Learn about Summer 2023 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.
This course is an introduction to the graphic novel, including consideration of the history, narrative structure, aesthetics, and genres of the medium. From the awarding of a Pulitzer Prize to Art Spiegelman’s Maus in 1985 to today, graphic novels have grown in literary and academic recognition and become one of the fastest-growing areas of publishing in the United States.
Many films and television shows have been based on comics and graphic novels, and the diversity of creators and the stories they tell have expanded to include multiple genres including autobiography, science fiction and fantasy, and nonfiction works. Graphic novels increasingly explore issues of gender, race, class, and economic and political justice.
This course will explore how graphic novels are created, how to understand and analyze these complex works, and the many types of graphic novels being published today. Although students will gain a greater understanding of this medium, the course will not include instruction in creating comics.
This course is offered at the UMass Amherst campus as a residential program. Local students may apply to attend as a commuter.
Dates: June 25 - July 8, 2023
Two-Week Residential Intensives: $3,454
*Program fees listed above include tuition and room & board.
*All programs require submission of $35 application fee.