Comics and Graphic Narrative

  • Overview

    This minor is dedicated to the study and creation of stories using text and image. The tradition of graphic narrative includes the comic strip; the graphic novel and its precursors; and forms of theatrical presentation, including the illustrated broadside, toy theater and picture recitation. Graphic narrative spans the fields of documentary and reportage, fiction, autobiography and educational instruction. In the minor, students are encouraged to initiate and visualize their own stories through the usage of handmade or computer-supported techniques.

    The Comics and Graphic Narrative minor is offered through Parsons' School of Art, Media, and Technology and requires successful completion of 18 credits across four subject areas, as outlined in the chart below. Please note that PSAM 1040, Reading Graphic Novels, is required of all students intending to complete this minor.

    Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.


    A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • Understanding of the history, theory, and practice of text-image works across several cultures
    • Understanding of the creative iterative process, including the critique of one's own work and that of peers 
    • Competence in the composition of images and text for fiction and reportage projects
    • Competence in realizing a self-initiated text-image project from research through design to reproduction
    • Strength and experience in a variety of publishing and distribution systems


    Subject Area Course Options Requirements
    Composition 3 credits
    Creative Process and Critique

    0–3 credits

    Students who have already completed one of these courses, or will do so for their major, should instead select another course in the subject area "Text-Image Projects and Publications" (below).

    History/Theory 3 credits
    Text-Image Projects and Publications 9–12 credits


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this, contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for Lang or the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.

    For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Ben Katchor, associate professor of illustration, at