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Course Descriptions

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  • ACN-515W

    Branding for Textile/Surface

    "Branding" is the new buzzword in American business. As a designer you may have created meaningful, powerful brands for many businesses, but what have to done to brand your own surface/textile design business? In this course you will learn the practice of brand management by focusing on four aspects of branding: the basics of self-promotion, how to create "buzz" through storytelling, how to make social media work for your brand using CRM and other tools, and how to develop a product line using your business branding/imagery. Case studies, color psychology, historical references, and tech tools will all be covered in creating your design business branding solution.

    Prerequisites: Must have a laptop to bring to class with the latest Adobe software loaded, plus basic working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Please bring a digital version of your logo in Illustrator (if applicable) plus five of your favorite/most successful surface or textile designs as either Photoshop or Illustrator files.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-223W

    Costume + Fashion Design

    Explore the conceptual garment design and illustration methods of the entertainment and fashion design industries. This class will cover design foundations, concept development methods, marker and colored pencil illustration techniques, historic costume research and contemporary fashion. Students may use manual or digital methods to execute project concepts and may choose to focus on designs for costume, fashion or video game character costumes. No sewing is involved. Ideal for students interested in costume design, fashion design, and video game character design.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-516W

    Enrich and Enliven Your Design

    Do you have designs that are good, but they need a little extra "something" to make them more marketable as surface or textile designs? If so, bring them to this class! We will use Photoshop and Illustrator to refine, restyle, revamp, and redesign your artwork, transforming your files into high-impact, sellable pieces targeted toward your particular market. Color, colorways (palettes), motif, scale, texture, and substrate issues will all be covered.

    Prerequisites: Must have a laptop to bring to class with Adobe CS6 or CC software loaded, plus basic working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-514W

    Plein Air Textile Surface Dsn.

    The ubiquitous nature of digitally produced art The ubiquitous nature of digitally produced art has rendered many designs aesthetically "boring," "unclear," or "lacking in personality." In this class, we will capitalize on the resurgence of the hand-drawn image by spending the first session sketching and drawing at the Huntington Library's Botanical Gardens. Subsequent class sessions will capture the "how-to's" of getting your imagery into the computer, creating a CAD design that doesn't lose its personality or textural qualities, and finally applying your designs to several different product lines for fashion, home decor, or paper/stationery products.

    Prerequisites: Previous drawing experience helpful, but not necessary. Must have a laptop to bring to class with the latest Adobe software loaded, plus basic working knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Instructions on Huntington admissions pricing, where to meet and what to bring on the first day will be sent to enrolled students.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-512W

    Shibori (Shape-Resist) Dyeing

    Shibori is the Japanese dyeing technique that dates back to 700AD. From runway fashion to home decor, shibori is on-trend while also poised to become a mainstream "look" for years to come. Chance and accident are inherent in shibori dyeing, contributing to its strong "wabi sabi" appeal for both beginners and shibori master artists. In this course, you will explore several traditional and contemporary approaches to shibori while working on a variety of fabrics.

    A materials fee of $$130 paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class will cover many of the basic supplies needed for this workshop. (NOTE: If your projects are more extensive, you may need to purchase additional supplies on your own.)

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-513W

    Silk Screen Printing

    Capitalize on the global textile/surface bespoke trend by learning to create your own beautiful silkscreened designs on fabric and paper. Learn to design an image/pattern appropriate for silk screening, how make a screen using both photo emulsion and screen stenciling, how to discover and use the best tools and techniques for screen printing, how to keep your supplies in good repair, and how to create multi-color designs using just one screen.

    NOTE: You will need to purchase a silk screening kit from Dharma Trading for $39.99, or the equivalent, prior to the first class meeting: https://www.dharmatrading.com/kits/starter/sets/versatex-screen-printing-kit.html

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-434W

    Surface Design: Illustrator

    This one-day workshop provides an overview of Adobe Illustrator tools, tips, tricks and best work practices needed to create commonly used vector-based repeat patterns for the surface/textile industry. Hands on projects during the workshop will allow you to practice full drop, half drop, brick, diamond, mirror and scatter-toss repeats. Other topics include precise measurements, color editing, pattern swatches, pattern maker, manual pattern layout, custom brushes, technical requirements for mass production, and more. Adobe Illustrator is ideal to use for vector-based artwork and is equally important as Photoshop is for continuous tone artwork. Equal knowledge of both programs is crucial for professional level work in the field of surface/textile design.

    Prerequisite: Digital Design 1, or basic knowledge of Adobe Illustrator.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-433W

    Surface Design: Photoshop

    This one-day workshop provides an overview of Adobe Photoshop tools, tips, tricks and best work practices necessary in creating commonly used repeat patterns for the surface/textile industry. In-class hands-on projects will be done to practice full drop, half drop, brick, diamond, mirror and scatter-toss repeats. Other topics include precise measurements, color editing, define pattern, pattern layers, manual pattern layout using both transform and offset options, technical requirements for mass production, and more. Adobe Photoshop is ideal for continuous tone artwork and is equally important as Adobe Illustrator is for vector artwork. Equal knowledge of both programs is crucial for professional level work in the field of surface/textile design.

    Prerequisite: Digital Design 1 or basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-511W

    Unique Dyeing

    It's not your mother's Rit dye washing machine method anymore! Learn several different dyeing methods in order to render complex, layered, rich designs on the fabric of your choice. Study dye application techniques, dye removal/discharge techniques, and use natural and sustainable dyes to create beautiful color that's kind to the environment. Results can be worn and used as unique pieces, or scanned to create several different digital designs from a single piece.

    A materials fee of $130 paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class will cover many of the basic supplies needed for this workshop.(NOTE: If your projects are more extensive, you may need to purchase additional supplies on your own.)

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer