Inspiring visual language
Unique in the Canadian post-secondary public school system, this program teaches visual storytelling, a language composed of interconnected words and pictures. With the broad and diverse skill-set you will acquire, you can create comic books, graphic novels, web comics, and comic strips in any genre, as well as storyboards for gaming, film, video, and animation!
Telling your stories
Comics & Graphic Novels employ the language of visual storytelling, and while the traditional comic book still thrives, the advent of the graphic novel has expanded the realm of visual storytelling into a persuasive dramatic communication form which is now celebrated as both art and literature. Students are encouraged to explore their personal narratives, and share their stories in print and online.
In this program, you'll develop a wide range of visual storytelling skills, including scripting, storytelling layout, pencilling, inking, lettering, and colouring techniques (both traditional and digital), life drawing, character design, and perspective. You will also learn the essentials of publishing to help manage your career as a visual storyteller, and on graduating you will have created and published a full-colour, 28-page comic book.
Scholarships, bursaries and awards
There are many financial resources to tap into while you are at college to help with your education and living costs. The Comics & Graphic Novels program offers scholarships & awards that are specifically given to program students, as well as awards specific to the School of Arts and Science.
Fill out and submit your application to the School of Arts & Science by June 30. You may also want to visit Financial Aid & Awards for more information about funding.
As a graduate
As a graduate of this certificate program, you may choose to become a freelance comic book or graphic novel creator, working with established publishers or connecting directly with your audience online and at comic conventions. You'll have produced an impressive portfolio to demonstrate your abilities to publishers, clients and prospective employers, and may also pursue career opportunities in gaming, animation, graphic facilitation, illustration, or advertising.
If you'd like to continue your studies, you can stay at Camosun to pursue related programs, including the Diploma in Arts and Science Studies.
Did you know?
- In 2015, the North American market for comics and graphic novels in print and digital was estimated at well over a billion dollars.
- Every year, hundreds of comic-conventions are held worldwide, with the largest attracting tens of thousands of fans and professionals alike.
Comics & Graphic Novels
- One year
- Study Options
- Full-time only
- Arts & Science