Graphic Novel in Scotland

Graphic Novel in Scotland

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A course with an international travel component in Dundee, Scotland.

The graphic novel is one of the most powerful, unique, current, and ageless means of storytelling. This course will give you hands-on practical experience and the opportunity to explore wide-ranging techniques for translating your own life experiences and imagination into compelling visual narratives and sequential art.

You will be exposed to the work of some of the best graphic novel artists working today.

You will partner with students at the University of Dundee — who are majoring in the study of graphic novels — to develop story lines, featuring locations in both the United States and Scotland, collaboratively.

You will visit these locations during your study abroad experience, and work on your characters side by side with Dundee students.

Priority registration in this course is given to Abington students enrolled in an Art major or minor, as well as students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


  • Transform personal experience and imaginative storytelling into compelling visual narrative
  • Become familiar with the diverse stylistic forms of graphic memoir
  • Gain important international experience by navigating through a different country and through direct interaction with Dundee students 
  • Develop a collaborative international narrative


Day 1
Group shuttle from Penn State Abington to Newark Airport; Evening departure from Newark Airport

Day 2
Arrive in Edinburgh; check into hotel

Visit drawing settings in Edinburgh: High Street, Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh Castle, and Arthur’s Seat

Day 3
Participate in interactive gaming Edinburgh to familiarize yourself with the city

Day 4
Take the Hairy Coo Tour to see more settings: The National Wallace Monument, the Scottish Highlands, and Loch Katrine

Day 5
Visit the University of Dundee
Dinner with Dundee students and faculty

Day 6
Join Dr. Chris Murray, senior lecturer in films and comics at the University of Dundee, for a lecture on the history of Dundee’s comics
Work with Dundee partner students

Day 7
Join Dr. Golnar Nabizideh, lecturer in English at the University of Dundee, for a discussion on character development
Work with Dundee partner students

Day 8:
Visit Damon Herd, director of Dundee Comics Creative Space, for information about their community outreach project
Work with Dundee partner students

Day 9:
Join Phillip Vaughn, course director of animation, for a lecture at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

Tour the college’s animation and visual studies department
Comics Jam with Dundee partner students

Day 10:
Transfer back to Edinburgh Airport Hotel

Day 11:
Morning flight back to United States