Sequential Art – ARTS 502

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course covers the development and fundamentals of sequential art in its many forms: comics, comic books, and introduces the graphic novel design. The work may be in any style and genre preferred by the student, but a graduate student is expected to produce at a higher aesthetic level than undergraduates. At this advanced level the student is expected to be self-motivated in the pursuit of sequential art and working toward that end. Graduate Students enrolled in the class will schedule meetings every two weeks with the professor to report on their progress and get any necessary assistance. Graduate students are also expected to research the work of other artists who work in a similar manner. May be taken twice.




Sequential art has been around since the early cave paintings, and its many forms have had a strong effect on the development of man. Comic strips have been around since the mid-1800s, and Sunday comics and comic books have been wildly popular ever since. Today’s comic books are dominated by superheroes both good and evil, and graphic novels have become a dominant force both in print and electronically. There is great need for Christian voices in this market.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic character animation layout and design.
    2. Utilize the terms native to sequential art.
    3. Utilize drawing from life as the basis of sequential art.
    4. Comprehend the foundations of underlying shapes, personality, attitude, color, style, and integration with a story.
    5. Critically analyze the story elements in sequential art.
    6. Apply creatively the principles of design and story for sequential art.

Course Assignment

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 200 words, include 1 citation in current MLA format, and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmate’s threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words.

Comic Book

The student will create a comic book over the course of 8 separate steps.

1. Story Concept

The student will submit a 1-paragraph synopsis and 1-paragraph project detail of his/her comic book. The student will also create a character profile sheet for each character in his/her story.

2. Character Design

The student will create character sheets for each individual character in his/her comic book. An expressions page and a full-color turnaround must be created for each character.

3. Script and Thumbnails

The student will submit an 8–16-page script with page and panel thumbnail layouts for his/her comic book.

4. Pencil Sketches

The student will translate his/her script into rough page sketches that show the initial idea of the art style and panel layout.

5.Inks, Lettering, and Refining

The student will create refined inks of the thumbnails using Clip StudioPro Paint.

6.Coloring and Cover Concept

The student will add color to the completed inks, and will design sketches for his/her comic book cover.


The student will submit a refined and colored version of his/her comic book cover, including the front cover, front interior, back interior, and back cover.


The student will submit the final version of his/her comic book.


The quiz will cover the Reading & Study material in Modules/Weeks 1–7. The quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple choice and true/false questions, and have a 30-minute time limit.