Get a taste of our college programs!

Each trimester, 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.

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Projects II - 252

Jan 6-Mar 9, 2020
Class meets Monday afternoons, 1:30PM – 5:00PM
Instructor: Elizabeth Greenberg

Students in this course concentrate on producing a project, either fine art or documentary, during the term. Students may work in digital still, chemical darkroom processes and video. Emphasis is placed on content, story and excellent printmaking and edit dynamics. This course includes group and individual critiques, the creation of new images and stories through significant field work and culminates in a final edited group of sequenced photographs or edited video piece.

20th Century History of Photography - 251

Jan 7-Mar 10, 2020
Class meets Tuesday mornings 9:00am-12:30pm
Instructor: Brenton Hamilton

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. This course requires the completion of a term length paper and exam. Major 20th century photography developments are discussed: New Topographics, The Rise of Color Photography as a medium, The Culture Wars of the 1980’s and Postmodernism.

Historic Photographic Techniques - 249

Jan 8–Mar 11, 2020
Class meets Thursdays from 9AM - 12:30PM
Supervised Lab from 1:30-5:00pm
Instructor: Brenton Hamilton

As the digital age of visual storytelling progresses, there has been a huge upsurge in interest in the historic and alternative processes of photography. This is an introductory course to the noble processes of platinum, cyanotype, gum bichromate, and salted paper. Each printmaking technique is considered and practiced in lectures, demonstrations and supervised labs. Digital negatives and conventional negative processes are introduced to facilitate new work. A detailed technical notebook is produced in conjunction with a suite of finished prints.

Collaborations in Multimedia II - 233

Jan 9-Mar 12, 2020
Class meets Thursdays from 9AM - 12:30PM
Supervised Lab from 1:30-5:00pm
Instructor: Tom Ryan

This course 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. We will light subjects, explore camera movement, and practice working together as a small production crew to create short-form documentary and narrative stories. We will delve into more advanced editing concepts, begin to discuss style and technique, as well as introduce additional facets of post-production such as motion graphics, color correction, and Adobe Premiere’s multitude of new and useful tools. By the end of term you will have completed several short film projects, as well as a culminating project to be worked on in the final weeks of the course. Students will feel very comfortable with video capture, audio capture, editing, and utilizing these skills to create short visual pieces.

Film History & Theory Workshop

Apr 20-24, 2020
Class meets Mon-Fri
Instructor: Kenneth James
Workshop Fee: $395

The story of film is an incredibly rich journey that winds through countries, movements, forces, personalities, visions, theories, and technologies. From the extraordinarily fertile period of invention that marked the early development of film, to the rapidly evolving digital landscape of the present, we will study how the medium has changed over time. Through lecture, discussion, viewing, and reading, students will examine key films and filmmakers that have pushed the medium forward. A deepened understanding of how writers and directors have continually reinvented the ways in which stories are told will set the stage for a richer exploration of story and screenwriting in the next unit.