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ART X 427.13
Encouraging students to see in new ways, this studio-based course focuses on translating visual representation into abstraction.
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ART X 450.10
Through a series of studio-based creative projects, complete at least three works and expand your ability to create a respond to abstract art.
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ART X 427.22
In this course, students work from live models to translate the figure into abstract imagery
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 6, 2022
DESMA X 481.99VV
Develop a real-world Web Application that leverages the concepts covered throughout the course and meets modern industry demands.
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ART X 135
Designed for those at an intermediate or advanced level, students in this course develop and work on a personal project, with guidance and input from the instructor.
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DESMA X 479.6D
Work in an agency-inspired environment to develop concepts and strategies to deliver information, products, and brands that engage the consumer.
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ART 801.23
This one day class will cover many aspects of the intrigue of shooting after dark, from architecture and travel to the night sky and the elusive Milky Way.
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DESMA X 482.9L
Build the skillset needed to become an art director, or work with one. Research existing campaigns, then begin to develop your own campaign using the creative brief as your guide to develop a strategy and rationale for your work. Complete the course with a design strategy that follows up on the creative brief.
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ART HIS 850.77
Explore art as social activism, from 19th century pioneers such as Goya and Daumier to the present #MeToo and Black Lives Matter-inspired art.
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ART HIS 800.15
This class will explore the state of art and the changes that have occurred within the international art world since the start of the new millennium, with a major focus on the impact of the events of 2020.
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ART 864.51
In this mixed media course, students experiment with collage as a means of exploring autobiographical content.
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: February 19, 2022
ART X 5A
A beginning course in drawing designed to develop and expand one's observational abilities and rendering skills.
Format: Online | In-Person
Next Start Date: January 6, 2022
ART X 5D
From palette building to mark making to composition, this course explores the fundamentals of painting with acrylic paint--a fast-drying, permanent, and clean water-based medium that permits easy correction and change.
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ART X 15
Learn the fundamentals of figure painting working directly from models
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: January 10, 2022
ART X 5C
Learn how to paint using oils on canvas, board and paper
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ART X 429
This course introduces beginners to the art of calligraphy, and gives them mastery over basic calligraphic tools. Alphabets vary by quarter.
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DESMA 713.1
This free workshop is for anyone interested in bringing stories to life with animation.
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ART 855.65
Work from live models and black and white photos to create portraits, from the early stages of setup to the finishing strokes. 
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ART X 430
In this course, students explore the spontaneous style of Chinese Brush Painting through hands-on step-by-step instruction.
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: January 5, 2022
ART 821.11
Explore the wonders of spontaneous-style Chinese Brush Painting during two full days of hands-on, step-by-step instruction.
Format: Remote
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ART 730.26
Interested in photography but not sure what type of camera to buy? This free workshop covers the ins and outs of digital cameras, from point-and-shoot to prosumer models. Learn what make and model will best fit your creative goals. 
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: December 7, 2021
DESMA X 481.24B
In this survey course for students from multiple disciplines, learn what worlds open up to you when you speak rudimentary and basic code.
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DESMA X 482.10
Learn to use color theory to communicate ideas and enhance concepts more effectively.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
ART X 450.20
Explore the history, theory and strategies of conceptual art in this studio-based course
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ART X 440.96
For students who wish to focus on personal projects, this course explores the history of fine art photography, Dada, photography's influence on performance art, Fluxus, chance operations, structuralism, and conceptualism.
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ART HIS 854.21
This course focuses on the art of the last 50 years, often labeled postmodern.
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ART HIS 853.42
Visit private collections, museums and curator-led gallery tours of current exhibitions in this field study of the contemporary Los Angeles art scene
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DESMA X 485.99
Learn best practices on how to define, construct, and implement content across digital products and media.
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: January 3, 2022
ART HIS 800.19
This course will examine the intersections between food and art history and include a virtual hands-on cooking component.
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ART 740.45
Work with a piece of charcoal and an eraser to create a three-dimensional looking still life. 
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ART X 428.13
This course introduces students to a variety of creative methods of expression using studio drawing projects.
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ART X 450.40
Advanced photographers will expand their knowledge of the photographic process through weekly collaborative group critiques.
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ART X 440.38
Strengthen your visual storytelling by adding a time-based element to your work. 
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DESMA X 479.6A
A hands-on introduction to the creative process and core elements of successful graphic design.
Format: In-Person | Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 479.3D
Gain a broad understanding of design and its dynamic past to create inspired projects in the present.
Format: In-Person | Hybrid (Remote)
Next Start Date: January 5, 2022
DESMA X 479.6E
In this hands-on course, research, design, and present collateral communication projects, achieving visual solutions that are functional, elegant, appropriate.
