Taught course

Comics and Graphic Novels

University of Dundee · Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Entry requirements

Students should normally have a good (2.1) degree in a relevant subject area, or relevant experience. Applicants wishing to pursue the MDes route will normally be required to submit a portfolio demonstrating creative ability.

Months of entry


Course content

MDes Comics and Graphic Novels is unique in its blend of academic and creative delivery. Delivered by the School of Humanities and the School of Art and Design the course will examine comics through a combination of critical analysis and practice/studio based teaching and learning, allowing students to study comics in terms of genre, style, formal properties and history, while also providing opportunities for training in the creative aspects of comics production.

Students taking this course will find it to be a benefit if they pursue academic careers, looking at the relationship between comics, film, literature and contemporary media. Others may aspire to work in the media, publishing, or in other aspects of popular culture. An understanding of comics cuts across publishing, computer games, the internet, television, and film.

Graduates will gain specialist knowledge and expertise about a growing area of art and popular culture, and will explore the relationship between these fields in a highly critical, creative and interdisciplinary way, which is attractive to employers. The nature of the comics industry, and its relationship with fans and the comics marketplace is another important aspect of the Masters and this course will allow students to make important contacts in these areas. There will also be direct input from Comics industry partners.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Chris Murray
+44 (0)1382 384907