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Illustration: Cartoon School

"You're about to discover the depth of strangeness and beauty the world holds."
      ~ Warren Ellis, graphic artist

Develop your skills as a cartoonist or animator at one of the country’s top cartoon schools. Whether your passion lies with becoming an animation artist or comics are what you prefer, the Academy of Art University’s comic school and its professional instructors will help you bring your ideas to life. We offer opportunities that you won’t find at other comics schools or cartoon schools including graphic novel courses and a unique directed study program for our MFA students. The cartoon school is housed in an old, uniquely 'San Francisco' style building that was originally a men's club, offering the perfect environment for creativity.


Cartoon Classes

Our cartoon class offerings include Sequential Art & Comic Book Art, Cartooning, Character Design, Character Drawing, Creature Design, Fantasy Creature Drawing, Fantasy Life Drawing and more!

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Where your degree can take you... Students who graduated from Academy of Art University’s Cartoon School have gone on to become Comic Book Artists, Graphic Novelists, Greeting Cards and Paper Goods Artists, Children’s Book Artists, and more!

Graduates from Academy of Art University’s comic school have gone on to work for Warner Bros. Studios, Fantasy Flight Games, San Francisco Bay Guardian SF Weekly, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Carnal Comics.


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Illustration Degree Programs:

Undergraduate Degree Programs
Illustration Graduate Degree Program


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