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Continuing Education Courses

Enrichment and professional development courses for adults of all experience levels.

Courses

This course provides a basic foundation into the craft of acting to all participants, regardless of experience. Through investigating techniques in script analysis, movement, voice, ensemble, and collective collaboration, students gain skills widely useful in social, business or any public speaking situations. Participants are assigned scene-work and/or monologues as a means of personal exploration, and they work closely with the instructor to discover their strengths and challenges as an actor.


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Have little to no experience with Adobe design software? This course outlines the fundamentals of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Learn the basics of image resolution, scanning, image import/export, print setup, photo adjustments and vectors, as well as introductory typography and design. You'll gain a better understanding of how these three software programs work together and independently to create products for print and web. This course offers navigational and introductory essentials, as well as a solid foundation for ongoing design exploration.


October 3, 2019 to December 12, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
Illustrator is a powerful tool that lets artists, illustrators and designers create infinitely scalable vector graphics. Learn how to use the application to create logos and icons, and how to convert drawings to an editable digital format. This course offers a practical overview of Adobe Illustrator's interface, workspace, tools and techniques. You will practice building with shapes, colors, gradients and lines while integrating good use of typography. Skills acquired can be used to design page layouts, website mock-ups or wireframes that add distinction and professionalism to any business or personal project.


June 4, 2020 to August 6, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for editing raster graphics. This course kicks off with an introduction to its interface, tools and potential application to both web and print. Learn basic techniques for cropping and retouching images as well as for correcting exposure, color and lighting - skills applicable to everything from restoring old photos to manipulating the shot you snapped today. Students also explore more sophisticated features like text, layer and blur effects. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to edit and manipulate photos to create the perfect image or combine multiple images to create an entirely new scene. Aspiring photographers, graphic designers and web designers all benefit from these Photoshop image editing basics. This class satisfies prerequisites for Advanced Adobe Photoshop CC.


January 27, 2020 to April 6, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Animation encompasses nearly all the other arts, from drawing, painting and sculpture to design, writing, acting and music. We will explore the mediums and techniques possible in the art of animation. Beginning with the fundamentals of hand drawn animation, students will then apply them to numerous animated mediums, from stop-motion, clay and sand, to digital approaches and tools. Various platforms will be discussed and demonstrated to showcase your work.


October 2, 2019 to December 11, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
Tap dance is a uniquely American dance form evolved from African-American and Irish-American folk dances. This course focuses on teaching classical tap steps, rhythm and technique. Class consists of warm-up and building a vocabulary of steps and combinations. This course is appropriate for all levels of experience, including beginners. Tap shoes are required.


October 3, 2019 to December 12, 2019, Terra Hall Rm 403
June 4, 2020 to August 6, 2020, Terra Hall Rm 403
In this course students will explore the world of collage by examining shapes, textures, colors, and an assortment of materials. Using traditional collage papers as well as materials such as packaging, advertisements, magazine cut-outs, and found internet imagery, students will learn to "draw/paint" with scissors. The origins and history of collage will be examined, as well as its contemporary uses in the arts. Some additional materials such as painting and drawing may also be incorporated for added effect. This course will complement students of all levels interested in design, media, and the fine arts.


November 4, 2019 to December 2, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
In this course students will explore color relationships, systems, harmonies, and contrasts. Through hands-on application using acrylic and/or gouache paint students will investigate strategies for working effectively with color. Students will learn to use color to reinforce the principles and elements of design; how color relates to the worlds of fine arts, design, and media; define and implement the vocabulary of color; and complement color knowledge with its involvement in art history. This course is suitable for all skill levels.


September 30, 2019 to October 28, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
Unleash your imagination to create a one-of-a-kind large-scale collage from an array of traditional and non-traditional materials. Choose from unlike options including photographs, scanned images, exotic papers, and paint and ink, which fuse to become a work of art suitable for display. This course merges the playfulness of expressive art with history and theory that support memorable assemblage.


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Interested in making music on your computer, but not sure where to start? Gain a basic understanding of digital audio so you can finally start composing and creating! Students become familiar with the fundamentals of digital recording and audio manipulation over the course of five sessions. The first three classes are held in a lab setting, allowing hands-on experience converting audio to a digital format and manipulating it within a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Get acquainted with audio editing software including GarageBand, Logic Pro, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools, and learn to create MIDI-based compositions - compositions where instruments interface with your computer. The final two sessions are held in a recording studio, granting exposure to a mixing console and different types of microphones. Basic mixing techniques are covered in this course, including equalization, compression and panning audio within the stereo spectrum.


