This four-part blog series talks about schools in the United States that offer degrees and courses related to comic book making!
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) offers sequential arts degrees under its School of Communication Arts.
According to their website, a Bachelor of Arts is available in their Atlanta and Savannah campuses. This degree covers art foundation subjects, general education and sequential arts. A Bachelor of Fine Arts is also offered for those who want to explore more of the sequential arts curriculum. It is additionally available in SCAD Hong Kong.
What to expect inside the sequential arts program?
The first year is spent studying anatomy, perspectives, rhythm, line, unity with all the basic but very important stuffs. The second year begins with a subject I wish I really had in college: Introduction to Sequential Arts. Students are assigned a variety of assignments in just a short few weeks! Exercises include experiments on comics making with silhouettes, script to thumbnail, comic strip, mini-comics and comics anthologies. Students are welcome to try different styles just as long as its within the range of realism.
The Sequential Arts Department also organizes “Editor’s Day” where editors from publishing companies give talks and review student works. Conventions, comic collaborations and other comics events are part of the regular plannning as well.
Sounds like my dream college! If you are looking for a school to learn about making comics, be sure to add SCAD to your list!
The SCAD online landscape is lively. Aside from the official website here are two online communities: SCAD’s eLearner blog and a podcast dedicated to comics by SCAD sequential arts department, from which parts of the contents of this article is sourced from.