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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 used.

    1.5 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-469

    Craft Your Creative Brand

    In order to get noticed and build a long-term creative career, freelancers and artists must develop their own distinct, marketable brands. In this course ideal for creative entrepreneurs, aspiring creative professionals, designers, photographers, illustrators and artists you will explore your aspirational goals, core values and distinct approach as the basis for designing your visual brand identity. You will focus on crafting and presenting a consistent visual message relevant to clients, collectors or patrons. Approaches to marketing, content creation, curation and establishing authorship will be explored. No prerequisite.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • 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-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-509W

    Designing + Dyeing "by Hand" -

    To create beautiful, effective, sellable surface/textile designs, it is critical to understand and develop ideas and concepts thoroughly before beginning work on the computer. This new class therefore features a variety of "by hand" methods that can be used in creating final designs for apparel, paper, accessories, and home decor. Shibori dyeing, batik/resist printing, hand stenciling, low-water immersion, foiling, silk screening, embroidery, embellishments, and sustainable dyeing techniques will all be explored. A final collection will then be created based on the "by hand" technique of your choice.

    Prerequisites: Knowledge of color theory; basics drawing skills are recommended but not required.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • 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-485W

    Launching Your Art Career

    Eager to exhibit your work but not sure what steps to take? This no-nonsense seminar will help get you started. Topics include: setting goals, making connections, managing time, selling your work, and creating an action plan. Open to students and emerging artists who are looking to launch or refocus their art careers, find exhibition opportunities, etc.

    Noncredit

    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-247

    Photographic Projects

    Do you have a personal photo project idea but aren't sure how to get started? This course will help you research, organize, shoot, edit and deliver your next big project. Learn how to write an artist statement; research and plan a project; put together a budget; and write a proposal that is on target and differentiates your work from others. Edit your images into a cohesive series and/or learn to improve your "good" photos to make them better. Whether you're interested in street photography, documentary, taxonomy, found objects, portraits, digital or alternative processes, every project starts with the big idea and ends with a thoughtful presentation (photo book, exhibit, projection, or digital delivery.) An ideal course for photographers of all levels and genres who want to focus on a special project, fine art photographers who want to build a cohesive body of work or series, professional photographers who need help showcasing their work or transforming their brand. Prerequisite: Intermediate Photo Methods or by permission of an Art Center advisor. JONAS KULIKAUSKAS (photography bio) BFA, Otis Art Institute of the Parsons School of Design. He is an award-winning faculty member of ArtCenter since 2001 where he has received four grants and stipends for his photography projects. Kulikauskas has been practicing black-and-white film street photography for 30 years and has been exhibited widely in galleries and institutions nationally and internationally. Kulikauskas also practices historic printmaking and alternative photography processes. In 2012, his wet plate collodion series, St. Casimir's Parish, culminated in a solo museum exhibit at the Ciurlionis National Gallery of Art during the Kaunas International Photo Festival in Kaunas, Lithuania.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-296

    Photoshop Kick-Start 2

    This course continues where Photoshop Kick-Start 1 left off. Many of the skills introduced in Kick Start 1 will now be taken to the next level, with higher expectations, and will include color correction, selection techniques and layer masks. The class will focus on two assignments throughout the seven-week course, giving students ample opportunity to develop their concepts into strong portfolio pieces.

    Prerequisite: Photoshop Kick-Start 1 or equivalent working knowledge of Photoshop, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Access to a computer with current version of Photoshop is required.

    2 units

    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-303W

    Social Media for Entrepreneurs

    Set up the tools and protocols needed to effectively brand, publish and market your work online. In this seven-week course, you will create a personal identity, edit your work to showcase your talents in a visually compelling way, learn to tell the story of who you are and what you do, find and grow your audience, and build an online presence. Learn methods to effectively engage with followers and maximize the power of search. An ideal workshop for sculptors, artists, photographers, clothing designers, illustrators, jewelry designers, product designers, and any creative with a skill or product they would like to sell.

    Prerequisites: Internet proficiency, an interest in social media, plus images of work you would like to sell or promote.

    1 unit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • 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 and Spring

  • 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 and Spring

  • ACN-508W

    Textile/Surface: Explore

    In a world where many designs feature "generic" surface/textile motifs and collections, this course will emphasize finding your own unique design style and sensibility. Find out what distinguishes you from other artists as you develop a portfolio of several collections during the course. We will "mine" journals and past artwork, transform written product, personalize a global trend, and perform other in-class projects that will free you to take risks, push through difficulty, and find what inspires you. Creating a unique branding strategy through social media and website design will also be discussed and critiqued.

    Prerequisites: Introduction to Surface Design, or Design for Textiles + Surfaces, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Access to a computer, scanner and printer, plus previous Photoshop or Illustrator experience is helpful.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • ACN-420W

    Writing Workshop for Artists

    From artist statements to applications for art schools, residencies, grants, and exhibitions, writing has become increasingly more important in an artist's practice. The first part of this seven-week workshop focuses on writing an artist statement in which you will explore different ways to describe your work. During the second part, you will work on an application of your choice as you learning about different types of applications and research venues for residencies, grants, curatorial proposals, and art exhibitions. Through discussions of your work and those of other artists, you will begin to articulate your thought processes in writing, cultivate new ideas and further develop your practice. Strongly recommended for those who are applying to art schools.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer