Comics & Graphic Novels

Comics and Graphic Novels Extension Certificate


Important Notice

Effective July 1, 2019, this program will no longer be scheduled.

If you are interested in creating a comic book or graphic novel, this program is designed to offer practical, hands-on experience creating comics and graphic novels in this growing industry.  Layout, illustration, character creation, story-telling, editing, self-publishing and marketing will be the key topics covered. 

  • Identify various layout strategies.
  • Explain the different layouts and learn storytelling.
  • Demonstrate and enhance drawing skills.
  • Create a variety of illustrations.
  • Adapt scripts to various comic layouts.
  • Identify ways to self-publish your work.
  • Practice editing.
  • Complete the 4 required courses (67 hours)
  • Can be completed within 1 year, up to a maximum of 3 years.

Storytelling Overview: Comics & Graphic Novels
In this course, you will explore the history of storytelling and the differences between fiction and non-fiction. You will discover the process of creating a storyboard. Build and practice your skills in scriptwriting, designing characters, and developing character relationships.

Subject code: XCRW 1020121 Hours. Fee: $309Not offered this semester

Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels
In this course, you will discover and practice various drawing techniques and perspectives. You will foster skills in penciling, inking, lettering, scaling, and colouring.

Subject code: XCRW 1020221 Hours. Fee: $309 Not offered this semester

Editing and Layout for Comics and Graphic Novels
Learn about the layout of Comics and Graphic Novels so that your audience will be able to easily follow and read through your story. Explore various techniques for layout as well as variations in panel layout, flow and streamlining of your story.

Subject code: XCRW 1020315 Hours. Fee: $249 Not offered this semester

Publishing and Promoting Your Comic or Graphic Novel
Most Comic and Graphic Novelists must employ self-promotion to get their material to the public. You will learn about various ways to fund and promote your story including print and online formats. Learn about marketing your work and developing swag for Expos.
Required: Previous three courses.

Subject code: XCRW 1020410 Hours. Fee: $229 Not offered this semester


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403.440.6867 or 1.888.392.3655
Mount Royal University, 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW, Calgary AB T3E 6K6

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