SAW Year Long Program

How can you make your work better? How do you become an artist? 

The SAW Single-Year Program

Whether your interest is personal stories, graphic novels, or genre comics or whether your concern is for entertainment, literary depth, or personal expression, then our program is for you.

Everyone at SAW has at one time or another had to struggle with the same questions and dilemmas, and we’ve all found answers, and our faculty can share them with you through our unique blend of mentorship and comics-specific curriculum.

We have taught comics to young and old, to illustration students, writers and english teachers, fine artists and people who just don’t know what to do and more. If you have passion and a dedication to learning sequential art, then the SAW single-year intensive is for you.


AT SAW, we’ve created an intensive, serious learning program that is 1/3 to 1/10th the price of average single years at other institutions.

SAW is about studying comics, making comics and becoming an artist.

SAW is exercises and training, work and critique, exposure and literacy, personalized instruction and mentorship.

SAW’s instructors include Leela Corman and Tom Hart, award-winning cartoonists who are found consistently in Best American Comics and praised in other critical venues.

SAW’s drawing teacher is the amazing Justine Mara Andersen whose rigor and focus on fundamentals and technique connects centuries of tradition to our students often more contemporary ambitions.

And SAW has a comics history class to rival any in the country with dozens of opportunities to interact with out of print work, original art and prints and pages sometimes hundreds of years old.
From former student Adrian Pijoan: “SAW is a classic form of education. It’s a room with professionals sharing their skills with students. It feels more like a holistic apprenticeship than a university classroom. ”
Our year-long students make hundreds of pages of story and artwork, co-curated  art shows, collaborate with dramatists and comedians to create original theater, printed and bound thousands of copies of books, attended festivals; worked for clients; and learned in close proximity from our staff of working artists.

SAW is a school for differing personalities and artistic temperaments. We recognize and enliven your personal vision, yet always try to understand it in the larger context.

SAW is for serious students of comic book and sequential art.




We offer a single year-long course of study on-site in Gainesville.

The 2015-2016 Single-Year Program has just finished, the 2017-2018 is underway and our students have had a great education.

Some of our past wrap-ups and round-ups:
See our 2014-2015 wrap-up blog post here.
See the flickr set here.
See the 2013-2014 wrap-up blog post here.
See the 2012-2013 round-up blog post here.



Semesters are 14 weeks long. We time our calendar to the University of Florida calendar to facilitate housing for everyone. The first day of the fall semester is a Monday around August 20, ending on a Friday in mid-December. We take a week off in October and time off for Thanksgiving. View more on our calendar, here:

Our spring 2018 semester will begin 2nd week January 9 end the last week of April. We take two weeks off in a row in March for spring break and visiting artist workshops (separate from the SAW curriculum.)