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Branded Environments

ACX-061 01
Tue 6:00PM–9:00PM
Jan 19 - April 20
Stella Hernandez-Salazar

A branded environment is one of the most powerful ways to engage people in a true brand experience. By understanding the brand and its message, it’s possible to create a space that combines powerful methods of interaction with an emotional impact. Learn how to turn your brand story into a 3D experience using space planning, interior architecture, materials, furniture details, lighting, graphics and media. Explore a broad spectrum of projects including retail sites, restaurants, offices and exhibition spaces. By the end of the course, you will leave with a well-conceived branded space. This is a great follow-up class to Intro to Environmental Design! Prerequisite: Introduction to Environmental Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

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Work by Shannon Durbin

Comic Book Illustration and Graphic Novels

ACX-229W
Sat 9:00AM–12:00PM
Jan 23 - Apr 24
Alan Lawrence

Learn the ins and outs of comics and graphic novels by diving into various illustrative exercises and experimental storytelling. Learn how to make dynamic page designs utilizing an arsenal of trade tools from graphic design, comics and entertainment design. This course explores character design, pacing, cinematic design and story development. Each student will have the opportunity to produce a solid portfolio of work, a self-published book and a website. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills are mandatory.

Work by ACX student Shannon Durbin

Work by Anna Gross

Essential Typography

ACX-175 01
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Scot Moss

Typography is the modus operandi graphic designers use to communicate and reinforce the content of their work. With its strong emphasis on the typographical grid, this course is a vital foundation for editorial design and multi-page layout and ideal for students and designers looking to use typography with greater confidence. Gain increased sensitivity to the details of typographic form, paragraph format, page-layout dynamics and the expressive potential of type. Topics also include type characteristics and nomenclature. Prerequisites:basic computer skills in Illustrator and InDesign, or similar graphics programs, strongly recommended. Access to a computer with a font library is required.

Work by ACX student Anna Gross

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COVID-19 update 11/20/20:

At ArtCenter, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. Due to the fluidity of the COVID-19 situation—and in step with the most recent state and local guidelines—we cannot offer in-person courses at the College at this time. As a result, Spring 2021 coursesincluding ACX, ACX Teens and ACX Kidswill be taught remotely. We know this news may be disappointing, but these restrictions are for the safety of everyone. Click here for online course technical requirements and more information.


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*Course List does not include classes canceled due to low enrollment. To view all courses offered during the year, please visit the catalog page.

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ACX-007 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Sat 9:00AM–12:00PM
Jan 23 - Apr 10
Mark Harvey
2.0 Units $830
Design 360
Interested in art or design but not sure where to start? Want to sample each major offered at ArtCenter? In this course, we will touch on several of the art and design disciplines offered in ArtCenter’s degree program—advertising, graphic design, photography, filmmaking, fine art, illustration, product design, environmental design, entertainment design and transportation design—and explore their principles through projects centered around one major theme. Drawing skills will be emphasized as an essential way to communicate ideas. A perfect course for adult students (age18+) either new to art or design or seeking to expand their creative horizons.
ACX-009 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue, Thurs 7:30PM–10:00PM
Jan 19 - Apr 22
Ronald Llanos
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Figure Drawing
The ability to draw the human figure is a vital skill for academic and professional success in many areas of art and design. This course is an essential first step for those planning to study fine art, animation, illustration, costume design, character design and concept design. While working from a model, examine the elements of drawing the human figure and the principles of composition; and develop observational drawing skills by investigating proportion, form and gesture. Charcoal, graphite pencil and various other mediums will be used.
ACX-009 02
Registration Closed
Spring
Sat 8:00AM–12:50PM
Jan 23 - Apr 24
Mary Yanish
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Figure Drawing
The ability to draw the human figure is a vital skill for academic and professional success in many areas of art and design. This course is an essential first step for those planning to study fine art, animation, illustration, costume design, character design and concept design. While working from a model, examine the elements of drawing the human figure and the principles of composition; and develop observational drawing skills by investigating proportion, form and gesture. Charcoal, graphite pencil and various other mediums will be used.
ACX-017W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 3:00PM–6:50PM
Jan 21 - Mar 4
Anne Saitzyk
0.0 Units $415
Direct Painting: Still-life
Do you have some background in painting and want to get back in touch with paint, color and brush? This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to work quickly from still-life setups and complete one or more paintings per session. Short presentations will suggest a direction for the day and cover some of the following artists: Édouard Manet, Giorgio Morandi, Paul Cézanne, Marsden Hartley, Vanessa Bell, Gabriele Münter, Henri Matisse and Nicolas de Stael. Prerequisite: Intermediate Painting or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor
ACX-020 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 9:00AM–1:50PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Anne Saitzyk
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Painting
Ready to dive deep into the fundamentals and motives of painting? In this course we will explore both traditional techniques and contemporary attitudes, with an emphasis on color, composition and form. We will also engage in a series of exercises using simple subject matter; study the human figure to learn painting principles; and develop creative approaches. Some prior drawing experience is recommended but not required.
ACX-030 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Mon 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 25 - Apr 19
Daniel Hoy
2.0 Units $830
Intro to Graphic Design
Explore the process of problem solving for graphics through realistic design projects. Please note that this is not a computer class but rather a course in which you will be introduced to the fundamental approaches to graphic design as you develop your conceptual process, design skills and presentation techniques. Logotypes and a range of other design projects will be assigned. Prerequisite: It is strongly recommended that you have access to a computer and some experience using Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.
ACX-038 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Randall Smock
2.0 Units $830
Intro to Communication Sketching
Learn how to put ideas to paper quickly and convincingly. Drawing techniques covered in this intensive class will help you tackle a variety of subjects and everyday objects including products, appliances, office equipment, furniture and materials such as wood, metals, plastics and glass. Mediums used will include pencil, pen, felt marker and pastel. Emphasis is on mastering basic forms—cubes, spheres and cylinders—to produce attractive drawings.
ACX-050 02
Registration Closed
Spring
Sat 9:00AM–4:00PM
Jan 23 - Apr 24
Brice Wong
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Product and Transportation Design
Interested in product and/or transportation design? In this course—strongly recommended for beginning designers—you will learn the fundamental design principles and procedures, drawing techniques, and presentation methods as they relate to those fields. In-class sketching demonstrations and exercises will use pencil, marker, chalk, Prismacolor and gouache. In-class discussions will cover careers and opportunities.
ACX-055 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Randall Smock
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Transportation Design
Want to become an automotive designer? In this course—strongly recommended for beginning designers—you will learn the fundamental design principles and procedures, industrial drawing techniques, and presentation methods of the transportation design field. In-class discussions will cover careers, opportunities and the role and responsibilities of the professional industrial designer.
ACX-060 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Mon, Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Carlos Ferreira
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Environmental Design
This foundation course will introduce you to the broad range of possibilities within environmental design, a discipline that focuses on a holistic and experiential approach to designing spaces, objects and images. Class projects will range in scope from the design of overall immersive spaces to the detailed elements that define them, focusing on the design and integration of furniture, lighting, materials and graphics. Building of basic skills in concept development and visual communication (including drawings, models and other media) will be covered. Weekly presentations and lectures on significant artists, designers and architects will also take place. Visiting design professionals will provide tangible insight into career paths within environmental design.
ACX-060 02
Registration Closed
Spring
Sat 9:00AM–4:00PM
Jan 23 - Apr 24
Stella Hernandez-Salazar
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Environmental Design
This foundation course will introduce you to the broad range of possibilities within environmental design, a discipline that focuses on a holistic and experiential approach to designing spaces, objects and images. Class projects will range in scope from the design of overall immersive spaces to the detailed elements that define them, focusing on the design and integration of furniture, lighting, materials and graphics. Building of basic skills in concept development and visual communication (including drawings, models and other media) will be covered. Weekly presentations and lectures on significant artists, designers and architects will also take place. Visiting design professionals will provide tangible insight into career paths within environmental design.
ACX-061 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 6:00PM–9:00PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Stella Hernandez-Salazar
2.0 Units $830
Branded Environments

