Friday, August 14, 2015

Utah school offers major in Comic Book Art

SOUTH SALT LAKE (ABC 4 News) It took years for Stan Lee, the legendary creator of Spiderman, The Hulk and The X-Men, to gain notoriety in the small world of comic books.

But that was decades ago, and Lee didn't have the same opportunity, or schooling, that students do now, like a school that offers a major in comic book art.

Broadview Entertainment Arts University -- or BEAU -- in South Salt Lake offers several degrees in art, one being in comic book art.

"In America, there are only a handful of schools that offer a degree in comic book art, and BEAU is one of them," said Garrick Dean, program chair of comic and sequential art at BEAU.

BEAU takes a unique approach to education. It's all about hand-on learning and real-world application.

"We help them build a portfolio, a resume, we get them internships, we get them out into the real world, we get them working with companies before they even leave BEAU," says Dean.

Lacey LeBlanc is a talented student, but has the same problem as many budding artists.

"With a lot of artists you're not always able to push yourself or motivate yourself to draw, and by being in a classroom where you can set goals and have ideas of what you want, you can reach those goals significantly faster than you would on your own," says LeBlanc.

Students at BEAU are taught by professionals who are currently working in the field they teach.

They also get to work with small companies, who give students projects that will actually be sent to customers.

Once such company is Hoffmangler Studios, LLC.

"I believe that you learn more, it sticks better if you're actually working on something that's going to be published and seen by people rather than something purely academic that's only going to be seen by your teacher," says Chris Hoffman, CEO of Hoffmangler Studios.

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