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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-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."

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-446W

    Designing Pop-Up Books Wksp

    In this 10-week workshop, you will explore 3D paper engineering mechanisms used in the publishing world - from children's pop-up books, pull tabs and novelty board books to pop-up greeting cards and fine art installation environments. Learn techniques and mechanisms to create movement with paper from 2D to 3D, and animate your ideas using paper as your surface and tool. Develop a concept proposal or dummy book ready for submission to your specific genre. Pre-press production and publishing submission requirements will also be covered. Skills learned can be applied to a range of disciplines including entertainment, illustration, graphic design, fine art, product, and environmental design.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-014W

    Exploring Light Fundamentals

    Lighting skills are essential to good photography practice. In this seven-week course, you will explore the potential of light using simple tools to illustrate and control many aspects of continuous light sources. Traditional and digital photographers alike will benefit from the skills taught in this course. No darkroom work is required. Students must have access to a 35mm camera SLR or digital SLR and possess basic camera-operation skills.

    Noncredit

    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-102W

    Photo 102: Taking the Streets

    In this course, you will fine-tune your camera skills and publish a collection of photographs online. You will learn how to focus your "photographer's eye," discover your photographic "nouns"-the persons, places and things that speak to you-and clarify your personal vision as you refresh or continue your visual voyage. You may choose to shoot traditional or digital imagery. Access to a 35mm SLR or a digital camera with manual capabilities is required.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-589W

    Powerful Presentations

    How to tell it so you can sell it. Whether you are a creative or business professional, you must learn to connect effectively with your audience and communicate your ideas in a compelling way. This inspirational workshop will help you hone one of the most critical and often overlooked skills that everyone must possess: the professional presentation. Learn how to take your presentation skills to the next level using words, voice, body language and visuals. Mastering these skills is vital to your professional success whether you are a designer, artist, entrepreneur or business leader.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and 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