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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
Basics of Photography

ACX-541

Discover the world of analog photography! Learn the fundamentals of 35mm film photography and basic lighting techniques to create still life, portraits and landscape imagery. You will also learn basic darkroom techniques to process film and print black-and-white photographs. The structure of the course is divided between lecture, demonstration and darkroom lab time. Assignments are designed to encourage personal expression and new ways of thinking about the meaning of images. An ideal class for those interested in photography, film/video and fine art, as well as for individuals interested in applying to ArtCenter’s Photography and Imaging undergraduate degree program. Access to an analog 35mm camera is necessary; a limited number of cameras may be available to share during class time.

 

Crashvertising

ACX-299X

Experience the pace and intensity of working in a real world advertising agency. Led by Gary Goldsmith, an award-winning creative director and member of the Wall Street Journal Creative Leader Series, students in this immersive course will work on assignments for multiple brands across a wide range of traditional and nontraditional media. Our focus will be on coming up with big, impactful ideas and quickly executing them to completion. You will leave with portfolio-worthy work that will showcase your talent, as well as a process that will give you the confidence and ability to continue creating powerful work on your own, well beyond the class. Be sure to bring your drive, your creativity and your A-Game. Class meets all day for 3 days over two consecutive weekends. Prerequisite: Prior to registering, please submit work samples as attachments (or a URL to an online portfolio) to acx@artcenter.edu.

UX/UI for Games

ACX-612

Learn and understand the differences between UX and UI as you create wireframes, prototypes, style guides, front-end menus and head-up displays (HUD) in this new online course. Students will design a FUI (fantasy/future/fictional user interface), prep all the necessary art assets for Unreal, build the Unreal Motion Graphics (UMG) library, and do a simple page menu transition. This is an ideal introductory course for individuals interested in learning how to get into UX/UI design for video games. Prerequisites: Digital Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Required: Access to Adobe XD, Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effects.

Intro to Soft Goods Prototyping

ACX-614

Do you have an idea for a clothing line? An accessory collection? A footwear concept? Maybe you’ve been dreaming up an upholstery innovation? If you’re ready to take your vision from a sketch to a soft materials prototype, this is the course for you. Discover innovative methods of constructing mockups with or without a sewing machine. Explore glues, tapes, hand sewing and other prototyping methods. In addition to a variety of mockup-making methods, this course will also cover basic patternmaking, tech packs, and working with a sample maker or contractor. Though machine sewing is not required, the instructor will provide interested students with machine and supplier recommendations tailored to their needs. No prerequisites. This course does not include Sewing Lab access.

Bookcamp

ACX-554X

This course, taught by award-winning creative director and agency owner Dennis Lee, provides an opportunity for participants to put all their skill sets together and focus solely on creating finished portfolio pieces for their book. All assignments will be catered to the specific needs of each student so that they can create new work that complements their existing portfolio. And because Lee’s knowledge of the industry and experience hiring talent at all levels has given him invaluable insight into exactly what companies are looking for, he’s the perfect mentor to help you curate your portfolio and add what’s needed to make you most marketable. Students will be able to create portfolio-ready print, social/stunt and experiential campaigns for multiple products/ services. Prerequisite: Prior to registering, please submit work samples as attachments (or a URL to an online portfolio) to acx@artcenter.edu.
Discovering the Artist’s Way®

ACX-466W

Is the Creative alive in you? Do you find yourself blocked? Join us for a 12-week journey through the text of The Artist's Way and unleash the creative process within you with the support and guidance of Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald. Our inner artist needs support, attention and community, now more than ever. We will explore limiting beliefs and fears that get us stuck, find inspirational activities to unleash the creative process within us, and gain deeper awareness and insight to your own creative process. Dr. Kathleen Fitzgerald is a Psychoanalyst working with artists, designers and everyday creative people.  Kathleen is passionate about opening up inner pathways to potential and healing to discover the creative self, and the creative unconscious. She excels at creating potential space, process and insight to nourish the inner landscape of self. Kathleen has a psychotherapy practice in Pasadena and teaches workshops on Dreams and The Artist's Way at ArtCenter.
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Myron Kaufman
Abstract Painting and Composition
Instructor: Mary Winterfeld

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Sage Hall
Introduction to Filmmaking
Instructor: Devin Hawker

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Erik Bianchi
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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Blake Van Noy
Intermediate Photo Methods
Instructor: Ken Merfeld

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Max Chau
Basics of Digital Photography
Instructor: John Deyto

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Rose Wang
Photographing People
Instructor: David Sotelo

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David Knapp
Digital Painting for Entertainment
Instructor: Justin Pichetrungsi

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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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Gigi Scully
Direct Still Life Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

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Julie Watson
Collage and Mixed Media
Instructor: Delbar Shahbaz

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Henry Higginson
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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Anna Silvey
Introduction to Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

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Angie Maccambridge
Direct Figure Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

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Alexi Curelop
Intro to Graphic Design
Instructor: Dan Hoy

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Library zine pop-up 2018

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Erin Harpur
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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Josiah Tersieff
Typography 1
Instructor: Adele Bass

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Leticia Lelevier
Color and Light in Painting
Instructor: Mary Winterfeld

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Yejin Oh
Introduction to Surface Design
Instructor: Debra Valencia

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Audrey Zaldumbide
Introduction to Package Design
Instructor: Dan Hoy

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Katie Shipley
Introduction to Surface Design
Instructor: Debra Valencia

 
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