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Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art

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The Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art, which was originally founded in 1976 by Joe Kubert and his wife Muriel Kubert, has ever since been the only post-secondary institution to focus entirely and exclusively on the cartoon trade and industry. This makes it a true magnet for talented artists looking to enter this colorful and peculiar world. This school is considered a three-year technical college and happens to be located in the urban community of Dover, New Jersey (which lies some 45 minutes from New York City by car). With Joe Kubert having been a prominent and influential figure of the American and international cartoon industry, this school has a very solid reputation in the specific field of interest and the wider artistic community.


The academic program is known to be quite demanding, and for those out there that believe high drop-out rates reflect a difficult school, this school’s 30% drop-out rate is quite telling. Academics and Graphic Art are entirely centralized, in the sense that all students must follow the same curriculum (which lasts three years in total, without exception) and must take all classes; failing any given class during a year implies failing the entire year and therefore having to redo the entire year over again.

Classes sizes are quite small, from 15 to no more than 25 students in size, which raises the level of education and individual attention that each student gets. Professors are all experts and professionals in their subject matters. Students take two classes a day, each lasting little less than three hours in total with a lunch break between them, and the academic calendar lasts from September to May.

Academic accreditation is given by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology, and the school is fully recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education.

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Admission is determined principally on the grounds of artistic level and positive attitude, both of which are reviewed during an interview with an admissions representative working with the school. Basic requirements also include having a high school diploma or equivalent (GED certificate) and submitting all official transcripts from high school along with the application form. Applications are accepted at any time of the year to be admitted to the program the following year, though early applications are encouraged.

The admissions interview can be in person or, in the case of applicants from beyond the local area, over the phone. A fairly comprehensive portfolio of the applicant’s artwork is to be presented to the admissions staff prior to the interview in the case of a phone interview or at the interview itself if in person. There are fairly specific requirements to be met when presenting one’s portfolio. The portfolio should contain between 15 and 25 pieces of highly representative artwork that capture the applicant’s abilities comprehensively, with only 3 pieces allowed to be more than 3 years old. Pieces must be smaller than 14 inches by 17 inches, and in the case of larger pieces or sculptures, etc., these can be represented by photographs or quality photocopies. Finally, the portfolio must be accompanied by a money order and a pre-paid envelope addressed to the applicant so that it can be returned (in the case of phone interviews; otherwise, the applicant takes their portfolio with them after the in-person interview).

Financial Aid

This school participates in the federal Title IV financial assistance programs, and therefore students and applicants will be eligible, on the basis of demonstrated need, to receive financial aid at the federal, state, institution and local level.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1713th for the average student loan amount.
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Many of the alumni of the Joe Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art have been or currently are successful artists whether specifically in the field of cartooning or otherwise. A few of the more recognizable graduates from this institution include: Stephen R. Bissette, who has collaborated as artist for Alan Moore and the TV series Swamp Thing; Sherm Cohen, artist for the TV series SpongeBob SquarePants; and Dave Dorman, artist during the successful film trilogy Star Wars.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 20 0.11
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 1 0.01
Forcible Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 28 0.15
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 84 0.46
Larceny 302 1.66
Vehicle theft 13 0.07

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Dover, NJ 07801
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population24,396 (23,957 urban / 439 rural)
Households7,544 (3.19 people per house)
Median Household Income$56,082
Families5,574 (3.47 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3407

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1040th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $18,800 $18,800 $18,800
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $780 $780 $780
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $33,810 $33,810 $33,810
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $33,060 $33,060 $33,060
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $23,660 $23,660 $23,660

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $18,200 $18,980 $18,200 $18,980 $18,200 $18,980
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,925 $2,080
On-Campus – Room & Board $9,850(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,000(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,400(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,000(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,000(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$50
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 125 (99 male / 26 female)
Admitted 98 (84 male / 14 female)
Admission rate 78%
First-time Enrollment 51 (43 male / 8 female)
FT Enrollment 51 (43 male / 8 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment98

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity49
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$10,150
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 2 15 17
Commercial and Advertising Art 2 15 17

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 20
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits N/A

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Carrie Petersen earned her Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of School leadership at Northern Illinois University. Carrie likes to travel with her husband and two sons.

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