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Students will read graphic fiction and non-fiction with a focus on 20th century writers such as Robert Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Alison Bechdel, Chris Ware, Marjane Satrapi, Charles Burns, Bruce Mutard and Shaun Tan. Students will also read into comics theory, cultural theory, and contemporary criticism of the medium, and discuss the history and innovations of this emerging field of writing practice. Students will work to produce their own original graphic narrative: this can be fictional, autobiographical, biographical or journalistic. Guest tutors will present intensive masterclasses on drawing and storyboarding; no prior artistic experience is required.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- apply advanced theoretical, aesthetic and analytic skills to interpreting critical and creative texts;
- tackle new problems in the production of graphic narratives with confidence and openness to contemporary artistic directions;
- have a sound working knowledge of the history and contemporary directions of the emerging genre of the graphic narrative;
- participate effectively in group discussions and collaborative learning; and
- demonstrate an understanding of the wider public significance of their knowledge and skills.
At the completion of this subject, students will gain generic skills in:
- critical thinking and analysis;
- thinking creatively;
- openness to new ideas;
- communicating thoughts and knowledge;
- written communication;
- time management and planning; and
- practices and ethics in the field of creative writing.
Last updated: 18 December 2020