Character Design and Development (Online)

Characters are essential to making a successful story. Students in this class observe and discuss ways in which artists and authors establish characters in visual media, including film, animation, comics, and games. The class features discussion of character development, writing and drawing exercises, and incorporates visual and informational research. Students learn different methods of character design through style, materials and storytelling methods, creating illustrations from sketch to finish. Students produce a final character portfolio, which includes a brief written narrative and illustrations. / Students in this class will have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software throughout the class. / Open to students ages 15–18. MCAD strictly adheres to these age guidelines and is unable to allow exceptions. / View complete policies. Please read complete summer camp information and policies before completing your registration.

This online course will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous. Students will meet together online for synchronous class meetings on Tuesdays and Thursday from 1:00-2:30 p.m. (CST) using Google Meet for demonstrations, discussions, opportunities for students to ask questions, and check-ins. Asynchronous activities may include readings, video demonstrations and tutorials, online discussions, projects, and critiques. The Instructor will schedule office hours and provide individual feedback throughout the course. The class meetings will be recorded for students to use as a review. 

Prerequisites: Basic drawing skills are helpful but not required. Experience in digital editing and illustration software is helpful but not required.

Required software: Adobe Creative Cloud (provided by MCAD).

Required hardware: Computer capable of running Adobe Creative Cloud with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings; Scanner optional.

Required supplies for the first day: Sketchbook, pencils, pens, traditional coloring tools of choice (colored pencils, markers, watercolors). Students should expect to spend $30-$50 on supplies.

Please Register Before: July 8
If the minimum enrollment is not met by the deadline above, the class will be canceled on this date. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum enrollment has been met. 
Class Savings 
Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only). 
Contact MCAD Continuing Education at or call 612.874.3765.

Course Details

CST 9620 01 SU21
Date Start: 
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Date End: 
Thursday, August 5, 2021
1:00–4:00 p.m. (Central Time)
Age Group: 
Age Requirement: 
Open to students ages 15–18.
Days of Week: 
Pre-College Classes Ages 15-18
Illustration and Comic Art
Basic drawing skills are helpful but not required. Experience in digital editing and illustration software is helpful but not required.