Investigate visual storytelling strategies through the contemporary art forms of alternative comics and graphic novels. This course introduces a variety of illustrative approaches, such as writing, storyboarding, penciling, inking/coloring, and pre-press preparations with a diverse exploration of materials including pencil, pen, ink, and collage. Building on this foundation, students learn research methods to develop ideas and produce conceptually-driven, portfolio-quality works through projects that examine narrative structures, material choices, and the integration of text and image. Students are introduced to contemporary artists, illustrators, and designers that transcend the traditional approaches of comics and graphic novels to generate their own audiences. Regular critiques and field trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, and/or local galleries and comic shops supplement the studio experience. In addition to the individual work they produce, each student receives a class book showcasing selected works of their peers made during the course.
*NOTE: Previous drawing experience required. SAIC provides basic equipment, but students are encouraged to bring their own digital camera, tablet, and/or laptop for homework and after-studio hours projects.
2.0 College Credits
Full Tuition Cost: $3,332
This cost does not reflect any potential Merit Scholarship or need-based financial aid the student may be awarded. Housing is an additional cost.
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|Class meeting time||9:00 AM - 4:00 PM * 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM|
|Class meeting days||Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday|
|Building and room||Columbus 306|