The 2012-2103 Single-Year Program is now finished and our students are walking away having had a great education. Our program stands among the best in the country. See the round-up blog post here.
SAW is looking for serious students of comic book and sequential art. Whether your interest is personal stories, graphic novels, or genre comics or whether your concern is for entertainment, literary depth, or personal expression, then our program is for you.
We have taught comics to illustration students, writers and english teachers, fine arts If you have passion and a dedication to learning sequential art, then the SAW single-year intensive is for you.
Apply for the 2014-2015 Program: Click here to download our application. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.
We will do our best to announce receipt of your application within days, and do our best to inform you within 4-6 weeks of your acceptance. Right now, we still have slots available. Deadline will be announced as we creep near capacity.
Please email to confirm your application.
The cost is $3550 for the full-year program., or roughly $444 / month for 8 months (September-April)
Apply for the 2014-2015 Program: Click here to download our application
Please check out our three videos about our school, below.
(More pics on our Flickr page )
What’s that? Want another testimonial video?
SAW has monthly art shows, and shares courtyard space with a three other community organizations that hold frequent music shows, movies, open mics, parties and other performances.
SAW students are active participants in the Gainesville community, many participating in its monthly oral storytelling event, and some in the roller derby, the local radio station and other community projects.
SAW is surrounded by creative organizations, entities and artists. Gainesville’s monthly art event extends for 14 blocks and features contemporary painting, sculpture, printmaking, assemblage, drawing and film.
Tom Hart and Justine Andersen create much of their professional and personal work at SAW, for clients ranging from MAD Magazine to The Department of Defense, as well as each of their ongoing memoir comics.
Apply for the 2014-2015 Program
Our single-year program is designed to challenge students both technically and intellectually.
First year students learn the basics of cartooning and narrative art. As they gain skills and craft from our faculty, we challenge and guide them into new ideas and solutions that will turn them into artists.
A second, optional year is more project-oriented, and students will be required to complete and publish a graphic novella, collection of stories or tabloid newspaper of their work.
Studio classes run roughly from 11:00-1:50 pm M-F at The Sequential Artists Workshop. Non-studio classes will run roughly 11:00-1:00. Our current schedule:
This class will be taught by a variety of artists for a few weeks at a time. Visiting artists will also lecture at this time. In alternating sessions, we will be reading and discussing top-tier graphic novels, in a class being led by UF instructor Travis Fristoe. Occasional figure-drawing sessions led by Leela Corman. Occasional drop-ins by visiting artists and cartoonists, printers and publishers. The general public is invited to drop into friday classes for $25 per class.
Longer, intensive media classes will ideally follow as SAW develops.
Our Single-Year Program is modeled on programs in the finest institutions for cartooning in the country.
Our second year is currently tentative and will involve an intensive single-project workshop, in-depth graphic novel reading/interpretations, intensive media class and more. Stay tuned.
How Much Does it Cost?
Why Are You So Cheap?
Why Are You So Expensive?
Can I Take Just a Few Classes?
Can I Take Just a Few Classes?
Who is this School For?
What Kind of Work Comes Out of Your School?
How Big are the Classes?
Where Will I Stay?
Where is the Enrollment Form?
What Payment Options are There?
Do I Need a Portfolio?
When do Classes Start and End?
The price is $3550 per year or $1800 per single semester.
You are getting a first-rate arts education for a third of the price of CCS, and one eighth to one tenth of the price of SCAD or SVA. Why? Our program at present is unaccredited. We have low overhead (almost all of tuition goes to rent and teacher salaries.) We currently have one computer. We share a tight little space and many resources, and it works.
We’re not! See above.
No, our program is designed as a complete course, but we have had some success with students taking the Comics History course. Please contact us for more specifics. We are also working to develop online versions of some of our classes.
We have previously entertained options including work-study as well as installment plans and sliding scale. We would rather have you here than not. So long as we are still informal, everything is on a case by case basis. Write to us to discuss these options.
You could be: 1) College-age and wanting to focus on art before springboarding into a full-fledged BFA. 2) An artistic adult who has dabbled in comics and wants to study and practice the form more. 3) Frustrated with your current schooling and want to study comics in a more intensive, inspiring and free environment. 4) Post-college adult looking to continue their education or pick up study they missed. 5) An established creator stuck and needing to push their work to the next level. 6) Any combination or variation on the above. SAW is a school for differing personalities and artists temperaments. We strive to find the stories and art inside you that are trying to come out. We have taught comics to art students, english teachers, truck drivers, museum guards, fine arts students, scriptwriters, graphic designers (lots of those), etc. In short, if you have passion and dedication to learning sequential art, then the SAW single-year intensive is for you.
The work we try to enable you to create is the work that you were most meant to make, and the stories you were most meant to tell. We seek to help you find your voice as a cartoonist by challenging you to push your own boundaries and discover more of your stories and your abilities while helping you see and control what you are already strong at. You can see some student work at our Flickr page, here
We aim for a class size between 8-13 people. Our first two years have been roughly 6 people.
Gainesville is a major university town and as such, very friendly to students. You should have no trouble finding suitable housing in Gainesville. Almost any house or apartment you find will be within biking distance of SAW which is a few blocks from the main intersection of University and Main. Try this Craigslist link: http://gainesville.craigslist.org/apa/ or other services to find roommates or an apartment.
Note: The UF schedule means that houses and apartments rent from August to July. Look before then. Prospective students will have access to the school Wiki page where students can discuss and collaborate on finding housing.
At the moment we’re agile and flexible. Contact us.
Yes, a portfolio review is required to enter the school. It is recommended this be online or in digital form. In addition, an essay and a new comic strip are required. See specifics on the application form.
Semesters are 14 weeks long. We time our calendar to the University of Florida calendar to facilitate housing for everyone. The first day of the fall semester is Monday August 26, 2013, ending on Friday December 20. We take a week off in October and time off for Thanksgiving. View more on our calendar, here:
Our spring 2014 semester will begin in January 6 end in April 25. We take two weeks off in a row in Feb/March.
Help spread the word about our year-long program!
Things are developing as we begin to add faculty and additional resources. The SAW program rivals any program of similar length in the country. This is our first year and as such is offered at an extremely affordable price.
Many of you are already familiar with SAW, have already taken classes here, etc. You know that the space is good, the teaching excellent and the Gainesville artistic community vibrant. We are actively seeking talented applicants. Please let people know that they can contact us formally or informally about attending.
–Audio interview with Tom Hart about SAW:
SAW is running a two-week intensive class from June 16-June 27 that will run Monday-Friday from 10 am – 4 pm each weekday. Students can sign up for one week or both. Learn more about it here:
Students can sign up for one week or both