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Students who complete this module will be able to:
Identify the formal features of the comics medium;
Outline the process of comics production from plot to page;
Appreciate the work of a diverse range of comics creators from across the world;
Evaluate successful versus unsuccessful storytelling strategies in comics;
Produce either an illustrated comics story or script for an artist to draw.
Key topics will include plotting; the language of comics scripts; panel design and layout; thumbnailing pages; establishing shots; panel-to-panel flow and pacing; transition devices; gutters; creating the illusion of time; lettering and sound effects; spotting blacks and lighting; colour theory; print and/or online comics; and self-publishing.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Specified Learning Activities||
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Not applicable to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Assignment: Final assignment: 70%
1) 750-word account of the formal devices and strategies employed in producing 2) a script for a 5 to 6-page comics story, or an illustrated 5 to 6-page comics story.
|Continuous Assessment: Midterm assignment: 30%
Portfolio containing two pieces: 1) 750-word critical analysis of a short comics story ; 2) a plot treatment or thumbnails for a 5-page comics story.
|Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback will be provided in individual consultation for the midterm assignment. There will be consultations available in advance of the final assignment.