Format: In-Person | Hybrid (Remote)
Next Start Date: January 3, 2022
DESMA X 479.2D
Learn to develop memorable identity systems using symbols, icons, logos, and comprehensive environments.
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: January 5, 2022
DESMA X 479.6P
In this thesis-oriented capstone course, Design Communication Arts students put all they've learned into action to tackle real-world design projects in the civic realm.
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DESMA X 479.5D
Explore the fundamentals of project management and a systematic process approach to the management of design and multimedia projects.
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DESMA X 481.60
Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign are covered in this intensive and immersive course to learn the essential Adobe CC programs utilized in graphic design.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 481.55
This course will introduce the concepts of design thinking and help you strengthen your insights, thinking skills, and ability to innovate as a designer.
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DESMA 850.19
Design education leaders Scott Hutchinson and Dave Moon teach you how to take your design career goals from lackluster to brilliant.
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 481.22C
Design and develop dynamic websites with stunning graphic design utilizing this powerful and extendable online publishing platform.
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DESMA X 427.16
Learn to design interactive experiences and create a sense of place for cultural and commercial applications.
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DESMA X 481.65
Learn how to design digital products with accessibility in mind, improving usability and inclusiveness. 
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DESMA X 479.6BB
Create campaigns for theatrical key art movie posters, entertainment packaging, and other collateral materials built around the industry’s needs and opportunities.
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ART X 428
Learn hands-on strategies for creating memorable portraits though interaction with your subject, their environment, and meaningful objects within it.
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ART HIS 852.52
Take a virtual trip to Florence, focusing on the museums and architecture of the famed birthplace of the Renaissance.
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ART HIS 851.42
This course explores the current L.A. art scene--artists, dealers, galleries, and institutions--and the relationships between them.
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ART X 426.89
Explore both contemporary and traditional approaches to portraiture by looking at the head in relation to the full body
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ART 855.64
Work from live models and focus on an exploration of gestural movement in this four session workshop
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ART X 420.20
Post-Impressionist painters like Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Rousseau used distinctive brush strokes, unnatural or arbitrary color, and were inclined to emphasize geometric forms and…
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DESMA X 481.61
Learn to powerhouse web languages and toolsets to create immersive and impactful web-based environments in this intensive web coding boot camp.
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: January 3, 2022
DESMA X 479.3AB
Gain a polished strategy for the steps needed to take to enter the design profession, with projects designed to challenge creativity and advance preparedness for the real world.
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DESMA X 481.4AA
Delve into the role of the graphic designer as a vital member of the creative team responsible for a broadcast content provider's on-air look.
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ART X 440.43
Learn the fundamental fabrication techniques of handmade jewelry making in this hands-on course.
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ART HIS 850.31
This course charts the development of abstraction, one of the dominant styles of 20th century art.
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ART X 446.14
This course explores aesthetic, social, and technical developments of photography from its invention in early 19th century Europe to its present-day global practices.
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ART 803.81
Using branches, leaves, and flowers, create new and differently-styled arrangements each week that capture the beauty and elegance of nature.
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: October 30, 2021
DESMA X 481.47
Discover how this vector-based drawing program integrates into the suite of design tools.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 6, 2022
DESMA X 479.47AA
Develop advanced techniques and practical workflows in Adobe Illustrator.
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DESMA X 481.99Z
Design and prepare projects for printing via a thorough introduction and practical applications for Adobe InDesign.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
ART 803.82
Students create new and different-styled arrangements each week using fresh or dried branches, leaves and flowers. For intermediate-level students who want to continue practicing their craft and improving their technique. 
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DESMA X 479.7F
Begin the transition from student to professional designer with an internship in a real world setting.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 3, 2022
ART 825.97
This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the italic style of calligraphy.
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ART 825.96
This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the pointed pen style of calligraphy
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ART 855.60
In this four-week workshop with live models, learn and practice the fundamentals of figure drawing and engage in fun and creative exercises to build your skills.
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ART X 440.22
Gain an understanding of how to use natural and artificial lighting to enhance your subject.
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DESMA X 479.79H
Discover creative approaches to problem solving while developing your own visual language using photocopies, drawing, found art, photography, matte and gel mediums, and gesso.
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DESMA 713.13
Broaden your knowledge of the multitude of new media avenues and learn how to harness them to land creative work. 
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: February 15, 2022
ART X 482.14
Work one-on-one with an instructor who guides your development of a meaningful project geared toward a portfolio piece, competition, freelance assignment, or other advanced goal.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 3, 2022
DESMA X 482.14
Work one-on-one with an instructor who guides your development of a meaningful project geared toward a portfolio piece, design competition, freelance assignment, or other advanced goal.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 3, 2022
ART HIS 860.52
This course introduces the two main cultural paradigms of our times, modernism and postmodernism, through lectures and review of major artist's work. 
