Good news in the academic field of comics studies: the University of East Anglia introduces an MA in Comics Studies – the first one of its kind worldwide, they say -, starting this fall; applications are open now and should not be submitted later than 31st of July 2020. Tuition fees for the academic year 2020/2021 are: £7,850 for full time UK/EU Students and £16,400 for full time international students.
“The MA in Comics Studies is the only MA programme of its kind in the world, and whether you are new to the field of comics studies or are developing existing interests, the programme will serve to deepen and broaden your understanding of comics and their associated cultures.
As a student on the programme, you will learn about comics from a range of international contexts such as Great Britain, the United States, Europe, Japan and others. You will also learn about the various theoretical approaches to studying comics, including the unique ways comics make meaning from the combination of words and images.
World-leading comics scholars will guide you through the complex histories, cultures and politics of the form. You will take a year-long, team-taught module focusing on key issues in comics studies, with additional compulsory modules in the theory and practice of comics studies and the long-standing relationship between film and comics. You will also choose from a wide variety of optional modules that touch upon such issues as politics, gender, sexuality and race in both comics and related media.
Through these modules, you will develop your ability to undertake advanced independent research projects. In addition, you will deepen your critical and analytical skills, especially in relation to understanding and evaluating visual art and storytelling.”
Another helpful resource on comics studies might be Nick Sousanis‘ linklist on comics programs.