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Illustration and Comics
Be an artist, illustrator, designer


Who is this programme for?

For students who want to apply their drawing talents to the art of comic book storytelling. Learn about the many influences comics, and their characters, have had on society. You will gain an understanding of effective visual storytelling techniques as well as best practices for the comic creation process.

Using traditional materials such as pencil and ink, you will create a visual narrative accompanied by a written script.

What will you achieve?

You will:

  • learn the rich history and influence of comics
  • learn what makes good visual storytelling
  • develop artistic skills using a variety of mediums including pencil, pen and ink
  • create your own comic
  • visit art institutions and top U.S. universities.


Through this program, you will develop creative writing, composition, and drawing skills while exploring the art of comics. You will learn how to pursue comics as a career and the history that sits behind them, as well as visits to art institutes and top US universities.

Week 1

Day Time Activity
Monday  8:30-12:00 Discussions on what makes good storytelling and scriptwriting
1:30-4:00 Writing your story and script
Tuesday 8:30-12:00 How to develop characters
Continue writing your script 
1:30-4:00 Comic vocabulary
Page layout and page composition
Thumbnail sketching
Wednesday 8:30-12:00 Figure Drawing
1:30-4:00 Rules of Comics (Panels, Gutters, Angles, Views)
Drawing your comic
Thursday 8:30-10:00 Continue drawing your comic
10:15 Board bus for Harvard Square
11:00-4:00 Drawing at Harvard Museum of Natural History and comic shops in Harvard Square
Friday 8:30-12:00 Continue drawing your comic
1:30 - 4:00 Learning perspective for panel backgrounds
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions


Week 2

Day Time Activity
Monday  8:30-12:00 History and influence of comics
1:30-4:00 Studio time to draw your comic
Tuesday 8:30-12:00 Introduction to the art of inking
2:00-4:00 Movie trip
Wednesday 8:30-12:00 The business of comics and how to break into the industry
Self-publishing and webcomics
Studio time to draw or ink your comic
1:30-4:00 Figure drawing
Thursday 8:30-10:30 Studio time to draw or ink your comic
10:45 Board bus for Boston Comic Con trip
12:00-4:00 Boston Comic Con
Friday 8:30-12:00 Studio time to draw or ink your comic
1:30-4:00 Present finished comics to rest of class
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions


*Timetables are subject to change. We reserve the right to change these schedules with out prior notice.

Quick facts

Age 14-17
Language level requirements TOEFL 40+ or equivalent
Average class size 14
Availability CATS Boston