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Illustration: Create Graphic Novels and Comic Books

You're about to discover the depth of strangeness and beauty the world holds.
- Warren Ellis, comic and graphic novelist for Marvel Comics

Learn how to write and illustrate graphic novels at one of the country’s top illustration schools. Combine literature with visual art to create the best of both mediums - graphic novels that capture readers’ minds and hearts. Often considered comic books for adults, graphic novels are an exciting frontier in the world of both art and literature, and our top instructors will teach you how to make your vision come alive. Works like Frank Miller’s 300 and Mark Millar’s Wanted are only the beginning of a growing literary and artistic movement waiting for new, visionary artists to make their contributions.

Academy of Art University offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees in Illustration online and in San Francisco.

Graphic Novel Classes

Our graphic novel class offerings include Sequential Art & Comic book art, Cartooning, Character Design, Character Drawing, Creature Design, Fantasy Creature Drawing, Fantasy Life Drawing and more!

View a full list of Graphic Novel and Illustration course descriptions

Where your degree can take you...

Students who graduated from Academy of Art University with an Illustration Degree have gone on to become Comic Book Artists, Graphic Novelists, Children’s Book Artists, and more!

Graduates from Illustration School have found careers at Warner Bros. Studios, Fantasy Flight Games, San Francisco Bay Guardian SF Weekly, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Carnal Comics


Online Illustration Degree Programs

Professional Development and Continuing Art Education
Reach your individual goals in illustration by taking non-prerequisite classes

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