During the four-year Comic Design course at the Design Department in Zwolle, you will learn to work with different software applications and techniques, such as screen-printing, typesetting, etching and photography.
In the first year, the foundation will be laid for your visual and reflective development. Much attention will be dedicated to broadening your perspective on art and design. The first year will begin with an induction programme. A multidisciplinary study trip to Berlin is planned during the autumn holiday. All the visual art disciplines in Zwolle will take part. The programme Individual Research will be introduced and you will link your interests and research to the exploration of the field. .
The second part of the first year will begin with the January project month. In this semester, you will be given plenty of space to experiment with different techniques, media and design research.
Starting from the second year, you will work in the studio spaces of your discipline. You will work on developing stories: existing stories and assignment situations from professional practice. You will participate in field-specific activities, such as comic festivals and ArtEZ24Hour. Every week you will take HOME, a programme in which professionals from the field give lectures and during which vocational activities take place. In autumn you will travel to Germany on a study trip with students from Animation Design and Illustration Design.
In the third year, you will be given the space to work within your personal preferences and delve deeper into these. Apart from demand-oriented work, your own story will be given pride of place. Research is based on your own artistic and storytelling qualities. Every week you will take HOME, a programme in which professionals from the field give lectures and during which vocational activities take place. In the second half of the year, you will complete a one-month internship. You will go on a Boot Camp with students from two art academies: LUCA in Brussels and HAW in Hamburg. You will have the opportunity to study abroad for several months in the third or fourth year.
You will work on your ‘master test’, a production which showcases your personal talent and ambitions. The research is visual, reflective and theoretical.
All students will show their graduation work during the ArtEZ finals in Zwolle. A visit to this graduation exhibition is a must if you are thinking about taking the Comic Design programme.