Get a taste of our college programs!

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.

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20th Century History of Photography - 251 - Online

Jan 6 - Mar 10, 2021
Class meets Wednesday nights from 6-8PM ET
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.

Collaborations in Multimedia II - 233 - Online

Jan 7- Mar 11, 2021
Class meets Thursdays from 10AM - 5PM ET
Instructor: Tom Ryan

Students explore technical, practical, and aesthetic considerations of video capture, audio capture, visual storytelling, and editing. We will explore sound design, editing theory, camera movement, and more. We will discuss the finer points of shooting, lighting, and editing talking head interviews, and we will introduce additional facets of post-production such as motion graphics and color correction. Over the course of the term students will work on a series of projects with various focuses, including a culminating film. There will be screenings, critiques, and in-depth discussion. We will also discuss many of the practicalities of doing professional client work.

Projects II - 252 - Online

Jan 7- Mar 11, 2021
Class meets Thursdays from 1:30PM - 5PM ET
Instructor: Brenton Hamilton

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.

Film History & Theory: Storytelling in Light and Shadow - Online

Apr 19-23, 2021
Class meets Monday-Friday
Instructor: Kenneth James

The story of film is an incredibly rich journey that winds through countries, movements, forces, personalities, visions, theories, and technologies. From the innovators of the late 19th, the 20th, and now the early 21st century, today’s working filmmakers have inherited an extraordinary wealth of artistic and conceptual tools. In this intensive workshop, we will examine the historical development of those tools in order to understand and articulate our own place in the continuum of film.