A branded environment is one of the most powerful ways to engage people in a true brand experience. By understanding the brand and its message, it’s possible to create a space that combines powerful methods of interaction with an emotional impact. Learn how to turn your brand story into a 3D experience using space planning, interior architecture, materials, furniture details, lighting, graphics and media. Explore a broad spectrum of projects including retail sites, restaurants, offices and exhibition spaces. By the end of the course, you will leave with a well-conceived branded space. This is a great follow-up class to Intro to Environmental Design. Prerequisite: Introduction to Environmental Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

ACX-068W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Mar 3
Hao Wu
0.0 Units $415
Digital Painting for Entertainment: Online

Discover the joy of digital painting through exercises covering still life and figure painting, character design, landscapes and environmental concept painting. Learn how to navigate Photoshop, explore basic rendering techniques, and experiment with advanced techniques like character/environment concept design and photobashing. This overview of the medium is designed to build a strong foundation in digital painting and is ideal for aspiring entertainment design, entertainment arts and illustration students. Required: access to a computer with the latest version of Adobe Photoshop, a Wacom tablet, and a digital camera to take reference photos. Prerequisite: Introduction to Entertainment Design or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

ACX-074 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Mon, Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Leon Paz
2.0 Units $830
Visual Communication and Form Development
Mastering visual communication skills is vital to your academic and professional success as an industrial designer. This course deals with a variety of sketching techniques designed to help you communicate your creative solutions and explore form development as it relates to product design, transportation design, and entertainment 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. Prerequisite: Introduction to Product and Transportation Design or Introduction to Entertainment Design.
ACX-086 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 19 - Mar 2
Stan Kong
1.5 Units $475
Product Design: Basics
Housewares, appliances, electronics, toys, soft goods, sporting goods, tools, lighting and other lifestyle products are just some of the items that product designers create. This seven-week crash course is designed for beginners looking to learn basic industrial sketching and fundamental design processes through hands-on projects and is ideal for anybody interested in exploring educational and career opportunities in product design fields.
ACX-087 01
Spring
Tue 7:00PM–10:00PM
Mar 9 - Apr 20
Stan Kong
1.5 Units $475
Product Design: Process
Learn to apply more advanced “design processes” through one intense project in this course created for students with basic skills in product design. Inclass demonstrations of more advanced rendering and presentation techniques will also be covered. Recommended for intermediate or returning industrial design students, as well as design professionals. For students interested in applying to ArtCenter’s industrial design or Interaction Design programs, projects created in this course will be suitable for use as part of an application portfolio.
ACX-101 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Mon 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 25 - Apr 19
John Chambers
3.0 Units $990
Digital Design 1
This introductory course covers the processes and tools involved in digital publishing for print and the web. Learn to draw, scan and manipulate images as design elements, using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, to ultimately produce digital files for a print piece and a basic companion webpage. Basic web structure, vector versus bitmap artwork concepts, resolution, color and output will be explored as you learn techniques required to design and produce various assignments. Prerequisite: Mac proficiency
ACX-106 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Fri 1:30PM–6:30PM
Jan 22 - Apr 23
Warren Attebery
3.0 Units $960
Perspective
Increase your understanding of 3D perception and linear perspective systems. Through a series of exercises, you'll 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. This course—a foundation course for many majors—is ideal for illustration, industrial and environmental design students. Transferable (Illustration only).* Textbook: The Complete Guide to Perspective Drawing
ACX-114W 01
Spring
Sun 9:00AM–4:00PM
Feb 7 - Mar 21
Robert Sherrill
0.0 Units $415
Plein Air Painting
Experience plein-air landscape painting and examine the genre’s technical and formal issues. Painting on location, you’ll see how landscape is more than subject matter—it’s a way of organizing visual elements to make a dynamic and coherent composition. Color theory, composition and quick painting techniques will be the focus of this seven-week course. Atmosphere and depth—crucial elements in achieving believability—will be studied extensively. First class meeting will be held at ArtCenter’s Hillside Campus; subsequent meetings will explore various sites around Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. Prerequisite: Basics of Painting or Introduction to Painting or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.
ACX-115W 01
Spring
Tue, Thurs 7:30PM–10:00PM
Mar 9 - Apr 22
Robert Sherrill
0.0 Units $415
Basics of Painting: Figure
Learning to paint the human figure is a natural progression from still-life painting. This second course in the Basics of Painting series uses the figure to explore issues such as composition, proportion, shape and value. Gaining an understanding of these essential skills, you will be more confident painting the figure with conviction. Prerequisite: Basics of Painting: Still-life or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.
ACX-116W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue, Thurs 7:30PM–10:00PM
Jan 19 - Mar 4
Robert Sherrill
0.0 Units $415
Basics of Painting: Still Life
This seven-week course explores the fundamentals of painting using objects and still-life, allowing beginning students to learn basic techniques without the pressure that the human figure presents. You may paint in the medium of your choice: oil, acrylic or watercolor.
ACX-125 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 8:00AM–12:50PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Adele Bass
3.0 Units $960
Typography 1
Gain the fundamentals necessary for display typography, logo design or alphabet (re)design. Become familiar with the five basic type families, then branch out by investigating hybrid, modified, digital and hand-drawn typefaces. Properties of scale, proportion, figure-ground, cropping and overlap, as well as contrasts of weight, width, emphasis and direction will be covered. Pencil, pen, brush and ink, and computer programs will be used, with a focus on personal style and craftsmanship. Prerequisites: Access to a computer with a font library, plus basic skills in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Transferable for prospective Graphic Design majors and select Illustration tracks.*
ACX-127 01
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Mar 11 - Apr 22
Robert Pastrana
1.0 Units $415
Mastering Composition and Design
Developing a keen awareness of the communicative power of shapes is foundational for creating any visual expression, be it a painting, drawing, website or logo. In this seven-week course featuring open assignments based on your interests, you will learn to use design and compositional elements to enhance the effectiveness and expressiveness of your work. Composition will be discussed at two levels: the micro—managing shapes inherent in the design process—and the macro—composing on the page. Suitable for anybody interested in illustration, design, advertising and fine art, and may be taken in conjunction with Mastering Color for Artists and Designers. More info: artcenter.robertpastrana.com.
ACX-128 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Mar 4
Robert Pastrana
1.0 Units $415
Mastering Color for Artists and Designers
Color is one of the main communicators in any visual endeavor. In this seven-week course, learn to use color in ways that enhance the aesthetics and usability of your work. Topics covered include: understanding and controlling the three characteristics of color; dealing with tonal and color keys; developing proficiencies using the inherent relationships of colors; and the psychology of color. Class projects will help you become proficient in color mixing and deciding which colors work best for specific assignments. Ideal for those interested in illustration, design, advertising or fine art, and may be taken in conjunction with Mastering Composition and Design. More info: artcenter.robertpastrana.com.
ACX-139 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Stan Kong
2.0 Units $830
Sketching for Designers
Learn to communicate your ideas through quick sketching techniques using a variety of mediums—pencil, pen, marker—and develop visual communication skills for graphic design, packaging, product and advertising. We will also cover type indication, 3D form development and observational sketching through still life. This is an ideal course for beginning design students, or designers who need to brush up on freehand drawing skills.
ACX-142 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
John Deyto
2.0 Units $830
Basics of Digital Photography
Take command of your digital camera and get the results you want! Whether you’re just beginning with photography or need a refresher, this course will get you started from the ground up. We will cover basic camera functions, proper exposure, depth of field, composition, lighting and the challenges of shooting in a digital world. We will spend a significant portion of the course focusing on the use of Adobe Lightroom for image adjustment, delivery and asset management. Note: This is not a Photoshop class. A digital SLR camera with manual exposure adjustment capabilities as well as access to a computer with Lightroom are required.
ACX-149W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–4:00PM
Feb 6 - Feb 6
Dana Hursey
0.0 Units $249
DAM! Digital Asset Management for Photographers

As photographers in the digital age, we produce tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) of images, which makes creating a sensible workflow that protects and optimizes our images crucial. Learn best practices for managing your image library, using Adobe Lightroom as your photographic workflow hub. Concepts covered in this one-day intensive workshop include proper file naming, organizational structure, archiving and proper backup, metadata, export and delivery, file formats, rating and tagging, round-tripping to Photoshop, and building a repeatable workflow structure. Basic knowledge of Adobe Lightroom is beneficial. Bring a USB hard drive (and cable) containing images

ACX-152 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Devin Hawker
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Filmmaking
Learn the fundamental concepts and practices involved in filmmaking while making three short films. In this course, directing and cinematography will be closely linked as you explore methods that make a film play. Our emphasis will be on effective communication, storytelling and creative editing techniques to enhance the story. Requires access to a digital video camera and editing system (ArtCenter’s cameras and computer lab facilities are not available for student use).
ACX-160 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Fri 2:00PM–6:50PM
Jan 22 - Apr 23
Jenna Gibson
3.0 Units $960
Composition and Drawing
Strengthen and enhance the concepts introduced in Introduction to Figure Drawing. We will begin by reviewing skills in gesture, proportion, contour and analysis of form. Later, we will introduce and integrate anatomical observation (skeletal structure and musculature), mechanical function, and foreshortening. Finally, we will explore light theory and apply all the concepts gained by practicing with long poses. This fundamental course emphasizes a thorough practice of the skills required to draw the human figure and is vital for illustration or fine art students. Prerequisite: Introduction to Figure Drawing or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Transferable for prospective Illustration majors. *
ACX-165 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Sat 9:00AM–12:00PM
Jan 23 - Apr 24
Eric Yamamoto
2.0 Units $830
Storyboarding
Drawing either by hand or with a laptop and Wacom tablet, explore the mechanics of visual storytelling and develop an individual and industry-typical style. Through discussions, demonstrations and guest speakers, discover different styles and techniques of sequential art used in live action, animation and commercial applications. An ideal course for students and professionals interested in expanding their skills or developing their portfolios for entry into one of ArtCenter’s full-time degree programs. Prerequisite: Introduction to Figure Drawing or by permisison of an ArtCenter advisor. Access to ArtCenter’s computer facilities not included. You must provide your own equipment and software if you wish to work digitally.
ACX-168 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Sat 8:00AM–12:50PM
Jan 23 - Apr 24
Jenna Gibson
3.0 Units $960
Head and Hands
Demystify the complexities of creating a likeness! Learn how to read the primary forms of the face and hands and translate that knowledge into an artistic statement. Learn to draw the head in action—in any position—with the proper expressions; convey the energy of the pose; and ground your observational powers through an understanding of the planes of the head and anatomy. As you realize the expressive power of hands, discover how to draw them dynamically by breaking them down into simple forms. Prerequisite: Introduction to Figure Drawing or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Transferable for prospective Illustration majors.*
ACX-175 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Scot Moss
2.0 Units $830
Essential Typography
Typography is the modus operandi graphic designers use to communicate and reinforce the content of their work. With its strong emphasis on the typographical grid, this course is a vital foundation for editorial design and multi-page layout and ideal for students and designers looking to use typography with greater confidence. Gain increased sensitivity to the details of typographic form, paragraph format, page-layout dynamics and the expressive potential of type. Topics also include type characteristics and nomenclature. Prerequisites:basic computer skills in Illustrator and InDesign, or similar graphics programs, strongly recommended. Access to a computer with a font library is required.
ACX-186W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–5:00PM
Jan 30 - Jan 30
Steven Saitzyk
0.0 Units $249
Best Practices for Oil Painting
When it comes to oil painting, many artists never go beyond the basics. Why? Because despite having been in use for 1,000 years, there is little readily available information on the medium. Some artists are scared away, believing the medium to be complicated and dangerous. This one-day seminar will introduce you to the endless possibilities of oil paints, and how to use them safely and simply. Through video demonstrations, presentations and discussions, you will learn how to choose oil painting mediums and pigments, produce artwork that will last for generations, and take advantage of recent technological advances. Appropriate for painters of all levels.
ACX-200 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
John Deyto
3.0 Units $960
Introduction to Interaction Design
Get a hands-on introduction to the elements and methods behind interaction design—the craft of how people interact with products, systems and services. Equal parts thinker and maker, you will conceive, design and produce simple interactive projects by brainstorming different types of user experiences such as mobile and social applications, websites, gestural interfaces, games, consumer electronics, smart products, tangibles and art. An ideal course for students interested in ArtCenter’s Interaction Design program, professionals considering a career change, or anybody interested in this burgeoning field. Prerequisites: fundamental design skills recommended but not required. Transferable for prospective Interaction Design majors and select Illustration tracks.*
ACX-202 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
James Chu
2.0 Units $830
Brand Experience Design
Brands today are more relevant, personal and experiential in their customers’ lives, which means interaction designers now play key roles in determining how brands grow and thrive. Learn how to build successful brands, deliver immersive experiences and use trends and consumer insights research to deliver enriching experiences. An ideal class for design professionals, branding strategists and corporate executives, as well as students applying to ArtCenter’s full-time Interaction Design, Graphic Design, Advertising and industrial design degree programs. Prerequisites: Basic computer skills and access to a tablet or computer. Prior design experience or fundamental design coursework highly recommended, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.
ACX-229W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Sat 9:00AM–12:00PM
Jan 23 - Apr 24
Alan Lawrence
0.0 Units $525
Comic Book Illustration + Graphic Novels
Learn the ins and outs of comics and graphic novels by diving into various illustrative exercises and experimental storytelling. Learn how to make dynamic page designs utilizing an arsenal of trade tools from graphic design, comics and entertainment design. This course explores character design, pacing, cinematic design and story development. Each student will have the opportunity to produce a solid portfolio of work, a self-published book and a website. Prerequisite: Basic drawing skills are mandatory.
ACX-254 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Devin Hawker
2.0 Units $830
Art of the Movie Trailer
