BA in Sketch-Comics-Cartoon
“This small book has a mixed nature. It is comprised of a series of drawn images. Each one is accompanied by one or two lines of text. Images without the text would only have a vague meaning. Text without the images would have no meaning at all. Together they become a type of a novel, without being an actual novel.”
Rodolphe Töpffer, the first contemporary comics creator, 1843
As from the end of the 19th Century and until today, a very wide spectrum, from sketch and caricature to animation and three dimensional digital applications has been developed. Contemporary artists, in this open and continuously developing area, are distinguished for their design and narrative abilities and develop their innovation and flexibility, both in traditional techniques as well as the fast developing technology, so as to acquire unlimited creative possibilities in the production of original images.
The employment market, for creators of sketch, comics and moving images, is relative to the multiple applications and uses of images they may create in print and publications as comics creators, cartoonists and illustrators. At the same time, having an understanding of the connection between images and directing required by the development of Ninth Art, may develop to storyboard artists and develop a career in advertising, in television and cinema production companies, as well as expand to animation.
The applicant, during a personal meeting with the Programme Leader, must submit a portfolio of works, from which one should be able to establish his ability in design, talent in painting and knowledge of the use of basic materials. In the event that there is no previous experience on design and the applicant has no portfolio, he/she must attend the foundation course, following which he/she can be admitted to the programme.
Following a personal interview and portfolio demonstration, from previous academic experience, should the work cover a broad spectrum of the syllabus of the Sketch-Comics-Cartoon programme, a student may be admitted to an advanced semester or year of studies and complete his/her studies through the Middlesex University programmes.
*This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.
This year introduces you to the principles and techniques that will provide you with the foundations to develop the necessary skills and lead you to the creation of your own personal style, in the years to follow.
During this year you will attend Design – technical classes as well as Colour theory classes, and develop your design skills, sense of symmetry and volume as well as the value of shape and colour. You will develop sketching methods and techniques and learn more about different types of sketching, such as caricature, representational, childrens’ sketches etc.
History of Art will broaden your knowledge and acquaint you to art currents and the development of art, while at the same time, through the History of Comics class, you will be introduced to the phenomenon and the nature of comics, covering all schools, trends, as well as the work of known creators who formulated this special visual literature.
You will be introduced to the basic principles and rules of illustrated narration while, in the Photography class, you will acquire knowledge which will be very useful in the development of your imagination and the imprinting of your images.
Sketching I – Drawing I – History of Arts – Comics I & Photography I
Sketching II – Drawing II – History of Arts/Comics I & Photography II
During the second year you are called upon to apply all that you have learned in the first year, giving you the incentives and the motives to create original works.
Character creation, with the development of your own heroes, or illustration, with the in depth analysis and application of techniques, and the continuation of the Comics classes, with the development of layout and narrative structure, are the main areas which will allow you to develop your creativity and, through specific exercises, find solutions and develop your own personal style.
In the Cinema Graphics classes you will develop the techniques and expression abilities offered by the moving image, while the Script Writing classes, through exercises and narrative techniques, will assist you in moving on to organizing and stating your ideas and your own stories.
At the same time, with the use of computers, you will learn the contemporary software for the manipulation of image, which will be necessary in the development of your creativity.
Sketching IΙΙ – TV & Cinema I – Computer Design I & Illustration I
Sketching IV – TV & Cinema IΙ – Computer Design IΙ
Year 3 (Final year of the Bachelor Degree)
In the first semester you will develop a written research study (Dissertation) of 10,000 words, on a topic related to your studies. You are to present it to your tutors and class and be assessed. At the same time you are to prepare a creative project (subject) as preparation for your Main project, through workshops arranged by the College.
In the second semester you will work on your Main project on a topic from the field of Comics and Cartoons, and present it. This should be accompanied by all pre-design material, providing information on your research, showing your experimentation, explaining your creative selections and leading the examiner through the stages of your preparation to your final work. Through this project you have the opportunity to substantiate that you are now a professional of university level standards.
– Cartoon & Sound I, Computer Design III
– Main Project
In tertiary education, learning and teaching are distinguished for their gradually increasing attempts for self directed independent learning.
AKTO’s learning and teaching practices aim at developing autonomous personalities who can manage the knowledge produced. In a continuously changing professional environment, this educational commitment is of critical importance so as to secure students’ ability to remain competitive.
Art and Design studies at AKTO are based on a broad teaching and learning design. Amongst some of the teaching methods used are the following: Seminars focusing on the theory, lectures on relative topics, as well as workshops, presentations, educational excursions, competitions etc.
Teaching and Learning strategies are divided into three main categories:
Α. Projects – Seminars – Assignments – Lectures
In seminars and lectures students acquire access to notes, video projections and the required bibliography, in order to enable them to learn about all the different aspects of their discipline. Lectures contribute to absorbing basic knowledge, while seminars cultivate critical thinking and ability for multilateral communication. When necessary, extra lessons are also offered, in order to empower students’ learning.
The project briefs, which vary in number for each module and semester, include a detailed description of the requirements of a topic as well as the assessment criteria for the project.
Students’ progress is monitored through project assessment as well as various tests undertaken during seminars and lectures.
B. Additional teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and skills acquired during lectures, seminars and projects is enriched further through activities, such as visits to exhibitions, museums, factories, educational excursions, as well as participation in competitions, exhibitions of student works etc. These activities assist students in absorbing the basic concepts and experiencing their application in real life conditions.
AKTO has a long relation with the industry and the artistic community. This means that, throughout the course of their studies, they will have the opportunity to acquire updated information on important events and developments in their field.
C. Independent learning with the assistance of a supervisor
Supervisors are of vital importance to the entire programme of studies, especially during the final year leading to the Bachelor degree, during which regular meetings with a supervisor are the main teaching method used. The transition from a traditional form of learning to a more autonomous is in line with the general academic strategy of AKTO.