The extensive Graphic Novel & Comix Certificate Program (GCCP) is aimed at individuals who wish to pursue a career as graphic novelists and comic book illustrators. The program consists of 12 courses that include traditional and digital mediums. As well as working with digital applications like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Manga Studio software, students will also learn about lettering, layout and colour applications as apply specifially to comic book art. Students will examine critical business issues such as publishing, self-promotion, copyright, and contract laws for graphic novelists. The emphasis of this program is on developing a personal style and voice, along with honing skills that enable individuals to accomplish traditional and digital storytelling in a sequential narrative capacity. The end goal of the program is for the student to produce a commercially viable graphic novel or comic book series as their graduation project.
Instructors in the program are working graphic novelists and comic book illustrators with significant teaching experience in the applied arts bringing the highest degree of industry experience and award-winning credentials to the program. Students will work on projects that emulate real industry publishing situations and learn through a mentorship style of instruction.
The GCCP is unique to British Columbia as it is one of the most intensive, dedicated graphic novel programs in part time studies aimed specifically at those students who wish to pursue their comic book illustrational goals in an atmosphere of conceptual and creative learning. It stimulates and encourages students to explore both technical and emotional content in exciting and challenging studio situations. If graphic novel and comic book illustration is a career goal, then this program is for you.