Drawing Comics and Graphic Novels

This course is designed both to introduce beginners to the huge potential of the graphic novel form, and to allow those with some experience to reconsider style and process, receive feedback and experiment with technique. Shorter exercises will generate ideas, build confidence and skills and encourage experimentation, before leading on to individual project work with one-to-one support from the tutor. Students will explore the many different forms the drawn story can take, from fiction to diary comics, memoir, literary adaptation, biography and history, with inspiration drawn from contemporary examples. They will create several of their own comics and graphic short stories and will finish the course with a complete pencilled and inked story. Some life drawing is incorporated into the term with an emphasis on combining observation with imagination. Optional homework is set each week. Open to all levels.

Full-time BA students studying for a degree in Fine Art receive up to a 75% discount. Those studying on design or applied arts degrees may also be eligible on a case-by-case basis. Student ID and proof of enrollment must be submitted.

Full-time practising fine artists under 40 years of age in need of financial help may apply for a 75% discount on a maximum of two courses; applicants must submit a portfolio of ten drawings and fill in an application form which can be downloaded from the website. These must be submitted before term starts on the 15 and 16 December only. Please contact the office in advance of submitting your application to reserve a place on your chosen course. 

Primary and secondary school teachers who teach art receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof in the form of a letter from their head teacher or the head of the art department.

Individuals on job seekers allowance receive a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently on the job seekers register.

Postgraduate alumni of the Royal Drawing School receive a 50% discount. 

Individuals who receive disability support are eligible for a 50% discount; to apply participants must submit proof that they are currently receiving this allowance.

All of our course rates are subsidised and we also offer a comprehensive concessions scheme. View all course fees and concessions.