Illustration & Storytelling for Sequential Arts (ISSA), is a unique, enhanced 4-year diploma program, designed with input from leading Canadian artists in the field. It gi
Illustration & Storytelling for Sequential Arts (ISSA), is a unique, enhanced 4-year diploma program, designed with input from leading Canadian artists in the field. It gives students a broad, updated skill base that includes 21st-century skills using digital media, creating mobile comics, knowledge of the entire Adobe Suite, essential graphic design and illustration for advertising skills, storyboarding for film, and advertising. The fourth-year 2-semester graphic novel development course ensures that each graduate will leave with a package that can be pitched to publishers. Core courses for the ISSA program include all the basics of creating, penciling, and inking comics, storytelling, and scripting for comics, and children’s book illustration. Max the Mutt students graduate with a solid portfolio, a web page, the skills to write a cover letter and résumé, and the ability to conduct themselves professionally in a job interview. Our annual Industry Open House is well-attended by representatives from publishing, animation, and gaming companies. Many employers contact us when they have job openings, and we regularly inform our graduates of employment opportunities. The high level of drawing and design that ISSA graduates from Max the Mutt are known for, combined with new skills that take graduates to entry-level positions as graphic designers, storyboard artists, and multimedia artists, are meant to supplement income as young graduates establish themselves as a freelance comic book and graphic novel artists.