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Introduction to Comics and Graphic Novels

 

Course overview

This course allows you to explore the richness and diversity of the comics medium, through discussions of its most significant works and creators, as well as through practical drawing exercises, recognising how your own creative practice can be developed.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.

This course will be 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.

Starts Monday 18 January, Mondays for eight weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm.

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

You can study up to 30 credits at Winter 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 let us know by emailing winter.university@tees.ac.uk.

Age restrictionDue to the content and delivery of this course, it is advised that applicants are aged 16 at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form here and send to winter.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Winter University application.

Where you study

This course is delivered online.

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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.
- The 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, 3-hour online seminar per week for eight weeks. There will be one brief per week for the first 6 weeks and one final brief in week 7 for a total of seven briefs. These briefs will comprise the student’s portfolio, which will be employed as the basis for assessment.

 
 

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

As this is an online course it is necessary that you have access to a computer and that you are comfortable learning via an online platform. A strong and stable internet connection is required, and a webcam and microphone will allow you to participate in any interactive elements of the course.

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

Age restriction
Due to the content and delivery of this course, it is advised that applicants are aged 16+ at the time of enrolment. All applicants under the age of 18 at the time of enrolment must provide a completed parental consent form. You can download the parental consent form here and send to winter.university@tees.ac.uk after you submit your Winter University application.

Equipment needed
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, if you are comfortable working with digital tools (such as a tablet with Photoshop, Procreate, or another art and design app) and wish to engage in this manner then you are able to do this.

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.

 
 

Part-time

2021/22 entry

  • Length: Credits: 10, Level: 4, Fees: £50.00
  • Online
  • Enrolment date: Starts Monday 18 January, Mondays for eight weeks, 6.00pm-9.00pm

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