Some further administrative information for attendees of the SAW 2017-2018 Single-Year Program.
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.)
We are offering 4 classes in our core curriculum and several optional classes.
The full curriculum is CURRENTLY as follows (times subject to change): CORE CLASSES ARE IN BOLD. Optional classes are in italics and are subject to change.
|11:00 AM-2:00 PM||Sequential Art Studio with Tom Hart*
Please note below about Tom and Leela’s presence.
|Traditional Drawing with Justine Andersen||Illustration with Leela Corman*/ semester 1||Mix Day, Visiting Artists, Single Workshops, etc. **|
|3:00-5:00 PM||Comics History with John Ronan|
|6:00-9:00 PM||semester 1: Gouache painting with Jess Ruliffson semester 2: non-fiction comics||Cartoons and Cartooning with Kurt Wolfgang, Full year.|
- *Tom and Leela are entertaining teaching options overseas, and may not be here for the entire year. There will be more info posted as we know it.
- ** Fridays: Mixed class 11am – 1 or 2 pm, featuring per semester: Figure Drawing with Leela Corman (2-3 sessions per semester), Physicality and Performance Theory and Practice for Narrative (2-3 Workshops, with Sheila Bishop per semester), Reading the Graphic Novel / Comics Documentaries (3-5 sessions, every other week, with Tom Hart per semester) and Guest Artists/Guest Lecturing (2-3 sessions per semester). Fridays are always subject to change.
The price for this core curriculum is $3450 per year, $443.75 / month for 8 months (September-April.) or $1750 payable per semester.
Optional classes are offered at $350/semester each. 7-week classes will be priced accordingly.
We will schedule a casual meet-and-greet orientation in mid-August. As you are accepted into the program, we’ll add you to the private SAW Facebook group, here:
Payment in full is due one week before the beginning of each semester. Checks should be made to The Sequential Artists Workshop. If you wish to pay via PAYPAL please add an additional 3%. Pro-rated refunds are available during the first two weeks of class. No refunds will be given after the 2nd Friday of classes.
For those needing assistance in scheduling a payment plan, etc., email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gainesville is a major university town and as such, very friendly to students. You should have no trouble finding suitable housing in Gainesville. Almost any house or apartment you find will be within biking distance of SAW which is a few blocks from the main intersection of University and Main. Try this Craigslist link:http://gainesville.craigslist.org/apa/ or other services to find roommates or an apartment.
This Craigslist post has roommate listings: http://gainesville.craigslist.org/search/hhh?query=roommate&sort=rel Keep in mind SAW is on SOUTH MAIN ST at SE 5th AVENUE. We don’t recommend being more than a mile away; less if you can swing it.
ANNA’S LIST OF RENTAL PLACES:
And, of course, there is a crazy amount of apartments on craigslist right now.
The SAW FB Group can help each other find housing, etc.
This FACEBOOK Group has young people in Gainesville looking for apartments, rooming situations, etc. https://www.facebook.com/groups/461257803968026/
This one is specifically queer-friendly:
Note: The UF schedule means that houses and apartments rent from August 1 to July 31. Look before then. Prospective students will have access to the school Wiki page where students can discuss and collaborate on finding housing.
Since SAW is an informal, unaccredited school, we are not able to offer student visas. However, we have had many international students so far. Advice from Ceili Braidwood and Javed Imthiaz who have graciously put this together the following:
“If you’re looking to get a visa, then the one I would recommend is the tourist visa. This leaves you time to work on the course materials and attend classes and should give you relative freedom to do what you like. The only downside is that you need to be relatively well funded in order to persuade the embassy to issue you one for the length of time you need…”“What seemed to have worked for me is that I had a clear and true intention: go to SAW and study comics, which the embassy officials, thankfully, understood. A supporting letter from SAW helped.“Of course, I had to go through rounds of questioning even after arriving in a US airport. That’s because, even if they issue you a visa, it does not guarantee entry or a fixed period of stay in the US. Both of these are decided upon by the officials at your port of entry.“It also helps to be very clear that you are going back after attending the workshop — carry a return ticket. ”
We have written many letters of invitation for students and are happy to do so. Email us if you have additional questions.
What follows is last year’s supply list. It is subject to change.
MAP TO SAW. Our two locations are two blocks apart, so this map shows the main one.
We’re compiling a list of necessary art supplies, as well as reading supplies. Some reading supplies will be handed out as photocopies, and some you will be required to pick up via the library, a book sale, the internet, etc. More info below.
- Windsor Newton Series 7 #2 brush (or, God forbid, a lower budget
- equivalent) and also an assortment of cro-quill pens
- India ink (Make sure your india ink is PERMANENT and WATERPROOF)
- Bristol, at least 14×17 in size.
- pencils and erasers
- cheap brush and white gouache
- sketch pad