Creating Public Information Comics - Upskilling Module
School of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
Learn about the many uses of public information comics, and have a go creating your own!
A limited number of fully funded places are available for eligible Scottish applicants through the Scottish Government's Upskilling Fund.
If you are living in Scotland and are currently:
- unemployed and seeking work
- at risk of redundancy or your job under threat as a result of Covid-19 or the economic impact of EU Exit
- employed and have identified a skills gap in their current job
then you can apply for a fully funded place.
Since the 1930s comics have been used by governments, charities, and interest groups of all kinds to motivate and inform the public about a wide range of topics.
These include messages about healthcare, safety, and a vast array of social and political issues. Often such comics have been used to communicate sensitive or complex subjects in a way that is accessible and appealing.
This comes from the medium’s combination of words and images and the nature of sequential storytelling that is essential to comics. Comics tell stories in economical and powerful ways which are immersive and engaging. This makes them a very successful medium for the communication of information and educational messages.
In this module you will explore the history of public information comics and learn about their educational potential.
You will also examine several case studies, with examples of public information comics created by the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies, including ones that deal with issues such as Fibromyalgia, Organ Donation, Dental Health, the Covid-19 Pandemic and lockdown, legal issues, and science communication, notably several comics on forensic science.
Reece Roberston, graduate
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