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Pre-College Summer Institute

A dynamic summer program for creative high school students.

Courses

Learn the basics of motion studies from a professional animator and see your original animated projects come to life. You'll storyboard, film, edit, and execute short animations, using both stop-motion and digital techniques, and create a polished demo reel to be used for college admissions or other applications.


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Looking to create the perfect hero-or antihero-for the story you want to tell? Work from your imagination to design original characters and develop a short-form comic. Learn to use a variety of professional tools, techniques, and digital media to create work suitable for various applications like animation, cartoons, comic books, graphic novels and illustrations.


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Drawing is the most basic art and design tool, and it's a fundamental component of all disciplines. In this course, you'll become a better observer by learning to find meaningful subject matter wherever you are - from drawing everyday objects and the view out 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. You'll explore the principles that inform how games work, what makes them fun, and how they can help us understand our world and social interactions. Learn to construct logical narratives and rules within a hypothetical space, and utilize interface design, programming tools and aesthetics to bring your original game concept to life.


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Today, design is everywhere. Posters, publications, album covers, apparel, and digital media utilize graphic design to convey messages to viewers. In this two week class, you'll focus on basic 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 for articulating visual ideas and meaning 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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Discover new ways to make evocative photographs from your everyday environment. Work with a professional photographer as you dig into composition, color, and experimental cameraless 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. Learn strategies for presentation, what colleges look for, and tips for photographing and editing work for a digital portfolio. Experiment with a variety of media and learn to utilize the resources around you to develop new work. Conclude the class with a portfolio review with an admissions counselor to assess your portfolio's strengths and areas for growth.


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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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