2023-2024 / HAAR0160-1

Special question of history of art: comics*


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Master in communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Erwin Dejasse

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

In thirty class meetings, we will cover the history of comics beginning with their earliest beginnings (the Swiss Rodolphe Toeppfer, the German Wilhelm Busch and the Frenchman Christophe) up to the present day and even the present moment. Since we cannot be exhaustive regarding this subject, the course will will particularly emphasize the contribution of American comics and of Franco-Belgian comic books (Tintin, Spirou, Vaillant, Pilote). The complexity of this logo-iconic genre and its principal lines of force are at the center of the course, which combines various approaches - semiotic, aesthetic, sociological, anthropological and narratological.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to:
- recognize a work seen in the class (or whose author has been mentioned in class) and place it in its context of creation
- justify this identification by observation elements (style, "graphic school", narration, subject addressed in the work)
- define the different components of the expression in comic with the correct terminology : drawing, cutting, layout (according to the terminology of Benoît Peeters or Thierry Groensteen) ...
- analyze a comic board by identifying and evaluating the relevance of the creative schemes it implements

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lecture with a substantial iconography.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

Recommended reading :
McCLOUD, Scott, L'Art invisible, Paris, 2007 (1e éd. fr. 1999).
GROENSTEEN, Thierry, Système de la bande dessinée, Paris, 2011.

Any session :

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

- Remote

written work

- If evaluation in "hybrid"

preferred in-person

Additional information:

Written examination

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


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