Visual Storytelling and Storyboarding course at Sessions College

Visual Storytelling and Storyboarding

3 credits

ILL 302: Visual Storytelling and Storyboarding

Create polished storyboards expressing your narrative ideas

Professional illustrators are frequently hired to create visual narratives and storyboards for a variety of media and purposes such as publications, books, sequential art, ad campaigns, exhibitions, and film/television. This course provides you with the opportunity to advance your storytelling ability and produce well-conceived and compelling visual stories and high-quality storyboards for a variety of applications.

Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 3 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August


The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Anne Catherine Blake

Take this course as a standalone or as part of the following program(s):

Course Projects

    1. Visual Storytelling and the Storyboard

      We will discuss how the storyboard developed from our passion throughout history for visual storytelling, and look at examples of how storyboards have been used to plan live action and animated movies.

    2. Visual Storytelling Techniques

      We will explore visual storytelling techniques to brainstorm and create well-conceived and compelling stories suitable for a storyboard project.

    3. Storyboard Tools of the Trade

      We will explore various storyboard drawing tools and templates, discussing what is needed to get started as successful storyboard artists in the various fields of visual storytelling.

    4. Storyboarding

      Putting It All Together. We will explore the various types of camera shots used in the storyboard and how they are used to move the visual story forward.

Sample Student Work

For sample work, visit student gallery

Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

Student will learn from a professional illustrator how to create visual narratives and storyboards for a variety of media and purposes. Students will create a story and learn a systematic approach to turn it into a polished storyboard. Multiple rounds of feedback give this project the opportunity to become a portfolio piece.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator CC (InDesign optional).
  • Drawing and art supplies may be required depending on your choice of project.
What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize historical concepts and artistic styles when exploring and researching multiple visual narratives and storyboards in a variety of media purposes such as publications, books, sequential art, ad campaigns, exhibitions, and film/television with consideration of the nature, flow and structure of visual storytelling.
  • Professionally present research and creative concepts in alignment with the course content, creative brief, project criteria/expectations, and presentation guidelines.
  • Actively and professionally participate in class discussions/meetings, constructively assess the work of your peers, and enhance your creative work based upon feedback.
  • Demonstrate effective and efficient use of your digital and traditional drawing, painting, and other image making skills to create quality portfolio ready pieces.
  • Effectively conceptualize, create, finalize, and present a series of illustrations (digital and/or traditional) based upon research, with consideration of the following (where applicable): historical context, anatomy, gravity, movement, scale, proportion, light, value contrast, perspective, color, mood, art/design principles, and visual storytelling.
  • Apply and demonstrate technically proficient digital illustration/image making skills utilizing appropriate software such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

Getting Started

Course Registration

  • Classes start January, April, and August
  • 3 Credit Course
  • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

Course Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $1730

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

Course Registration Form

To register for this course, use the form below to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What Are The Courses Like?

Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).