Courses

The following courses can be counted towards the Certificate in Comics Studies. If you have questions about whether other courses offered at PSU can be counted for credit towards the certificate, contact Susan Kirtley at skirtley@pdx.edu.

Winter 2021

ART 356-001 VISUAL STORYTELLING

Instructor: Laura Di Trapani
Instructional Method: Remote - Scheduled Meetings
Meeting Time: TR 9:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Studio course exploring strategies of representation of stories, characters, and other narrative elements in time-based visual media. Focuses on the use and creation of storyboards, graphic novels, and animation in fiction and non-fiction storytelling. Recommended preparation: Art 103 and Art 255Art 256, and/or Art 257 (expected of art & art history majors). Open to Non-majors with instructor's consent.

ENG 496-001: COMICS THEORY

Instructor: Susan Kirtley
Instructional Method: Remote - Scheduled Meetings
Meeting Time: MW 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Focus on various critical approaches to comics, exploring interdisciplinary theories and methods and applying these theories to primary texts.

JPN 344U-001 MANGA: JAPANESE GRAPHIC NOVELS

Instructor: Jon Holt
Instructional Method: Remote - Scheduled Meetings
Meeting Time: MW 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Readings of masterpieces of Japanese comic books, analysis of writing about the graphic-novel form. Readings of the manga are followed by discussion of the artistic style, questions about Japanese society, and each novel’s place in the history of the genre. Readings /discussions are in English. Expected preparation: 8 credits of literature.

PHL 317U-001 PHILOSOPHY OF ART

Instructor: Angela Coventry
Instructional Method: Online

Philosophical issues concerning the creation, interpretation, and consumption of art. Includes an overview of the major philosophical theories about the nature of art, an examination of the relationship between art and ethics, art and psychology, art and pornography, and relativism of aesthetic value judgments.

WR 398-001 TOP: WRITING COMICS

Instructor: Brian Bendis
Instructional Method: Remote - Scheduled Meetings
Meeting Time: F 12:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Study and practice of creating comics and graphic narratives in a variety of genres, with a focus on form and process. Course may be repeated for credit with different topics for up to 8 credits. Up to 8 credits of this course number can be applied to the English major.

The graphic novel features the unique marriage of words and pictures that has seeped into every facet of popular culture. This course will focus on composing graphic narratives, exploring all the storytelling elements that create this unique visual medium.

WR 460/560-001: INTRO TO BOOK PUBLISHING

Instructor: Anna Noak
Instructional Method: Remote - Scheduled Meetings
Meeting Time: TR 6:40 PM - 8:30 PM

Provides a detailed overview of the publishing process, organized around the division of labor, including introductions to contemporary American publishing, issues of intellectual commerce, copyright law, publishing contracts, book editing, book design and production, book marketing and distribution, and bookselling. Based on work in mock publishing companies, students prepare portfolios of written documents, i.e., book proposals, editorial guidelines, design and production standards, and marketing plans. Guest speakers from the publishing industry and field trips provide exposure to the industry. Also offered for graduate-level credit as Wr 560 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Wr 300 or Wr 312 or Wr 313 or Wr 323 or Wr 324 or Wr 327 or Wr 328 or Wr 330 or Wr 331 or Wr 333 or Wr 394 or Wr 399.

WR 462/562-001: BOOK DESIGN SOFTWARE

Instructor: Kelley Dodd
Instructional Method: Remote - Scheduled Meetings
Meeting Time: MW 2:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Comprehensive course in professional book design and production. Issues specific to the design of fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres and markets will be covered, including the applications of both old and new technologies in design and production. Also offered for graduate-level credit as Wr 562 and may be taken only once for credit. Prerequisite: Wr 300 or Wr 312 or Wr 313 or Wr 323 or Wr 324 or Wr 327 or Wr 328 or Wr 330 or Wr 331 or Wr 333 or Wr 394 or Wr 399.

WR 471-001 TYPOGRAPHY, LAYOUT, PRODUCTION

Instructor: Kelley Dodd
Instructional Method: Remote - Scheduled Meetings
Meeting Time: MW 10:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Comprehensive course in professional book design and production. Issues specific to the design of fiction and nonfiction books in a variety of genres and markets will be covered.