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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.

938 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    4 hours

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 seconds NARRATOR: 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.

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Explore the history of web comics
  • Design your own web comic
  • Develop your thoughts and ideas on lettering, inking and colouring in web comics
  • Apply existing software and tools to develop a comic
  • Improve your knowledge of the theory of comics and digital comic creation
  • Engage in interactive storytelling and 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?

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 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.

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?

University of Dundee

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.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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