Curriculum

Low-Residency Program

 
We've designed the MFA in Comics curriculum just for you. This 60-unit, three-summer, low-residency program offers students the opportunity to study comics through seminars, workshops, and year-round professional mentoring.

Summer Sessions

Spend one month each summer in beautiful San Francisco working closely with our faculty in a tight-knit artistic community.

Each day of the summer session begins with literary comics seminars in the morning, tools and techniques studios in the afternoon, and ends with intensive comics workshops focusing on every aspect of the creative process.

CCA housing is available for the length of our summer  summer session. Learn more »

Fall/Spring Semesters

Between summer sessions, graduate cartoonists are paired one-on-one with professional mentors for bi-weekly meetings as well as online workshops with our graduate comics faculty. This mentoring process is designed to support students as they complete their MFA in Comics thesis projects.

 
Course Sequence

Summer I (12 units)

COMIC-600: Intro to Comics Theory (3 UNITS)
COMIC-602: Tools and Techniques Studio (3 UNITS)
COMIC-604:: History and Cultural Impact Seminar (3 UNITS)
COMIC-610-01: Comics Workshop I  (3 UNITS)

Fall & Spring I (6 units per semester)

Both the bi-weekly, one-on-one mentoring meetings with our faculty and the semester-long online comics workshops can be completed locally or long-distance.

Summer II (12 units)

COMIC-620: Narrative Arts (3 UNITS)
COMIC-628: Underrepresented Voices Seminar (3 UNITS)
COMIC-624: Digital Tools (3 UNITS)
COMIC-610-02: Comics Workshop II (3 UNITS)

Fall & Spring II (6 units per semester)

Both the bi-weekly, one-on-one mentoring meetings with our faculty and the semester-long online comics workshops can be completed locally or long-distance.

Summer III (12 units)

COMIC-640: Production and Publication Design (3 UNITS)
COMIC-644: Digital Comics (3 UNITS)
COMIC-648: Comics Pedagogy (3 UNITS)
COMIC-650: Professional Practice (3 UNITS)

MFA in Comics Course Descriptions »

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