Comic Arts in Brussels

Key Information


Application Deadline: 24/10/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007089


Departure Date: 27/02/23

Return Date: 02/03/23


£400: the estimated cost for travel, accommodation and transfers (excluding the DMU Global bursary). Students will also be required to pay for: in-country travel, visits (£20), food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU, with students in shared rooms

Travel: Travel will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Michael Powell -


Level 5 and 6 BA Comic Arts students enrolled on CACA2002 and CACA3002 are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

This trip to Brussels will help broaden students understanding of the rich heritage of Bandes Desinees (European Comics) centred on Brussels. Belgium has a higher percentage of comics artists per capita than any other country in the world and is home to a number of significant cultural sites featuring comics art.

This opportunity to travel to heart of Europe will allow students to explore the links between their course at DMU and the Belgium comics scene, through visits to a range of key cultural sites within the city. As part of the trip students will…

  • Visit the Hergé Museum, which is dedicated to the life and work of the Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who wrote under the pen name Hergé, creator of the series of comic albums, The Adventures of Tintin.
  • Explore the Comics Art Museum Brussels, which showcases a range of comic artists and characters including Tintin, Spirou, Bob and Bobette, the Smurfs, Lucky Luke, Blake and Mortimer, and Marsupilami.
  • Take part in a Comic Walking Route around the city of Brussels

The estimated total cost for flights, accommodation and transfers for this trip to Belgium is £400. Students will be expected to pay the remaining amount after the £150 DMU Global bursary is deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Brussels are:

  • To develop knowledge of European Comics Art history and culture
  • To support developing specialist knowledge for the final year dissertation module

Before the trip to Brussels, students will participate in a pre-trip lectures series on European Comics history. There will also be post-trip seminars that will support dissertation writing related to the topic.

Cultural activities

Brussels is a thriving cultural centre with more events per capita than New York. It is the Capital of Europe, and has a fantastically varied cuisine, a vibrant cafe culture, great bars, nightlife, art galleries and more. It has exceptional architecture, including some of Europe’s most significant examples of Art Nouveau and seminal art galleries in including works by Bruegel, Rubens and the surrealist Magritte. It is also Europe’s most LGBTQIA+ friendly city.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Belgium is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Belgium.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.