Course Descriptions

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  • ACN-436

    Advanced Surface Design

    In this advanced-level surface design class, you will complete 14 collections (1 per week) with the goal of building a full portfolio that you can use to apply for jobs in the industry or show potential clients. For those interested in pursuing surface design professionally, this class will provide an opportunity to work at a much deeper level into various themes and develop a signature style.

    Prerequisite: Introduction to Surface Design.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Spring

  • 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.


    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-418W

    Embroidery Arts Workshop

    This isn't your grandma's embroidery class! Join designer and author, Debra Valencia, to learn the basics of embroidery. In this one-day workshop, Debra will share some of her favorite tips and tricks for successful needlework projects and will also present a slide show of embroidery arts images to inspire your creativity as well as provide a brief history and current trends in the medium. Learn to sew 12 popular embroidery stitches to create unique lines, textures and affects. You will make an embroidery stitch sampler in the form of a color wheel as the morning project. In the afternoon, each student will start a second project and take it as far as possible. Everyone will take home their two projects, as well as a stitch instruction guide for later reference.

    No experience needed. All levels welcome! Materials included (a $25 value). Pack a lunch to eat during break.


    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-416

    Intro to Fiber Arts

    This intensive skills-based course will introduce you to a range of techniques associated with fiber arts, including the basics of crochet, knitting, frame-loom weaving, natural dyeing, and hand- and machine-sewing. Through readings and discussions, you will learn how artists who work with fiber address issues around process and material, as well as ideas around labor, value, sexual politics, political activism, and consider the ever-shifting relationship between craft and art. In addition to hands-on learning, there will be class discussions around reading materials from curators, artists, and academics on various aspects of fiber art. No prerequisite.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Spring

  • ACN-258

    Intro to Surface Design

    Discover the limitless possibilities-and career opportunities-of the burgeoning arena of surface design! In this new course ideal for advanced students and professionals in the fields of graphic design, textile design and illustration, we will explore the many styles and techniques used in creating surface designs. Over the course of 14 weeks, we will review designer case studies, product categories beyond textiles, and themes in demand by manufacturers. Using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, we will also scan hand-drawn artwork; set up accurate repeat patterns; change colors, scale and textures; and color index for mass production. Finally, we will develop coordinated surface design collections, take a collection from concept through refinement, and apply designs to products. Prerequisites: Basic drawing, color theory, design and computer skills using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. The $30 materials fee will allow students will have an opportunity to see their designs printed on fabric.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Spring