Online course in Creative Arts & Media

Making and Understanding Web Comics

Explore the history of web comics, and learn how to make your own digital comic with software on this interactive course.

  • Duration 3 weeks
  • Weekly study 4 hours
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Develop your visual design skills and create an original web comic in any style

Web comics have the power to digitally reach audiences all over the world. On this course, you will learn how to communicate meaning to others and create a web comic of your own, in your choice of genre like humour or superhero.

You will build your knowledge of the theory of comics and the basics of digital comic creation. You will receive guidance on how to use software to create comics online and engage with videos, case studies, and content from renowned comic creators. Learn with the University of Dundee, who has a rich history and reputation as a centre for comic production.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsNARRATOR: Come and join us on Infinite Canvas and explore the history, the theory, and the practise of digital comics. Bring your ideas to life and reach audiences from all over the world. Join us and start your digital comics adventure.

What topics will you cover?

  • Planning and creation of digital comics.
  • History and theory of comics.
  • Guidelines on the use of relevant software.
  • Interactive storytelling.
  • Case studies on communicating through comics.
  • Participants can create comics in any genre (such as the superhero, humour, autobiography and others), and the course coordinators will provide examples of titles in these genres.
  • Drawing on expertise based at the University of Dundee, case studies will include adaptations of literature to comics, healthcare and graphic medicine, science communication, and graphic justice.

When would you like to start?

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  • Available now
    This course started 22 Jul 2019

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • the history of web comics
  • your own web comic
  • your thoughts and ideas on lettering, inking & colouring in web comics
  • existing software and tools to develop a comic
  • your knowledge of the theory of comics & digital comic creation
  • in interactive storytelling & communicate through comics

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in the history and creation of web comics, including visual artists and comic readers. It’s also relevant to researchers working in literature or the arts and people looking to build their digital software skills.

What software or tools do you need?

To produce a digital version of your comic work we recommend that you use the Madefire Motion Book Tool

Other free software alternatives include:

Photoshop free alternative GIMP

Illustrator free alternative INSCAPE

InDesign free alternative CANVA or SCRIBUS

Who will you learn with?

Golnar Nabizadeh

Golnar Nabizadeh

Dr Golnar Nabizadeh is Lecturer in Comics Studies at University of Dundee where she teaches on the Masters in Comics & Graphic Novels. Profile art by Emma Canziani.

Phillip Vaughan

Phillip Vaughan

Phillip Vaughan is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Dundee. He is the Programme Director of the MDes in Comics & Graphic Novels as well as the MSc in Animation & VFX.

Christopher  Murray

Christopher Murray

Professor Chris Murray is a lecturer in Comics Studies at the University of Dundee. He runs the Comics and Graphic Novels MLitt & the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies, and edits Studies in Comics.

Who developed the course?

The University of Dundee is one of the world’s Top 200 universities and was named Scottish University of the Year for both 2016 and 2017. Dundee offers one of the UK’s best student experiences.

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