What is the SoCAM?
The School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions (SoCAM) is a twenty-four week, second-level YWAM school, accredited with the University of the Nations (course code: CMC261/262). Our goal is to train students in developing cartoons, comic books, tracts, and animated cartoon media in order to communicate the gospel in culturally relevant ways to the least reached peoples of the world. In many cultures, and especially within those in the 10/40 window, people prefer to receive information through pictures. Cartoons and animation can be powerful tools, particularly in Asia where people line up at stores to buy the latest comic book.
During the twelve-week lecture phase, guest speakers who are experts in their fields will provide hands-on training in the topics below, while students grow in their relationship with God and use media to reach out to the local community.
- Culture-Specific Media Strategy
- Story Development
- Human Figure Drawing
- Comics and Cartooning
- Manga Techniques
- Comic Strip Writing
- Digital Illustration
- 2D Animation Techniques
- 3D Graphics and Animation
- Motion Graphics
- Sound Design
After the twelve-week lecture phase, students will be directly involved in the production of a cross-cultural comic book or animated short film that shares the good news with an unreached people group. This will include onsite field research, consultations with local missionaries, and hours of guided production at our studio in Taiwan. The field assignment lasts twelve weeks.
Do you have a passion to draw cartoons? Do you want to learn how to use your talents and skills to reach the unreached? Download an application and apply for the School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions today!
Applications for the 2017 School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions are due by February 20, 2017! To apply for the next SoCAM online, click the link below to begin your application:
The School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions will be run in two languages, English and Mandarin Chinese.
All students must have successfully completed a YWAM Discipleship Training School (DTS). If you have not done a DTS, consider taking the YWAM Taipei DTS here in Taiwan. For other options, learn more about the DTS from the YWAM Website.
If you are interested in more information regarding the School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions, please contact us!