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Art & Design

Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels

 

Course overview

You explore the richness and diversity of the comics medium. You discuss significant works and creators, as well as through practical drawing exercises, and develop your own creative practice.

You are encouraged to think critically, to expand your understanding of what comics are and can do, and to recognise new examples of the form to inspire, influence and educate your own practice.

You learn through a combination of live elements and pre-recorded material. Live lessons are delivered weekly through the University's online learning platform, Blackboard, where you also find recordings of the lectures and all learning materials. Tutor support is available throughout the specified weekly times.

Summer university

Start date: Starts Monday 5 July, Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

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This course is delivered online. Please check the entry requirements tab before making your application to ensure you meet the entry criteria and have all the minimum equipment necessary to take part.

You can study up to 30 credits at Summer University and you can select up to three modules on the same application form. If you would like to add a module later, or change one of your choices, then please email summer.university@tees.ac.uk.

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, you should be 16 at the time of enrolment. If you are under 18 at the time of enrolment you must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to summer.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your application.

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Where you study

This course is delivered online.

 

Course details

What you study

- creation, use and purpose of speech bubbles, sound effects and text
- perspective, lettering and drawing in the panel
- anatomy of a comics page
- yhe purpose of design within comics
- main theories of the comics language, such as those detailed by Will Eisner and Scott McCloud
- narrative drawing styles.

How you are assessed

There is one, three-hour weekly online seminar for eight weeks. There is one brief per week for seven weeks. These briefs become your portfolio for assessment.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Equipment requirements
Bottle of black waterproof ink, dip pens with nibs, paintbrushes, correction fluid, glue, scissors, black fineliners (various widths .01-.08), pencils (HB-2B), eraser, A4 and A3 drawing paper (ordinary office paper as well as Bristol board), A3 tracing paper.
Alternatively, you can work with digital tools, such as a tablet with Photoshop, Procreate, or another art and design app.

Access to a photocopy machine is desired but not required. You must be able to share images of your work, so the capacity to take digital photographs is required if you cannot make scans or draw digitally.

As this is an online course you need access to a computer and be comfortable learning through an online platform. A strong and stable internet connection is required, and a webcam and microphone to participate in any interactive elements of the course.

International applicants must have an IELTS overall score of 5.5 or higher.

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, you should be 16 at the time of enrolment. If you are under 18 at the time of enrolment you must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form and send to summer.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your application.

 
 

Part-time

2021/22 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Start date: Starts Monday 5 July, Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

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