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Lighting Design

Lighting Design

ACX-263

Explore lighting design through hands-on experimentation. In this course – which meets on campus and emphasizes a resourceful, innovative approach to materials, form and lighting technology - you will quickly make several experimental and functional lights. For the final project, you will develop a light – from drawing to mock-up, to final fabrication. Field trips, guest lectures and presentations will cover a variety of topics including LED, interactive and high-the lighting; neon and glass; an insider’s view of the lighting industry; and modern and contemporary lighting design. Previous coursework in spatial experience, environmental or product design is recommended, but not required. Meets on campus.

Image Credit: Student work from Lighting Design

work by Ricardo Rodriguez

Collage and Mixed Media

ACX-372

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.

 

Image Credit: Work by Ricardo Rodriguez

work by Yukie Funni

Intermediate Graphic Design

ACX-332

Integrate typography and images to editorial 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: Intro to Graphic Design and a typography course such as 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.
·       Spring 2024 and Fall 2024: class will meet in-person at ArtCenter's South Campus;
·       Summer 2024: class will meet remotely via Zoom.

 

Image Credit: Work by Yukie Funni

Head and Hands

Head and Hands

ACX-168

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: Intro to Figure Drawing or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Meets online.

Image Credit: Work by Samantha Li

Creative Sketchbook Workshop

Creative Sketchbook Workshop

ACX-356W

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. Meets on campus. Offered Summer term only.

Image credit: Work by Cindy Hernandez

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ACX-001L
0 Units $125
Printmaking Lab (additional)
Concurrent enrollment in ACX-367 Printmaking Studio is required. To purchase this optional lab time, first register for ACX-367 Printmaking Studio, then contact the ACX office for additional instructions.

Meeting Times: N/A

ACX-009
2 Units $860
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 and photo resources, 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.

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ACX-030
2 Units $860
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.

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ACX-060
2 Units $860
Intro to Spatial Exper. Design
This foundation course will introduce you to the broad range of possibilities within spatial experience 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 spatial experience design.

Meeting Times: N/A

ACX-069W
2 Units $430
Digital Painting
Digital painting offers us a wide variety of tools. How should one use them? In this 7-week course, students will learn to approach their digital paintings with intentionality and fluidity. Using Photoshop, fundamentals of composition, color, light, and visual storytelling will be covered, along with techniques for a smooth digital workflow. Ideal for students interested in concept art or illustration. Prerequisite: some traditional painting experience plus previous Photoshop experience, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Required equipment: access to a computer with Photoshop, a Wacom tablet or cintiq, and a digital camera to take reference photos.

Meeting Times:

Wong, Bryan
W 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7/3/2024 - 8/14/2024
ONLINE

ACX-079W
0 Units $250
Procreate Workshop
Designed with creative professionals and aspiring artists in mind, Procreate, the leading creative app made for iPad and iPhone, is a portable art studio that allows you to create sketches, illustrations, animations, and paintings. This intensive workshop introduces you to Procreate's unique features and intuitive creative tools. An ideal workshop for anyone interested in fashion design, wearable product design, surface and textile design, entertainment, illustration and storyboarding. Prerequisites: painting and drawing skills; Photoshop skills recommended. Required: access to an ipad or iphone, Apple pencil, and current version of Procreate.

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ACX-086
2 Units $495
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.

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ACX-087
2 Units $495
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. In class 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.

Meeting Times:

Smitasin, Daniel
T 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7/2/2024 - 8/13/2024
ONLINE

ACX-114W
0 Units $430
Plein Air Painting
Experience plein-air landscape painting and examine the technical and formal issues of the genre. Painting on location, you will see how landscape is more than subject matter-it is 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. Off-site 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.

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ACX-127
1 Units $430
Mastering Composition & 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.

Meeting Times:

Pastrana, Robert
TH 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7/11/2024 - 8/15/2024
ONLINE

ACX-128
1 Units $430
Mastering Color, Art & Design
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. For more information, visit artcenter.robertpastrana.com.

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ACX-139
2 Units $860
Sketching for Designers
This course will develop your personal sketch style and confidence to communicate your ideas using a variety of media, including pens and markers. The class introduces sketch techniques for 2- and 3-dimensional subjects with projects ranging from type indication and logo design to form development and object design. The class is ideal for students interested in studying design and creatives who need to brush up on freehand drawing skills. The class will progress through many demonstrations and students will engage in a series of projects based on simple subject matter.

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ACX-229W
0 Units $550
Comic Book Illustration
Learn the ins and outs of comic books 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.

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ACX-256
2 Units $860
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.

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ACX-261
3 Units $990
Intro to Rhino: Furniture/Envi
This course is an overview of 3D computer-aided visualization concepts through the instruction of industry leading software, Rhinoceros 3D, with the focus on modeling for the design and representation of built environments and furniture. The use of V-Ray for still image rendering will be introduced and the course will touch on the use of Photoshop and Illustrator as essential support tools. The course is structured around three primary functions, Basics, Representations, and Advanced Modeling, which are not seen as completely separable, and intertwine with each other throughout the class. The first component of the course focuses on basic modeling skills, and modeling architecture of various scales so that students will become familiar with contemporary design methodology. The second part of the class introduces the process of representation and concepts of visual communication. Prerequisite: Digital Design 1 or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Recommended PC list to run Twinmotion rendering program: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kBEpICjB2PqUg6 CKiRDPKAkJ6vSPNzFD0QJYWZVMx9Q/edit Rhino is available in both Mac and PC format and has a 90-day free evaluation version: https://www.rhino3d.com/download/rhino-for-windows /evaluation https://www.rhino3d.com/download/rhino-for-mac/eva luation

Meeting Times:

Oshima, Yo
M/TH 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7/1/2024 - 8/15/2024
ONLINE

ACX-263
2 Units $860
Lighting Design
Explore lighting design through hands-on experimentation. In this course - which emphasizes a resourceful, innovative approach to materials, form and lighting technology - you will quickly make several experimental and functional lights. For the final project, you will develop a light - from drawing to mock-up, to final fabrication. Field trips, guest lectures and presentations will cover a variety of topics including LED, interactive and high-tech lighting; neon and glass; an insider's view of the lighting industry; and modern and contemporary lighting design. Previous coursework in spatial experience, environmental or product design is recommended, but not required.

