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Course Descriptions

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  • ACN-078W

    Basics: Interplanetary Flight

    Humans today are encountering new worlds. Thanks to robot emissaries, we are in the extraordinary position of experiencing these places up close for the first time. This raises a myriad of questions for designers: How do you design a spacecraft to travel among the planets? Under what conditions does it have to operate? How do you make it fly? How do you tell it what to do? What information does it send back? You don't have to know the first thing about space flight to participate fully in this course. Your only requirement is that you be curious about how humans are exploring the universe today, and what we're finding. The course an interactive, high-fidelity survey of disciplines and projects in today's interplanetary flight will involve participants in a variety of techniques, including visuals, design-based learning, hands-on physics, brainstorming, lecture, demonstrations, a stellar guest speaker or two and much more. More info: people.artcenter.edu/doody South Campus

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in 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-355

    Interm. Transportation Design

    Expand and strengthen your creative processes, automotive design knowledge, and visual and verbal vocabulary through two seven-week projects. Learn about basic vehicle packaging, product planning and strategy, brand considerations, basic feasibility issues and more. Please bring your portfolio to the first class meeeting. Class meets at Mazda Design North America, Irvine. These off-campus courses are taught in professional design firms by ArtCenter alumni. Registration and all inquiries are handled by ArtCenter's Public Programs office in Pasadena. Please do not contact the locations hosting these classes. Enrolled students will receive location address and directions via email after confirmation of registration. If you have any questions, please call 626 396-2319 or email your questions to acn@artcenter.edu.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-353

    Intermediate Transportation

    Expand and strengthen your creative processes, automotive design knowledge, and visual and verbal vocabulary through two seven-week projects. Learn about basic vehicle packaging, product planning and strategy, brand considerations, basic feasibility issues and other industry information. Please bring your portfolio to the first class meeting.

    2 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-076

    Intro to I.D. Modeling

    This course provides an introduction to the techniques that will allow you to develop and execute well-crafted models and gain an increased awareness of 3D form. In this seven-week workshop, you will be introduced to the Art Center Technical Skills Center and become familiar with many of the materials that are used to build models for industrial design presentations. Some of the materials you will work with are styrene, urethane foam, and polyester resin. Hands-on exercises include wood lathing, vacuum forming, and mold making. Fiberglass layup and two-part molding/casting may also be covered, if time allows.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-050

    Intro to Product & Transp Des.

    This course is strongly recommended for beginning design students who want to enter the product and transportation design fields. Design projects involve fundamental design principles and procedures, drawing techniques and presentation methods as they relate to product and transportation design. Sketching demonstrations and exercises utilize pencil, marker, chalk, Prismacolor and gouache. Career information and opportunities are discussed.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-055

    Intro to Transportation Design

    This course is strongly recommended for beginning students who want to enter the automotive design field. Class projects will involve fundamental design principles and procedures, industrial drawing techniques, and presentation methods. The role and responsibilities of the professional industrial designer as well as career information and opportunities will be discussed.

    These off-campus courses are taught in professional design firms by ArtCenter alumni. Registration and all inquiries are handled by ArtCenter's Public Programs office in Pasadena. Please do not contact the locations hosting these classes. Class meets at Honda R&D Americas Inc.,Torrance; enrolled students will receive location details via email before the term begins.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-089

    Introduction to 3D Design

    Designers and artists work with form and space to create meaningful and useful products, communications and experiences. In this course, you'll explore the basic elements and principles of three-dimensional design as a means for artistic expression and design solutions of all kinds. Develop a working knowledge of the processes and vocabulary associated with three-dimensional form. Topics include form, space, mass, weight, balance, rhythm, unit forms, structure and balance. This course focuses on principles and elements of design and the design process. While digital tools may be used, assignments and exercises are created by hand and are conceptual in nature. The course is an ideal foundation for beginning- and intermediate-level students interested in transportation and product design, architecture, 3D modeling, sculpting, environmental design, furniture design and more. Open to beginning and intermediate-level students.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-300W

