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School of Visual Arts

48 months
43400 USD/year
43400 USD/year
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The Cartooning program at School of Visual Arts covers all the bases in style, including classic adventure comics, experimental graphic novels and Amerimanga, the East-West hybrid. 


More About the Department

At the School of Visual Arts, we can’t be more serious when we talk about comics. In the 1940s we began as a training ground for some of the pioneers of the Golden Age of Cartooning. Now we’re in the midst of the New Platinum Age, one where multicultural influences, ambitious new formats and an ever-expanding audience have made this challenging medium one of the most exciting and cutting-edge art forms on the planet.

Whether you are preserving the old form or detonating tradition with a new one, you get the same grounding in technique at the Cartooning program at School of Visual Arts. Composition and design; perspective; drawing from "real life” and color theory. Plot development and the building of dramatic narrative tension are of equal importance, since cartooning is one-half written story. You will learn how to break down the sequential action that shows the story you are telling.

Our approach is quite different from the other college programs teaching comic art. Here, the intellectual and the technical are wed, just as the words and pictures in artworks produced by our award-winning students.

Our faculty reflects this aesthetic range, from Klaus Janson (Dark Knight Returns, Daredevil) to Gary Panter (Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Jimbo) to Becky Cloonan (Demo). The curriculum is rigorous. There is a focus on eye/hand training (perspective, page, layout, inking, etc), but there is also a focus on the theoretical, and discussion of how to take this medium into the new millennium.

An important industry executive recently called the School of Visual Arts “the Harvard of Cartooning,” and we cannot disagree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cartooning 
  • Storytelling
  • Drawing
  • History of Cartooning
  • Art History: European (and American) Painting
  • Art History: Non-European Art Histories
  • Art History: Ancient and Classical Art

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application online
  • Application Fee 
  • Statement Of Intent
  • Portfolio -15-20 images or a Film Reel/2-Part Film Essay
  • High School Transcripts
  • Declaration and Verification of Finances
  • Recommendation Letters

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    43400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21700 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    43400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21700 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for New York City

1819 - 3968 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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