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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
Intro to Wearable Product Design
Intro to Wearable Product Design

This new design course allows you to explore wearables, soft goods and fashion through the lens of product design. Projects can include: bags, footwear, wearable tech, fashion or functional apparel. Work on one project through all the stages of the product design process: brainstorming, trend research, market research, fashion/product sketching, form and material experimentation, and problem solving with the final goal to create a finished sample. In-class discussions will cover careers and opportunities.

Electric Vehicle Design Concepts
Electric Vehicle Design Concepts

Vehicle electrification is the single largest disrupter in the automotive industry today. In this course, you’ll be immersed in the world of the modern Electric Vehicle with focus on EV passenger car design. Learn surprising details about EV history, major milestones in EV development and get an overview of the present global EV market situation. Current and future EV technology will be studied with special emphasis on the benefits to automotive designers. Your newly acquired knowledge will be applied to two futuristic EV design concepts. Prerequisites: Intro to Transportation Design or Intro to Product and Transportation Design, and Visual Communications and Form Development, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

Discovering the Artist’s Way®

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.

Designing Pop-Up Books and More

Explore 3D paper engineering mechanisms used in the publishing world—everything from children’s pop-up books, pull tabs and novelty board books to pop-up greeting cards and fine art installation environments. In this 10-week course, you will animate your ideas using paper as your surface and tool, learn techniques to create movement from 2D to 3D, and develop a concept proposal ready for submission to your specific genre. Pre-press production and publishing submission requirements will also be covered. Skills learned can be applied across a range of disciplines, including entertainment, illustration, graphic design, fine art, product and environmental design.

Crafting your Creative Brand
Freedom of the Letterpress

It’s a historic election year and freedom of the press has never been more important. In this two-day introduction to letterpress printing, you will use wood and metal type, pattern, scale and color to design and print a compelling folio of broadside posters on the topic of the election and the importance of a free press. Make your voice heard and exchange works with your classmates. Open to students of all levels.

Toy Design

This class introduces the skills and processes for the application of product, illustration, entertainment and graphic work to the field of toy design. Students focus on designing age-appropriate toys from studying developmental psychology, play patterns, the culture of childhood, materials and manufacturing processes, the industry business context, and character and story development. Students will apply the content from lectures, research, and play experiments to creating a portfolio of toys and their own toy products. Required texts: Designing for Kids: Creating for playing, learning, and growing. (Routledge) Krystina Castella. Prerequisites: Product Design: Process; Introduction to Product and Transportation Design, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Transferable for prospective Product Design majors with a grade of B or better.

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Library zine pop-up 2018

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Dave Cassell
Introduction to Filmmaking
Instructor: Devin Hawker

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Sage Hall
Introduction to Filmmaking
Instructor: Devin Hawker

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Gigi Scully
Direct Still Life Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

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Rose Wang
Photographing People
Instructor: David Sotelo

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Yejin Oh
Introduction to Surface Design
Instructor: Debra Valencia

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Leticia Lelevier
Color and Light in Painting
Instructor: Mary Winterfeld

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Erik Bianchi
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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Julie Watson
Collage and Mixed Media
Instructor: Delbar Shahbaz

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Josiah Tersieff
Typography 1
Instructor: Adele Bass

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Henry Higginson
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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David Knapp
Digital Painting for Entertainment
Instructor: Justin Pichetrungsi

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Katie Shipley
Introduction to Surface Design
Instructor: Debra Valencia

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Alexi Curelop
Intro to Graphic Design
Instructor: Dan Hoy

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Anna Silvey
Introduction to Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

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David Knapp
Digital Painting for Entertainment
Instructor: Justin Pichetrungsi

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Blake Van Noy
Intermediate Photo Methods
Instructor: Ken Merfeld

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Erin Harpur
Graphic Design
Instructor: Annie Huang Luck

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Angie Maccambridge
Direct Figure Painting
Instructor: Anne Saitzyk

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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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Myron Kaufman
Abstract Painting and Composition
Instructor: Mary Winterfeld

Delbar Shahbaz teaches students to build creatively in Making Objects

Delbar Shahbaz

Delbar Shahbaz

Alumna Delbar Shahbaz (MFA 2017 Art) is known for her powerful sculptures, paintings, videos and installations that revolve around cultural and gender identity. When she was a graduate student at ArtCenter, she created three-dimensional pieces for her Grad Show, including the 8-foot-tall female sculpture The Monumental Fertility, made out of metal, resin, foam and paint.

In the online Fall ACX course Making Objects, taught by Shahbaz, students will discover their own creative voices and use materials including plaster, wire, wood, cotton fabric, found objects, resin and foam to create three-dimensional objects and sculptures.

With Fall ACX courses being taught remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Shahbaz has transitioned Making Objects from in-person to online while still maintaining an art studio spirit of accessibility and community, she says. Students will build structures, manipulate materials and learn to safely use sculpting tools at home.

“The course supports students to create an art-making station for themselves in their own domestic space, no matter where they’re working from or what they’re working with,” says Shahbaz. “In a way, this transition to being online mirrors the found object, the concept of using what’s there, and seeing what’s new.”

Shahbaz, who also has a master’s degree in illustration and a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from her native Iran, places importance as well on students learning about a global variety of artists and styles. The course includes readings, discussions and demonstrations. Students will study artists from all over the world, including South Korean conceptual artist Anicka Yi, South African sculptor Nandipha Mntambo, British-Nigerian multimedia artist Yinka Shonibare and Swedish-Iranian installation artist Mandana Moghadam.

An ideal course for anyone interested in art or illustration, or preparing to apply to the College’s degree programs, Making Objects allows students to explore the wide reaches of their creativity—all during an unprecedented and anxiety-producing time.

“Working with different materials and mediums is a great way to express our emotions, and it gives us the ability to bring our imaginations into reality,” says Shahbaz. “We need to do that more.”

 
08.17

Fall registration period begins

08.20

Scholarship deadline

09.07

Labor Day, campus closed

09.11

Last day to register

09.14

Fall classes begin

09.18

Last day to add a course

10.30

Last day to drop a course