Intro to Comics and Graphic Novels

Summer 2021

Session Dates: June 27 - July 10, 2021

Location: On-Campus

Telling unique stories through visual mediums.

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Spend the summer learning about the history of comics and graphic novels, and creating your own comic! This course will provide an opportunity to explore visual storytelling, learning various genres and comic vocabulary as well as the process of creating comic books. You will work with a group of your peers to develop original stories and designs, utilizing creative technology to breathe life into a comic of your very own.

The ability to combine words and images as “sequential art” is a skill that has real world application. When taking form as comic books and graphic novels, these become unique ways for students to explore their creative skills and interests, telling meaningful stories about their everyday experiences. Students will go home with their own finished, printed comic produced in class.

Students will have access to Comic Life, software that helps turn any image - from photos to hand drawn pieces - into a comic.  

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  • LMU is planning to offer in-person pre-college summer programs in 2021. However, in the event that public health officials do not deem it safe to return to campus, we are prepared to transition the program online and will notify impacted students immediately. The final decision to host the program in person or online will be made in Spring 2021.

    For additional information, please visit our FAQ page. We will update this regularly as new information becomes available.

    • Gain an understanding of the history of comics and graphic novels
    • Learn about various comic genres and basic vocabulary
    • Work in a group of peers to develop stories and comics of your very own
  • Application Fee: $65

    2021 Program Cost: $4,975

    The program cost includes:

    • Tuition for two-week, non-credit course
    • Housing for 2 weeks
    • All meals
    • Course materials
    • Use of campus recreation facilities
    • Class field trips
    • Two social field trips on the weekend

    The cost does not include transportation to and from the program itself, personal spending money, or other incidentals.

    For additional information about program tuition and fees and payment options, please visit our Tuition and Fees page

  • This class is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. No previous photography, animation or drawing experience required. 


    • Online Application
    • Personal Essay: Read the Prompt Now
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • High School Transcripts
    • $65 Application Fee
    • TOEFL Scores (for International applicants whose primary language is not English)

    The deadline to apply is March 15, 2021.

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Intro to Comics and Graphic Novels pre-college applications are available now