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Leeds Arts University

Comic and Concept Art

UCAS Code: W223

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Illustration

You will acquire a professional understanding of studio and freelance practice, developing specialist skills within a range of creative careers from concept art for the film and game industries, to comic art and self-published comics.

This transdisciplinary course offers a space for you to explore comic and concept art holistically to become a versatile specialist. We are a studio-based course where you can discover the theory, practice, and professional context of comic and concept art through a hands-on and industry-relevant approach. You will have opportunities to apply your skills across a range of specialisms including character, environment, architecture, prop, mech, vehicle and creature design, storyboarding, narrative illustration, comics and graphic novels.

Your learning experience will be professionally focused throughout the course with opportunities for industry contact and embedded professional practice skills. Established industry links will complement the curriculum through visiting professionals, live briefs, and visiting lecturer workshops. Opportunities for visits within the UK and abroad are supported to enhance your awareness of the comic and concept art industry in an international context.

There are opportunities for collaborative projects within the course and across the University. You will also have a variety of opportunities to collaborate with industry, past examples include Thought Bubble – the leading comic art festival in Europe. You will be supported in developing a range of career options upon graduation.

Modules

Year One — You will explore the fundamental visual skills, principles and processes that underpin comic art and concept visualisation. You’ll develop your practical, theoretical and contextual understanding of the discipline through studio workshops and seminars alongside technical workshops and research into the profession. There is an ongoing focus on visual problem solving through experimentation and the practical investigation of traditional and digital processes.

Year Two — You’ll explore a range of approaches to communicating ideas, concepts and narratives through set, series and sequence. You’ll apply your work to industrially relevant contexts and products while studying the theory and processes behind your practice. You’ll also learn essential business skills and develop a professional understanding of the careers available as a comic and/or concept artist.

Year Three — You’ll focus on your own ambitions and your industry-related skills for becoming a professional commercial artist. You’ll negotiate your own creative content—including competitions, live briefs, studio visits, industrial research and experience, building a portfolio that reflects your individual professional practice and career ambitions. You could collaborate with other students, learning to respond to the demands of the creative industries.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,700
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leeds Arts University

Department:

Communication Design

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

87%
high
Illustration

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
21%
Male students
79%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

57%
Design occupations
8%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£16k

£16k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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