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Teesside University to launch new Comics degree course

Teesside University. Image: Teesside University

Teesside University. Image: Teesside University

Teesside University is to launch a new BA (honours) Degree course in Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art.

It’s a unique course, focused solely on comics, and is fully accredited,  run through the Art and Design faculty of the University and will cover a broad range of comics related topics.

“We wanted to create a unique course that would give students everything they needed to understand, create and work in comics as well as fulfilling academic requirements for a degree,” says Leonie Moore, the California-based Irish freelance illustrator and writer who worked as a consultant developing the course, whose comics have been published in a variety of books and magazines including popular anthologies such as Spirit of Hope and the Accent UK books. She also created the graphic novel Some Forgotten Part and the ongoing adventure series “Monstrum Horrendum“.

Leonie Moore, who developed the new Teeside comics degree course

Leonie Moore, who developed the new Teesside comics degree course

“I worked with another consultant, Dr. David Jones to create the content of the course,” she expands. “We had plenty of ideas about what we wanted to do and David helped me to put it into the correct framework for academic study and accreditation.

“Our steering group, which included cartoonist, artist, writer and editor Suzy Varty, Comica Festival Director Paul Gravett, Mary and Bryan Talbot, illustrator Sara Gibbeson, 2000AD publisher Jason Kingsley and comic artist and illustrator Alan Brown, read through our proposals and gave us feedback as needed.

“It was very important that we create a course which prepared students for the workplace,” she notes. “Teesside has a good reputation for delivering courses which are industry focused, helping students to find work through placements and encouraging entrepreneurial endeavors.

“We’re working with publishers, editors and freelancers to develop opportunities for students. Modules and assessments include industry standard briefs and live briefs. Networking, publishing and exhibition opportunities are available.

“The course covers things that creators and freelancers need to know such as business practices and legal issues.

“We’re also including as many aspects of the industry as we can so that students can find the path that is best suited to their goals.

“… I think this will be a wonderful, challenging, engaging course. I can’t wait to see what our students produce.”

• For more information about the course contact arts@tees.ac.uk or phone them on 01642 384019

• Teesside University is online at www.tees.ac.uk 

Leonie has documented the process of creating the course on her blog here

About John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative" who is currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 25 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary, including DEATH'S HEAD II and WARHEADS. At Marvel he wrote strips for THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, THUNDERCATS, DOCTOR WHO and co-created SHADOW RIDERS with Brian Williamson and Ross Dearsley. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. He has written comics for Marvel UK, Judge Dredd Megazine, Lucky Bag Comic, CGL (an Italian publisher), STRIP Magazine and ROK Comics; and edited some of Titan's British comics collections including Dan Dare and Charley's War. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.
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