Graphic Storytelling

Learn to tell visual stories! Graphic Storytelling will equip you with a versatile toolbox relevant to creating comics and graphic novels, illustration, storyboarding, visual development and more!

Type and duration

Bachelor (4 years)

Study start and city

August, Viborg  

Application deadline

March 15, 12 noon

Admissions frequency

Once every odd-numbered year

What you will learn

1. year

Craft fundamentals and shortform storytelling

The first semester is all about the fundamentals of comics, from various approaches to drawing and story to digital and traditional tools.

The second semester focuses on clarity in visual storytelling and on writing and drawing short narratives, culminating in a collaborative comic book project.

2. year

Illustration, world-building, and long-form storytelling

The third semester focuses on color theory and on using color for storytelling and on illustration for books, magazines, and newspapers.

The fourth semester opens with a series of workshops on world building and IP generation before exploring a range of different storytelling genres and methods, culminating in a graphic novel pitch featuring 10 sample pages and a comprehensive synopsis, marking your first stab at a long-form story.

3. year

Related fields, interactive media, and Applied Cartooning

The fifth semester focuses on fields outside of comics, including background design, storyboarding, and video games. Furthermore, you will be introduced to interactive comics and start to create your professional portfolio.

The sixth semester deepens into more advanced sequential storytelling, including advanced writing techniques. The semester also features a five-week production where you and your fellow students will create “Applied Comics”, ie. comics designed to convey a specific message to a specific target audience, together with outside clients.

Final semester

Final Production, Internship and Bachelor's assignment

The seventh semester is dedicated to the Final Production, where you create an original comic, illustrated book or story bible.

During the eight semester you get hands-on experience from the industry in a relevant internship for at least ten weeks, and the semester ends with you handing in your Bachelor Report, analyzing your career plans based on both your Final Production and internship.

Lecturers

Amy Reeder drwas Rocket Girl and writes Moon Girl
  • Amy Reeder

  • Cartoonist, New York
    • Draws Rocket Girl
    • Writes Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur
    • Collaborates with Brandon Montclare.
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Barbara Yelin is a cartoonist
  • Barbara Yelin

  • Cartoonist
    • Award-winning creator
    • Irmina
    • Gift
    • Der Sommer ihres Lebensa
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Ed Piskor
  • Ed Piskor

  • Cartoonist
    • Author of the New York Times best-selling series Hip Hop Family Tree
    • Published by Fantagraphics in the US and of the X-Men chronicle Grand Design, published by Marvel.
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Ghostshrimp
  • Ghostshrimp (Dan Bandit)

  • Concept Designer and Illustrator
    • Created and designed the world for Adventure Time
    • Makes illustrations for clients all over the world
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James Sturm
  • James Sturm

  • Cartoonist and teacher
    • Co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies
    • Notable graphic novels include The Golem's Mighty Swing and Market Day.
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Jason Lutes
  • Jason Lutes

  • Cartoonist and teacher
    • Best known for his acclaimed historical drama Berlin, chronicling the turbulent end of the Weimar Republic.
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Matt Bors
  • Matt Bors

  • Cartoonist and editor
    • Award-winning editorial cartoonist
    • The founder and editor of satire and comics journalism site The Nib.
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  • Sam Alden

  • Writer and Storyboarder
    • Author of the comics New Construction and It Never Happened Again
    • Adventure Time (2015)
    • Summer Camp Island (2018)
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Steven Seagle
  • Steven Seagle

  • Writer and world builder
    • Graphic novel memoir It's a Bird
    • Co-creating Ben 10 & Big Hero 6
    • Ultimate Spider-Man
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Thomas Wellmann
  • Thomas Wellmann

  • Freelance cartoonist
    • Working for Cartoon Network
    • Pimo & Rex
    • Storyboard artist on Adventure Time
    • His illustrations and comics can be found in Die Zeit, Zeit LEO etc.
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Ready to apply?

Admission to the programme is talent-based

We are looking for students with excellent drawing and storytelling skills. Therefore, all applicants must complete an admissions test to show whether they qualify for enrolment.
Read more about admissions

Not yet qualified?

We have several courses available throughout the year designed to improve and develop a wide skillset, and most of these skills we also request our applicants to demonstrate when applying to our bachelor's degree programmes.

See our foundation courses

Need more information?

  • Shortly after you have been accepted into The Animation Workshop/VIA University College, you will be contacted by the school’s Housing Coordinator with specific housing information. You can choose to:

    • apply for a dorm room
    • make arrangements with private housing providers, for example shared apartments with fellow students

    The school itself has no accommodations. Our role is to provide various housing options and help create contact between housing providers and new students and to assist with language barriers if necessary. If you have questions about housing or need language assistance, please contact taw.housing@via.dk.