Explore the art and evolution of the movie trailer and the processes, strategies and techniques that generate interest, build excitement and drive box office. Examine how trailers condense, distill, package and position a movie into a short, provocative format; learn how these approaches apply to films beyond Hollywood blockbusters; and develop a trailer concept through a proof of concept pitch, which can be verbal, a script, a PowerPoint presentation or a rough edit. An ideal course for writers, editors, filmmakers, advertising professionals or anybody interested in this vital commercial artform. Access to a computer with a word processor and/or basic editing software required.
ACX-256 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Daniel Hoy
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Package Design
Explore the exciting and changing realm of package design. In this course, you will develop creative packaging solutions that attract visual attention through the use of 3D form, packaging materials, typography, color and graphics. The course will also explore sustainability issues and emerging technologies that will change consumer interaction with packaging in the future. An ideal course for designers seeking to add packaging design to their portfolio or increase their awareness of the packaging field. Prerequisite: Introduction to Graphic Design or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor
ACX-258W 01
Spring
Mon 7:00PM–10:00PM
Feb 1 - Apr 19
Debra Valencia
0.0 Units $595
Introduction to Surface Design
Explore styles and techniques used in surface design and discover the limitless possibilities—and career opportunities—of this burgeoning arena! Review designer case studies, product categories beyond textiles, and themes in demand by manufacturers. Digitally scan hand-drawn artwork; set up accurate repeat patterns; change colors, scale and textures; and color index for mass production. Finally, develop coordinated surface design collections, take a collection from concept through refinement, and apply designs to products. An ideal course for advanced students or graphic design, textile design and illustration professionals Prerequisites: Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator skills; basic drawing, color theory, and design; or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.
ACX-331 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 2:00PM–6:50PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Denis Wohlgemuth
2.0 Units $830
Head Painting
The “classical method” of the Renaissance and Northern European masters remains unequalled in its expressiveness and understanding of the human form. It also provides tools for artists to evaluate their work and to avoid getting stuck in a painting gone wrong. While using the classical method, in this course you will gain a well-rounded understanding of the painting process; engage in direct painting to strengthen your free handling of color, tone and line; develop individual techniques and styles; and enhance your capacity for creative expression. Prerequisite: Head and Hands or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor; Introduction to Painting strongly recommended.
ACX-332 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Annie Huang Luck
2.0 Units $830
Graphic Design
Integrate typography and images to magazine layouts, posters and transmedia identity systems to communicate a story, message or marketing idea. In this concept-oriented course, you will develop problem-solving and research skills that will help you define the appropriateness of a design for its intended audience. Prerequisites: Introduction to Graphic Design and a typography course such as Typography 1 or Essential Typography, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Note: This is not a computer class. However, students should have some computer experience, plus access to a computer with Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, or similar graphics programs.
ACX-353 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Steve Eastwood
2.0 Units $830
Intermediate Transportation Design
Strengthen and expand your automotive design techniques through the application of color pencil, markers, chalk and gouache. Over the course of completing two portfolio-quality design projects, you’ll explore advanced surface indications, warm and cool lighting and shading, and vehicle proportions. You’ll also learn basic vehicle packaging, product planning and strategy, corporate brand imaging, basic feasibility issues and other industry information. Bring your portfolio to the first class meeting. Prerequisite: Introduction to Product and Transportation Design, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.
ACX-356W 01
Spring
Sun 10:00AM–4:00PM
Feb 28 - Feb 28
Mary Yanish
0.0 Units $249
Creative Sketchbook Seminar
Develop creative ideas, imagery and your own personal style, all within a sketchbook format. The sketchbook is the most unintimidating place to explore and is the perfect vehicle for creating the seeds of future projects. It can also become a fascinating work of art unto itself. In this inspiring one-day workshop we will explore a variety of media and creative exercises, including collage, evidence journaling and collaboration. Great for beginners or beleaguered professionals longing for some creative fun. Bring a new sketchbook, pencils and a box lunch. Optional supplies: Collage materials/found papers, acrylic paints, inks, brushes, pastels, glue sticks, aluminum foil and blow-dryers.
ACX-372 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 5:00PM–8:00PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Delbar Shahbaz
2.0 Units $830
Collage and Mixed Media
Develop technical skills and a conceptual understanding of contemporary collage. Set up artistic problems and explore your own creative ideas. This course will cover color mixing, collage (traditional and non-traditional), medium transfer, acetone transfer, painting, drawing, patching and stencil techniques, hand mono-printing, found objects and sculpture. Group critiques and visits to local galleries and museums will enrich and broaden your perspective. Open to students of all levels.
ACX-380 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Robert Pastrana
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Illustration
Sharpen your conceptual problem-solving abilities as you explore various mediums and techniques— acrylic, watercolor, mixed-media—to illustrate ideas for magazines, newspapers and books. Projects will be editorial in nature; later projects can be self-directed to reflect individual interests or portfolio needs. Visit artcenter.robertpastrana.com for more information. Prerequisite: some prior drawing experience required.
ACX-385 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Fri 5:00PM–8:00PM
Jan 22 - Apr 23
Delbar Shahbaz
2.0 Units $830
Making Objects
Discover your creative voice and explore the various materials used to create three-dimensional objects, including plaster, wire, wood, cotton fabric, found objects, resin and foam. In this course, you will learn to build structures, manipulate materials and use sculpting tools safely; set up your artistic problems; and explore your creative ideas through readings, discussions and demonstrations. This is an ideal course for anybody interested in fine art or illustration. Prerequisites: Some drawing and basic design skills are recommended but not required.
ACX-390 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Alan Lawrence
2.0 Units $830
Character Design for Animation
Learn the creative process of conceptualizing iconic characters for the entertainment industry, focusing on research, acting, gesture, psychology, storytelling, originality and other crucial technical aspects of character design for animation. Please note that although this course uses character design methodologies from the world of animation, students will not be animating in this class. This course will focus primarily on hand-sketching with live models provided during class. This is an ideal course for aspiring students who are preparing admissions portfolios for the Character Animation track of ArtCenter's Entertainment Design program. Prerequisite: Introduction to Figure Drawing or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.
ACX-401W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 19 - Mar 2
Christine Atkinson
0.0 Units $415
Color in Photography

