Comic Art and Illustration Programs

Our next academic year of courses begins September 23, 2019!
Our programs are part time (12 hours/week).
Now accepting applications!

These classes focus on many techniques crucial to students pursuing careers in Comic and Illustration fields, including character design, story development, perspective and design principles. We like to keep our classes small so that we can offer students constant feedback on their work and create a community that pushes ideas and visions further. The school prepares artists to become professionals and find their creative style under the guidance of some of the industry’s best. 

The application process for our school is pain free! You will be required to submit an application form, email us a copy of your high school diploma (or GED), a copy of your birth certificate and your portfolio of work. Upon submitting, the School will schedule an interview for you and the director of our school, Annalisa Vicari, or with one of our instructors to go over your samples and evaluate your placement in the program. This is also the time that we would discuss various payment plans we offer for the program. 

 

 

COMIC ART PROGRAM
Begins Sept. 23, 2019

The Comic Art program is intended to provide students with the professional skills necessary to be marketable on the national and international publishing market. From hand drawn sketches to complete pages, the course teaches all of the necessary techniques, both traditional and digital, to become a creator in the comic book industry as it stands today. 

For alumni with an impressive portfolio displaying their skills and knowledge in the comics field, the possibility of working for a large comic book company such as marvel or DC is in reach! You may have the dream to produce your own comic for sale, work as a freelance artist or work in the educational comics field!

Duration: 3 years
Each year consists of 384 hours classes: 192 Theory | 192 training

Tuition: $7,500/year
note: books, art supplies and lab fees are not included

Special Tuition: $6,500
if enrolled by May 30th, 2019

Application Fee: $100
(non-refundable)

Instructors:

  • Douglas Klauba
  • Jill Thompson
  • Dan Dougherty
  • Jason Millet

Course Work:

  • Year One: This introductory year focuses on the main concepts of sequential art and drawing fundamentals including anatomy and perspective. Students will be given the opportunity to explore the main concepts of the comics-making process by utilizing the Italian traditional learning method. At the close of the first year, students will have achieved a firm understanding in Comics and will be able to design their own comics panel. 
  • Second Year: The second year holds a foundational goal to strengthen inking techniques through the use of China, Brush, nib, hatching and Ink Trace Methods. This will further allow students to become comfortable working with diverse procedures and expand their skill set. Students will also be introduced to color theory, story and screen writing, and the elements of iconographic research. Upon completion of this course, students will have created a series of comics challenging their creative drive through various narrative genres and documentation such as Historical, Horror, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Storytelling and Stage Direction. 
  • Third Year: The final year of this program builds on the study of various comic markets worldwide and the realization of projects allowing students to become familiar with the professional world. This includes an intense introduction to the publishing markets of America, France, Japan, Spain and Italy where students will leverage their comic skills and create grotesque-humor comic art.Furthermore, students will learn both the non-covering and covering color techniques along with digital coloring skills. Upon close of the third year, students will be able to evolve and improve their competencies in order to acquire a broad range of skill sets proving them to be marketable. Most importantly, they will demonstrate a highly individual, distinctive style that is indicative of a mature and confident comic artist. 

 

ILLUSTRATION PROGRAM
Begins Sept. 23, 2019

The Illustration Program teaches students to form a professional artist profile. Students will become illustrators capable of translating concepts into images and ideas, able to create new languages creatively and conceptually, and to design innovative styles of visual expressions. With a vast and advanced art curriculum engaged on the knowledge of both traditional and modern techniques, the Illustration Program allows students into the world of the most powerful and versatile medium for artistic communication. 

For alumni who show knowledge and skill in the illustration field, there is a possibility of work in an illustration house, as a collaborator or freelance artist, concept artist for video game or movie production companies, medical illustrator, fashion illustrator or wearing the president hat of your own illustration company!

Duration: 3 years
Each year consists of 384 hours classes: 192 Theory | 192 training

Tuition: $7,500/year
note: books, art supplies and lab fees are not included

Special Tuition: $6,500
if enrolled by May 30th, 2019

Application Fee: $100
(non-refundable)

Instructors:

  • Douglas Klauba
  • Jason Millet

Course Work:

  • Year One: After an introduction to illustration styles and techniques, the first year shows students the steps in approaching the creative process of illustrated artwork with basic technique application. Additionally, this year focuses on the fundamentals of drawing, anatomy, drawing from live models, perspective, visual communication, color theory and psychology of color, black and white balance, halftone, shading theory, chiaroscuro, pencil and ink techniques, colored pencil and first level of water-based media, and students will improve their skills on fiction and non-fiction illustration.
  • Second Year: The second year goal is to strengthen the anatomical and perspective skills, while also making students comfortable working with different ink techniques and water painting techniques including Watercolor and Tempera and Liquid Acrylic painting. Students will create a series of illustrations, fiction and non-fiction, challenging their creativity in different areas such as Children’s Stories, Historical Themes ranging from the 1200’s and up to Futuristic (year 3000) and Fantasy Themes. Upon the conclusion of this course, students are left with an appreciation of illustration for specific age groups (pre-school, elementary, middle school, adolescent, young adults and adults)
  • Third Year: The final year of the program builds on the Watercolor and Tempera techniques and adds Oil; helping to consolidate the structure of fiction and non-fiction. Students will also be introduced to digital illustration and be able to manage the most current digital software programs such as Photoshop and Illustrator. The course promotes creativity, encouraging the use of extensive research into the use of mixed-media, in order to expose the students to many materials, textures, and styles. Additionally, this course investigates various topics such as Visual Communication, Socio-Cultural analysis, Visual Problem Solving, Marketing Strategies and Market Research, Promoting and Publishing and Career Opportunities. The students finish he course with a personal artistic portfolio, complete with their best artworks created during this educational process. The portfolio will be examined at the final test to introduce students to the job market. 

Items Needed for Application:
The following items must be submitted with your application. You will NOT be considered for admission if the below items are not with the application. 

  1. Copy of Birth Certificate 
    (must be registered copy, legible and complete with date and legal name)
  2. Copy of High School Diploma, GED, or High School Transcripts
  3. Portfolio (copy to be left with the school)
  4. Non-refundable registration fee of $100

Student Payment Program:
If a student chooses to pay for their selected programs on a payment plan, a 20% deposit is required. The payment is due on or before the first day of class. If the payment is not received on the first day of class, the student will not be allowed to continue with the program until such payment is received. The remaining cash balance must be prepaid in full on or by the first day of class and/or a payment plan will be arranged while attending school. The International School of Comics must receive monthly payments for tuition by the first Friday of each month. All tuition payment options must be met by the end of each term. If the student’s financial obligation is not met, the student will be notified to meet with the Financial Department to discuss payment status. If the student does not bring their financial obligations current, they will be informed by mail of having 10 business days for payments to be received by the International School of Comics or be dismissed from the program until the financial obligation is met. If there is a tuition balance upon graduation, the Certificate of Completion will be withheld until tuition is paid in full.