Courses

This three-part course will cover the entire beer brewing process as well as an overview of classic and modern beer styles. Students will participate hands-on in brewing and packaging a batch of beer from start to finish.

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Our all-new course will provide an introduction to the fundamental principles and elements of interior design. Students will explore the creative and technical aspects of interior design, gaining the basic concepts necessary to create functional and aesthetically pleasing interior space. Throughout the course, students will learn about color theory, lighting design, furniture selection, material selection, and decorative elements. Emphasis will be placed on understanding how these elements work together to create cohesive and harmonious interiors.


October 2-23, 2024, Online Course
Learn how to take better photos, regardless of the type of camera. Topics such as composition, lighting, and exposure will be discussed in order to gain a better understanding of photography.


September 26, 2024 to October 24, 2024, Visual Arts Bldg Rm 209
Portrait photography is an excellent skill to cultivate. Whether you just want to take better photos of your family or want to build on your portrait portfolio, learn how to create exceptional portraits using poses and lighting that emphasize your subjects' character and features.

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Join us for an immersive class led by olive oil expert Lori Berndt from The Olive Twist. Learn to select premium extra virgin olive oils with confidence, discovering their nuances through sensory training and gaining insights into quality, health benefits, and culinary applications. Explore varietals, detect freshness, and embrace the art of olive oil selection for a healthier and more flavorful culinary experience. Elevate your cooking and nourish your well-being with The Olive Twist's expertise.


Tuesday, October 15, 2024, PFW Campus - Room TBD
In this class, we will be looking at store bought salad dressings made with chemicals and artificial ingredients and comparing them to simple flavorful homemade dressings. Taste the difference & educate yourself on how to make a better dressing from chemical free ingredients, including quality extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic.


Tuesday, October 22, 2024, PFW Campus - Room TBD
Delve into the world of salts and peppers with this comprehensive course. Learn about the origins, compositions, and culinary uses of different salts and peppers, from Himalayan pink salt to various pepper varieties. Explore factors influencing flavor and quality, including mineral content and processing methods, and gain practical insights into selecting and storing these essential ingredients. Enhance your cooking skills through interactive tastings and discussions on flavor pairings and innovative culinary techniques.


Tuesday, November 5, 2024, PFW Campus - Room TBD
Students will be guided on a fun and educational journey to learn about this aromatic beverage enjoyed all around the world. Experience multiple tea tastings, savor foods that pair well with the teas, and receive tea samples to take home all while learning the origins of tea, differences between tea varieties, how to ensure tea quality, health benefits of tea, and more!

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Students will practice felting, both wet and needle-based, embroidery, fabric collage, and hand weaving.

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Participants will learn to create works of art using watercolor paints and collage techniques.

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Students will design and assemble their own handmade journal. The finished 6"x 9" journal will feature a square-back case binding, 72 blank pages, and be adorned with hand-decorated paste paper that students will create themselves.

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This class will focus on making various pottery forms intended to be fired in our NEW hybrid wood/soda kiln as well as other kilns. Participants will learn how to glaze and prepare pottery for wood/soda firings, as well as learn how to load and fire the kiln.


August 20, 2024 to September 24, 2024, Visual Arts Bldg Rm 114
Learning to decorate pottery in new and innovative ways will be the focus of this class. Decorating techniques such as stamping, texturizing, piercing, and others will be demonstrated. Participants will have an opportunity to make pottery forms, try out new decorating techniques, and glaze fire their work to completion.


October 1, 2024 to November 5, 2024, Visual Arts Bldg Rm 114
If you are looking for an opportunity to learn how make tea bowls and tumblers and improve your wheel throwing skills, this is the class for you! The course will focus on wheel throwing and trimming drinking vessels.


November 19, 2024 to December 19, 2024, Visual Arts Bldg Rm 114
This certificate was designed to educate garden enthusiasts on the key elements of sustainable garden design with heavy focus on organic, restorative, and regenerative methods. Offered in Fall semester.


October 7, 2024 to March 10, 2025, PFW Campus - Room TBD
Home-grown food costs less, is healthier, tastes better and is conveniently closer to home. This session will provide an overview of how you can organically cultivate many commonly grown foods. We will dive into seed starting, irrigation, garden placement and planning, and more.

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Dirt is cheap, good soil is priceless. Many ingredients make a healthy garden, but good soil is the most valuable ingredient. This workshop will dig deeper into our Indiana soil, offering eco-friendly tips and tricks to enhance and improve your soil for long-term growth.

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This workshop will provide an overview of native pollinators and look at how we can provide them with food sources, lure them into our gardens and provide habitats for them in our urban garden spaces.

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The bird is the word! Birds are an integral part of any garden or natural space. What steps can we take to invite native birds into our outdoor spaces? Learn eco-friendly techniques to enhance your gardens and draw them into your outdoor space.

