About the Course

Visual Storytelling

  • Grade 7+
  • CTY-Level
  • Session-Based

Let your imagination be your guide in this course designed to help students explore elements of design as a component of visual communication. You will examine the components of effective visual storytelling and bring your own ideas to life using visual planning methods such as concept mapping and storyboarding. As a capstone project, you will create an original visual story and provide a rationale for your visual and design choices in the process. You will examine visual design principles such as balance, unity, emphasis, and flow to create effective visual communication. At the end of each unit, you will have two major assignments that involve visual production and building a rich visual story. Each assignment will ask you to look deeper at the intriguing ways a story can be told using more than one artistic medium.

Time Commitment: 3-5 hours per week (3-5 hours independent work).

Important Dates
Registration for Winter Session Closes

Classes

Register for an Online course by selecting an open class below. If no open classes are listed, then course enrollment is currently closed. Note: You will need to have an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.

Winter

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10 weeks
$640

Spring

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12 weeks
$640

Summer

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12 weeks
$640
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12 weeks
$640

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level Not required CTY-Level
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Students must achieve qualifying scores on an advanced assessment to be eligible for CTY programs. If you don’t have qualifying scores, you have several different testing options. We’ll help you find the right option for your situation.

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Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Book Title: Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
Author: Scott McCloud
ISBN: 978-0060976255

  • Recommended Software: Photoshop, which has costs, or GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), which is free
  • For this course, your operating system's built-in image software (Paint for Windows or Paintbrush for Mac) is adequate

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Terms & Conditions

Students may interact in online classrooms and meetings that include peers, instructors, and occasional special guests.

After a you complete a course, your projects may be used to illustrate work for future students. 

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