Leap into the world of comic books on the Experience Comics Vol. 1 program in Los Angeles. Immerse in campus life at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), studying on campus and starting off with the fundamentals of graphic design and drawing. Practice these skills in classes on layout and design, organizing a story panel by panel. Discover the techniques, methods and materials used by experts while exploring individual styles. Learn the craft of storytelling through narrative art, applying previous classes to illustrating a comic book. Between classes, students are encouraged to develop their comic book ideas in groups or independently. Connect with experts in the industry on a visit to a local comic book company and imagine what a career in comic books could look like.
All set in the inspiring city of Los Angeles, there are so many distinct landmarks where creative professionals have made their mark. By staying in the UCLA dormitories, students are immersed in campus life in the city known as the entertainment capital of the world. Explore where stars and artists have risen among the dazzling sights of Los Angeles, including the Hollywood Sign, Walk of Fame, Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. To truly get a sense for why this area is nicknamed La La Land, stroll along the endless beaches and boulevards of Venice and Santa Monica. Walk the city with a real working artist, listening to stories about the art and graffiti in the diverse art communities of Los Angeles.
Travel from home to Los Angeles by plane. On arrival, take a guided sightseeing tour by motorcoach to the Hollywood Sign, Walk of Fame, Sunset Boulevard and Rodeo Drive. End the day at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) for a campus orientation, introduction to comic book curriculum and check in to the residence hall.
Spend the day in class at UCLA, beginning with an introduction to graphic design and basic drawing. In the afternoon, cover layout and design for comic book panels. Briefly leave campus for the evening to stroll along Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade and Venice Beach Boulevard.
In another full day of classes at UCLA, learn the fundamentals of comic book methods and materials. This afternoon, explore narrative art, discovering how to integrate storytelling and illustration in the comic panels.
Discover what working in the comic book industry is like on a visit to a local company. Experience Los Angeles during free time around Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and local comic book stores.
After checking out of the residence hall at UCLA, explore the unique art and graffiti of Downtown Los Angeles on a walking tour. Following this, return to the airport and travel homewards.
Note: Activities are subject to change based on availability.
The five-day Experience Comics Vol. 1 program engages students in the fundamentals of storytelling through comic books. By staying in the UCLA residence halls, they are immersed in campus life in the city known as the entertainment capital of the world. Comprehensive comic book classes at the college cover graphic design, drawing, how to layout and design comic panels, methods, materials and narrative art. To gain insight into future career opportunities in the industry, there is a visit to a local comic book company. With a curated curriculum for educators to apply with the program, students are empowered to put their learning into practice before, during and after the trip.
At Experience, we make sure everything is covered – from housing to technology and beyond – to provide the best experience for our students.
On campus, twin residence hall accommodations throughout the trip.
All transportation is provided throughout the program.
Airfare covers round-trip flights from major airports.
All three meals are provided daily, featuring local cuisine.
Interactive learning experiences designed to expand educational and career goals.
Scheduled activities, experiences and guided tours are all included.
Customized experiences developed by travel experts to promote learning and engagement.
Full-time Tour Directors are on site for the duration of the trip, for an all-inclusive experience.
Tips for bus drivers, guides, Tour Directors and meals.
Advanced student security software that integrates geofencing, logistics, communication and more optimized safety features.
Dedicated 24/7 staff availability, supporting students every step of the way.
A night chaperone is on site to ensure security.
* For CTE and CCMR directors interested in co-op promotion please contact Naomi Woods at the ESC Region 20 Service Center.
Naomi N. Woods
Coordinator of College, Career, and Military Readiness
STEM, Early Childhood, CTE, Counseling, & Digital Age Learning
Education Service Center, Region 20
1314 Hines Avenue, San Antonio, Texas 78208