Comic Animation Training Programs and Courses

Learn what types of comic animation degrees and training are available, and review important considerations for choosing a program or school. Explore the typical coursework for these programs. Schools offering Animation degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What You Need to Know

Programs in sequential art, animation or illustration could prepare you for a professional career in comic animation. You can find these programs as certificates, as well as bachelor's and master's degrees. While enrolled, you will have the opportunity to take classes on many different kinds of animation.

Schools Consider institutions offering certificate programs and those with state-of-the-art technology
Programs Certificate, bachelor's and master's degrees are available
Classes Ink and pencil work, comic writing, character design, 2-D animation, color theory, form and composition, storytelling, coloring, computer applications and lighting and motion

What Comic Animation Training Programs Are Available?

You could complete a 1-semester certificate program focusing either on basic drawing and artistic skills, or one that offers coursework in the specific sequential techniques of comic animation. Although rare, you may be able to locate some relevant courses or programs in art and animation online, often through private, for-profit schools.

Bachelor's degree programs in animation, illustration or sequential art can offer more extensive coursework, leading to a developed portfolio and a greater amount of experience in drawing techniques and artistic design. With sufficient education and a portfolio, you might apply to a master's degree program to enhance your skills in a chosen area of expertise; this graduate option may culminate in a final presentation.

What Courses Will I Take?

Through a certificate program, you can take courses in ink and pencil work, comic writing, character design, 2-D animation and color theory. Certificate programs might offer you the opportunity to specialize in comic animation through elective courses or take basic courses in illustration techniques.

Bachelor's degree programs may offer coursework in form and composition, storytelling, coloring, computer applications, lighting and motion. You might be required to complete one or more final projects for graduation. Master's degree programs may allow you to develop your own curriculum under the guidance of a mentor, and you may take courses in narrative style, inking, story development and sequential art leading up to a final project.

How Can I Choose a School?

If you're interested in the use of computers for comic animation, you might consider schools with up-to-date, onsite computer laboratories with the appropriate software programs. If enrolling in a basic drawing, animation or illustration program without comic animation emphasis, you might prefer schools offering comic electives or that have faculty with comic animation backgrounds.

Certificate programs might be more appropriate for you if you're looking to add some specialization to existing knowledge, or if you're looking for a quick educational experience. Bachelor's and master's degree programs could help you develop a more advanced portfolio and could help you gain more expertise in a certain area, which could be helpful to you professionally.

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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