Comics and Graphic Narratives Institute

Program length: 1 week
Program dates:
June 20, 2020 to June 26, 2020
Tuition: $1,575
Age range: Students currently in grades 9-12

This one-week, intensive institute 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 institute 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 at least one entry in the following categories:

  1. Three to five 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 they have done only the writing
  3. A short story or multiple short stories between 10-20 pages total