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Running as multi-week sessions or as one-day classes in the evenings and on weekends throughout the year, the CCA Online Extension program offers accessible, flexible, and immersive learning experiences that you can access anywhere.

Some courses are synchronous, meaning they meet live during a specific time of day, Pacfic Time, on the video conferencing platform Zoom. Others are asynchronous, meaning they consist of pre-recorded lectures students can access at any time during the week. Some courses are combination of both.

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DESIGN

SUSTAINABLE FASHION: THE ETHICS AND ECOLOGY OF WHAT WE WEAR (Online)

Fashion

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  • EXFAS-1515-01
  • Asynchronous
  • Instructor: Mandana MacPherson
  • Thurs, February 18 - Wed, April 21
  • 10 sessions. $395. noncredit
  • Prerequisite: must be 18+ years or older

In this course, you will become familiar with established strategies in the design of sustainable fashion products and systems across the industry from outdoor gear to couture. We will analyze and discuss the environmental and human impacts of design choices and product life cycles, learning to evaluate materials and methods to make informed sourcing and design decisions.

This course will help you understand the potential for setting fashion creation and consumption on a path for long-term success by adapting creative solutions and alternatives that address ecological and social sustainability issues. You will develop your ability to use professional terminology to understand and communicate about the benefits of sustainability in the design, manufacturing and use of fashion products in order to make more informed personal choices and to collaborate effectively in the future with professionals working on sustainability in the fashion industry.

This course will be useful for designers and others in the fashion sector as well as for anyone interested in learning more about the sustainability of clothing.

This course will be entirely asynchronous with a cumulative of 3 hrs per week. Each week will begin Thursday and end on Wednesday, and allow for flexibility in interacting with the course materials, the instructor, and fellow students. There will be weekly slideshow lectures, written discussion, exercises, and handouts.

Technology Requirements: Registrants may need access to Padlet (a free, easy to use, whiteboard software) , a laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC) or tablet to access weekly lessons. Lessons may also be shared in Google Drive


INTRO TO INDUSTRIAL DESIGN: PRINCIPLES, PROCESS, SUSTAINABILITY (Online)

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  • EXIND-1510-01
  • Asynchronous
  • Instructor: Mandana MacPherson
  • Wed, February 17 - Tues, April 20
  • 10 sessions. $395. noncredit
  • Prerequisite: must be 18+ years or older

Industrial design affects every aspect of our daily lives. Product designers are responsible for many of the most exciting products in the world today -- products that transcend the sometimes mundane nature of their use. This course will consider not only the aesthetics and utility of design, but also a deep understanding of the user experience and the ethical and environmental impacts of products.

Through this course you will develop a working vocabulary in the language of design and learn how the different stages of the design process are used to move from identified user needs, through ideation, to how prototypes and final models are utilized to refine and communicate design concepts. You will learn strategies for integrating sustainability through the consideration of social concerns, the ecological footprint of products, material and manufacturing choices, and energy and resource efficiency. There will be a broad overview of the relationship between form and function, design and observational research, the importance of sketching and storytelling, and meaning and context.

This non-studio course is appropriate for anyone interested in learning about the important aspects of product design.

This course will be entirely asynchronous with a cumulative of 3 hrs per week. Each week will begin Wednesday and end on Tuesday, and allow for flexibility in interacting with the course materials, the instructor, and fellow students. There will be weekly slideshow lectures, written discussion, exercises and handouts.

Technology Requirements: Registrants may need access to Padlet (a free, easy to use, whiteboard software) , a laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC) or tablet to access weekly lessons. Lessons may also be shared in Google Drive


INTRO TO INTERIOR DESIGN (Online)

interior design

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  • EXINT-1510-01
  • Synchronous with 12 weeks of asynchronous instruction in between (2/26-5/11)
  • Instructor: Matt Kendall
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Tues, 4 PM - 5:30 PM, Feb 16 - May 11
  • 13 sessions. $550. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years and older

This course provides an introduction to the practice of interior design.

Students will begin by defining a concept for an interior space, setting the framework for an extended design study. Ideas will be tested and evaluated through sequential exercises, transitioning from intuitive form making to detailed refinement. Representation will be a core component of the curriculum, allowing participants to become familiar with drawing technique in the context of a narrative. 

Topics will include geometry, program, sequence, materiality, lighting, and identity.

This is an opportunity to work with a designer who teaches in CCA's undergraduate degree program. See his bio here

Basic Structure for 13 Zoom Classes: 30 mins - Group Pin-Up and Discussion, Lecture or Assignment Introduction. 60 mins - One-on-One Desk Crits [6 x 10 minute meetings, open for all students to observe]

  • Group A [half of the students] receive synchronous feedback during class
  • Group B [half of the students] receive asynchronous feedback as written comments outside of class
  • Groups A and B alternate each week

In addition, students will be provided 1.5 hours of weekly recorded asynchronous materials, including tutorials and demos to review on their own time.

Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed before the first class meeting.,

Rhino Trial License [Mac or PC]

  • Free for 90 days
  • Download from Rhino3d
  • Request license on Feb 10 or after, so that trial will remain active for length of course

Please see the art supply list here


FINE ARTS & ILLUSTRATION

WATERMEDIA (Online)

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  • EXILL-1515-01
  • Synchronous
  • Instructor: Kim Bennet
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Mon, 7 PM - 9:30 PM, Feb 22 - May 10
  • 12 sessions. $395. Noncredit.
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ yrs or older

Get started or advance your skills with watercolor and ink, brushes and pens. We will learn about different papers, practice different wash techniques (including resist, gouache, scraping, sponging) brush control, and the use of dip pens! The projects will be a combination of observational painting and imaginative prompts - painters at any level will refine their skills, become more comfortable and confident with materials and have fun painting together.

