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Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics & Graphic Novels

Certificate in Comics & Graphic Novels

Pursue your love for illustration, writing and creativity.

Inspiring visual language

The only one of its kind in the Canadian public post-secondary school system, this program blends drawing, creative writing and publishing into visual storytelling. With these skills, you can create comic books, graphic histories, biographies, memoirs, stories, novels, as well as storyboards for gaming, film, video, animation, and advertising.

Telling your stories

Comics & Graphic Novels use the language of visual storytelling, but visual storytelling is much more than just drawing comic books. While the traditional comic book still thrives, the advent of the graphic novel has expanded the realm of visual storytelling into a persuasive dramatic art form.

In this program, you'll develop interdisciplinary skills in fiction and nonfiction writing, script writing, drawing for Comics & Graphic Novels, storytelling layout, and character design; and will learn the essentials of publishing to help you manage a career as a visual storyteller. Before graduating, you will have created and published a 24-page full-colour 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 writer and/or artist. Others have pursued career opportunities in gaming, motion graphics, illustration or advertising. You'll graduate with an impressive portfolio to demonstrate your abilities to publishers, clients and prospective employers.

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 2013 the North American market for comics and graphic novels in print and digital was estimated at over $870 million dollars.
  • Every year, hundreds of comic-conventions are held worldwide, with the largest attracting tens of thousands of fans and professionals alike.

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Comics & Graphic Novels

One year
Study Options
Full-time only
Arts & Science
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