June 3, 2020 to July 1, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
This course provides an overview of Adobe Lightroom, a complete end-to-end software solution for both amateur and professional photographers. Providing a critical set of tools for digital imaging tasks, Lightroom helps photographers work faster and more efficiently with one image, a set of images or a large image library. Lightroom allows you to organize images and quickly make adjustments. In this course, learn how to productively work withLightroom, import images and sort them for organization and efficiency. Also spend time with advanced developing techniques to adjust exposure, contrast and color of images. You'll learn to edit photos and discover advanced features to enhance workflow.


November 5, 2019 to December 10, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
This course is for individuals of all skill levels who aim to develop an understanding and sensitivity towards the process of drawing. With the formal investigation of line, value, shape, texture and space, students will study compositional methods to render, and learn to draw through mark-making. Classroom exercises will be grounded in direct observation, and we will spend time analyzing the structure of still life objects as well as the human form, while also approaching certain techniques of abstraction.


October 1, 2019 to December 3, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
Each session will be a drawing marathon designed to encourage you to produce many pieces in short bursts with the goal to be fearless when drawing. Each week the instructor will provide different prompts ranging from props, still life, the live figure model or your imagination. Your drawing sessions will be fast paced, and you will be encouraged to bring different media such as ink, graphite, charcoal to experiment in these creative sessions.This class is designed for those with previous drawing experience eager to get into the studio looking for opportunities to practice, for artists looking for new inspiration, or for those new to drawing looking for opportunities to practice their skills in a supportive environment.


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Writing solid copy is essential to any digital marketing strategy. However, traditional copywriting does not always translate effectively to the digital landscape. New marketing channels created by evolving digital technology require new ways of communication. Learn the techniques to develop and create copy for marketing emails, websites, online advertising, social media, blogs and mobile technologies. By the end of the course you'll have completed several pieces of a digital marketing campaign to start building a portfolio.


March 3, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Explore the human form as an art practice in relationship to the study of human anatomy. Consider the structure, form and movement of the human body. You will have access to models as well as skeletons, casts and diagrams used to teach anatomy. This course emphasizes a processed-based approach focusing on the analysis of form, construction and perspective.


January 27, 2020 to April 6, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Get an introduction to editing: Trim clips, adjust color and refine audio.


January 27, 2020 to April 6, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
A hands-on introduction to the principles and techniques of digital-video production. Learn to light, compose, and shoot video; and explore the logic of editing. The course engages students in an analytic consideration of basic cinematic syntax and will provide you with an opportunity for individual experimentation and practice.


September 30, 2019 to December 2, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
The art of food writing requires not only a keen interest in and knowledge about food but also an ability to translate your experiences and bring them alive for the reader-through evocative language that appeals to the five senses. Whether you write about producing, preparing, or partaking of food, this course will show you how to make mouths water as you inform, educate, or persuade. We will discuss the full spectrum of food writing-restaurant reviews, food blogs, magazine articles, personal essays, recipe-centered pieces, social and cultural commentary, food history, destination pieces-and try your hand at a variety of forms. Creative brainstorming, hands-on writing exercises, group writing critiques, and close analysis of readings by some of America's best food writers will comprise the main activities of the workshop. Mixed into this experience will be visits from food industry professionals, culminating in an exclusive tasting dinner at a local establishment.


November 4, 2019 to December 2, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
Graphic Storytelling allows students to create original works of fiction and nonfiction as they pertain to the sequential format. Combining the use of imagination, observation and reference while utilizing a variety of media, writing develops through a series of exercises and assignments and evolves into finished and more polished work. Exercises/assignments focus on: character/world-building, story structure, and utilizing one-panel, four-panel and multi-panel/page formats. Skills learned in this class may be applied to comics and graphic novels, as well as other similar genres such as animation and video games.


January 29, 2020 to April 8, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn how to bring imaginative characters to life through compelling visual description and design. In this course, students will create original illustrated characters. Working from imagination, students will develop characters through thumbnail sketches that evolve into highly-rendered images. The characters developed for this class can be used in children's books, animation, comic books, cartoons, or graphic novels.


October 2, 2019 to December 11, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
In this course, students will learn the basics of making books by hand. From cutting and folding to sewing and gluing, we will explore accordion books, pamphlets, Japanese stab bindings, and Coptic stitch. Starting with one-page books and working our way up to multi-section books that make excellent journals/sketchbooks, our discussion will focus on best practices and materials as well as tricks and techniques for modifying the book structures to suit projects and solve problems. This class is excellent for beginners with no book experience or anyone looking to expand their skill set.


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This course introduces two traditional printmaking processes: woodcut & etching. Woodcut is a relief process that involves carving an image into a plank of wood, rolling ink across the carved surface of the block, and using it to print your image onto paper. Etching is an intaglio process that involves printing from a metal plate which is etched with an image. Instructor will guide you through all of the steps necessary to translate your ideas using these graphic processes.


January 30, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
The traditional art of printing from engraved plates and metal type is explored using the University's collection of metal and wood typefaces. Create several printed works via typesetting and the Vandercook Proof Press, allowing for prints up to 22 inches by 24 inches. Design custom polymer plates and perform multicolor printing. Students should anticipate additional costs for materials based on the scope of their individual projects.


October 1, 2019 to December 10, 2019, Anderson Hall Rm 605
January 28, 2020 to April 7, 2020, Anderson Hall Rm 605
Fans and aspiring comic book artists alike improve drawing and writing skills in a workshop-style course, designed to expand knowledge and execution of this vibrant storytelling medium. Focusing on observation, structure and daily practice, students use their drawings to find and express narrative vision. Each session gives you the tools to turn your cartooning practice and experimentation into finished works. This course is a fit for artists and writers looking to learn more about comics and comic-making, as well as cartoonists looking for a creative jolt.


June 3, 2020 to August 5, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Develop your personal stories to craft engaging content. Learn how to improve your creative non-fiction writing to bring out the humor, improve the narrative, find your voice and more. Readings and exercises will be used to jog your memory and inspire your creativity.


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Appropriate for the beginning or advanced student, this course focuses on developing or improving metal fabrication techniques through practice for your sculptural and/or functional pieces. You are encouraged to bring ideas to the class, which could take the form of sketches, maquettes or even 3D CAD drawings. Techniques covered include: MIG, TIG and oxyacetylene welding; plasma cutting, hot + cold bending and forming; drilling + grinding; and patinas. You will get demonstrations on all these techniques and encouraged to explore a number of them in depth while creating your own work.


January 28, 2020 to April 7, 2020, Hamilton Hall Metal Shop (Pine St. Entrance)
An introduction to world of fine art bronze casting. Create your own bronze sculptures with two processes: sand casting and lost wax casting. You will learn the techniques to create two types of moulds, and in the foundry --techniques to ladle and hand pour molten bronze into sand impressions and with lost wax, ceramic shells. In the metal shop you will refine your castings and prepare them for patina and finishing. You will fabricate one to two complete bronze sculptures by utilizing various foundry and metal working techniques.


October 1, 2019 to December 3, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
A printmaker's dream come true, this studio-based course offers intermediate and advanced artists a collaborative learning community, instruction from a skilled printmaker and access to some of the best printmaking facilities in the city. Resources and instruction span screenprint, relief, intaglio, lithography and digital printmaking techniques. Weekly sessions include demonstrations as well as one-on-one guided assistance, informal dialogues and work time. Group critiques are held informally throughout the semester, and formally at the end of the course. Prerequisites: Introduction to Printmaking or equivalent training/experience. You should be proficient in at least one printmaking medium.


June 2, 2020 to August 4, 2020, Anderson Hall Rm 523
Social media represents one of the most significant changes in consumer media behavior in history, resulting in fundamental shifts in the way marketers communicate and interact with audiences. This course provides practical knowledge to establish objectives and implement strategies towards developing best practices and effective use in your organization. Interactive social media tools are examined, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, mobile apps and blogging. You will develop an understanding of the changing world of social media, considering editorial calendars, appropriate use, social listening, policy and copyright, case studies, website optimization, emerging platforms, resources management and content development. Learn how social media is critical to effective and efficient communication.


January 28, 2020 to February 27, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
This course explores painting materials, technique and concepts with a focus on capturing realistic works from direct observation. Learn the basics of color mixing, application techniques and composition. You may choose to work in acrylic or oil as you paint still life set ups and live models.


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Explore and expand your creativity and poetic voice while sharing your writing in a workshop format. Enjoying the work of contemporary poets and writers each week, you'll analyze and experiment with various forms and techniques.


October 3, 2019 to December 12, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
This course will offer inspiration, feedback, and support as participants write approximately ten poems each week. What happens to your writing when you emphasize velocity and variety? How can poetry match the speed and significance of daily experience, so that, as William Carlos Williams says, "nothing that is not green will survive"? Rather than waiting for inspiration, writers in this course will generate and discuss many pages of new material-while also exploring the fundamentals of poetic craft and poetry's place in our world. The course will include guest speakers, individual conferences, and exercises drawn from a dynamic group of contemporary and historical readings, including poems by writers such as Bernadette Mayer, Georges Perec, Harryette Mullen, Adrienne Rich, Frank O'Hara, Bhanu Kapil, Eugenio Montale, Cecilia Vicuņa, Lisa Robertson, and others. Writers of all backgrounds, styles, and experience levels are welcome; the course may be particularly useful for poets who wish to explore new compositional practices and to experiment with changing what we write by changing how we write.


June 3, 2020 to August 5, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Are you freelancing, starting a design services-based business, or looking to become a member of an existing design and development team? This course on digital agency operations, business development and project management offers a comprehensive guide to the potential and pitfalls inherent in web-based projects. All aspects of digital agency operations are examined, from finding the right clients and negotiating the best price for your services, to contract writing basics and effectively scheduling and managing your workflow. Perform the steps an operations industry professional follows in planning, running, tracking and completing projects. By the end of this course you will be able to scope potential web-based work, create project tasks and identify and confirm user requirements, including interviewing techniques, and present solutions to common web-based project problems. Prerequisite: Web Design I or Overview of Social Media or equivalent experience.


January 30, 2020 to February 2, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
July 16-19, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Yoga practice focused on postures and breathing exercises.


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Curious to try your hand at pulling a print? Are you eager to get back into the studio and explore new ideas? This course provides an introduction to image generation, screen preparation and the unique nature of this process, from start to finish, allowing more advanced students to develop individually. Students at all levels are welcome as we guide you into the process and let you explore varying levels of complexity. You are encouraged to bring photographic, computer-generated, hand-drawn images or stencils to get started. If you've never felt the satisfaction of screen printing, you are missing out!


October 3, 2019 to December 12, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
Have you tried to write a feature-length script and were unable to complete it? Or maybe you have an idea for a short film you know could win an Oscar, but don't know how to make it into a script? Either way, this is the class for you. You'll learn the fundamentals of screenwriting while analyzing both short films and features to understand the elements they share. The course will focus on the art of pitching an idea, workshopping an outline, writing a 10-minute script and hearing your dialogue during class readings. Your final script can be used as a writing sample, an entry in a writing contest or for production.


January 27, 2020 to April 6, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Designed specifically for intermediate and advanced writers who have completed at least one draft of a screenplay, this course uses the workshop approach to help you troubleshoot, make significant headway on another draft and receive feedback from other writers. The class will be reading/workshopping intensive with possible mini-lectures from the instructor. The overall goal is to either complete a work in progress or start a new draft based on fresh input. The course may be repeated as desired.


October 3, 2019 to December 12, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
January 30, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Moldmaking, a fundamental and crucial sculpture skill, allows an artist to cast multiple reproductions of original work in a variety of materials. In this course you will have the option to model a sculpture or bring in an existing object to create your mold. Two types of molds will be demonstrated, a plaster waste-mold and a reusable rubber-mold, with each student choosing one method to complete during the course.


June 2, 2020 to August 4, 2020, Hamilton Hall Metal Shop (Pine St. Entrance)
Explore the fundamentals of songwriting - and try your hand at it yourself -  in this course designed for both aspiring and experienced songwriters.  Learn, analyze, and apply the foundational and structural elements of songwriting through this collaborative, growth-oriented experience.  The ground rules of songwriting are outlined, then applied toward your own composition - bringing out your inner songwriter!  No previous music training is required.


October 3, 2019 to November 7, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
Working from the figure, still life and invented forms, students explore painting materials, techniques and concepts on an individualized level. Learn the basics of color mixing, application techniques and pictorial composition and drawing, with an emphasis on perceptual painting. Students may choose to work in acrylic or oil as they paint still life setups and live models.


January 29, 2020 to April 8, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Emphasizing creative solutions to complex photographic problems, this course is designed for those interested in discovering the versatility and creative potential of the studio environment. Learn how controlled studio lighting, both electronic flash and tungsten sources, enhances a photograph. The course incorporates lectures, demonstrations and a series of assignments in still life, portraiture, fashion and product setups. Course accommodates digital cameras of 35mm and medium format.


October 3, 2019 to December 5, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
In this unique tap class, you'll not only expand your tap technique but also get the opportunity to perform what you learn. Begin choreography lessons on the first night of class and perform toward the end of the semester(exact date TBA). The choreography in this class encompasses all levels of experience. Note: This course is only offered during the spring semester. Tap shoes required.


January 30, 2020 to April 9, 2020, Terra Hall Rm 403
Creatively repurpose, design and fabricate animal specimens in this introduction to one of the world's oldest and most alluring crafts. Learn the essentials of basic taxidermy to gain visual and hands-on knowledge of animal anatomy and an understanding of natural fibers, ultimately completing an accessory or wearable embellishment of your choice. Specimens for class are sourced humanely and are safe to handle. Additional costs may be incurred for materials depending on the scope of the individual project selected.


October 2-30, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
March 18, 2020 to April 15, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Learn about the history and lore of the charivari, the hunter's wearable trophy, and how to create one of your own. Work with a range of small, preserved and thoughtfully sourced specimen components to design your own wearable trophy. Students are encouraged to incorporate any special totems of their own, as well as those provided in class, such as teeth, locks of hair, claws or whiskers shed from pets or objects found in nature. These treasures will be set into prefabricated jewelry hardware incorporated into bracelets, necklaces, key chains and more for you to take out into the world!


June 3, 2020 to July 1, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
If you love to travel (who doesn't?!) and love to write, this travel writing course will get you one step closer. In this course, think about how to pitch an idea, find an interesting angle, structure a feature, improve your storytelling, consider images, develop tone, voice and mood. In this workshop environment designed for writers at various levels, we'll share feedback on your writing and explore the many avenues available in this genre.


September 30, 2019 to October 28, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
In this course, students will learn two Victorian Hair Art techniques - the art of making hair wreaths.  Hair wreaths are made by twisting and weaving hair into flowers, leaves and loops.  You will also learn some of the history of Victorian mourning hair art, as well as the significance of hair in other cultures. We will make connections to contemporary artists who use hair, as well as how the concepts behind Victorian hair work are relevant today.


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This course is a wonderful way to participate in the study of voice in a group setting which will build confidence and technique. Class will deal with basic vocal techniques for beginners, including positive breathing habits, posture, good diction, phrasing, interpretation of song literature, resonation, tone, production and diction. Both group and individual singing of simple vocalizes and songs are part of each week's class work. Various singing techniques are covered, including singing with a microphone. This workshop provides a basic foundation into the craft of singing for all participants, regardless of experience, in a fun and welcoming environment.


January 28, 2020 to April 7, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
This course offers a high-level overview of the web as a design medium, an introduction to web graphics, and an introduction to HTML and CSS.  Students will begin to explore the web as a design medium through discussions, readings, explanations and a hands-on approach.  Begin to build skills in the tools and languages used on the web; process images for use on the web; learn the roles of HTML, CSS and Javascript. Explore the importance of a multi-platform, multi-screen approach to web design, learn current development best practices, and develop thoughtful user interface, user experience and information architecture for a website.


January 28, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
Expand upon your foundations in HTML and CSS by designing and building more complex websites.  Coursework builds stronger CSS skills and provides an expanded focus on multi-screen design, UI/UX design, accessibility, site architecture, and the web design process.  You will also explore adding interactive elements to your websites using JavaScript and jQuery. Over the course of the class students will create two complete web sites.


June 2, 2020 to August 6, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
The Web Design Practicum integrates and builds upon concepts from the previous courses in the certificate, and introduces the skills of building a custom design for a Content Management System. You will explore advanced techniques while building a complete website for a client. Coursework combines design and development into a single cohesive workflow as you build a dynamic website for a client beginning with wireframes and mock-ups. You will go through a formal client review and revision process.


October 1, 2019 to December 5, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
Design and build an attractive and functional website to serve as a portfolio for your artistic practice. This course offers a detailed overview of the tools and best practices to create a portfolio style website appropriate for a range of artistic mediums including but not limited to performance, visual arts, photographers, and writers. Learn to use a content management system (CMS) to organize and showcase your work. Appropriate for beginners.


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This course is structured as an ongoing workshop to allow both fiction and non-fiction writers to share, critique and improve their craft through lively discussions, conferences, written critiques, personal feedback and more, led by a professional writer.  Participants examine plot structure, character development, effective dialogue, voice and point of view.  The goal is to guide students to refine a piece of work in preparation to publish, while honoring the ongoing creative process of writing, editing and critiquing.  This course is intended for writers with some work in various stages of development that they are eager to improve and expand.


October 3, 2019 to December 12, 2019, TBA - University of the Arts
January 30, 2020 to April 9, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
June 4, 2020 to August 6, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts
In this class, write and edit stores designed to intrigue readers. Work on creating dramatic tension and building your narrative voice. Writers of all levels and experience will learn how to develop fictive ideas, moving from idea generation toward exciting and heartfelt climaxes.


March 16, 2020 to April 13, 2020, TBA - University of the Arts