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  • Parsons Pre-College Academy classes are divided into three groups, by traditional school grade level. Students should select the appropriate course by using the grade levels below as a guide. Course offerings vary throughout the year.


  • Fall 2019 Course Descriptions

    Grades 3–5

    Foundation Studio 
    PCAC 0012 Section A; CRN 4955 (Grades 3–5)
    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    Learn about observational drawing and the design process by working on two- and three-dimensional projects in which you examine and interpret everyday objects and places in new ways. Professionals visit your class, and you take field trips for research, inspiration, and discovery. 
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    Grades 6–8

    Digital Media Art
    PCAC 0130 Section A; CRN 4957 (Grades 6-8)
    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    From the selfie to GIF animation, digital media is altering the way we experience the world around us. In this introduction to digital media art, students use video, animation, digital photography, and Adobe software to create narratives in various forms, including mixed-media collages and time-based snapshots with New York City as the backdrop.
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    Fashion Design 
    PCAC 0107 Section A; CRN 4956 (Grades 6–8)
    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion. 
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    Portfolio Development
    PCAC 0201 Section A; CRN 4958 (Grades 6–8)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    This course is for students interested in applying to specialized art high schools as well as those who wish to experiment with new techniques in drawing and painting. Students work in a variety of media and build a body of work by exploring themes. Students investigate media and process and communicate their learning in a presentation format. 
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    Grades 9-12

    Illustration 
    PCAC 0501 Section A; CRN 4959 (Grades 9–12)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    Illustrators are visual thinkers who create comics, computer and film animation, video games, children’s books, graphics for skateboards, images for magazines and newspapers, and many other kinds of visuals. This course introduces students to the types of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style. 
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    Architecture Sr. 
    PCAC 0502 Section A; CRN 4960 (Grades 9–12)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional architectural design. Develop professional skills in field research, schematic drawing, and model making by completing studio projects involving conceptual and concrete architectural problems. Develop an awareness of scale, form, and spatial relationships, essential for interpreting the built environment. Trips to design firms and architecturally significant buildings help you understand what it means to be an architect. Drawing is incorporated into the studio projects.
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    Animation Studio 
    PCAC 0503 Section A; CRN 4961 (Grades 9–12)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    Design your own characters and learn how to animate them. In this course, you create original characters, develop your visual storytelling skills, and learn and apply the principles of traditional animation to make your characters move. Working with a professional animator, you experiment with both hands-on and digital animation, explore the history of animation, and learn about animation as a career.
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    Graphic Design 
    PCAC 0504 Section A; CRN 4962 (Grades 9–12)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    Graphic design is all around you — on subway posters, websites, T-shirts, candy wrappers. It is the medium in which words and images are combined to communicate messages effectively. This class is a traditional studio, in which students focus on learning creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of graphic form and expressive typography. 
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    Digital Photography
    PCAC 0505 Section A; CRN 4963 (Grades 9–12)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    New York City provides visual inspiration as you explore themes and develop narratives using still photography. Document the unique spaces, objects, and people that make the city so vibrant, and work in the digital lab to build your portfolio and presentation skills. Students are expected to visit current exhibits, and the class is visited by working professional photographers.
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    Fashion Design
    PCAC 0507 Section A; CRN 4964 (Grades 9–12)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion. 
    Register

     

    Fine Arts I
    PCAC 0701 Section A; CRN 4968 (Grades 9–12)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    Develop your ability to draw from observation, an essential aspect of visual expression. In this class, you work in the studio and on location in museums and outdoors in New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Develop your skill in using the language of mark making, including line, value, texture, and composition.
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    Fine Arts I
    PCAC 0508 Section B; CRN 4967 (Grades 9–12)