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Anyone interested in growing better houseplants and edibles indoors can learn how in this one-session overview. Students will learn about choosing the right plants for their space, ideal lighting, water, temperature, humidity, pest prevention, and soil requirements to grow plants indoors. We'll also discuss how to start vegetables indoors for outdoor gardens, plant propagation, as well as various types of soil-less gardening systems and how they work. Students will start their own micro-greens in class to take home. A green thumb isn't required!


Tuesday, October 29, 2024, Modular Classroom Bldg Rm 114 - Enter from St. Joe Rd. Look for Lot 16 or Parking Garage 3 (P3).
This workshop will provide a brief overview of many of the benefits of native plants and how we can incorporate them into beautiful gardens, while also creating healthy and functional ecosystems.

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In this introductory course, students will learn how to sign basic phrases and sentences. Students will learn how to introduce themselves, colors, numbers, locations, activity words and so much more. By the end of the course, students will gain an understanding of the world of Deaf culture and be able to communicate effectively using sign language.


May 15, 2024 to June 19, 2024, Online Course
In this next-level course, students will continue to build phrases and sentences with the vocabulary acquired during American Sign Language: Beginning I, as well as some new vocabulary. Students will practice phrases and sentences by recording their own signing and uploading their videos for review. Students will also continue to explore the world of Deaf culture.


June 5, 2024 to July 10, 2024, Online Course
This course is designed for anyone who wants to learn Spanish pronto. Students will learn six easy recipes for gluing Spanish words together to form sentences. In no time at all, students will be able to go into any Spanish speaking situation and converse in Spanish.


May 15, 2024 to June 19, 2024, Online Course
This course is a continuation of the instruction provided in Spanish: Beginner I. Students that enroll in Spanish: Beginner II will see an immediate improvement in their Spanish fluency from the very first lesson.


June 19, 2024 to July 24, 2024, Online Course
This course is a continuation of the instruction provided in Spanish: Beginner II. In this advanced-level course, guided practice will include lots of new vocabulary, pronunciation, and speed drills, as well as in-depth study of Spanish parts of speech to help students speak and understand Spanish in a snap.


July 17, 2024 to August 21, 2024, Online Course
This course helps you develop the same story structuring skills the pros use. Learn how your passion, theme, premise, and characters help create the structure of your story. Discover how viewpoint, dialogue, pacing, and many other techniques are used to build scenes and move your story from beginning to end.


May 14, 2024 to June 18, 2024, Online Course
Are you working hard, but struggling to accomplish everything on your plate? Everyone can benefit from learning some new ideas for managing work life (or the work of life!) from Northern Indiana's only Certified Professional Organizer and Productivity Consultant!

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Certified Professional Organizer Emily Fitzgerald will teach you the basic process to organize any space in your home, from the closet to the kitchen and everything in between. Come see the best organizing products on the market and learn helpful storage tips.

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Basic Life Support is designed to teach the skills of CPR, including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and relief of foreign body airway obstruction (FBAO). Participants receive a CPR Completion Card from the American Heart Association.


Monday, October 7, 2024, Walb Student Union Rm G21 - Enter from Crescent Ave. Look for Parking Garage 2 (P2).Walb Student Union is attached to P2.
Monday, December 2, 2024, Walb Student Union Rm G21 - Enter from Crescent Ave. Look for Parking Garage 2 (P2).Walb Student Union is attached to P2.
Dementia is one of the major causes of disability worldwide. This short course will explore topics related to understanding, living with, and working with adults with dementia, including how dementia is different from normal aging, the disease's progression, how it affects individuals and their family and caregivers/care-partners, healthcare & support options, and prevention.


October 29, 2024 to November 19, 2024, Online Course
This class will cover the basics of stage acting, giving new actors the tools to feel confident performing in front of an audience.

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This course will cover the fundamentals of improv performance, giving students the skills to feel confident creating scenes "in the moment".

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This is an introductory course in music/audio recording and production, including Avid Pro Tools User Certification. Topics will include a review of the physics of sound, critical/technical listening and analysis, microphones, digital audio, Pro Tools DAW fundamentals, and basic audio signal flow. Students will be required to create music recording projects.

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This hands-on class will cover video production from shooting to uploading an edited video. Topics covered will include the basics of planning, shooting and editing with Adobe Premiere, options for uploading to the web and audio, lighting, and visual aesthetics.

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Author and speaker Kayleen Reusser will share the stories of men and women who faced danger, injuries, separation from family, loneliness, deprivation and more - all for the sake of serving their country.

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This course is designed for international students who aspire to study at Purdue University Fort Wayne (PFW) and obtain a Bachelor's degree.


August 26, 2024 to October 18, 2024, Online Course