The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2020. They should be used as a general guide.
Degree and experience
Normally an honours degree in a related discipline, a recognised equivalent qualification or professional experience.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept.
International students whose language skills do not match the IELTS scores set out here should consider applying for this course through the Extended Masters programme at the university's Language Institute.
Interviews normally take place in person but temporarily from March 2020, we will be asking you for an online portfolio, alongside the 600-word proposal for a potential project. Applicants are requested to submit their proposal when you apply.
You are required to write a 600-word project proposal to accompany your application form. The following headings should assist you.
- Title (or working title) and any subtitle of the project.
- The form the project might take: book, comic/graphic novel, digital, film, interactive, etc
- The editorial limits of the project (number of pages, running time etc)
- Who is the project designed for and what are its intended objectives?
- A description of what the project will involve
- How you would start work on the project
- Possible technical requirements
- Any information you think is relevant
This proposal represents a project that you would choose to do. It is useful as an example of your thinking. However, many students change their projects by agreement on joining the course. In some cases, students may prefer to do more than one project on a theme. If this is the case, write a brief summary about why you would want to take this approach.
From March 2020 we will be asking you for an online portfolio alongside the proposal for a potential project. This replaces the face-to-face interview. The portfolio should be a link to an image sharing site or blog, or a pdf, that you can share as part of your online application.
Your portfolio, together with the project proposal, will enable us to assess your abilities to carry out your chosen project. It should demonstrate evidence of:
- completed projects: it is essential that at least one of these projects should be accompanied by all its development work; you will also be required to explain the nature of the tasks or briefs in relation to these finished pieces
- an ability to use maps, plans, diagrams and rough sketches to discuss large projects before you start them
- scrapbooks, sketchbooks, notebooks that show your ability to visually research any subject
- independence (projects and work other than those required by academic or client demands)
- interests outside your particular subject/discipline.
You do not need to start the project you have proposed or have work in your portfolio that relates directly to it. We feel able to assess an applicant’s potential by looking at the work they choose to present.