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Certificate in Comics and Graphic Novels

Apply today! A few seats are still available for September 2014.

Montage of visual storytelling ideasComics and 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. Visual storytellers create comic books, graphic histories, biographies, memoirs, stories, novels; and storyboards for gaming, film, video, animation, and advertising.

Bring your passion for telling stories through your writing and drawing to this exciting new program and begin a journey of life-changing learning. You will develop interdisciplinary skills in fiction and nonfiction writing, script writing, drawing for comics and 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 16-page comic or graphic novel.

Did you know?

  • An average of 82 million copies of comic books and graphic novels were sold annually in North America over the past five years, with an annual dollar sales figure of more than $420 million.
  • For Better or For Worse, a comic strip by Lynn Johnston, chronicling the lives of a Canadian family, ran for 30 years in 2000 newspapers in Canada, the United States and 20 other countries. It has been translated into eight languages.
  • In 2010, there were an estimated 45,000 webcomics being published. Webcomics range from traditional comic strips to graphic novels and cover many genres and subjects. 

As a Graduate

Graduates of this certificate program may choose to become freelance comic book or graphic novel writers and/or artists; or may pursue career opportunities in gaming, motion graphics, illustration or advertising. Grads may also choose to continue their studies toward an Associate of Arts Degree in Creative Writing or a Diploma in Arts and Science Studies at Camosun. Graduates will also have an impressive portfolio to demonstrate their abilities to publishers, clients and prospective employers.

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