MCAD’s comic art major explores and embraces conventional and experimental aspects in comic storytelling.

It stresses both traditional and digital craft while also focusing on professional development, the placement of comics and comic artists in the cultural world, and the rapidly changing self-publishing avenues in the field.

From your first compositions and critiques to real-world work experiences, through in-person and online classes, the BFA curriculum is a systematic process that transforms you from an MCAD student into a creative professional.

Year One: MCAD Community

  • Develop your place in the MCAD community through classes, critiques, student activities, and more
  • Explore your major options
  • Take foundation classes
    • Studio: technical skills and work ethic
    • Liberal arts: art history and vocabulary

Year Two: Focusing Interests

  • Declare comic art as your major
  • Build concentrated skills, both conceptual and technical

Year Three: The Community of Practice

Year Four: The Professional World

  • Deepen your investigation of and commitment to your body of work
  • Participate in the Emerging Talent Showcase and share your work with potential employers
  • Develop and complete a semester-long project to culminate in the Commencement Exhibition


  • Generate a balanced knowledge in the humanities both in and out of the sequential art field, to use the potential of comics to disseminate a wide range of information, and to connect and communicate to a global audiences’ needs and viewpoints.
  • Develop the structure and self-discipline to research a wide scope of historic and contemporary comic art genres and use it as inspiration to formulate work through originality and creative expression.
  • Implement the use of sequential language and concepts, process work, draftsmanship, sequencing comic page and penciling, inking and finished illustrations, coloring, lettering, and traditional craft, contemporary craft, and digital formats to create and diverse body of work while discovering an individual artistic voice.
  • Constructively evaluate, interpret, and critique your own work and the work of others.
  • Exhibit knowledge of professional workflow, expectation, and market.

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