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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.

All synchronous meeting will take place in Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Please be sure to register with an email/phone you frequently use or let us know if you are updating your personal info. We will be sending info prior to your class start date. If you have not received anything, please contact specialprograms@cca.edu

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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
  • Tuesday, June 1 - Friday, July 1 (Optional:- Live Zoom Introduction Meet Your Teacher and Classmates Sunday, June 6 / 2:30 PM-3:30 PM PST (5:30 PM-6:30 PM EST).
  • 5 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 summer intensive course will be asynchronous with a cumulative of 30 hours of material. Students have the flexibility to access the course materials entirely at their own pace. Course materials consist of weekly video slideshow lectures by the instructor, optional exercises and discussion, and recommended videos and links. Students are welcome to communicate with the instructor and fellow students through email or through a designated doc in the class folder each week.

There will be an optional zoom introductory meeting in the first week of class where the instructor will give an overview of the course and participants will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to one another - say a few words about their background, why they are taking the course, what they hope to get out of it, etc. Casual/low key/optional

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
  • Tuesday, June 1 - Friday, July 1 (Optional: Live Zoom Introduction - Meet Your Teacher and Classmates: Sunday, June 6 / 1:00 PM-2:00 PM PST (4:00 PM-5:00 PM EST)
  • 5 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 summer intensive course will be asynchronous with a cumulative of 30 hours of material. Students have the flexibility to access the course materials entirely at their own pace. Course materials consist of weekly video slideshow lectures by the instructor, optional exercises and discussion, and recommended videos and links. Students are welcome to communicate with the instructor and fellow students through email or through a designated doc in the class folder each week.

There will be an optional zoom introductory meeting on the first week of class where the instructor will give an overview of the course and participants will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to one another - say a few words about their background, why they are taking the course, what they hope to get out of it, etc. Casual/low key/optional

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)

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  • EXINT-1510-01
  • Synchronous with 7 weeks of asynchronous instruction in between
  • Instructor: Matt Kendall
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Mon & Thurs, 7 PM - 8:30 PM (PST), June 21- Aug 5 (No Class July 5)
  • 13 sessions. $525. 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 techniques 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. There may be also other image sharing programs used within this class.

Rhino Trial License [Mac or PC]

  • Free for 90 days
  • Download from Rhino3d
  • Request license on June 20 or after, so that trial will remain active for the length of course

Please see the art supply list here


EXPANDING LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: CONTEMPORARY APPROACHES TO DEPICTING PLACE

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  • EXPHO-1510-01
  • Synchronous with additional asynchronous lessons
  • Instructor: Josef Jacques
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Wed, 7 PM -9 PM (PST), June 2 - Aug 18
  • 12 sessions. $395. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years and older. This course is designed for both novices and those with prior photographic experience.

This is a course about photographing place. Often referred to as landscape photography, this term can be limiting and influence how we look at and take images. In this studio, the focus is on expanding ideas and approaches to image making. Photography has been used to aid in preserving nature, to aid in its destruction, to celebrate beauty, to show it’s decimation, to show where we have been and where we are going. The possibilities are infinite; this course guides students into discovering or honing their specific artistic vision.

In the synchronous portion of the course, we will look at a variety of ways place and space have been depicted, looking at both art historical figures and contemporary artists. We will also use this time to share each other's images to get feedback and to develop a language to talk about the work.

The asynchronous component consists of technical tutorials, short creative exercises and an independent project. The technical tutorials are designed to help students better understand the medium of photography and how to use it to express ideas. The creative exercises are short assignments designed to shake up and expand our notions of photography and self-expression. This will all culminate in an independent project consisting of a series of photographs based on a single idea, a specific location, or both.

This course is designed for both novices and those with prior photographic experience.

Technology Requirements: laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC) with webcam, high-speed internet connection (for streaming demo videos and live meetings via Zoom), Zoom application installed, a camera (any camera), Image editing software (ideally Adobe Photoshop but we can discuss software options in class (some free). There are other recommended materials that we will discuss throughout the course, but nothing else is required.

FINE ARTS & ILLUSTRATION

PAINTING: THE SERIES (ONLINE)

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  • EXPNT-1520-01
  • Synchronous
  • Instructor: Erik Parra
  • Live Zoom Meeting: Wed, 6:30 PM - 9 PM (PST), June 2 - Aug 18
  • 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 also use free image-sharing software programs to share work created in the class.

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 & Thurs, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM (PST), July 6 - July 29
  • 8 sessions. $295. Noncredit
  • Prerequisite: Must be 18+ years or older.

In this 8-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.” 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.

During the last portion of the 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. They will also discuss the idea of a travel journal and see how one can incorporate it into the remainder of their summer. 
 

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 also use free image-sharing software programs to share work created in the class.

Materials: Bring any sketching/painting supplies you have and we will discuss how to supplement your kit for travel in the first class. We will be painting with gouache so have at least a basic set of primary colors + white


DIGITAL DRAWING AND PAINTING: THE BASICS (Online)

Digital Drawing and Painting_Molly Bradley

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  • EXMED 1510-01
  • Synchronous plus no fewer than 10 hours of Asynchronous instruction throughout the course
  • Instructor: Eugene Young
  • Live Zoom Meetings: Tues & Thurs, 7 PM- 8:30 PM (PST), June 1- July 1
  • 10 sessions. $495. 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 each week 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.

Image by Molly Bradley, Spring 2021 Digital Drawing and Painting

*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. Students may also use free image-sharing software programs to share work created in the class.


CONTACT US

Questions?

Feel free to email us at specialprograms@cca.edu. Please note all special programs staff are currently working from home until further notice

Please note, our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:30a-5p and we are closed on the weekends. For any questions regarding class locations call Public Safety at 510-385-1821