Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: W222
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Cartoon and Comic Arts degree is a unique course that will help you to develop and define your skills in visual and narrative communication.

We will prepare you for an exciting career in a diverse range of areas such as comics, newspapers, graphic novels, editorial design and storyboarding, character design, concept art, animation, advertising and film.

You will have the opportunity to visit, network and sell your work at comic cons in London and Leeds, as well as travel abroad. We have developed a close link with the Cartoon Museum in London and we display work at their institute and hold joint events nationally.

The University also boasts its own convention, Stoke Con Trent, which is attended by over 1500 people including industry professionals. The event is forming a link with Erlangen in Germany, which holds its own comic festival, Comic Salon.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Cartoon and Comic Arts

Course content

Taking place in a lively studio space, you’ll follow an industry focused programme of creative visual thinking and a diverse approach to working across a variety of platforms. This will help you to develop a host of skills and techniques to confidently tackle industry live briefs and progress your practice.

Visiting industry practitioners will support, guide and work with you in our studio, offering advice, tips and technical knowledge drawn from their vast experience. Recent visits have included Mike Collins (Doctor Who and IDW Comics), David Lloyd (V for Vendetta and Aces Weekly), Simon Donald (Viz Comics), Jon Haward (Marvel UK and Eagle Comic), Graham Humphries (Evil Dead, Nightmare on Elm St.), Frazer Irving (Marvel, DC, 2000AD), and Kevin Gunstone (Marvel, Image, Dark Horse). Our trips have included international conventions in New York, Germany and Japan.

We place emphasis on real life experience, so you will be given opportunities to publish and sell your work in the market place. Completing this course will equip you with all of the skills necessary for the industry.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Fundamentals of Cartoon and Comics Compulsory
Drawing for Illustration Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Visual Comic Application Compulsory
Comics for the 21st Century Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Comic Narrative and Art Compulsory
Visual Storytelling Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
The Art of Cartoons and Comics Compulsory
Professional Practice: Cartoon and Comic Arts Compulsory

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Negotiated Programme of Study: Cartoon and Comic Art Compulsory
Research, Analysis and Communication Assignment Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Final Negotiated Programme of Study Part: Cartoon and Comic Art Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.