Comic Arts program

Comic Arts

“What I love most about Comic Arts is that it’s experimental yet there’s a sequence to telling your story. The faculty help the students tell those stories whether they be fantastical, epic super-powered battles or quiet personal memoirs; their goal and mission is to train us to be storytellers and help us develop our own voice. It’s the perfect combination of art and writing. And the location of NHIA is perfect. You can work remotely but it’s really easy to meet with other comic artists or clients in Boston and beyond." Shannon Scott, Illustration, Class of 2018

NHIA BFA IllustrationComic Arts is and always has been a medium defined by passion, dedication, boldness, and experimentation. The NHIA’s Comic Arts major is a unique, cross-disciplinary course of study that reflects that rich diversity of artistic expression present in the world of Comic Arts today. From traditional comics and editorial cartoons to the latest techniques and trends in graphic novels, anime or web-based animation, you will have the opportunity to learn not only how to tell a story, but how to bring it to life. Our Comic Arts major weaves together creative writing, illustration and graphic design in a one-of-a-kind program that will broaden your horizons and open up new avenues for creative exploration in all manner of storytelling. And, our innovative partnership with Center for Cartoon Studies affords you the opportunity to meet and work with a broad range of visiting comic artists and cartoonists from around the world.

Each of our programs are flexible, career-focused and innovative. With more electives, a focus on professional practice, a broad education including liberal arts and sciences, and a partnership with UNH Manchester, NHIA provide artists, writers and designers the freedom to explore within and beyond their major, to think and make in innovative ways, and to be in tune with the professional demands of both current and future careers in art and design. This is education tailored to your goals!

Career options

Art Director, Cartoonist, Character Designer, Colorist/Inker, Comic Artist, Comic Editor, Concept Artist, Environment Artist, Production Artist, Publishing, Storyboard Artist, Writer/Novelist

What else you need to know

  • We are the ONLY college in America offering BFA degrees that require all students to complete three semesters of professional practices, business marketing, and entrepreneurship studies for the arts.
  • Our partnership with UNH Manchester expands course offerings by double, without adding expense or time to complete your degree
  • We require nine credits of a professional practicum (paid or unpaid internships) in all disciplines
  • Every freshman gets a fully loaded Macbook laptop for no additional expense


Want to know what four years in a Comic Arts program at NHIA looks like? You got it. 
Undergraduate Viewbook
Virtual Tour
Catalyst - An NHIA News Magazine
Ayris - Student Run Magazine

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