Course Descriptions

The classes listed below are not necessarily offered every term. For current class schedules, or to register, select Register Now .

Helpful hint: When you are ready to register, write down your class number(s) before selecting Register Now .

  • ACN-142

    Basics of Digital Photography

    Don't be a victim to your digital camera! Take command of your camera and learn how to get the results you want. Whether you are just starting out with photography or need a refresher course, this class will get you started from the ground up. This class will cover all basic camera functions, proper exposure, depth of field, composition, lighting and the challenges of shooting in a digital world. Demonstrations will augment in-class lectures, critiques and hands-on computer time. A significant portion of the class will focus on the use of Adobe Lightroom as today's 'darkroom' for image adjustment, delivery and asset management. While this class may touch on Adobe Photoshop, this is not a Photoshop class. Students must have a digital SLR camera with manual exposure adjustment capabilities as well as access to a computer with Adobe Lightroom 3. (Adobe Lightroom is available at the Art Center Student Store for $99 with valid ACN student ID.)

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • 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-481

    Crafting a Meaningful Career

    Change is inevitable. The days of getting an education, going to work for a company for thirty years, retiring, and playing golf until you die are long gone. By some accounts, Americans will have seven or more career changes during their working lives. Whether those changes are big or small, they all involve introspection on what you want out of your life, risk assessment, and consideration of the impact your decision will have on the lives of those you care about the most. This unique course offers you an opportunity to: examine the pros and cons of past employment; deep dive into what motivates you; and create a plan to confidently move on to the next level. It's about defining your unique purpose and how to make it a reality, not about filling in a slot on an HR staffing chart. Drawing on more than 40 years of experience as a creative consultant, Tony Luna will help you discover your new role and connect with a growing network of talented people who are now living their dreams. Redefine your goals and explore the exciting possibilities your talent has in store for you in this information-packed, vital, and enlightening class! In the words of George Eliot, "It's never too late to be who you might have been."


    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-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-358

    Photographing People

    Interested in portrait, fashion and fine art photography? Gain new insight to your work and enhance your technical, conceptual and personal perspectives on photographing people in this new intermediate-level course. Assignments will focus on the psychological challenges involved in photographing individuals, and provide you with the tools to articulate these challenges. This course will explore people photography through a broad perspective and also examine both historical and contemporary developments. We will look at which photographers inspire us, discover what they are doing, and understand how they are doing it. In addition to assignments, students will create a personal series of images with the goal of integrating their newfound perspectives on light, narrative, intention and exploration.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • 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