Course Descriptions

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  • ACN-007

    Design 360

    Are you interested in art or design, but not sure which area suits you best? Would you like to sample each major offered at Art Center? Then this class is for you! Design 360 explores the major art and design fields offered in Art Center's degree program, including: advertising, graphic design, photography, filmmaking, fine art, illustration, product design, environmental design, entertainment design, and transportation design. Through projects centered around one major theme, you will have a chance to explore the principles of each of these art and design disciplines. Drawing skills will be emphasized as an essential way to communicate your ideas. This class is the perfect first class for adult students (over age 18) who are either new to design or seeking to expand their creative horizons.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-428W

    Digital Presentation Technique

    This course focuses on specific Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop techniques that will help you develop and refine your presentations and deliverables.

    Prerequisites: Must have a laptop to bring to class with the latest Adobe software loaded, plus basic working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-260W

    Furniture Design

    Explore the diverse discipline of furniture design through various projects, such as functional furniture, interior systems, hybrid objects and lighting. Learn how to develop a concept into an actual object through various exercises in ideation, sketching, model building and materials exploration. Students will design and develop final models and basic production drawings, as well as design and fabricate a final 1:1 scale project. Class will meet at South Campus for the first few weeks; remaining classes will be held at the Hillside Campus model shop facilities.


    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-038

    Intro to Communication Sketch.

    Learn how to put ideas to paper quickly and convincingly in this intensive class. Drawing techniques covered in this course will enable you to handle a variety of subjects and everyday objects, including products, appliances, office equipment, furniture and materials such as wood, metals, plastics and glass. Emphasis is on mastering basic forms - such as cubes, spheres and cylinders - to produce attractive drawings. Mediums used will include pencil, pen, felt marker and pastel. Acquired skills are appropriate for students interested in industrial design.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-426

    Intro to Creature Design

    Learn different methods and approaches used to develop believable creatures and monsters for the entertainment industry. Working from photographic reference of animals and nature, you will learn how to combine the fundamentals of design, anatomy, form, storytelling and character development to create original sketches and renderings of beastly quadrupeds, bloodthirsty bipeds, and large-scale leviathans. With introductory level 2D drawing skills and 3D techniques using Pixelogic's ZBrush, this is an ideal class for aspiring concept designers, illustrators, animators or students considering ArtCenter's undergraduate Entertainment Design program.

    Prerequisites: Introduction to Figure Drawing, and Digital Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-060

    Intro to Environmental Design

    This foundation course introduces the broad range of possibilities within environmental design through a series of projects. Environmental design focuses on a holistic and experiential approach to designing experiences, spaces, objects and images. Projects will range in scope from the design of overall immersive spaces to the detailed elements that define them, focusing on the design and integration of furniture, lighting, materials and graphics. The development of basic skills in concept development and visual communication (including drawings, models and other media) will be covered. Weekly presentations and lectures on significant artists, designers and architects will also take place. Visiting design professionals will provide tangible insight into career paths within environmental design.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-450

    Intro to Rhino 3D

    As the most versatile 3D modeling tool, Rhinoceros 3D can do it all. This software's flexible and easy-to-adapt tool set makes the learning process fun and extremely intuitive. Unlike surface modelers, Rhino uses NURBS to create fast and accurate geometry which allows you to focus on design and not worry about surface inconsistencies. Course will provide enough information to start modeling in Rhino and utilize its Grasshopper visual programming language for extensive parametric capabilities.

    Prerequisite: Digital Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall

  • ACN-263

    Lighting Design

    Explore lighting design through hands-on experimentation. In this course which emphasizes a resourceful, innovative approach to materials, form and lighting technology, you will make several quick experimental lights that work. For the final project, you will develop a light-from drawing to mock-up to final fabrication. Field trips, guest lectures and presentations will cover a variety of topics including LED, interactive and high-tech lighting; neon and glass; an insider's view of the lighting industry; and modern and contemporary lighting design.

    Previous coursework in environmental or product design is recommended, but not required.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-106


    Increase your understanding of 3D perception and linear perspective systems. Through a series of exercises, develop your technical skills and improve your ability to simulate 3D space on a 2D plane. Theories explored in class apply to traditional and digitally generated images. Primary applications are to illustration and to industrial and environmental design. A foundation course for many majors.

    Required textbook: The Complete Guide to Perspective Drawing. Author: Craig Attebery ISBN: 978-1-13-821562-7.

    Transferable for Illustration majors (see REGISTRATION INFO-COURSE CREDIT for details).

    3 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer