You'll take 3 genre seminars per residency for 4 residencies, for a total of 12 courses.
First Residency Seminars
- Inside the Panel: Drawing for Comics
Presents an overview of how different genres/styles/artists depict images on the page; focuses on how to develop a personal visual lexicon.
- Outside the Panel: Sequential Art Theory
Covers layouts, page turns, pacing: the essentials of comics theory.
- Beyond Comics: Creating Narrative with Words and Pictures
Word-image interplay in forms other than sequential narratives: artist’s books, photo-based works, illustrated and hybrid novels, digital essays, and more.
Second Residency Seminars
- Advanced Sequential Art
An introduction to more conceptual and experimental approaches to comics, including conflict in word/image agreement.
- Digital Studio I (Computer image-generation)
Learn Photoshop and other drawing programs.
- Publication Studio: The Self-Made Book
This course will look at the design and narrative structure of artists' books, zines, and more.
Third Residency Seminars
- Digital Studio II (Computer image-generation)
An introduction to InDesign.
- Professional Practice
An overview of conventions, online marketing, and general guidance on creating a balanced and productive creative life.
- Publication Studio II
Learn advanced techniques in book design.
Fourth Residency Seminars
- Further Beyond Comics
This is a follow-up to the first semester course. We'll look at synchronicity and dissonance in word-and-image expression.
- Comics in a Digital Space
Webcomics, Instagram and other forms of Online Publication.
- Open Studio
This course is shaped by students’ needs and requests, and faculty interest.
You'll take one interdisciplinary seminar per residency for four residencies.
- The History of Comics: Sequential storytelling from the Bayeux Tapestry to online comics.
- Word and Image Beyond the Box: An introduction to hybrid literature, illustrated novels, artists' books, and more.
- Photographs and Text: The role of photography in narrative.
- Visual Thinking for Writers: The role of the visual imagination in writing, reading, and teaching. Required reading: What it Is, Lynda Barry
- You Can Judge a Book By Its Cover: Storytelling with Packaging: A conceptual look at book covers and design.
- The Alchemy of Inspiration: How to draw on influences without letting previous writers and artists overwhelm your own originality.
- Worldbuilding & Narrative: The internal logic of fictional universes.