    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    In this course, students build on and strengthen their drawing and painting skills. The class explores both formal and thematic issues that provide a framework within which to develop individual ideas and approaches. Students conduct visual and written research and collect and assemble images and objects to generate ideas. Critiques and discussion develop students' analytical and evaluative skills. 
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    Portfolio Development: Design
    PCAC 0801 Section A1; CRN 4969 (Grades 11 and 12)
    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios; this section is aimed at students who wish to focus on graphic, fashion, product, and other areas of design. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students learn to communicate about their work in group discussions and offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience. 
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    Portfolio Development: Design
    PCAC 0801 Section A2; CRN 4970 (Grades 11 and 12)
    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios; this section is aimed at students who wish to focus on graphic, fashion, product, and other areas of design. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students learn to communicate about their work in group discussions and offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience. 
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    Portfolio Development: Fine Arts
    PCAC 0803 Section A1; CRN 6613 (Grades 11 and 12)
    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios; this section is aimed at students who wish to focus on drawing, painting, photography, and sculpture. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students learn to communicate about their work in group discussions and offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.
    Register

     

    Portfolio Development: Fine Arts
    PCAC 0803 Section A2; CRN 6642 (Grades 11 and 12)
    September 21–December 7, Saturday Mornings, 10:00 a.m.–12:50 p.m.

     

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios; this section is aimed at students who wish to focus on graphic, fashion, product, and other areas of design. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students learn to communicate about their work in group discussions and offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience. 
    Register

     

    Portfolio Development Strategies
    PCAC 0802 Section X1; CRN 5257 (Grades 11 and 12)
    October 7–November 10, Online

     

    This five-week online course focuses on portfolio development strategies for students who are applying to colleges of art and design. We explore what a portfolio is, share examples, and discuss the way it can be a powerful tool with which to share your creative vision. Through video tutorials and online resources, students explore techniques for shooting high-quality images of work samples and laying out visually striking final images using digital imaging software. The class explores how to use a sketchbook as an integral part of the portfolio and receives tips for writing a compelling personal artist statement. This course will boost your confidence as you gear up to click Submit on your college application, and we’ll have a lot of fun building your unique portfolio along the way. 
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  • Summer 2019 Course Descriptions

    Grades 3–5

    Cartooning, Grades 3–5
    PCAC 0015 Section A1; CRN 1035
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.
    Develop your ability to draw characters and create narrative sketches. Learn how to change facial expressions and give motion to your drawings. Create storyboards, the foundation of visual narrative and animation design. (Students in grades 3–5 who wish to take an afternoon class must enroll in Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming.)
    Register

    Foundation Studio, Grades 3–5
    PCAC 0012 Section A1; CRN 1034
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.
    Learn about observational drawing and the design process by working on two- and three-dimensional projects in which you examine and interpret everyday objects and places in new ways. Professionals visit your class, and you take field trips for research, inspiration, and discovery. (Students in grades 3–5 who wish to take an afternoon class must enroll in Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming.)
    Register

    Toy Design, Grades 3–5
    PCAC 0016 Section A1; CRN 1036
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00–11:50 a.m.

    Invent and create your own toys and games through the exploration of ideas and materials in this fun workshop class. We explore the use of color, texture, drawing, construction, and experimentation with a variety of materials in the design and creation of original interactive projects. (Students in grades 3–5 who wish to take an afternoon class must enroll in Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming.)
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    Big Beat: Brazilian Drumming, Grades 3–5
    PCAC 0050 Section A; CRN 1037
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 1:00–3:50 p.m.

    In this high-energy course, offered by the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, you explore the rhythms, songs, and dance of Brazil. Learn to play the alfaia (bass drum), caixa (snare drum), abê (shaker), and gonguê (bell) and sing traditional Brazilian songs. The class focuses on the parallels between 400-year-old Maracatu rhythms and New Orleans grooves that helped shape jazz, funk, and R&B. Instruments are provided. (Students in grades 3–5 who would like to take a morning class can register for Cartooning, Foundation Studio, or Toy Design.)
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    Piano Lab, Grades 3-5
    PCAC 0051 Section A; CRN 1963
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 1:00–3:50 p.m.

