Practical course

Illustration and Comics

This course is conducted in the Czech language.

Learn the techniques of illustration and visual storytelling under the guidance of Barbara Müllerová

The Illustration and Comics course will take you through a series of exercises, creative assignments and artistic techniques designed to broaden the horizons of both beginning and more advanced artists. It will help such ones develop their own artistic expression. The course content balances teaching technical skills and craft with providing a variety of stimuli for experimentation and developing one’s own creativity. It offers a hands-on approach based on trial and error and discovery with tightly structured lessons offering theoretical foundations and practical know-how. You will practice composing and creating a comic panel, learn how to add dynamics to your illustrations, and try out techniques and tools you might not have thought to use. The curriculum combines individual lessons in which you will try out different creative techniques, work on your own manuscript and expand your own horizons, with work on a long-term semester project. In each odd-numbered week we will work together in the studio on a short assignment, trying new ways and finding our own expression, while in the even-numbered weeks we will use the course time to work on a longer-term project and to consult together. There will also be time and space for those interested to discuss their own homework with the tutor. The course content is designed to make you feel more confident in your drawing, to know what to look out for when creating a comic or preparing print data, and to gain inspiration for further work and developing your own distinctive style. We don’t teach from tutorials and we won’t force you to copy someone else’s work or processes!

  • Lesson content:

    1. Line, surface, contour, mass - exercises for a more confident and lively line, working with line vs. working with surface, building an imagine in drawing and painting
    2. Introduction to semester assignments + first consultation of semester project
    3. How to master the human figure: from motion sketching to character design
    4. Work on semester project + consultation
    5. Compositional schemes and working with space
    6. Focus on comics: anatomy of comics for more advanced + consultation of term papers
    7. Discovering expression types - line expression and experimenting with tools
    8. Focus on riso: advanced tips & tricks + semester project consultation
    9. Dynamic imagery - movement, expression, composition
    10. Work on semester project + consultation
    11. Stencil printing - a simple technique with a print shop that you can fit in your pocket
    12. Technological focus: how to prepare data for printing (riso and digital printing) + consultation of semester projects
    13. Drawing with graphite powder - working with the surface and painting techniques in the medium of drawing
    14. Practical risography workshop
    15. Three drawing games to overcome blocks and presentation of semester projects

What awaits you in the course

  • How to make your drawing more vivid and dynamic
  • Construct comic book panels so that the story reads well, works with the atmosphere, and doesn't get boring
  • You'll expand your palette of favourite instruments, techniques and compositional schemes and learn the basics of risography.

Who is the lecturer

VOŠ, Kurzy

Barbora Müllerová


Barbora Müllerová works as an illustrator, book designer and curator of the LUSTR festival of illustration and comics. She mainly works for non-profit organisations dealing with human rights and the environment, illustrating popular literature on scientific topics, children’s books and occasionally cultural periodicals. In recent years, she has also experimented with comics, publishing for example in the Finnish anthology Kuti or in the Czech comics fanzine XRX. From 2017-2022 she was a teacher at the Faculty of Art and Design in Ústí nad Labem, and from 2022 she has been teaching illustration at the Scholastika University of Applied Sciences. She is also involved in illustration and comics as a theoretician and curator: as part of her doctoral studies at FUD UJEP, she focused on strategies of socially engaged illustration and comics, as a curator she has prepared a number of exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad, and from 2020 she has been in charge of the main exhibition section of the largest Czech trade show LUSTR. Since 2022, she has been part of the Czech Design Academy and sits on the jury selecting the Illustrator of the Year in the Czech Grand Design survey. Thanks to her experience from her own work and curatorial work, she is able to offer her students both practical know-how and a rich overview of what is currently happening in the field of illustration and comics in the Czech Republic and internationally.

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Course price: 9.800Kč

Course price:

How to apply for a course?

