The entry requirements listed here are our typical offer for this course if you wish to begin studying with us in 2017. They should be used as a general guide.
We operate a flexible admissions policy – this means that you could receive a lower conditional offer than the typical offer, informed by our assessment of your complementary non-academic achievements and experiences. For courses that require interview or portfolio review, this may also be considered in the level of any conditional offer that follows if your application is successful.
Degree and experience
Normally an honours degree in a related discipline, a recognised equivalent qualification or professional experience. Admission is subject to interview and requires a portfolio of recent work (in any appropriate discipline) plus a 600-word proposal for a potential project. Applicants are requested to submit their proposal at the application stage (guidelines are available on request).
For non-native speakers of English
IELTS 6.5 overall and 6.0 in writing.
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.
All students applying before June will be interviewed. Applicants are encouraged to attend open days during the spring term.
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
- in what way do you feel the project is designed to be sequential?
- 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 either after interview or 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.
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 or 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 at interview.