fundamental principles of illustration that will help you develop your illustrative style. This includes developing an understanding of the tools and creative techniques you will be using, the historical contexts and theories of comics, creative writing, print, production, bookbinding techniques and an understanding of the industry.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

The second year enables students to develop their individual approach to character design, scriptwriting and visual storytelling, the practical aspects of making comics as well as exploring the basics of running a business as a freelancer.

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

The final year is negotiated. You will work with staff to pitch the projects that demonstrate your flair for storytelling, your skills and abilities, your ambition and your understanding of the comics industry.

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

Visual Communication
Media & Techniques
Contextual Studies 1
Creative Writing for Visual Narrative
Print & Production
Creative Futures 1

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

Characters in Context
Scriptwriting & Storytelling
Contextual Studies 2
Making Comics
Print & Publishing
Creative Futures 2

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

Negotiated Practice
Contextual Studies 3
Creative Futures 3
Comics Degree Project

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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