How to move to your spot

What is the industry? What can I do with my skills? Who is watching? Who is listening? Where can I go?

These questions will be discussed in-depth, if not answered, in this course on going forward with your talent and vision. 

It's not easy for an artist, but with some training, and especially, a network of colleagues and mentors, you can begin to navigate the professional world.

Course curriculum

  • 01
    Introduction to Professional Practices
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    • Welcome to Professional Practices
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  • 02
    Week One: Intro to Professional Practices
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    • Week One: Intro to Professional Practices - art making, philosophy and the everyday
    • Notes on making art
    • Two Questions by Lynda Barry
    • Why make art reflective exercise
    • BONUS Justine Mara Andersen Big Ideas About the Role Of the Artist
  • 03
    Week Two: how to present your work and talk about your practice
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    • Week Two: how to present your work and talk about your practice
    • Notes on how to present your work and talk about your practice
    • How to Make Comics and Cartoons by Liana Finck
  • 04
    Week three: how to set goals, meet deadlines and maintain a freelance schedule
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    • Week Three: how to set goals, meet deadlines and maintain a freelance schedule
    • Notes on how to set goals, meet deadlines and maintain a freelance schedule
    • BONUS Justine Mara Andersen Surviving Clients Video
    • BONUS Internship tips from Joan Hilty
    • BONUS Managing Your Workflow with Beth Trembley
  • 05
    Week Four: how to submit to comics anthologies, magazines and collections
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    • Week Four: how to submit to comics anthologies, magazines and collections
    • Notes on submitting comics to anthologies
    • BONUS editor of The Nib on pitches that work
  • 06
    Week Five: how to write a book proposal
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    • Week Five: how to write a book proposal
    • Notes on book publishing and writing a proposal
    • Book proposal template
    • Eyes Too Dry (Chapter One) by Alice Chipkin and Jessica Tavassoli
    • Rosalie Lightning Pitch PDF
  • 07
    Week Six: life after school - how to maintain a comics community
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    • Week Six: life after school - how to maintain a comics community
    • Notes on maintaining a comics community
    • A compost heap of thoughts, suggestions and tips from Tom Hart
    • BONUS Internship tips from Joan Hilty
    • BONUS A compost heap of thoughts, suggestions and tips from Jason Little
  • Emma Jensen

    Instructor Bio:

    Emma Jensen is an Australian artist and editor based in Gainesville, Florida. She graduated from the University of Melbourne with a Masters in Creative Writing, Editing and Publishing, including a major creative work in graphic form titled, ‘What We Don’t Speak Of’. Since graduating she has worked as a comics educator for various Australian organisations including the State Library of Victoria, Yarra Youth Services and Express Media. During that time she also worked as an editor for independent and educational publishers, and as art editor for youth magazine, Voiceworks. She has been publishing and exhibiting comics regularly since 2015, with her work most recently included in kus #37 ‘Down Down Under’ and Ink Brick No 10. She joins SAW as an instructor after coming to Gainesville to attend the year-long intensive program in 2018-19. You can read collections of her past work at issuu.com/emma.jensen.

    Emma Jensen

    Instructor