There will be lectures, demonstrations, feedback, and lots of time to paint together and be part of a supportive community of individuals that make up the class. We will also explore the work of a number of artists who have done interesting work in watermedia, contemporary and historic, for inspiration.Once again, there is no prerequisite for this course, anyone can paint and it’s more fun to paint together so all levels are welcomed and encouraged.  

This is an opportunity to work with an illustrator who teaches in CCA's undergraduate degree program. Read her bio here

Students who are interested in participating in an online exhibition on CCA's Portal will be able to submit 1-2 images of their work from the class.

Technology Requirements: Registrants will need access to Padlet (a free, easy to use, whiteboard software) , a laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC) or tablet to access weekly lessons, high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed.

View art supply list here


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PAINTING: THE SERIES (ONLINE)

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  • EXPNT-1520-01
  • Synchronous
  • Instructor: Erik Parra
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Tues, 7 PM - 9:30 PM, Feb 16 - May 4
  • 12 Sessions. $395. Noncredit.
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Painting or equivalent experience.

Many artists choose to work in a series to hone and explore an idea beyond its initial glimmer. The Series focuses on painting a chosen subject again and again to create a body of work. In the first session, students choose a subject (self-portrait, still life, photographs, landscape, etc.) that will be their topic for the semester. Participants begin by developing a list of personal goals for the course, providing a personal structure.

Students also write an artist statement that defines the work and keep a painting journal to help document the growth of their ideas, which allows them to see each painting as a step in the creative process.

Each remote session will begin with a group check in and will combine space for synchronous and asynchronous learning that will include studio time for painting (where the instructor will be available for questions/consultation etc.), time for individual critique, materials demonstrations, artist talk with slide viewing and group critique.

The goal of the class is to see works not only as individual paintings but also as part of a larger creative practice.

Students who are interested in participating in an online exhibition on CCA's Portal will be able to submit 1-2 images of their work from the class.

Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed.

Students may work in Oils or Acrylics and should be prepared to paint on the first day of class and have either a sketchbook or notebook for taking notes.


ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES: KEEPING UP A CREATIVE PROCESS (online)

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  • EXILL-1520-01
  • Synchronous
  • Instructor: Cleo Papanikolas
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Tues, 6:30 PM -8:30 PM, Feb 16 - May 4
  • 12 sessions. $350. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older.

In this 12-week online class, students learn and execute a new illustration technique starting with rendering and layout and exploring different application methods of gouache. The structure will consist of a two-hour, in-person meeting using Zoom with a primary demo and paint-along session.

Students begin with simple objects and move through landscapes, still-lifes, portraits, patterns, and lettering. Drawing assignments correlate to discussion topics exploring three aspects: materials and technique, creative process, and artistic outlook. Questions, discussions, and general conversation are encouraged while students paint. The instructor will also cover concepts from her book "The Opposite Is Also True: A Journal Of Creative Wisdom For Artists.”

During the last portion of class, students will present their work via screen share to ask questions and hear a supportive critique of the technique and progression of their body of work. As a group, we help define each other’s artistic goals and discuss strategies for maintaining an art practice in the midst of a busy life.

Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed.

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DIGITAL DRAWING AND PAINTING: THE BASICS (Online)

digital animation

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  • EXMED 1510-01
  • Synchronous plus 12 hours of Asynchronous instruction throughout the course
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Tues & Thurs, 7 PM - 8 PM, Feb 16 - March 25
  • 12 sessions. $575. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older. Students should have basic drawing and painting skills and a familiarity with their digital device(s) and preferred drawings/painting application.

Discover your digital workflow! This course explores the convenience and versatility of digital tablets* for illustration, concept art, storyboards and more.

With so many choices for digital drawing and painting hardware and software, how do you get the most out of what you already have? This online workshop takes a “level playing field” approach to the tools and emphasizes best practices, curiosity, and the joy of making.

In each group Zoom session, students work with the instructor and peers to build hand-eye coordination, confidence, and spontaneity with their device through skill-building exercises, gesture studies, and methods for working with line, value, color, texture and form. The class will also cover using photographic reference and integrating traditional media and creative problem-solving.

While demos will be conducted in Adobe Photoshop, students may also work with Clip Studio Paint Pro, Corel Painter, GIMP, ArtRage, AutoDesk Sketchbook Pro, or Adobe Fresco.

In addition to Zoom time, students will receive instructional videos and lesson files to further support their studies.

Students who are interested in participating in an online exhibition on CCA's Portal will be able to submit 1-2 images of their work from the class.

*Tablets include USB and wireless pen tablet peripherals (Wacom Intuos, Huion or Monoprice ) and stand-alone pen display or pen computer devices with built-in screens (Wacom Cintiq, Huion Kamvas, iPad Pro, Lenovo Yoga, Microsoft Surface Pro).

Technology Required: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC), digital drawing and painting setup, digital drawing and painting software, high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed before the first class meeting. Be prepared to share 1-3 jpegs of your artwork with the instructor or the class at the first class meeting.


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