    Piano Lab is an exciting introduction to piano playing in a supportive and fun group environment. Students learn the fundamentals of piano technique and how to play melodies in various musical styles. The class gives students experience in playing music by ear as well as familiarity with the basics of music notation. Students also explore creative ways to apply the skills they have learned, including improvisation, arrangement of familiar melodies, and composition. (Students in grades 3–5 who would like to take a morning class can register for Cartooning, Foundation Studio, or Toy Design.)
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    Grades 6–8

    Animation Studio, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0103 Section A; CRN 1038
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Design your own characters and learn how to animate them. In this course, students create original characters, develop visual storytelling skills, and learn the principles of traditional animation to make them move. Working with a professional animator, students experiment with both hands-on and digital animation approaches, explore the history of animation, and learn about animation as a career.
    Register

    Design and Wear, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0112 Section A; CRN 1042
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    With street fashion as inspiration, students design and make garments and accessories by deconstructing T-shirts and altering found items. Explore design through inventive exercises and repurpose everyday items and materials for your projects.
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    Digital Video and Photography, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0105 Section A; CRN 1039
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    New York City provides the visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography and collaborate with classmates to create short films. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field. Students must have a DSLR camera.
    Register

    Fashion Design, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0107 Section A1; CRN 1040
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register

    Game Design, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0120 Section A; CRN 1043
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Creativity is key as you plan, produce, and test digital and analog games. Conduct experiments exploring game design and interactive systems while learning about the processes involved in creating your favorite games. Develop skills in teamwork and systems thinking that can be applied in all types of creative projects.
    Register

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 6–8
    PCAC 0110 Section A1; CRN 1041
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw and paint from observation, a skill essential to visual expression. Work in the studio, in museums, and throughout New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Investigate line, value, form, color, and composition through structured assignments. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the problem-solving methods used by artists in the past and today.
    Register

    Grades 9-12

    Animation Studio, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0645 Section A; CRN 1059
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Design your own characters and learn how to animate them. In this course, students create original characters, develop their visual storytelling skills, and learn the principles of traditional animation to make them move. Working with a professional animator, students experiment with both hands-on and digital animation approaches, explore the history of animation, and learn about animation as a career.
    Register

    Architecture, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0625 Section A; CRN 1054
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Learn the fundamentals of three-dimensional and architectural design. Develop professional skills in field research, schematic drawing, and model making as you complete studio projects that involve conceptual and concrete architectural problems. Heighten your awareness of scale, form, and spatial relationships, essential for interpreting the built environment. Trips to design firms and architecturally significant buildings help you understand what it means to be an architect. Drawing is incorporated in the projects of this studio.
    Register

    Digital Video and Photography, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0605 Section A; CRN 1045
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    New York City provides the visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography and collaborate with classmates to create short films. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field. Students must have a DSLR camera.
    Register

    Digital Video and Photography, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0605 Section A1; CRN 1046
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    New York City provides the visual inspiration for students as they explore themes and develop narratives using still photography and collaborate with classmates to create short films. Students view current exhibits and are visited by professionals working in the field. Students must have a DSLR camera.
    Register

    Fashion Accessory Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0630 Section A; CRN 1055
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Use sketching as a design process to develop a collection of handbags, belts, wallets, and shoes with the help of a professional. Design and make a handbag. Deepen your understanding of the fashion and accessory world through field trips and lectures by guest speakers. Develop portfolio pieces through drawing.
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    Fashion Design I, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0607 Section A1; CRN 1047
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.
    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register

    Fashion Design I, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0607 Section A2; CRN 1048
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
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    Fashion Design I, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0607 Section A3; CRN 1049
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    A professional designer helps you visualize and render fashion ideas, from research and concept development to the creation of final illustrations. Through class discussions on the fashion industry, you learn to recognize the qualities of well-designed garments. Field trips and visits by industry professionals inform you about processes, trends, and careers in fashion.
    Register

    Fashion Design II, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0655 Section A; CRN 1060
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Explore the role of fashion in society and the positive impact fashion designers can have on the world. Develop your skills in fashion drawing and garment construction. Hear guest speakers and take field trips to learn about socially and environmentally responsible design.
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    Game Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0620 Section A; CRN 1053
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Creativity is key as you plan, produce, and test digital and analog games. Conduct experiments exploring game design and interactive systems while learning about the processes involved in creating your favorite games. Develop skills in teamwork and systems thinking that can be applied in all types of creative projects.
    Register

