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Length
5 Sessions (adaptive)
Price
Free
Premium ($10 USD / Month)
Credit Eligible ($300 USD)
Institution
California College of the Arts
Subject
Visual Arts, Design
Skill Level
Beginner
Video Transcripts
English
Topics
Design, Illustration, Storytelling, Comics, Graphic Novel, Art
Course Description

Comics are one of the most popular and exciting ways to tell a story. This course offers a look at the fundamental building blocks of the comic book medium. Exploring panel to panel transitions, text to image relationships, and the intricacies of page layouts, students will examine new and innovative ways to bring their stories to life.

This course is designed for both beginning and advanced visual artists. Whether students have tried their hand at comics before or are simply interested in investigating how comics work, this course will provide insights to help storytellers make the most of every page.

schedule

This course is in Adaptive mode, and is open for enrollment. Learn more about Adaptive courses here.

Session 1: Defining Comics
In this session, we will ask a few fundamental questions about what makes comics such a special art form. We’re also going to attempt to identify the basic building blocks we can use to tell compelling stories with the comic book medium.
Session 2: Comics Relationships
This session will explore text-image and panel to panel relationships and how to utilize these relationships to create dynamic and engaging comics.
Session 3: Time and Space
In this session, we'll explore the role time and space play in comics and how we can utilize the concept of compression and decompression to create exciting narratives in comics.
Session 4: Layout and Grid Design
Each comics page can take on a different personality depending on its panel layout. In this session, we'll explore the impact layouts have on the story you tell with each comic book page you make.
Session 5: Thumbnails
In this session, we'll take a close look at planning out a multipage scene through the use of thumbnail sketches.
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Credit Eligible

Kadenze has partnered with California College of the Arts to offer this course for 1 college credits.*

How much does it cost?

This course costs $300 USD to take for college credit.

*Upon completion, this rigorous college-level course will provide credits that are recognized and transferable from the partnering institution. Participation in these courses does not represent an acceptance decision or admission from the institution that offers them.

Learning Outcomes

Below you will find an overview of the Learning Outcomes you will achieve as you complete this course.

Grading Policy
Course Great Breakdown Chart
Total: 100.00%

This course requires a total of approximately 50 hours of work, including both lectures and independent student learning time.

Plagiarism: We learn by doing our own work, and by collaborating with other students. Discussing course content and assignments with your peers is an important and helpful way to deepen your learning. However, encouraging others to copy your homework and submit it as their own is a form of cheating. So please don't post your completed assignments or correct answers to quizzes, tests, or other assessments to the discussion forums or in repositories outside of Kadenze. 

Instructors & Guests
What You Need to Take This Course
  • Materials: Pencil, Pen
  • Equipment: Access to Scanner or Digital Camera (Smartphones are fine), Printer to print templates
Additional Information

PLEASE NOTE: Taking part in a Kadenze course For-Credit does not affirm that you have been enrolled or accepted for enrollment by the institution offering this course. Successfully completed For-Credit courses are recognized by the offering institution, and transferability of credits into or between institutions is at the sole discretion of the issuing and receiving institutions. Some institutions may require additional information from you in order to generate an official transcript from the institution. In addition, completion of a course for credit shows up on your Kadenze resume/portfolio, which can be valuable for presentation to potential employers, or schools to which you might apply.

Peer Assessment Code of Conduct: Part of what makes Kadenze a great place to learn is our community of students. While you are completing your Peer Assessments, we ask that you help us maintain the quality of our community. Please:

  • Be Polite. Show your fellow students courtesy. No one wants to feel attacked - ever. For this reason, insults, condescension, or abuse will not be tolerated.
  • Show Respect. Kadenze is a global community. Our students are from many different cultures and backgrounds. Please be patient, kind, and open-minded when discussing topics such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or other potentially controversial subjects.
  • Post Appropriate Content. We believe that expression is a human right and we would never censor our students. With that in mind, please be sensitive of what you post in a Peer Assessment. Only post content where and when it is appropriate to do so.

Please understand that posts which violate this Code of Conduct harm our community and may be deleted or made invisible to other students by course moderators. Students who repeatedly break these rules may be removed from the course and/or may lose access to Kadenze.

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