    Invention Innovation: Products

    This course builds the skills independent designers need to develop, produce and distribute their own products. You will design and develop a product line and a manufacturing company, identify and secure intellectual property, write a business plan, evaluate its feasibility and raise funds. You will also apply the same knowledge to license a product line to an actual manufacturer, as well as generate a business plan and licensing packet to send out to potential licensees. The course uses weekly visual, verbal and writing exercises to show designers the similarities between business and design.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-383W

    Molding and Casting/Silicone

    This workshop will provide you with an introductory experience with the materials, techniques, and physical skills required to replicate a three dimensional object. You will explore one- and two-part silicone molds (RTV- Rubber), materials for rapid casting, and learn safety and environmental considerations of said materials. No previous shop experience required.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-106

    Perspective

    Increase your understanding of 3D perception and linear perspective systems. Through a series of exercises, develop your technical skills and improve your ability to simulate 3D space on a 2D plane. Theories explored in class apply to traditional and digitally generated images. Primary applications are to illustration and to industrial and environmental design. A foundation course for many majors. Transferable for Illustration majors (see REGISTRATION INFO-COURSE CREDIT for details).

    3 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer

  • ACN-309

    Photoshop Rendering for I.D.

    For those interested in taking their industrial design rendering skills to the next level, this digital rendering course builds upon fundamental knowledge of manual techniques and applies it digitally using Adobe Photoshop. You will learn to use basic Photoshop functions such as masking, airbrushing and image manipulation to create realistic, 3D-looking products. Materials, textures and lighting will be covered through design projects ranging from consumer electronics to automobiles. Prerequisite: Intermediate level Product and/or Transportation Design courses, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Prior Photoshop knowledge is helpful, but not required.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall 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-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

  • IDFN-122X

    Study Models (TRAN)

    This course serves as a foundation to provide students with the skills and abilities to quickly translate two-dimensional (2-D) image concepts into three dimensional (3-D) physical study model concepts. The model exercises will focus on the disciplines of Transportation, Product and Entertainment Design. The class will focus on the use of basic tools, materials and various construction techniques that will allow them to manifest several examples of study models at various levels of difficulty. The "Art Center Standard" of model craftsmanship will be established in this course. This course is part of ArtCenter's undergraduate Transportation Design program; space for ArtCenter at Night students is limited.

    Prerequisite: ACN-353 Intermediate Transportation Design, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Transferable for prospective Transportation Design majors with grade of B or better.*

    3 units

    Class regularly offered in Summer

  • ACN-307W

    Transpor-Tainment

    From Rey's speeder in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to Mercedes' Intelligent Aerodynamic Automobile concept, the lines between sci-fi, production, concept and entertainment are becoming blurred. Automotive design is often energized by the open-minded spirit of the entertainment industry and, likewise, vehicles designed for entertainment purposes need a sense of realism through the fundamentals of transportation design. This intermediate-level transportation/entertainment vehicle design course embraces and nurtures these notions by exploring what it takes to transport humans (and other creatures) from point A to point B. This course examines buyer/character, usage/theme, ideation sketch development and final renderings through two intensive projects.

    Prerequisites: Introduction to Product and Transportation Design or Introduction to Entertainment Design, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Concurrent enrollment in Introduction to Communication Sketching or Visual Communication and Form Development is strongly recommended.

    Noncredit

    Class regularly offered in Fall and Summer

  • ACN-074

    Visual Communication

    Mastering visual communication skills is vital to your academic and professional success as an industrial designer. This class deals with a variety of sketching techniques designed to help you communicate your creative solutions and explore form development as it relates to product, transportation, entertainment and interaction design. Class exercises will be geared toward improving your drawing skills as well as providing a strong foundation in perspective, composition, value, craftsmanship and use of graphics in presentations. Emphasis will be placed on rapid ideation to improve the flow of your ideas on paper.

    2 units

    Class regularly offered in Fall, Spring and Summer