    Graphic Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0604 Section A; CRN 1044
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Graphic design is all around you — on subway posters, websites, T-shirts, and candy wrappers. It is the medium in which words and images combine to communicate messages effectively. This class is a traditional studio, in which students focus on learning creative problem-solving techniques and the basics of graphic form and expressive typography.
    Register

    Illustration, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0615 Section A; CRN 1052
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Illustrators are visual thinkers who create comics, computer and film animation, video games, children’s books, graphics for skateboards, images for magazines and newspapers, and many other kinds of visuals. This course introduces students to the types of projects contemporary illustrators work on and helps them develop their skills and style.
    Register

    Interior Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0609 Section A1; CRN 1050
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Students work with a professional designer on a complete interior design project, from initial concept to final presentation. They develop skills in freehand sketching, manual drafting, collage, and model building, while representing and testing spatial and material ideas. Students consider clients’ needs and aesthetic preferences as they design a functional interior and choose appropriate finishes. Coursework focuses on spatial design applications and concepts rather than interior decorating.
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    Painting and Drawing, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0635 Section A1; CRN 1056
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw and paint from observation, a skill essential to visual expression. Work in the studio, in museums, and throughout New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Investigate line, value, form, color, and composition through structured assignments. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the problem-solving methods used by artists in the past and today.
    Register

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0635 Section A2; CRN 1057
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw and paint from observation, a skill essential to visual expression. Work in the studio, in museums, and throughout New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Investigate line, value, form, color, and composition through structured assignments. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the problem-solving methods used by artists in the past and today.
    Register

    Painting and Drawing, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0635 Section A3; CRN 1058
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Develop your ability to draw and paint from observation, a skill essential to visual expression. Work in the studio, in museums, and throughout New York City to complete portraits, landscapes, and imaginative projects. Investigate line, value, form, color, and composition through structured assignments. Research, field trips, and visits from working artists deepen your understanding of the problem-solving methods used by artists in the past and today.
    Register

    Portfolio Development: Fine Arts, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0661 Section A1; CRN 1063
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those students who wish to focus on drawing, painting, photography and sculpture. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students gain skills in communicating about their work in group discussions and learn to offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.
    Register

    Portfolio Development, Grades 11–12
    PCAC 0660 Section A1; CRN 1061
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those students who wish to focus on graphic, fashion, product, and other areas of design. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students gain skills in communicating about their work in group discussions and learn to offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.
    Register

    Portfolio Development, Grades 11–12
    PCAC 0660 Section A2; CRN 1062
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    This course is designed for students interested in enhancing their college admission portfolios. This section is dedicated to those students who wish to focus on graphic, fashion, product, and other areas of design. Through skill-building exercises, experimentation, and research-based projects, students develop a personal vision and learn what is expected in a portfolio. Digital workshops inform students about best practices for documenting and presenting finished projects. Students gain skills in communicating about their work in group discussions and learn to offer feedback to peers through critique. Prerequisite: art and design experience.
    Register

    Printmaking: Drawing and Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0650 Section A2; CRN 1881
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    In this introductory course, students explore graphics, color theory, drawing, design, and composition through various printmaking processes. They create portfolio-quality prints using professional techniques in a range of assignments, both representational and conceptual. The class covers etching, drypoint, and monotype as well as less conventional techniques.
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    Product Design, Grades 9–12
    PCAC 0610 Section A; CRN 1051
    August 5–16, Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–3:50 p.m.

    Learn from a design professional about how a new product moves from a concept to the market. Invent your own product to solve a real­-world problem by conducting research and creating a three­-dimensional prototype. Students work in teams to find creative solutions while developing technical skills in drawing and model making.
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  • Looking to build your portfolio for selective high school or college admission? If you are seeking guidance on this process, we suggest enrolling in our Portfolio Development classes.

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