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Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Apr 30, 2020 3:52:35 PM

 

Pennsylvania College of Art & Design announces its Spring slate of Continuing Education courses, a full list of  programming that runs the gamut  of credit and non-credit classes with one thing in common:

You can take them all online.

Due to ongoing statewide coronavirus restrictions, in-person instruction is not currently permitted. But Continuing Education instructors have revamped their lessons to make online learning not only possible, but effective -- and fun!

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Topics: Continuing Education, virtual learning,, online classes

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Feb 20, 2020 3:48:06 PM

Visitors to the Gallery at PCA&D take time with Ana Vizcarra Rankin's "Old Midsummer," part of her solo Butterfly Effect exhibition.

 

Being in the presence of art often inspires our own creativity -- however we choose to express it, whether through writing, or music, or dance, or visual art we feel compelled to create.

Two Continuing Education classes this spring take full advantage of PCA&D's current gallery exhibition, Butterfly Effect, to kindle participants' own creative flames.

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Topics: Continuing Education, art classes, creative writing, the gallery at PCA&D, ana Vizcarra Rankin

Posted by Mia Aquino on Jan 17, 2020 3:46:28 PM

Hello. My name is Mia Aquino and I am excited to be back at PCA&D this winter, teaching SM 102 Advanced Social Media Marketing. You might have taken SM 105 Content Creation with me, or attended a workshop here on campus. If you haven’t, I’d love to introduce myself and tell you more about the course I am teaching this semester.

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Topics: Continuing Education, social media, digital marketing, Winter Classes

Posted by Natalie Lascek on Jan 15, 2020 9:30:44 AM

Caring for our creative minds is something that we don't always practice as much as we should. In this season of resolutions to eat better, drink less, and clear clutter, we should also be thinking about how we are stretching ourselves and our ways of thinking as well as creating time to engage in activities that make us happier - activities like making art

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Topics: Continuing Education, community, art support, Winter Classes, Creativity, Creative Care

Posted by Natalie Lascek on Jan 10, 2020 8:15:00 AM

So......what is Design Thinking? We could lay out all the academic definitions, but instead we sat down to chat with Salina Almanzar who will be teaching it in PCA&D's Continuing Education program this winter.

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Topics: PCAD, Continuing Education, professional development, certificates, Winter Classes, Design Thinking

Posted by Natalie Lascek on Jan 7, 2020 4:42:00 PM

UX and UI are two important concepts that are often used interchangeably, but actually mean very different things. We sat down to talk about our winter session UX/UI class with instructor Matt Hollenbach.

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Topics: PCAD, Continuing Education, Winter Classes, UX/UI, Web Design

Posted by Natalie Lascek on Jan 6, 2020 8:15:13 AM

Do you love virtual reality and want to learn more about how to design your own VR experiences? This winter, PCA&D is offering a pre-college Introduction to Virtual Reality on Saturdays starting February 1. This course will introduce high school students to the basics of building interactive virtual reality worlds which can be shared on VR devices, on the web, or on any smartphone headset! And the person leading this course is our own Ellie Cochran. Ellie is a graduate of PCA&D and a graphic designer, and we're so excited to have her back on campus.

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Topics: Continuing Education, graphic design, pre-college, Lancaster, alumni, Virtual Reality, Winter Classes

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Nov 15, 2019 6:00:00 AM

When Jeff Tischer was about 3, his father handed him a simple 60-cent comic book. On the cover, superheroes (of course). Inside, a double-page pinup penciled and inked by the great comic book artist George Perez.

"DC Comics Presents #38," Tischer recites off the top of his head. "A Superman-Flash team-up."

It was fascination at first sight. "Yeah," Tischer says now, "(comics have) been a full-bore interest since then. Always."

An alumnus of PCA&D (2001, Illustration BFA), Tischer brings that literal lifetime of comics knowledge -- and resources from his thousands-strong personal comic book collection -- to a Winter/Spring semester Pre-College Continuing Education class. "Comics! A History of Comics in the U.S." explores how social issues and context have informed comics since their beginnings -- and the massive, truly multimedia pop culture sway they have held over the decades.

"The class is for (any high school student) who has even a cursory interest in comics," Tischer says. "It may endear the medium to them. And a huge (comics) lover will still learn more than they may realize."

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Topics: Continuing Education, alumni, art classes, art technique, art students, high school art class

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Oct 28, 2019 6:00:00 AM

 

 

“Where are all my people?”

-- Every creative person, at some point

 

The creative life often starts as a constant inflow of ideas and feedback and collaboration, that jumble of inspiration and energy. But so much of a creative life in practice is solo -- working on the next piece, or struggling over the stubborn detail -- until you look around and wonder where that energy used to come from.

Maybe you were once inspired by critique sessions. Maybe it was the constant informal feedback provided by the structure of being in school. Maybe it simply was from the companionship and camaraderie of other artists, each on their own path but feeding into the creative flow.

If you’re missing that energy, PCA&D’s Continuing Education Department has a spark of a solution.

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Topics: Continuing Education, alumni, community, art students, art support

Posted by Jennifer Kopf on Oct 24, 2019 1:00:00 PM

When Kay Baier was applying to art school, she says, "I kind of knew what I was doing" when it came to preparing a portfolio -- "but not a whole lot."

And that's pretty typical. Knowing you have to create a portfolio of your work is one thing, but knowing what to include, how to shoot your work to its best advantage, how to make use of less-than-ideal equipment or space, and how to assemble that portfolio, aren't necessarily skills that are automatic or come naturally.

On Nov. 16, Baier will teach Portfolio Preparation: Documenting your Artwork Workshop, a 2.5-hour Continuing Education Pre-College class immediately following the College's Fall Open House. Baier will share advice and ideas, and it's a great opportunity for prospective PCA&D students to document some of their own work using College facilities. Though it's perfect timing to segue from one event to the other, participants can choose to attend either or both events

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Topics: Continuing Education, open house, enrichment, high school art class, portfolio

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