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We’re excited to introduce our new entry level course in Creative Direction: BtheCD!

Presented by one of the oldest Creative Direction programs in the country we’re pleased to offer Be the Creative Director (BtheCD) a remote-first introductory course.

Additionally, we offer the first two levels of our ArtCenter Online Car Design courses, based on our renowned Transportation Design degree program, through a remote-first curriculum. Depending on how you prefer to learn, we have two different pathways for you to choose from: Live Interaction with faculty and Self-Paced without live instruction.

After successfully completing both "Professional Car Design: The Basics | Live Interaction" and "Professional Car Design Intermediate | Live Interaction", a digital badge will be issued by ArtCenter College of Design through the Credly Credential Network.

Our library of virtual courses is always growing with classes in Entertainment Design and Graphic Design coming soon.

Take the first course in our Car Design series for a test drive. For a limited time, we're offering the first lesson for free.

Introducing our first course in Creative Direction: BtheCD

See below for more information.

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Creative Direction Course

Be the Creative Director (BtheCD) Live Interaction
Meet once-a-week with faculty and fellow students

Join one of the oldest Creative Direction programs in the country and bring your innovative ideas to life by learning to use the foundational tools of the trade. During this seven-week introductory course, students will experience what it would be like to work and thrive in a creative, challenging and stimulating environment where they have the opportunity to design media to make a mark on today’s culture. Weekly discussions, critiques and assignments will be led by ArtCenter faculty working in the field of Creative Direction that guide students through the process of developing a full creative campaign ready to be used in a portfolio.

  • Class will meet virtually via Zoom each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm PST starting June 22nd
  • Technology needs: A laptop or desktop computer with an updated Chrome or Firefox web browser; presentation application such as Adobe PowerPoint, Apple Keynote or similar.
  • Prerequisites: None

Price: $499
Academic Credit: none.
Enrollment: May 9 – June 19
Session: June 20 – Aug 7

Car Design Courses

Level 1: Professional Car Design: The Basics (Personalized Feedback)
Get weekly personalized faculty feedback for assignments.

This nine-week course replicates the classroom experience with weekly lessons, live sessions and weekly feedback from ArtCenter faculty under the guidance of our featured instructor, Leon Paz. Your learning journey will take you from sketching and shading, to modifying shapes and speed forms; from practicing basic vehicle construction and proportion, to finally producing professional side view car sketches. This course includes:

  • Live kick-off session with instructor and class
  • Weekly assignment critique from your instructor
  • Project feedback and correspondence with peers
  • All skill workshops in one comprehensive lesson plan
  • Instructional videos by ArtCenter Transportation Design faculty
  • Your own ArtCenter Sketchbook
  • Live wrap-up session with instructor and class
  • Students who complete both The Basics Course and the Intermediate Course will be issued a badge through the Credly Credential Network.

Price: $499 *Special price
Academic Credit: none.
Enrollment: March 14 - June 3, 2022
Session: May 30 - July 31, 2022

Level 1: Professional Car Design: The Basics Full Course (Self-Paced)
Go at your own pace with video tutorials.

Designed with flexibility in mind, this track allows access to the full "Basics" course without faculty feedback or live instruction, to complete on your own schedule over the period of eight weeks. Students practice at their own pace with pre-recorded video lessons, building proficiency in core concepts and key skills. This course includes:

  • All Basics skills workshops in one comprehensive lesson plan.
  • Instructional videos by ArtCenter Transportation Design faculty
  • Your own ArtCenter Sketchbook.

Price: $189
Academic Credit: none.
Availability: New Sessions start weekly. Take workshops as a bundle and save!

Level 1: Professional Car Design: The Basics Workshops (Self-Paced)
Pick and choose, and enroll in the individual workshop that fits your interests.

Free Sketching Primer

Get a taste of what it’s like to become a car designer with this free lesson! Learn more about the field of design, the importance of warming up, and sketch your first car using all of the techniques taught in the lesson.

Price: $0
Academic Credit: none.
Availability: Now

Workshop 1: Intro to Sketching

Here you'll learn the basics of sketching, shading, perspective, and the fundamental geometric forms professional transportation designers use to create the vehicles of the future.

Price: $49
Academic Credit: none.
Availability: New Sessions start weekly.

Workshop 2: Modified Shapes & Speed Forms

The second workshop in the series introduces the concept of speed forms, teaching you to create shapes and master the forms used to convey movement.

Price: $69
Academic Credit: none.
Availability: New Sessions start weekly.

Workshop 3: Basic Vehicle Construction

In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the basics of vehicle construction by exploring key differences in car models – from SUVs to luxury sedans. You’ll learn the most common car proportions, how to identify them, and get exposure to industry jargon.

Price: $69
Academic Credit: none.
Availability: New Sessions start weekly.

Workshop 4: Professional Side-View Sketches

In this four-week workshop, you'll build upon the fundamentals of car design by learning to sketch five different vehicle types. You will learn the overlay technique to create a foundation and gain the ability to indicate basic details, like DLO, wheels and wheel openings, and headlights/taillights.

Price: $69
Academic Credit: none.
Availability: New Sessions start weekly.

Level 2: Professional Car Design: Intermediate (Personalized Feedback)
Get weekly personalized faculty feedback for assignments.

Designed to build on the lessons and skills of Professional Car Design: The Basics, this rigorous, structured, 7-week course begins with a live kick-off session; weekly self-paced instructional videos; weekly feedback on assignments from ArtCenter faculty; and a live, final project critique on the last day of class. Students draw upon their experience from Level 1 by advancing shading skills and the understanding of vehicle surfaces. Lessons cover the development of car details through iterative design while exploring various perspective views of the fundamental forms. This course includes:

  • Live kick-off session with instructor and class
  • Weekly assignment from your instructor
  • Project feedback and correspondence with peers
  • Instructional videos by ArtCenter Transportation Design faculty
  • Your own ArtCenter Sketchbook
  • Live wrap-up session with instructor and class
  • Students who complete both The Basics Course and the Intermediate Course will be issued a badge through the Credly Credential Network.

Price: $499 *Special price
Academic Credit: none.
Enrollment: March 14 - June 17, 2022
Session: June 13 - July 31, 2022

Level 2: Professional Car Design: Intermediate (Self-Paced)
Go at your own pace with video tutorials.

Designed to build on the lessons and skills of Professional Car Design: The Basics with flexibility in mind, this track allows access to the full "Intermediate" course without faculty feedback or live instruction, to complete on your own schedule over the period of six weeks. Students practice at their own pace with pre-recorded video lessons, drawing upon their experience from Level 1 by advancing shading skills and the understanding of vehicle surfaces. Lessons cover the development of car details through iterative design while exploring various perspective views of the fundamental forms. This course includes:

  • Instructional videos by ArtCenter Transportation Design faculty
  • Your own ArtCenter Sketchbook.

Price: $189
Academic Credit: none.
Availability: New sessions start weekly.

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