Get a taste of our college programs!

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Each trimester (fall, winter, spring) we reserve a limited number of seats in select courses from our certificate programs or other classes designed specifically for members of our community. These courses meet weekly for a few hours in the morning, afternoon, or evening, and some are a full day long. Community classes are a great opportunity to learn something new, dedicate focused time to your art practice, and tap into a community of artistic peers. Local residents enjoy a special rate on these classes.

Community Classes, 2023:

Collaborations in Multimedia II - 233

Dates: Jan 5 – Mar 9 (Thursdays for 10 Weeks, 9am-5pm)
Tuition: $950
Capacity: 8
Faculty: Tom Ryan

Collaboration in Multimedia II is a follow-up to the basic unit, Collaborations in Multimedia I. In this class, students will be introduced to a series of new tools including studio lights, camera support systems, and wireless lavalier microphones. Students who wish to take this course should have a basic technical understanding of storytelling with video, and/or have taken Collaborations in Multimedia I.

20th Century History of Photography - 251

Dates: Jan 6 – Mar 10, 2023 (Fridays for 10 Weeks, 9-11am)
Tuition: $350 (General Public) or $625 (Maine Media MFA Students)
Instructor: Brenton Hamilton

This 10-week course explores the visual trends of the 20th century are detailed as major paradigms in visual culture. Extensive lectures on the major influences, movements, and personalities of photography post-1940 are covered.

Collaborations in Multimedia I - 262

Dates: Sept 8 – Nov 10 (Thursdays for 10 Weeks, 9am-5pm)
Tuition: $950
Capacity: 8
Faculty: Tom Ryan

Students will gain a solid foundation in the basics of storytelling with video and multimedia. Lectures, demonstrations and assignments will cover key technical concepts of video capture, audio capture, editing, as well as storytelling technique and style. Composition of shot, audio acquisition, editing, story structure, and the interview process will all be covered.

19th Century History of Photography (Online)

Dates: Sept 9 – Nov 11 (Fridays, 9-11am)
Tuition: $350 (General Public) or $625 (Maine Media MFA Students)
Instructor: Brenton Hamilton

This is a lecture course introducing the discovery of photography and influences in visual culture in the 19th century up to approximately 1935. Lectures and discussions along with extensive readings guide the students to understanding the advent of technology and visual images related to photography. As we are inundated with images in the technological era – this course provides perspectives on origins and cultural influences.

Digital Techniques - 240

Dates: Sept 7 – Nov 9 (Wednesdays for 10 Weeks, 9am-5pm)
Tuition: $1395
Capacity: 8
Faculty: Jim Nickelson

This community course will meet once weekly during the fall. Students learn to use their cameras to capture, organize and process monochrome digital images and video. The primary tools used in this course are Adobe’s Lightroom and Photoshop, and they, along with basic editing software, will be covered. Students explore techniques, materials and processes of digital output to paper and screen. Each student presents a final portfolio or video for evaluation.

Projects I - 244

Dates: Sept 5 – Nov 7 (Mondays, 1:30-5pm)
Tuition: $750
Capacity: 8
Faculty: Elizabeth Greenberg

This course introduces the concepts and methods of developing a series of images that enhance and challenge students’ personal vision and visual vocabulary within the medium. There are weekly slide lectures for the first half of the term to illustrate various genres and movements within photography, including: Light, The Photographer’s Eye, Landscape and Response to Place, Portraits and Self Portraits and Documentary work and the Decisive Moment. Weekly shooting assignments are given with in-depth critiques of the work to follow. The course will help the student develop a familiarity with and appreciation for the major genres within photography as well as an understanding of photographic and camera vision. Each student will work on a small portfolio for the term based on the weekly shooting assignments and personal interests.