    Dorm rooms

    Dorm rooms in Viborg typically cost between 2500-3500 DKK (250-470 EUR) per month depending on size and whether you are willing to share facilities. Utility expenses, like electricity, internet and heating, are often paid separately and cost around 600 DKK (80 EUR) per month.

    The dormitory Camp Logos is located across the street from the school and houses many of our students. Rooms at Camp Logos come with furniture, a bathroom and a small kitchen. You should bring your own pillow, duvet and kitchen utensils.

    Merkur Kollegiet (The Merkur dormitory) is located in a newer residential area in Viborg's eastern district, 3.8 km from The Animation Workshop. All rooms are furnished with a bed and a desk, and all have cable TV and free internet access. Each room has a storage room.

    Shared apartments

    The cost of private rooms in shared apartments varies depending on size, location and other factors, but they are not drastically different from the cost of student accommodation.

    It is our experience that the majority of our students prefer to move into a shared apartment in the city. Join our Facebook Housing group to team up with other students looking for roommates and new tenants for the apartments, they are vacating.

    These websites may also be helpful:

    • Danhousing (many large apartments in the city – suitable for sharing)
  • Tuition fee

    There are no tuition fees for students coming from Denmark, the Nordic countries, EU/EEA countries and Switzerland.

    Students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA must pay the tuition fee, unless they hold a permanent Danish residence permit. Paying the first year’s fee is a precondition for obtaining a student’s residence permit.

    The tuition fee is billed in Danish kroner and the fee for students matriculating is DKK 53,000 (fifty-three-thousands) for the first semester (DKK 23,000 for the internship semester). See the relevant payment schedule for more information:

    Living Costs

    You should expect average monthly living costs between DKK 5000 and 7000 (roughly 650 - 900 EUR), including accommodation.

    Financial support

    Danish students can apply for SU. The bachelor's degree programme is approved for SU for the official duration:

    • Bachelor in Animation: 3½ years or 41 months
    • Bachelor in Graphic Storytelling: 4 years or 46 months

    Foreign students are not eligible for the Danish educational support scheme (SU). Some exceptions are made for refugees and relatives of refugees and other foreign citizens. EU citizens may be eligible for SU, if they have a contract for 10-12 work hours per week. More information about SU for foreign students

    Scholarships

    Each year, VIA awards a limited number of scholarships to highly qualified students from countries outside the EU and the EEA. The scholarship can be applied for by all current, international, and tuition-fee-paying students who have completed the first year of studies at VIA (2 semesters). A maximum of two full semesters can be awarded during studies at VIA.

  • Students from a Nordic or EU/EEA country including Switzerland

    Coming to Denmark from a Nordic or EU/EEA country, including Switzerland, you are free to live, study and work in Denmark. However, you must register with the Danish Immigration Service as well as the local municipality, if you intend to stay more than 3 months.

    Students from outside the EU/EEA

    If you are coming to Denmark from outside the EU, you need a tourist Visa (valid for up to 3 months) or a residence permit (for stays exceeding 90 days). Normally, you must apply for a Visa or residence permit prior to your arrival in Denmark. Applying for a Visa is a part of the enrolment process for the bachelor's degree programmes and is initiated by the school after you have been admitted to the program.

    In order to have enough time to settle matters regarding Visa/residence permits, there is a special (early) flow for enrolment of non-EU/non-EEA citizens, who pass the admissions test and are offered a place at one of the bachelor's degree programs.

    Immediately after receiving a positive answer from the admissions committee, you will be asked to sign a contract for the education and to pay the tuition fee for the first semester.

    After signing the contract and paying the tuition fee, you receive a letter confirming your payment and your unconditional enrollment to the program. The receipt for the tuition fee and the enrolment letter are preconditions for being granted a residence permit.

    The application for a residence permit takes place online and is initiated by VIA University College, after your payment has been registered. You can find the fees and payment schedules in the Fees and finances section above. 

    For detailed information about the application process and requirements, please visit the website of the Danish Immigration service.

    Danish social security number

    You must register with the local municipality in order to receive a Danish CPR number. The number is a social identity code which is a prerequisite to all public registration and services, including tax, opening a bank account, etc. Furthermore, the CPR number will guarantee free public health insurance for the entirety of your stay (after a waiting period of 6 weeks for non-EU citizens).

Contact

Erik Barkman is the 1st and 2nd year coordinator at Graphic Storytelling
  • Erik Barkman

  • Educational Coordinator, 1st and 2nd year Graphic Storytelling
  • T: +45 87 55 49 82
Peter Dyring-Olsen is Head of Studies and 3rd and 4th year coordinator at Graphic Storytelling
  • Peter Dyring-Olsen

  • Head of Studies and Educational Coordinator 3rd and 4th year Graphic Storytelling
  • T: +45 87 55 49 83