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ArtCenter Extension offers a wide range of hands-on non-degree courses for adults (ACX). For teens and kids, visit ACX Teens and ACX Kids
How Things Work

ACX-466W

Uncover the functionality behind mechanisms you encounter every day and apply your newfound skills to transform your work as an entertainment design professional. By building a simple mechanical design you will discover how simple machines work and how they are used in everyday devices. By disassembling a consumer product, you will gain an understanding of the design and manufacturing methods underlying electronic and mechanical devices. Open to all students.

Direct Painting: 4-Day Intensive

ACX-607W

Take a leap and allow your personal voice to shine through in this workshop focused on color, composition and paint application. “Direct painting” involves working wet into wet and completing a painting in a single session. Each morning will begin with a presentation and a group discussion, followed by in-class exercises and assignments that will help you work fast in the spirit of experimentation and discovery. Photo references will be provided but you will also be encouraged to create your own still life setups. Oil is recommended, but other mediums are welcome.

Transpor-Tainment

ACX-307W

The lines between sci-fi, production and concept have been blurred. The open-minded spirit of the entertainment industry energizes automotive design. Likewise, transportation design fundamentals give vehicles designed for entertainment a sense of realism. In this intermediate-level course, we will examine buyer/character, usage/theme, ideation sketch development and final renderings through two intensive projects. Prerequisites: Intro to Product and Transportation Design or Intro to Entertainment Design, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Concurrent enrollment in Intro to Communication Sketching or Visual Communication and Form Development strongly recommended.

Intro to KeyShot

ACX-609

Communicate your ideas compellingly using 3D rendering software KeyShot. This new course covers rendering techniques and KeyShot basics: workflow, materials, textures, lighting and animation. Projects range from recreating images with provided models and assets, to making photorealistic images and animations of your own 3D models. The first 10 weeks will focus on rendering still images; the final four weeks on creating animated videos.

Super-Short Animated Film

ACX-464

Set, slate, action! Learn the individual steps required to create an animated film. Simulating a studio environment, you and your classmates will create a 30-second 2D film from start to finish—covering everything from script, storyboards and visual development to animation, ink and paint, editing, mix and music. Prerequisites: Intro to Figure Drawing and Perspective, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Access to ToonBoom Storyboard Pro software and a Wacom tablet and pen is required.

Speculative Design: Envisioning Futures

ACX-610

What might the future look like if envisioned by creative professionals, social innovators, grassroots influencers, ecological activists and technology disruptors? In this new course, you will examine speculative and science fiction across a range of media (short stories, films, manifestos, journalism) and get hands-on speculative design experience. Explore alternative futures triggered by mega/macro trends in the social, technological, economic, ecological and political arenas. The work produced in this course will be intellectually creative and boundary-pushing—not for the unadventurous or feint of heart! Prerequisites: prior experience using visualization, ideation sketching and Adobe Creative Suite.

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Blake Van Noy
Intermediate Photo Methods
Instructor: Ken Merfeld

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Henry Higginson
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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Angie Maccambridge
Direct Figure Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

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Josiah Tersieff
Typography 1
Instructor: Adele Bass

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Julie Watson
Collage and Mixed Media
Instructor: Delbar Shahbaz

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Leticia Lelevier
Color and Light in Painting
Instructor: Mary Winterfeld

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Library zine pop-up 2018

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David Knapp
Digital Painting for Entertainment
Instructor: Justin Pichetrungsi

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Erin Harpur
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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Audrey Zaldumbide
Introduction to Package Design
Instructor: Dan Hoy

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Max Chau
Basics of Digital Photography
Instructor: John Deyto

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Sage Hall
Introduction to Filmmaking
Instructor: Devin Hawker

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Dave Cassell
Introduction to Filmmaking
Instructor: Devin Hawker

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David Knapp
Digital Painting for Entertainment
Instructor: Justin Pichetrungsi

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Rose Wang
Photographing People
Instructor: David Sotelo

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Erik Bianchi
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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Gigi Scully
Direct Still Life Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

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Myron Kaufman
Abstract Painting and Composition
Instructor: Mary Winterfeld

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Alexi Curelop
Intro to Graphic Design
Instructor: Dan Hoy

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Katie Shipley
Introduction to Surface Design
Instructor: Debra Valencia

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Yejin Oh
Introduction to Surface Design
Instructor: Debra Valencia

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Anna Silvey
Introduction to Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

 
08.16

Fall registration period begins

08.19

Scholarship deadline

09.06

Labor Day - Campus closed

09.13

Fall classes begin; Late registration and drop period begins

09.17

Last day to add a class

10.29

Last day to drop a class

11.11

Veterans Day - Campus closed

11.25 -11.28

Thanksgiving - Campus closed

11.29

Spring registration period begins

12.18

Fall classes end