Non-Degree / Dates: 12-16 July 2020 (Replaced by an online course)

NB! Read here about online courses in summer 2020.

We invite you to discover Tallinn and form your impressions into storytelling, comics and illustrations. During the week you will receive a quick introduction about basic rules and practice of storytelling, comics, illustration. The course will employ hands-on learning and each participant will create their own story with comics or illustration.

Why this course?

  • This course develops your self-expression, creativity and innovative storytelling skills.

  • You will create your own story with comics or illustration.


Veiko Vaatmann, MA Film, Scriptwriting

Joonas Sildre, BA Graphic Design, MA Student of Digital Learning Games



Sunday, 12:00-16:15

Introducing the goal. Script planning and formatting. Comic script and layout creation software.

Narrative and Dramaturgy: What are the compelling stories (well-told good stories)? Character, event, time-space. Brief introduction and comparison of long and short story structures.

Pitching ideas and feedback. Assigning a homework assignment (writing a script or a plot outline).

Monday, 10:00-14:15

Homework Review / Feedback.

Long structure. Creating empathy for the character, main conflict, character development, catharsis, and creating a message.

Short structure: fatal mistake, anagnorisis, dramatic irony, situational irony.

Assigning homework (finishing the scenario and creating a layout based on it).

Tuesday, 10:00-14:15

First half of the day: Homework Review / Feedback.

Writing dialogue. Metaphor (creation of metaphor scene).

Comics and Illustration

Character design. Drawing without drawing.

Second half of the day: Character design. Practical theory of composition. The task is to develop your story as a visual design.

Wednesday, 10:00-14:15

Creating the environment. Color teaching. Visual narration. Create storytelling in a comic strip. Storyboard theory. Review your homework. Finishing and forming your story.

Thursday, 10:00-14:15

An overview of digital drawing techniques. Practical tips for the future. Weekly review, general and personal feedback.

Important: No preliminary drawing skills needed!


The course is open to all people with an interest in the ways of different creative expressions and how to create and illustrate a story. No previous experience is required.

Credit points


"I was able to do a whole comic in 5 days. The teachers give constructive feedback and take time for the students to help them with their story and give ideas for the realisation."

Christina Bornberg, Austria
Storytelling, Comics and Illustrations #tss2019

Read also the blog by Christina, Katharina and Beate about their inspiring experience in Storytelling, Comics and Illustrations course at TSS 2019

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