Combine Drawing and Writing for a Rewarding Career
Crazy in love with comic books? Already visualizing storyboards for a new movie? Poised to write the great American graphic novel? BEAU’s BFA in Visual Design program with a specialization in Comic and Sequential Art is the degree for you.
In the Comic and Sequential Art program, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge you need to turn characters, environments, and dialogues into fully realized stories. Enjoy opportunities to professionally network and learn about the comic and self-publishing industries from our industry-experienced instructors.
What You’ll Learn
BEAU’s Comic and Sequential Art specialization prepares you to:
- Communicate conceptual and visually exciting stories using both words and images
- Convey accurate perspective when drawing environments, buildings, machinery, and vehicles
- Sketch and draw human figures, action figures, facial expressions, characters, and fantasy creatures
- Use standard graphic novel/comic formatting in visual storytelling
- Utilize the latest software, including Adobe Creative Cloud, Final Draft, FrameForge 3D, and Manga Studio Debut.
How long does it take?
Graduate in as little as three years by taking 15 credits per quarter, year round.
How much can I make?
Mean salary for independent artists, writers, and performers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016
How long do classes last?
BEAU offers four start times each year so that you can get going on your degree right away.
“The thing about comic and sequential art is that it’s almost 100% freelance, and so here at BEAU we teach how to develop yourself as a freelance artist, how to build contracts, how to establish yourself as a self-publisher, how to go out and network and self-promote and do everything you need to do to get work.”
— Garrick Dean, Visual Design Program Chair
BEAU Is No Ordinary Arts School
Instead of classrooms, you’ll get 24/7 access to creative spaces, specialty labs, and studios furnished with industry-standard equipment.
Animation careers are built on more than just concept art. That’s why BEAU teams up with the local art industry to offer real-world experience and internships. You’ll graduate with a portfolio that will impress any exec.
You’ll learn from industry-experienced instructors who bring their real-world knowledge to you. They’ve spent years building successful careers and will help you do the same.
Garrick Dean - Instructor
Garrick fell in love with comics since he bought his first Uncanny X-Men comic book at age nine. He began drawing around that time, recreating the amazing action scenes and the powerful characters that graced the pages of comic and fantasy books. Since then, his life has been immersed in comics. Garrick has been illustrating professionally since the year 2000.
- President, Conceptual Illustrator, Comic Book Illustrator, Graphic Designer, and Digital Illustrator at Dean Illustrations
- Illustration Development Lead at O.C. Tanner
Phillip Sevy - Instructor
Raised in California on a steady diet of comics, cartoons, movies, and TV, Phillip was ultimately inspired to pursue a career as a comic book artist when he picked up a copy of Jim Lee and Chris Claremont’s X-Men #1. He first showed his portfolio at San Diego Comic Con just before he turned 16 and maintains a busy convention schedule.
- Artist and Writer at Phillip Sevy Comics
- Artist at Dark Horse Comics
- Artist at Top Cow Comics
- Artist at Action Lab Entertainment
Doug Wagner - Instructor
Doug was born amongst the sharks, gators, and water moccasins of his native habitat in south Florida. Surviving these dangerous creatures somehow drove him to his true passion of comic writing. His credits include Arrow, Flash, Justice League, Man of Steel, Legends of the Dark Knight, Witchblade, and many more.
- Writer at DC Comics
- Writer/Managing Editor at Gauge Comics
- Writer at Dynamite Entertainment
Curriculum Designed for Animators
Sequential Art Publishing Course
You’ll explore the process of managing the creation, publication and distribution of print and/or electronic comic books, graphic novels and other creative written works.
Graphic Novel Courses
You’ll take your skills in illustrated sequential image publications to the highest level, producing and digitally publishing a complete full-color graphic novel.
Fantasy Drawing Courses
You’ll develop your drawing and colorization skills by imagining and creating 2D fantasy worlds. You’ll adapt research of past civilizations into fully detailed futuristic fantasy environments.
Comic Book Courses
You’ll hone your technical drawing and visual storytelling skills so you can write, draw, ink and publish your own comics.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Visual Design in Comic and Sequential Arts program are prepared for careers as:
- Storyboard artist
- Character designer for games
- Concept illustrator
- Graphic novel creator
- Syndicated comic artist
“The [classes] are very small; they’re very compact. I get one-on-one time with my instructors. They’re able to help me do personal critiques of my work.”
— McClean, Comic and Sequential Art Student
Ready for More?
Start your future in comic and sequential art now. Complete the form to receive:
- More information about the BEAU comic and sequential art program
- Access to one-on-one assistance from an enrollment coach
- Priority status for financial aid guidance