Comics & Graphic Narratives Intensive for High School Students

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 19, 2021 to June 25, 2021
Tuition: $1,625
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12
Priority deadline: 
January 14, 2021

This one-week, intensive will build upon students’ existing interests in the fundamentals of a host of subgenres at the intersection of visual art and storytelling, including graphic novels, graphic memoirs, comic books, limited panel comics, and web comics. Working with practitioners versed in both the narrative and visual aspects of these genres, students will increase their practical and theoretical knowledge of the grammatical concerns that make these art forms so unique, in particular the phenomena of sequencing, closure, and iconography, as well as complex treatments of temporality. Open to students with a range of experience who are interested in specializing in manual and/or digital storytelling, the intensive will culminate in a workshop/critique of student work by peers and instructors as well as a presentation of their projects to the larger campus community and a chance to have their work professionally printed in a take-home anthology.

Portfolio Requirements

Submissions should include samples from one of the following categories. You may, however, include submissions from multiple categories:

  1. 3-5 examples of visual art, which can include drawings, paintings, comics, and graphic narratives
  2. At least a 10-page spread from a graphic narrative for which you have done the art and/or writing
  3. A short story or multiple short stories (a total of 10-20 pages)