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  • ACN-254

    Art of Movie Trailer

    This class will explore the art and evolution of the movie trailer as well as examine the processes, strategies and techniques used to create the trailers that generate interest in a motion picture, build excitement and drive box office. Trailers are often the art of condensing, distilling, packaging, and positioning an existing - or soon-to-be-existing - film into a short, provocative format. Sometimes it involves creating new materials from outside the movie to enhance the story and experience. But it's always about deciding which story to tell and telling it in an exciting way. Course will also examine how these approaches apply to films beyond Hollywood blockbusters, including independent features, student films, shorts and documentaries. An ideal course for writers, copywriters, editors, filmmakers, advertising professionals and anyone who wants an inside perspective on how this increasingly vital commercial art form is created. Based on your individual goals, you will research, conceive and develop trailer concepts in the class through a proof-of-concept pitch - either verbal, script, PowerPoint, or rough edit. Prerequisites: access to a computer with a word processor and/or basic editing software (editing not required.)

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-401W

    Color in Photography

    Delve into a world of color! Through readings, critiques, lectures and assignments, we will explore color theories, how color is created, color as a cultural tool and the history of color photography. We will also examine technical and practical issues such as color balance, additive and subtractive systems, proper color correction, color management and lighting. Classroom discussions will cover a diverse group of artists, including Alfred Stieglitz, William Eggleston, James Welling, James Turrell, Lita Albuquerque, Anish Kapoor, Mark Rothko and Yves Klein.

    Prerequisite: Basics of Digital Photography or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Required: access to a camera with manual controls for exposure and color balance; digital camera is preferred although a film camera with manual controls can be us.

    1.5 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • 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-311

    Intermediate Photo Methods

    Working in black and white or color, traditional film or digital capture, produce a portfolio of creative work-essential for survival in the rapidly changing contemporary art world-and be prepared to have your thinking and approach to image making challenged. Referencing the history of photography, this intermediate course emphasizes visual communication, strong subject matter, lighting and composition. Assignments range from portraiture and still life to advertising and conceptual thinking. A lighting demonstration and a class visit to the instructor's photography studio in Culver City is included. Please bring your portfolio to the first class meeting.

    Prerequisite: Basics of Digital Photography or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-251

    Intro to Documentary Film

    Have you always wanted to make a documentary, but weren't sure where or how to begin? This introductory course provides students with an opportunity to conceive, research, develop, write, produce, direct, shoot and edit short documentary video. Students will learn all aspects of production and, at the end of the semester, screen their short films in class. Throughout the course,a variety of films will be shown to provide a historical perspective and to illustrate different approaches and styles of the documentary. No previous experience is necessary; students are required to have access to a digital video camera and a digital editing system.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-152

    Intro to Filmmaking

    Learn the fundamental concepts and practices involved in filmmaking. In this course, directing and cinematography are closely linked and students explore methods that make a film play. Emphasis is on effective communication, storytelling and creative editing techniques for story enhancement. Students will make three short films. Required: access to a digital video camera and editing system (Art Center's cameras and computer lab facilities are not available for student use.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-391

    Introduction to Premiere

    This introductory Adobe Premiere course is a primer for those interested in cutting video and learning to work with non-linear editing systems. Learn the basics - from preparing a project in Premiere to exporting video sequences for publication or additional work in supplementary applications.

    Prerequisite: Digital Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. No prior experience with video editing is required.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-427

    Sound Design for Media

    Learn tools and techniques used by sound designers through guided practice in the disciplines of listening, recording, editing, mixing and delivering. Students will practice a variety of sound design techniques and collaborate to come up with solutions through several micro-projects designed to strengthen skills and improve their knowledge of the design flow. Using a flipped classroom approach, pre-produced videos will demonstrate course materials and show concepts in action. This is an ideal course for anyone interested in understanding how to design sound for movies, animation, advertising, and more. Required: students will need access to a computer (PC or Mac).

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-165

    Storyboarding

    This course provides an introduction to the versatile field of storyboarding.Class discussions and demonstrations will cover different styles and techniques of sequential art used in live action, animation and commercial applications. Through a combination of in-class and homework assignments, this course will teach you the necessary mechanics of visual storytelling and help you develop an individual and industry-typical style. Special guest speakers will round out the classroom experience. Students may draw by hand or work in digital formats using Wacom boards and laptops. Note: access to Art Center's computer facilities is not included. Please provide your own equipment and software if you wish to work digitally. This course is designed for students and professionals who wish to expand their skills or seek to develop their portfolios for entry into Art Center's full-time degree programs.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-369

    The Art of Visual Storytelling

    A cohesive, coherent narrative is critical for exploring and developing the visual elements of any entertainment property, whether it's a film, game, TV show, theatrical production or theme park. Learn the foundations of storytelling as well as how to apply them to your project. Prerequisites: Intro to Figure Drawing and Perspective or by permission of an Art Center advisor.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-484W

    The Next Great Idea

    In this one-day workshop, you will develop a keen awareness and understanding of the methods that artists, designers, and copywriters use to grow their creativity, with special emphasis on creative problem solving in a visually-oriented workplace. Gain a better understanding of the creative process, simplified; from idea to final execution and how it differs from what most people do today; how to come up with a wide range of potential solutions for visuals and/ or written word; what to do to put yourself in a creative state of mind; and understand the differences between creative play and creative problem solving - and how both are necessary. Open to students and working professionals with an interest in advertising, illustration, fine art, graphic design, photography, film, and product design.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer