In an era which some commentators have described as the ‘golden age of the documentary’, comics – particularly non-fiction comics - have emerged as a persuasive new form of narrative art situated at the intersection of the visual, the textual, the spatial and the temporal. This course is designed to lead students through a critical study of the history, semiotics and structures of comics to the techniques and methods of researching and creating non-fiction comics.
The course will have theory and practice components. Students will be required to engage in reading and writing as well as drawing from life, taking photographs, collaging, tracing and digital image making and manipulation. Although each student will be required to complete an individual project, they will be encouraged to interact/collaborate and share skillsets and resources with each other as far as possible.
Apart from research and writing skills, basic drawing and photography skills are a must.