  • 1

    Make sure that it is possible to attend the course in English by sending an inquiry to

  • 2

    Complete the online application on our website. You will then receive an email asking you to pay the reservation fee. Pay the reservation fee of 700 CZK. The fee must be paid within 24 hours of receiving the invitation. After paying the booking fee, we will contact you back with instructions for paying the remaining part of the course fee and other information.

  • 3

    Pay the rest of the course fee. The remaining part of the course must be paid within 5 working days of receiving the invitation.

Course application

The course capacity is already full! We look forward to seeing you in the summer semester 2024.

If you have any questions regarding the Scholastika courses, please contact us via email

  • When do courses start at Scholastika?

    Courses are always semester-long. In the winter semester they start in mid-October and the summer semester usually starts in February/March. The 2024 summer term starts the week of February 26.

  • Is there an Open Day at the courses?

    The Open Day is always held before the start of the semester. The next date is February 12, 2024 (18.00-19.30 at Římská 12, Prague 2).

  • How much does a one semester course cost?

    9 800 Kč
    for courses: 3D Animation, Photography, Graphic Design, Adobe Graphic Programs, Interior Design, Jewellery, Textile Design and Production, Adobe After Effects

    8 700 Kč
    for courses: Drawing, Painting

    8 300 Kč
    for lecture course: History of Design and Architecture

    2 750 Kč
    for lecture course: Art History

    If the membership fee is paid through Benefit Plus or other employee benefits, the membership fee is increased by 15% of the original amount.

    The price of each course does not include materials or software programs (Adobe, Cinema 4D, etc.). In some cases, it is possible to use the school computer where the programs are installed during the course by prior arrangement.

    Price advantages
    1 or 2 completed semesters = 5% discount for the next semester
    3 or more semesters completed = 10% discount for the next semester

    We also offer a discount for combinations of 2 or 3 studios.

    For more information, please see General Terms and Conditions

  • Are there some discounts when attending a combination of courses?

    The basic price for the combination of 2 courses is 16 500 CZK. For a combination of three courses 22 500 CZK. For more information contact us at

  • What are the cancellation conditions?

    The course fee is recorded as a membership fee of the Scholastika, z.s. An administrative fee of 700 CZK is always deducted when the membership fee is returned.
    Within 2 weeks of the beginning of the semester of the course in question, the membership fee is refunded, minus the administration fee and the lessons taken. Thereafter, and within 1 month of the start of the semester, only 50% of the membership fee, minus the administration fee, is refunded. Thereafter, the membership fee is no longer refundable.

    For more information, see General Terms and Conditions

  • How do I apply for a course?

    The first step is to complete and submit the online application form, which is listed below on this website. We will then notify you of its acceptance, enrolment in the course and payment of the membership fee.

  • Are the courses held only in person or is it possible to join online?

    It is not possible to join the in-person courses online. We offer only one online course, the Art History (online) course.

  • Is there an admissions interview for the courses?

    As of the winter semester 2018, applicants are admitted to the courses without the need for an entrance interview.

  • Is it possible to use the Scholastika space during non-class time?

    Yes, we motivate students to work on school assignments and their own projects. Scholastics is open by appointment every weekday from 12-8 pm.

  • For whom are the courses intended?

    The courses are intended for the general public. Our students are graduates of high schools and universities, people interested in studying at art colleges, people in the field who want to develop their work and better orient themselves in the art and design scene, as well as people who have chosen the course purely as a hobby.

  • Will the courses prepare me for admission to the art college of my choice?

    Yes, that is one of our goals. We are trying to prepare students both theoretically and practically to be more successful in art college admissions. Many Scholastika graduates study at the Academy of Fine Arts, UMPRUM, FaVu, FAMU or UJEP.

  • Will I receive a certificate or certificate upon completion of the course?

    Yes, you will receive a printed certificate upon completion of the course. Certificates are issued on request after the course has been completed in a given semester.

  • In which language are the courses conducted?

    Courses are primarily conducted in the Czech language. However, it depends on the course and the lector whether they will be able to effectively incorporate another language variant into their lessons. If you are interested in studying the course in English, please contact