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 I - 244

Sep 2 – Nov 11, 2019
Class meets Monday afternoons, 1:30PM – 5:00PM
Instructor: 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.

19th Century History of Photography - 242

Sep 3-Nov 12, 2019
Class meets Tuesday mornings 9:00am-12:30pm
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.

Digital Techniques - 240

Sep 4 – Nov 12, 2019
Class meets Thursdays from 9AM - 12:30PM
Supervised Lab from 1:30-5:00pm
Instructor: Joe Lavine

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.

Collaborations in Multimedia I - 262

Sep 2-Nov 12, 2019
Class meets Thursdays from 9AM - 12:30PM
Supervised Lab from 1:30-5:00pm
Instructor: 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, story structure, and the interview process will all be covered.

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.