29706 USD/year
29706 USD/year
10806 USD/year
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The Comics Studies program from Portland State University draws from theory and hands-on practice, preparing participants to work in the field of comics and cartoon art as writers, artists, and scholars. 

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Portland is an important hub for the comics industry, serving as the home to many comics publishers and creators. Studying comics in Portland provides the opportunity for hands-on experience in the comics industry and gives students the opportunity to participate in an active local community.

The Comics Studies program from Portland State University has professors who are accomplished professionals in the comics industry. You can learn writing from Brian Michael Bendis, winner of five Eisner Awards. Bendis is the co-creator of Miles Morales, featured in the Oscar-winning animated feature: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie. Students also have the opportunity to work with David Walker, writer of Luke Cage and Cyborg. Portland State is inspired by the creativity and innovation arising from the local comics culture and strives to create a center for comics culture where scholars, students, creators, and fans can come together.

The Comics Studies Department helps connect its students with internship opportunities that can only be found in Portland. Our students intern at Dark Horse Comics, for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, and others.


Comics studies graduates have received positions working for Dark Horse and Oni Press, while others have gone on to additional graduate study. Graduates of our program are taking what they learned at PSU and getting jobs doing what they love in Portland and beyond, as comics artists, writers, and scholars. Portland is one of the true creative hubs of the entire art form, and Portland State is a natural fit for cultivating young aspiring comics writers and artists.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Comics Theory
  • Writing Comics
  • Creating Short Comics
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Comics History
  • Philosophy of Art
  • Book Publishing

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines


24 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. You may be admitted to Portland State University and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) pathway if you do not meet PSU's English Language Proficiency Requirement. Learn more about PSU’s English language programs.

Tuition Fee

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  • In-State

    10806 USD/year
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Washington Border Discount (WBD) $11,706

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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