Delve into a world of color! Explore color theories, how color is created, color as a cultural tool and the history of color photography. Examine technical and practical issues such as color balance, additive and subtractive systems, proper color correction, color management and lighting. Classroom discussions will cover a diverse group of artists, including
Alfred Stieglitz, William Eggleston, James Welling, James Turrell, Lita Albuquerque, Anish Kapoor, Mark Rothko and Yves Klein. Prerequisite: Basics of Digital Photography or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Access to a camera (digital preferred) with manual exposure and color balance controls is required.

ACX-408W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–4:00PM
Mar 6 - Mar 6
Dana Hursey
0.0 Units $299
A Day with a Pro

Want the inside scoop on what it takes to run your own photo business? This freeform one-day workshop allows you the opportunity to ask questions and get the answers you need from commercial advertising photographer Dana Hursey. Get his unique perspective, insights, and know-how on the day-to-day realities of being a commercial photographer and pick up some creative and technical tips to boot! Bring your questions about equipment, lighting, production, retouching, marketing, resources, as well as technical and creative questions.

ACX-409W 01
Spring
Mon 7:00PM–10:00PM
Feb 8 - Apr 12
Kevin Blanchard
0.0 Units $525
Character Designs for Your Pitch
Learn the creative process of conceptualizing realistic and story-driven characters for the video game and film industry. This 10-week course will focus on ideation, storytelling, originality, character archetypes as well as learning the design fundamentals that make up the wide range of styles commonly found in the today’s most popular triple-A titles and blockbuster films. Topics covered will include armor and suit design, costume and prop design, non-playable characters vs playable characters, hero/villain/boss relationships and more. Students will design a cast of characters for a story using a variety of approaches and techniques. This is an ideal course for aspiring concept artists and prospective Entertainment Design students. Prerequisite: Intro to Figure Drawing or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.
ACX-410W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Mon 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 25 - Mar 8
Hao Wu
0.0 Units $415
Intro to Blender
3D software has increasingly become a powerful concept design tool. This seven-week introductory-level course covers both the basics of Blender, a free and open source 3D creation tool, and conceptual design foundations such as iconic shape, detail level, and contrast. Weekly projects explore hardware modeling based on real world references; architecture/set design; and Blender’s ideation design process and real-time rendering engine. For the final project, create and model a robot of your own design. Prerequisite: intermediate- to advanced- digital skills. Students required to provide their own digital tools (PC laptop with 3-button mouse recommended; Mac is OK.) Access to ArtCenter’s computer labs is not available.
ACX-419W 01
Spring
Sat 9:00AM–5:00PM
Jan 30 - Jan 30
Robert Pastrana
0.0 Units $249
Creative Process Demystified
Gain a solid understanding of the different stages of the creative process in this one-day course for individuals in the fields of illustration, graphic design, entertainment design and advertising. Whether you're working on a logo, a website, an illustration or an entertainment design-oriented project, you’ll learn how to generate more creative solutions and make better decisions from the earliest sketch to the final project.
ACX-421 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Johnny Ngo
2.0 Units $830
Screenwriting 101

Move past your fears and begin your first screenplay! Too many screenwriters forget that a blank page can be liberating. It’s actually the best time to experiment and develop writerly instincts. In this introduction to the world of screenwriting, we’ll unpack what’s on the page, such as dialogue, tone and character motivation. We will also explore what’s not on the page, such as concept, genre, theme, and writing habits. Basic knowledge of filmmaking for movies and TV is beneficial but not required.

ACX-427W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–4:00PM
Feb 20 - Feb 27
Brian Wallace
0.0 Units $249
Sound Design Intensive
In this weekend intensive, learn some of the tools and techniques used by sound designers through guided practice in the exploration of listening, recording, editing, mixing and delivering. On Saturday activities include, capturing audio around your house and creating sound design with VCV Rack; Sunday will be devoted to sound design challenges using the popular DAW Reaper to strengthen skills and improve your creativity in audio post production. This is a great introduction for anyone interested in understanding how to design sound for movies, animation, advertising and more. Required: access to a laptop computer (PC or Mac) and access to the required software.
ACX-436W 01
Spring
Mon 6:00PM–7:00PM
Feb 1 - Apr 19
Debra Valencia
0.0 Units $595
Advanced Surface Design
In this advanced-level surface design class, you will complete 12 collections (1 per week) with the goal of building a 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.
ACX-446W 01
Spring
Thurs 5:00PM–8:00PM
Feb 11 - Apr 15
I-Ten Liu
0.0 Units $525
Designing PopUp Books Workshop
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.
ACX-448W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 20 - Mar 3
Alvalyn Lundgren
0.0 Units $415
The Thriving Creativepreneur Part 1: Mindset & Man
Specifically designed to help independent creatives thrive in the booming gig economy, this workshop addresses the total picture of a freelance business. Whether you’re currently freelancing, starting out, or just curious, you’ll learn the crucial mindset shifts you need to transition from “creative” to “creativepreneur.” Learn the basic structures and frameworks of a solid business foundation, and strategies and systems to build a powerful, sustainable career. Topics include: freelancing modes and markets, business structures, designing your time, debt and taxes, finding your niche, contracts and copyright, diversifying income streams, budgets and profits, and work-life integration. Get the inside track on what it takes to sidestep “starving artist” syndrome, and avoid common freelance problems. No prerequisites. This is a companion workshop to The Thriving Creativepreneur Part 2: Messaging & Marketing.
ACX-449W 01
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Mar 10 - Apr 21
Alvalyn Lundgren
0.0 Units $415
The Thriving Creativepreneur Part 2: Messaging & M
This workshop is designed to help freelance creatives build confidence in attracting and working with clients. Through a focus on messaging and marketing, you’ll learn the relational (soft skill) strategies for designing a powerful creative freelance business, and positioning as a strategic creative partner. Explore proven strategies to communicate your value and gain a competitive advantage. Topics include: overcoming limiting beliefs, pricing your work; getting paid; networking v. marketing, the client qualification and onboarding process; managing projects, establishing your expertise, enforcing healthy boundaries through procedures and policies, values and authenticity, maintaining an abundance mindset. agency v. consultancy, and your role as a creative leader. No prerequisites. This is a companion workshop to The Thriving Creativepreneur Part 1: Mindset & Management.
ACX-456W 01
Spring
Sat, Sun 10:00AM–4:00PM
Jan 30 - Jan 31
Delbar Shahbaz
0.0 Units $200
Gelatin Printmaking Workshop

In gelatin printmaking, a form of monoprinting, each print you pull is unique. In this two-day workshop, you will make your own gelatin plate and use water-soluble printing inks and acrylics to create unique textures, forms and shapes. Learn how to
incorporate various mediums—including crayons, gouache, watercolor and pencil—and give your work added depth by exploring color, pattern, opacity levels, ink layering and multiple impressions. Open to students of all levels.

ACX-463 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Eric Ng
2.0 Units $830
Introduction to Concept Design
Concept designers for the entertainment industry create compelling characters, environments, vehicles and props for all kinds of stories. Their work requires a unique combination of industrial design and illustration skills—understanding how things are built, and the ability to visually communicate their narrative role. In this course, which introduces the concept design process, you will create original design solutions through sketches and renderings to support a story. An ideal class for students considering ArtCenter’s undergraduate Entertainment Design major or for those interested in how concepts are created for entertainment-oriented projects. Prerequisites: Introduction to Figure Drawing and Perspective, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.
ACX-466W 01
Spring
Sat 9:00AM–12:00PM
Jan 30 - Apr 17
Kathleen Fitzgerald
0.0 Units $495
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. 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.
ACX-467W 01
Spring
Tue 7:00PM–10:00PM
Feb 2 - Apr 20
Yelen Aye
0.0 Units $595
Digital Fashion Illustration

While drawing by hand is still a must, today’s fashion industry demands more productivity and versatility. In this course for individuals pursuing a career in fashion, you will learn how to use Adobe Illustrator, the industry standard vector-based design application. Starting with the basics, you'll learn how to create flats of simple items such as tops, skirts and shirts, then gradually learn more advanced vector-based illustration skills. You will also hone your presentation techniques and develop skills in drawing fashion croquis, fashion apparel, fashion flats and textile design. Prerequisites: Intro to Figure Drawing or Fashion and Costume Drawing or basic sketching and drawing skills. Students must have access to a device with a current version of Adobe Illustrator.

ACX-469 01
Spring
Mon 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 25 - Apr 19
Alvalyn Lundgren
2.0 Units $830
Crafting your Creative Brand
In order to get noticed and build a long-term creative career, freelancers and artists must develop their own distinct, marketable brands. In this course ideal for creative entrepreneurs, aspiring creative professionals, designers, photographers, illustrators and artists, you will explore your aspirational goals, core values and distinct approach as the basis for designing your visual brand identity. You will focus on crafting and presenting a consistent visual message relevant to clients, collectors or patrons. Approaches to marketing, content creation, curation and establishing authorship will be explored. No prerequisite.
ACX-472W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Mar 4
Jini Zopf
0.0 Units $450
Creative Leadership Workshop
Are you a designer or art director looking to move into a leadership role? In this seven-week workshop, you will explore case studies of current companies revolutionizing the creative industry, interview creative leaders, discuss leadership styles, and identify strategic, change-making role models. Gain a better understanding of your own strengths and weaknesses, develop your own brand mission, and leave the course with a network that can help guide your career. No prerequisites other than a curious mind and a sense of collaborative thinking. (This workshop is a 7-week version of ACX-470 Art Directing Multidisciplinary Teams.)
ACX-477W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–12:50PM
Feb 6 - Feb 27
Steven Saitzyk
0.0 Units $150
Meditation for the Creative Mind: Part 1
There is more to meditation than mindfulness. For the creative mind, there is also awareness, insight and vision. In this class, you will explore how to connect better to the world through your senses and learn how to use meditation and meditation-in-action to create space for something new to arise. Selected readings will enhance your understanding of the practice. Required textbook: Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind.
ACX-478W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–12:50PM
Mar 6 - Mar 27
Steven Saitzyk
0.0 Units $150
Meditation for the Creative Mind: Part 2
There is more to meditation than mindfulness. For the creative mind, there is also awareness, insight and vision. In this four-part series, you will explore how to connect better to the world through your senses and learn how to use meditation and meditation-in-action to create space for something new to arise. Readings and virtual field trips will enhance your understanding of the practice. Required textbook: Place Your Thoughts Here: Meditation for the Creative Mind.
ACX-484W 01
Spring
Sat 9:00AM–5:00PM
Feb 20 - Feb 20
Robert Pastrana
0.0 Units $249
The Next Great Idea: Creativity & Problem Solving
Uncover the methods that artists, designers and copywriters use to grow their creativity. In this oneday workshop you will gain a better understanding of the creative process, simplified—from idea to final execution—and how it differs from what most people do today. Learn how to produce a wide range of potential solutions for visuals and/or the written word and how to put yourself in a creative state of mind. Discover the differences between creative play and creative problem solving, and why both are necessary. Open to students and working professionals interested in advertising, illustration, fine art, graphic design, photography, film and product design.
ACX-486W 01
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–9:00PM
Feb 11 - Feb 25
Michelle Katz
0.0 Units $325
Law + Business for Designers: In a Nutshell
Are you launching a startup? Do you have questions concerning formation, contracts, copyright, trademark, licensing and promotions? Learn about many of the legal steps necessary when starting a business in this practical step-by-step seminar. We will cover issues such as: domain name, trademark and corporate name searches; selecting the appropriate business structure; copyright and trademark registrations; non-disclosure agreements; work-for-hire and employment contracts; deal memos; and licensing language. Enrolled students will have access to the instructor via email for one month following the seminar to ask questions.
ACX-494W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–4:00PM
Feb 20 - Feb 20
Dana Hursey
0.0 Units $249
The Business of Photography

During this jam-packed one-day seminar, instructor Dana Hursey will discuss "The Business"- how to launch your photography business and keep it growing. Hursey will share his insider's knowledge and business practices on the
day-to-day operations of running his company. He will discuss business considerations, needs and professional practices. Topics will also include: equipment, estimating, production, pre- and post-production, invoicing and getting paid.
Please bring your portfolio to class.

ACX-496W 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Feb 25
Luis Luna
0.0 Units $249
Forming the Dream: Crafting a Meaningful Career 2
So, you completed Crafting a Meaningful Career 1? Go to the next level. In this course, you will define your goals; create your vision and mission statements; identify your market; research the impact of your concept in the marketplace; develop fee structures; and market your concept. To provide you with a road map to success, you will begin the process of creating either a business plan or life plan. Meet with fellow classmates each week to refine and add value to your concept and discover how others have met the challenges of creating a new way of life. Prerequisite: Crafting a Meaningful Career 1.
ACX-497W 01
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Mar 11 - Apr 15
Luis Luna
0.0 Units $249
Fulfilling the Dream: Crafting a Meaningful Career
Building on the first two courses, you are now ready to tackle other matters necessary to begin a successful new career. Continuing on the development of your business or life plan, you will address such issues as: forms of management; intellectual property; team building and communication; identifying the competition; identifying your competitive advantage; location; financing your new venture; and defining success. Once finished, you will have the tools to help you proceed, confident that you have examined the necessary aspects of a fulfilling career, and ready to embrace a new career dimension of your own design. Prerequisite: Forming the Dream: Crafting a Meaningful Career 2.
ACX-499W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–4:00PM
Feb 6 - Feb 6
Gloria Kondrup
0.0 Units $75
Analog Technology in the Digital Landscape

This one-day course is an historical survey of pre-digital typography and letterpress printing and will present an overview of the invention and successive use of analog letterpress printing processes including: copperplate engraving, wood type, hot and cold typecasting, and metal type. Course also explores the influence that each process had on typography and visual communication of their time, and how contemporary artists and designers continue to embrace letterpress printing as part of their artistry.

ACX-536 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–1:00PM
Feb 20 - Feb 27
Janet Kupchick
0.0 Units $200
Type as Image: Digital
Learn to create patterns, characters and imagery using digital type as your palette and classic elements such as scale, rhythm, color, organization and weight to tell a unique story with letterforms. Students are encouraged to explore various sources - from historical examples to 20th Century designers who used type as image to communicate. Prerequisite: basic proficiency with InDesign or Photoshop is required.
ACX-537W 01
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–10:00PM
Feb 3 - Apr 21
Yelen Aye
0.0 Units $595
Experimental Fashion Design

In the ever-changing fashion landscape, originality is paramount. Your ideas need to stand out and break trends. In this 12–week course, you’ll conduct a rigorous experimentation with ideas and approaches that address challenges facing the industry. You’ll learn to think like a designer and sketch out your ideas using traditional markers and other analog tools. You’ll also be introduced to a variety of software programs that can help you experiment with your 2D and 3D designs. More conceptual than physical, this course will challenge you to produce at least one prototype by the end of the term. Access to a sewing machine is recommended but not required.

ACX-538 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–10:00PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Zohrab Gevorkian
2.0 Units $830
Intro to Creative Direction

Companies all over the world are becoming increasingly aware of the power of creativity to define, build and grow their brands. Hence, the role of the creative director has become an essential and highly valued one that influences every aspect of the way a company looks, sounds, feels and presents itself to the world. But what does it take to be a creative director? And what skill sets are needed to succeed in that field? In this course, you will find yourself in an unconventional class setting where you will do what creative directors do–everything from solving briefs and collaborating with a team to presenting and landing creative work. This immersive experience will introduce you to the world of creative direction and will prepare you to create and creative direct content in all of the most relevant and contemporary forms of media, as well as to master new technologies and emerging platforms. (Formerly ACX-040 Intro to Advertising.)

ACX-539W 01
Spring
Thurs 3:00PM–6:50PM
Mar 11 - Apr 22
Anne Saitzyk
0.0 Units $415
Still Life Painting: Fast and Slow

Are you a painter looking to break new ground in your work? Still Life: Fast and Slow will have you painting at two speeds. In this course, fast exercises will lead to new discoveries as you learn how to work intuitively and playfully. Slow exercises will build upon those discoveries and lead to the creation of larger compositions. To paint from life, we’ll provide you with photo references or you can create your own still life setups. Presentations, demonstrations, and discussions will round out your experience. Oil is recommended, but other mediums are welcome. Instructor will email a supply list before the first session. Prerequisite: Introduction to Painting or by permission of an ArtCenter counselor.

ACX-540W 01
Spring
Sat, Sun 10:00AM–4:00PM
Feb 6 - Feb 7
Brett Barker
0.0 Units $200
Shibori Workshop: Online
Producing art and fine craft at home can lessen anxiety and contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing during this challenging time. In this virtual, weekend workshop, you will create several artistic pieces using shibori—an ancient Japanese dyeing method used to create stunning works on fabric and paper. Learn to create several different patterns using the dye color(s) and base materials of your choice. While you’re welcome to purchase new fabrics for this workshop, we encourage you to find some old, “tired” items in your wardrobe that you’d like to give new life. Such “recycling” using shibori, sewing, and patching techniques is a tradition that dates back to the early 1600’s.
ACX-540W 02
Spring
Sat, Sun 10:00AM–4:00PM
Mar 13 - Mar 14
Brett Barker
0.0 Units $200
Shibori Workshop: Online
Producing art and fine craft at home can lessen anxiety and contribute to an overall sense of wellbeing during this challenging time. In this virtual, weekend workshop, you will create several artistic pieces using shibori—an ancient Japanese dyeing method used to create stunning works on fabric and paper. Learn to create several different patterns using the dye color(s) and base materials of your choice. While you’re welcome to purchase new fabrics for this workshop, we encourage you to find some old, “tired” items in your wardrobe that you’d like to give new life. Such “recycling” using shibori, sewing, and patching techniques is a tradition that dates back to the early 1600’s.
ACX-561W 01
Spring
Sat 10:00AM–2:00PM
Feb 6 - Feb 6
Michelle Katz
0.0 Units $220
Protect, Sell and License Your Work
You’ve labored over your work. Now learn how to protect, sell and license it. This intensive seminar covers a full range of intellectual property issues, including the language used in contracts that affects the license, sale and creation of designs and other original works. We will cover the basics of copyright law; fair use and copyright defenses; trademark law and registration; maintaining trademark rights and avoiding infringements; and patent law. Bring in a sample of your work, and we will practice filing a copyright application, searching the availability of a trademark and filing a trademark application.
ACX-710X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Mon 9:00AM–11:50AM
Jan 25 - Apr 19
Sami Siegelbaum
3.0 Units $720
Introduction to Modernism
In this course, you will be introduced to the interdisciplinary relationships among the arts, intellectual and scientific thought, technological progress, and social and political events from the mid-19th century through the 1960s. Through extensive visual material, primary source texts and class discussion, we will examine the changing perceptions of reality and the corresponding modes of representation in the visual arts, performing arts and literary arts in the modern industrial age. Prerequisite: Writing Studio or completion of a college-level English composition course with a grade of B or better. Transferable* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-800X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 7:00PM–9:50PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
John Downs
3.0 Units $720
Automotive Engineering
In this course, students will gain an understanding of the principles of engineering that guide the development of automobile design and manufacture. This course covers automobile functionality and gives an overview of the demands placed on the design process. Prerequisite: Writing Studio or completion of a college-level English composition course with a grade of B or better. Transferable* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-816X 01
Registration Closed
Tue 7:00PM–9:50PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Robert Thompson
3.0 Units $720
Future of Science & Technology

The future isn't something that simply happens but something that can and should be shaped by people with vision. Choosing its correct path cannot be left entirely to scientists and technologists, nor to politicians and entrepreneurs. In this course, we will focus on understanding the basic science behind the upcoming revolutions in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, and quantum science; and develop a shared vision of a desirable future. Topics will include robotics and artificial intelligence; quantum, nano, and biotechnology; future energy sources; and mankind's possible future in space. The range of problems our society will face in coming years will be discussed, with particular emphasis on the science behind issues such as global warming. Ethical dilemmas posed by technology will also be explored. Prerequisite: Writing Studio or completion of a college-level English composition course with a grade of B or better.

ACX-818X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 1:00PM–3:50PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Steven Saitzyk
3.0 Units $720
Properties: Artistic Materials
A lack of knowledge of artistic materials is one of the greatest obstacles to creativity and a successful art career. In this course, we will discuss the physical and chemical properties of Western and Eastern art materials and how to select the right tool for the job. Learn how to unlock creativity using a vast array of materials and how to create a lasting work of art while protecting your health. Transferable* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-821X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 4:00PM–6:50PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Marc Gaede
3.0 Units $720
Environmental Issues
In this course, we will explore the impact of overpopulation, urbanization, pollution, politics and environmental activism on the land, oceans and atmosphere. Topics include endangered species, biodiversity, human overpopulation, animal rights, deforestation, desertification, toxic waste, global warming, ozone depletion, wetland destruction, ocean threats and overgrazing. Learn to interpret complex environmental issues and be better prepared to have your work, whether fine art or design, reflect the urgent nature of global concerns. Transferable* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-830X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Mon 9:00AM–11:50AM
Jan 25 - Apr 19
Robertus Spruijt
3.0 Units $720
Anatomy & Psychology of Perception
Visual perception—both observation and interpretation—ranges from the mere detection of objects to the construction of reality and assessment of meaning. In this course, we will study the anatomical structures involved in seeing—the eye and the visual cortex—and the neuropsychological aspects of visual perception related to “normal” seeing, including characteristics of the visual field, the perception of color and brightness, the recognition of faces and the perception of depth. We will also look at the psychological processes relevant in visual perception, including attention and selection, seeing emotional content and the relation between seeing and thinking. Transferable* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-835X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Mon 1:00PM–3:50PM
Jan 25 - Apr 19
Robertus Spruijt
3.0 Units $720
The Dream
Dreams create an experience of meaning. In this multidisciplinary course, we will explore the science of dreaming, the structure of a dream, and the way “dream logic” informs the work of writers, artists and filmmakers. Learn about the physiology of sleep and sleep disorders and the neurology and phenomenology of dream content. We will discuss earlier ways of analyzing content (i.e. Freudian analysis) as well as the contemporary scientific understanding of the narrative structure of dreams. We will also explore how artists translate dreams into artistic expressions and how artistic works can be accessed through the methods used in making meaning in dreams. Transferable* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-871X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 4:00PM–6:50PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Claude Willey
3.0 Units $720
Introduction to Urban Studies
If cities are collections of spaces and places shaped by human activity, are 21st-century cities the cure for today’s challenges? Or the cause? In this course, we will examine key issues of urban life, both past and present. We will explore the forces determining the proliferation, expansion, and even the decline of the urban form; study the connections between housing, transportation and urban politics; and spotlight the modern city in the global context by linking the urban to processes of migration, investment and environmental impact. We will also examine how people studied cities in the past and explore how might we study them now. Transferable* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-876X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 8:00AM–12:50PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Krystina Castella
3.0 Units $960
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.
ACX-878X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Wed 8:00AM–12:50PM
Jan 20 - Apr 21
Kathlene Lewis
0.0 Units $830
Sewing Lab
Learn to sew, advance your current sewing skills, or get help with your apparel and soft goods projects in this multi-level course. By the end of week 14, you will have completed one or more projects. Come to the first class with a proposal and sketches of your idea. This course is part of ArtCenter’s undergraduate Product Design program. Enrollment for ACX students is limited. Required: ACX students will need access to a sewing machine at home. Please note: The first meeting of this course will be Saturday, Jan 16.
ACX-900X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Thurs 7:00PM–9:50PM
Jan 21 - Apr 22
Errol Gerson
Online Online
3.0 Units $720
The Entrepreneurial Spirit
The dictionary defines an entrepreneur as “a person who organizes, operates and assumes the risk for a business venture.” However, an entrepreneur is also a true innovator who recognizes opportunities and organizes resources to take advantage of those opportunities. This course will provide you with all the necessary tools to complete a fully integrated business plan. Harvard Business School case studies will be reviewed and referenced so that you can learn from the challenges that real companies faced on the road to success. At the end of the course, you will present your business plan to an invited group of venture capitalists during a special presentation. Transferable* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-901X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 1:00PM–3:50PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Shanna Dobson
3.0 Units $720
Exploring Mathematics & Creativity
Go beyond the normal curriculum and discover where creativity and mathematics meet in this informative exploration of higher mathematics and theoretical physics. Under the direction of a supervising instructor, study Cantorian infinity, group theory, algebraic and geometric topology, and black holes. This "Alice in Mathematics Land" journey ends with a study of two of the richest, most exciting current research areas today—string theory and hologram theory. Grades will be based on a series of reflection papers and a final PowerPoint presentation based on a mathematics topic of the student’s choosing. Prerequisite: high school algebra. Transferable.* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.
ACX-930X 01
Registration Closed
Spring
Tue 4:00PM–6:50PM
Jan 19 - Apr 20
Robertus Spruijt
3.0 Units $720
Neuroscience of Imagination
Seeing, visualizing and dreaming are closely related—they are all perceptual experiences. In this course, we will explore visual imagination and its related neurological mechanisms. We will compare imagination with other visual experiences; via brain scan and brain lesion studies, examine visualizing, both in its normal state and in its disorders; and, through psychological studies, investigate the role of visualizing and other forms of imagination in cognition. And since visualizing is a private experience, we will look at phenomenological analyses and compare them with first-person knowledge. This course will also explore what happens when we externalize the visual imagination in sketching, drawing or painting. Transferable.* *Not applicable to current ArtCenter degree students.