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.

Course Content:

  • 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

Field Assignment

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!

Application Details

Applications for the 2018 School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions are due by February 19, 2018! To apply for the next SoCAM online, click the link below to begin your application:

SoCAM Application

SoCAM Confidential Reference Form

Language

The School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions will be run in two languages, English and Mandarin Chinese.

Prerequisite

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.

Contact Information

If you are interested in more information regarding the School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions, please contact us!

Meet the Instructors!


Kyla Weibe

Kyla Wiebe, SoCAM School Leader

Human Figure Drawing
Adobe Photoshop

Kyla has always had a passion for art, and is especially thrilled about using art to serve God on the mission field. She hails from Manitoba, Canada, and completed her bachelor of Biblical studies at Millar College of the Bible. Kyla did her DTS and SoCAM in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2012. Her style is characteristically diverse, but she especially likes drawing the human figure and using Photoshop for digital painting.


Dave Hudson

Dave Hudson, Director, Create International Taiwan

Culture-Specific Media Strategy
Comics and Cartooning
Adobe Illustrator

Dave graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a BA in Art, and has been a professional illustrator for 30 years. He and his wife, Wendy, joined Create International in 2008, and pioneered the first SoCAM in Thailand, in 2010. For ten years, Dave has taught computer graphics in YWAM schools all over the globe, including the School of Illustration, School of Design, and the School of Digital Communications. His style runs the gamut between realistic technical drawing and whimsical cartoons, in both traditional media and digital art. He has also directed four animated productions for unreached people groups in Asia.


Ryō Azumi

Ryō Azumi, Manga Artist

Japanese Manga

Azumi Ryō is a Japanese manga-ka who was born in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo. Ryō’s largest works include the “Ring of the Nibelungs” and “Scarlet Sword,” both based on Scandinavian mythology and history. She says she tends to be drawn more toward the weaknesses in her characters than their heroic qualities. Ryō lives in Japan and continues to work as a manga-ka. She also enjoys investing in the lives of future manga artists by lecturing on manga part-time at a vocational school in Japan. She has also illustrated the last three books of the Manga Messiah series from NEXT Manga—Manga Mutiny, Manga Melech, and Manga Messengers.


Alwyn Ng

Alwyn Ng, Animator

Advanced Flash Animation

Alwyn is an artist from Singapore. He has a diploma in Digital Media and specialises in flash animation. It has been his dream to work in the animation industry, where he has been for 6 years. He is currently working as a CG artist in Koei Tecmo Singapore, a Japanese game company, developing social games for the mobile platform. One day, he hopes to produce his own children's series.


Steve Baldwin

Steve Baldwin, Leader, Create 20/20 Vision Team

Story Development

Steve Baldwin and his wife, Allyson, hail from New England, USA. Before joining Create, he owned a business providing videos for corporations, nonprofit organizations, and ministries. He was also a professor at Gordon College. He recently directed an evangelistic film in Southern Thailand. He currently serves as the leader of Create's 20/20 Vision Team in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, while traveling the world and directing culturally relevant evangelistic films.


Matthew Ullrey

Matthew Ullrey, 3D Animator

3D Illustration and Animation

Matthew Ullrey (born in Ohio, USA) has been drawing since he was a kid. He has a BA degree in Art Studio and a BS in Computer Animation. He is also a certified Oil Painting instructor. Currently he lives in Florida with his wife, Jennifer, and stays busy with freelance art work and Blender 3D software.