Meeting Times: N/A

ACX-367
2 Units $860
Printmaking Studio
Explore both historical and current digital techniques involved in fine art printmaking and image production. Develop an increased appreciation for, and knowledge of, printmaking processes such as intaglio, silkscreen, woodcut and lithography, as well as alternative photographic techniques that include photoengraving, salt printing and cyanotype. Course includes weekly demonstrations, assignments, presentations and group critiques. Individual projects will emphasize independent thought, creativity, problem solving and technical ability. Class size is limited. Prerequisite: open to beginning- to intermediate-level students but previous coursework in art, design or photography is strongly recommended. ACX students enrolled in Printmaking Studio may purchase additional lab time to use the printmaking facilities outside of their scheduled class hours. Lab time is optional and is limited to a specific day. Please contact the ACX office for additional details or to purchase lab time.

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ACX-463
2 Units $860
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 the undergraduate Entertainment Design program at ArtCenter or for those interested in how concepts are created for entertainment-oriented projects. Prerequisites: Intro to Figure Drawing and Perspective, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Formerly ACX-045 Intro to Entertainment Design.

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ACX-518W
0 Units $550
Children's Book Illustration
Children's book illustrators tell stories with pictures. Finding your unique voice is crucial to unlocking those stories, yet it's also one of the biggest hurdles you'll face as an upcoming illustrator. In this visual storytelling course, you will see how narrative picture-making offers a direct route to this process of discovery. By learning how to define yourself to yourself, you will move toward a more personally satisfying, creative and marketable illustration voice. Prerequisite: Basic picture-making skills recommended but not required.

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ACX-538
2 Units $860
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.)

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ACX-539W
0 Units $430
Still Life Painting Fast/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.

Meeting Times:

Saitzyk, Anne
T 03:00 PM - 06:50 PM
7/2/2024 - 8/13/2024
ONLINE

ACX-601X
3 Units $990
Visual 1 (Transportation)
This course emphasizes methods of illustrating design concepts clearly and correctly, and of describing them to others in the same manner. Extensive and indispensable information is presented on techniques, correct usage of required tools (digital and physical), and how appropriate sketches and renderings can greatly enhance the communication levels in realistic working design environments, formal presentation, and interactions with modeling teams. This course is part of the ArtCenter undergraduate Transportation Design program; space for ACX students is limited. Prerequisite: Transportation Design: Process, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Students will need access to Photoshop plus a Wacom tablet and pen for a portion of the class. Transferable for prospective Transportation Design majors with grade of B or better.*

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ACX-629
1 Units $430
Transportation Design: Basics
So you want to design cars? Learn fundamental design principles and procedures, industrial design drawing techniques, and presentation methods used in the transportation design field as you work on a luxury sedan project. This seven-week course is ideal for anybody interested in designing vehicles or exploring educational and career opportunities in transportation design.

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ACX-630
1 Units $430
Transportation Design: Process
Learn to apply more advanced design processes while working on an electric SUV project in this seven-week course designed for students who have completed Transportation Design: Basics. This is an ideal course for students interested in applying to ArtCenter's transportation design program-the class project will be suitable for use as part of an application portfolio. In-class demonstrations of more advanced rendering and presentation techniques will also be covered. Prerequisite: Transportation Design: Basics or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor.

Meeting Times:

Smock, Randall
T 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7/2/2024 - 8/13/2024
ONLINE

ACX-640
2 Units $860
Blender for Designers
3D software has increasingly become a powerful concept design tool. This introductory-level course covers the basics of Blender, a free and open-source 3D creation tool, with a focus on transportation, product design, world-building and illustration. Weekly projects explore design foundations such as iconic shape, detail level, contrast, and hardware modeling based on real world references, Blender's ideation design process, and real-time rendering engine. Prerequisite: beginning to intermediate digital skills, or by permission of an ArtCenter advisor. Students required to provide their own digital tools (PC laptop with 3-button mouse recommended; Mac is OK.)

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ACX-660W
0 Units $225
Letterpress for All
Whether you're a beginner, or you already have some ink under your nails, this course offers you an opportunity to design, hand-set and letterpress print your own unique broadsides, cards, notes or gifts using Archetype Press' extensive collection of wood and metal foundry type, ornaments, dingbats and decorative rules. If you're a novice, you will be introduced to the basics of hand-set typography and letterpress printing on the Vandercook proof press.

Meeting Times:

Prussia, Leslie
SA/SU 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
6/22/2024 - 6/23/2024
Additional Fees: $25
SOUTH CAMPUS

ACX-862X
0 Units N/A
Intro to Rhino: Online

Meeting Times:

Oshima, Yo
M/TH 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
7/1/2024 - 8/15/2024
ONLINE