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Course Descriptions

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  • ACN-202

    Brand Experience Design

    In order to stay competitive and connected with their customers, today more and more brands are morphing into multi-threaded brands. Brands are now more relevant, personal and experiential in their customers' daily lives, which means branding strategists and interaction designers now need to play key roles in determining how they grow and thrive. In this course you will learn how to collaboratively build successful brands and deliver immersive experiences. You will use trends and consumer insights research, interaction design and branding strategy projects to deliver enriching experiences for your target audience. An ideal class for design professionals, branding strategists and corporate executives, as well as students applying to ArtCenter's full-time Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Advertising and Industrial Design degree programs.

    Prerequisites: Passion and creativity! Prior design experience or fundamental design coursework highly recommended. Basic computer skills and access to a tablet or computer (desk or laptop) are required.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-431W

    Design w/ Technology: Build

    The second of two seven-week courses, Design with Technology: Build provides an overview of building electronics for creative technology. Learn how to build the circuits that connect sensors, LEDs, and IoT (internet of things) to microcontrollers. Hands-on projects will cover the essential components that make up modern electronics and how to build physical working prototypes. A materials fee of $40 paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class will cover a microcontroller and initial project materials needed for class. (NOTE: If your projects are more extensive, you may need to purchase additional supplies that exceed this amount.)

    Prerequisites: This class assumes no prior knowledge. Access to a personal laptop during class time is recommended starting week 1, but not required. Prior enrollment in ACN-430W Design with Technology: Code is recommended but not required.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-430W

    Design w/ Technology: Code

    Take your ideas from basic concept to high tech. Today's small, inexpensive and easier-to-use microcontrollers allow artists and designers to incorporate functionality into just about any product or installation. The first of two seven-week courses, Design with Technology: Code provides an overview of programming for creative technology and how it can be applied to further develop concepts. Hands-on projects will explore microcontrollers such as the Arduino; colorful LED displays; sensors to spy on the real world; IoT (internet of things) to link objects to the cloud; and the code that makes it all work. Programming will be in languages such as Arduino,Processing and MicroPython. A materials fee of $40 paid directly to the instructor on the first day of class will cover a microcontroller and initial project materials needed for class. (NOTE: If your projects are more extensive, you may need to purchase additional supplies that exceed this amount.)

    Prerequisites: This class assumes no prior knowledge. Access to a personal laptop during class time is recommended starting week 1, but not required.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-392

    Interaction Dsn 2: Prototyping

    This course explores prototyping, one of the most important tools in interaction design. By building interactive prototypes, interaction designers can rapidly test design hypotheses and iterate designs using empirical data from user testing. Students will choose a web or mobile app project, then build a series of prototypes of increasing fidelity, from low fidelity paper prototypes to medium fidelity clickable wireframes, high fidelity interactive prototypes, and animated micro-interactions. Through hands-on practice, students will learn how to build various types of prototypes, when to use the correct method, and its role in the iterative design process.

    Prerequisite: Intro to Interaction Design, or equivalent knowledge of interaction design fundamentals. Access to a personal laptop (Mac preferred) to use during class time is required. ProtoPie software, plus graphics software such as SketchApp or Photoshop is also required.

    3 units

    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-200

    Intro to Interaction Design

    This course offers a hands-on introduction to interaction design, the craft of how people interact with products, systems and services. Through brainstorming and critiquing different types of user experiences such as mobile and social applications, websites, gestural interfaces, games, consumer electronics, smart products, tangibles and art, students will become familiar with the range of design elements and methods that make up interaction design. Equal parts thinker and maker, students will conceive, design and produce simple interactive projects. An ideal course for students thinking of applying to Art Center's Interaction Design program, adults considering a career change and those interested in understanding this emerging field. Prerequisite: curiosity and a desire to create never-seen-before solutions. Fundamental design skills are recommended but not required. Basic computer skills are required. Transferable*

    3 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-139

    Sketching for Designers

    Learn to communicate your ideas through quick sketching techniques using a variety of media, including pencil, pen and markers. Emphasis is on developing visual communication skills for graphic design and packaging, product and advertising. Class will cover type indication, 3D form development and observational sketching through still life. This is an ideal class for designers who need to brush up on freehand drawing skills.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer