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Pre-College Saturday School

Writing, performing & visual art classes for high school students.

Courses

To be a successful actor, you must learn how to navigate the audition. Gain critical feedback that will guide you through the entire audition preparation process-from selecting a script and doing a character breakdown, to rehearsal and a preparing a digital audition for when you aren't live in the room with the casting team.


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A professional animator provides guidance as you learn the basics of motion studies-experimenting with traditional hand-drawn and stop-motion animation. Over the course of the program, you'll execute your own short animated movie and demo reel


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Looking to create the perfect protagonist-or adversary-for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to develop original characters and create works suitable for various applications-illustration, animation, comic books, cartoons or graphic novels.


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Conjuring up a plot is one thing; executing it effectively is another. Learn the elements and subtleties that transform thoughts and observations into enduring writing. Through a series of exercises in form, content, building characters and developing settings, you'll learn how to make the stories you imagine come alive.


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This multi-genre class investigates what makes funny ? funny. You will create original stories, poems and essays that explore absurdism; dark humor; magical realism; parody; satire; and other forms of the fantastical, surreal and comedic.


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Make short personal films from the comfort of your desktop using contemporary and experimental approaches. With the instruction of a professional filmmaker, you'll work with techniques developed by artists that utilize found footage and the "remix" concept to create your own boundary-pushing new work.


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Explore basic digital audio theory, as well as fundamental application and strategy, using Ableton Live. This class includes tutorials in arranging and mixing concepts, with a special focus on electronic music techniques and digital synthesis. (Ableton Software will be provided to students)


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In this class, students will learn the art of creating cutting-edge Micro Docs. Film is one of the primary ways we experience stories in contemporary culture and these mini-documentaries have become some of the most powerful and popular media available. Learn the history and tools of documentary film making including directing and editing to create your own short, observational documentary.


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Drawing is the most basic art and design tool, and it's a fundamental component of all disciplines. Become a better observer by learning to find meaningful subject matter wherever you are - from drawing everyday objects and the view outside your window to accessing memories and incorporating found sources. With encouragement and feedback from a professional artist, you'll grasp essential techniques such as composition, light, value and perspective as you work through drawings made in graphite, pen and color pencil.


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Delve into the complex and intricate world of digital games. Learn to construct logical narratives and rules within a hypothetical space, and utilize interface design, programing tools and aesthetics to bring your original game concept to life.


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Design rules our visual world: Advertising; digital design; and print media like books, posters and publications use graphic design to communicate messages. Focus on the principles of design and the possibilities of visual communication, type design, layout, image treatment and sequence. Students will create an effective final design using visual problem solving techniques, mixed-media and Adobe Creative Suite.


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Gain an understanding of both hand-drawn and digital processes of picture-making that blend story, concept and design in comics, children's books, advertising, editorial and other applications. You'll encounter subject matter sourced from various fields and be prompted to respond with imaginative illustrations that articulate insight and draw an emotional response.


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Learn about what goes into the making of children's and picture books by dissecting the stages of book development from manuscript and dummy design to the finished art process. Exercises will expand your storytelling abilities as you delve into concepts like analyzing your text, characters, the world, motivations, secondary characters, visuals and more. Expand your perspective by learning about pacing your story, using color and props in a scene, different media, and lettering to enhance the environment and mood of a page. Projects will center around creating characters both based off of classics and originals, and creating scenes for singular panels, as well as larger stories. Demonstrations will focus on a variety of traditional media as well as an introduction to some digital image-making tools.


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Work from your imagination to develop and design original comic illustrations. Use traditional and digital media to work through a series of thumbnail sketches that evolve into highly rendered images suitable for various applications, including illustration, animation, comic books, cartoons or graphic novels.


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Learn to use your sketchbook as a visual journal for observation and invention to develop your creative voice. You'll bind your own sketchbook and fill its pages with experiments that generate new ideas. Projects and demos include working with paint pens, markers, ink and cut paper, and field trips to various sites in Philadelphia encourage you to work both from life and your imagination.


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Learn to develop believable worlds and refined stylizations that can be applied to a variety of narrative projects like comics, children's books, animation and live action works. Focus not only on the characters that would inhabit these worlds, but the design of environments, props and other world building visuals that make up a fictional world and make it more believable. This course will help you dissect and focus on each element, including the writing that goes into developing and creating a fictional world.


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Whether your goal is the spotlight, the sound board or the boardroom, move past media portrayal and myth and get a comprehensive look at the music industry. Explore the industry's revenue models, careers and many moving parts, as well as the roles of entrepreneurship, marketing, law and technology.


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Discover new ways to make evocative photographs from your everyday environment. Work with a professional photographer as you dig into composition, color and experimental camera-less techniques to create dynamic images. You'll make better use of your camera, learn the fundamentals of photography and explore its outer limits.


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Create and critically evaluate your visual arts college application portfolio. Work with a variety of 2-D media to create new works, with a focus on observational drawing. Review your portfolio with a UArts admission counselor to assess its strengths and areas for improvement. This course is open to high school juniors and seniors. Nude figure models will be used.


February 8, 2020 to March 28, 2020, Anderson Hall Rm 307
Do you often think about how to make the world a better place? In this course, we'll analyze some of today's most pressing issues and use design to propose improvements and solutions. Working with a professional product designer, you'll learn about how designers develop products, how to communicate your ideas through drawings and models, and what to consider when it's time to manufacture. Periodically, interesting guests and product designers will join us for demos and discussions.


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An engaging screenplay is essential to a compelling movie. Explore industry terminology, character development, scene building, story structure and the importance of conflict. Through screenings, class discussions and exercises, learn how to create a story for the screen, write a detailed outline and draft a short screenplay.


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Learn how to use images and visual elements to communicate ideas and tell stories more effectively. Create stories and concept drawings that showcase your visual voice for use in a portfolio or future project. This class is perfect for students interested in film, animation, illustration, photography, writing, graphic design, game design or any form of visual storytelling.


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This class will prepare young writers for every phase of TV storytelling; from concept, to characters, to pitching, crafting an outline, learning writing treatments, and executing a pilot script. Classes are complemented by viewing and dissecting a TV series to analyze and understand characters, pacing, and the creation of gripping stories.


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