2020-2021 Residential Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 01, 2024  
2020-2021 Residential Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, Comic Arts, B.F.A.

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Program Description:

Comic Arts is and always has been a medium defined by passion, dedication, boldness, and experimentation. Our Comic Arts major is a unique, cross-disciplinary course of study that reflects that rich diversity of artistic expression present in the world of Comic Arts today. From traditional comics and editorial cartoons to the latest techniques and trends in graphic novels, anime or web-based animation, you will have the opportunity to learn not only how to tell a story, but how to bring it to life. Our Comic Arts major weaves together creative writing, illustration and graphic design in a one-of-a-kind program that will broaden your horizons and open up new avenues for creative exploration in all manner of storytelling. And, our innovative partnership with Center for Cartoon Studies affords you the opportunity to meet and work with a broad range of visiting comic artists and cartoonists from around the world.

Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • Articulate the formal qualities of the various fine, entertainment and media arts.
  • Show competence in one or more areas of the fine or media arts. 
  • Develop a cohesive body of work and articulate its concepts and methods of production.
  • Write creatively and critically about the arts and understand research methods and principles.
  • Read critcally and interpret art historical texts and art criticism.
  • Understand and articulate the interrelationship between the arts.
  • Describe the fine and applied arts in relation to history and culture.
  • Analyze, interpret and evaluate their own and others art works.
  • Apply the principles and concepts of the field(s) to new situations.
  • Through experiential opportunities, engage with the professional world of art and design.

Comic Arts Concentration

(28 Credits)

  • (4 Credits)
  • Selected in consultation with Faculty Advisor:

    • Comic Arts Elective (4 Credits)
    • Art course outside the discipline (4 Credits)

Select One of the Following Art History Courses:

Select One of the Following:

Liberal Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum, Bachelor’s Degree


Select additional electives to reach 120 credits for a Bachelor’s degree. 

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