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DESMA X 481.99QT
Learn how to integrate digital artwork into After Effects and put it in motion. Create stunning visual effects and exciting animated 3D typography.
Format: Hybrid (In-Person)
Next Start Date: January 13, 2022
DESMA X 481.99QU
Become a Motion Graphics artist in this advanced course.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 6, 2022
DESMA X 481.99QV
Build on the skills learned in DESMA X 481.99QU Motion Graphics II to create work at the same level as content coming out of top studios.
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ART HIS 800.16
Join us virtually as we explore some of the world’s greatest museums through a guided tour of select paintings, sculptures, photography, new media and architecture.
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ART HIS 874.03
This class will take as its point of focus Mary Gabriel's book Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art, published in 2017.  The course will expand the book's content so as to include other female painters and sculptors allied with Abstract Expressionism. 
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DESMA X 479.6C
Develop and execute materials, concepts, and graphics appropriate for effecting packaging, including logo design, type, and pictoral elements.
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ART X 426.8
Use pastel to learn and practice foundational concepts in color theory, form and composition
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ART X 440.80
An introduction to concepts in composition, including foreground, middle ground, and background; point of view; visual hierarchy; lens choice; depth of field; and revealing intent through compositional choices.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
ART X 428.56
This in-depth exploration of photographic portraiture covers approaching subjects, establishing a rapport, collaborating with your subject, and digital workflow.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
ART 737.20
Learn how to spot and capture fleeting natural moments with your cell phone camera.
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ART X 438.9
Explore the fundamental technical and aesthetic principles of digital photographic processes, including DSLR camera operation, composition, and digital retouching and manipulation.
Format: Online | In-Person
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
ART X 439.90
Both intermediate and advanced photographers will gain control of all photographic variables while attempting various creative assignments in this course.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
ART X 450.37
Through a series of creative assignments, get personalized guidance and feedback on building a cohesive photography portfolio.
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ART X 435.66
This course presents an examination of the styles and techniques of iconic photographers, and how to shoot in their styles using contemporary tools and techniques.
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DESMA X 481.11
Learn and practice the creation, manipulation, and combination of digital images in this ubiquitous design tool.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 5, 2022
DESMA X 481.43
Master sophisticated adjustment techniques necessary for constructing professional images with this ubiquitous design tool.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 5, 2022
ART X 440.21
Designed for beginning photographers, this course provides an introduction to digital workflow using Photoshop.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA 850.99
Gain the historical framework and vocabulary to become a mover & shaker in today’s motion graphics industry.
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DESMA X 479.7P
Create your design portfolio—one that communicates your value and your values to prospective collaborators or employers.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 5, 2022
DESMA X 479.4D
Investigate the techniques and best practices of magazine design, annual reports, and branded collateral. 
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ART HIS 879.14
Politics, economics, religion, and Rembrandt’s family life all contributed to the rise and fall of his fame and fortune. Using Rembrandt as an example, this course illustrates how personal choices, along with an uncontrollable environment, work together to determine the direction and ultimate end of a life.
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ART HIS 846.21
Study the evolution of art and food from ancient Greece and Rome to America in the Gilded Age through discussions that weave art and culinary history at Los Angeles museums.
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ART X 432.55
Develop and execute a series of work, and discover the way series photography can expand narrative and deepen discussion.
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DESMA X 479.5B
Take on projects that require cross-disciplinary design approaches, working with people in fields that touch design, but are separate.
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DESMA X 479.8B
Learn the business side of design. Position yourself, target your interests & strengths, and prepare your portfolio & communications toward select design markets.
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: January 3, 2022
DESMA X 479.7B
Gain the digital and hand skills necessary to move your design and portfolio to the necessary level to be noticed and to be exceptional.
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ART X 434.57
This course provides a historical, commercial, and hands-on approach for exploring still life photography. 
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ART X 445.3
Explore the history of urban street photography and create your own images in this course which includes classroom lectures, tours and critique. 
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: January 24, 2022
DESMA X 479.9D
Explore style guides and the role they play in consumer products, then create an original style guide for a complete product line of your choice.
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: January 6, 2022
ART HIS X 446.3
Delve into the art and architecture of the 1700 through 1800s in this lecture course, which includes artists like Degas, Monet and van Gogh
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DESMA X 479.3A
Each of us has the ability to ignite curiosity. Design and present a polished 12-minute TED-style talk that crystallizes and articulates your "big idea."
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ART X 450.99
Develop a unique photographic storytelling perspective and define your personal narrative voice.
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ART 802.21
For those seeking to have their work published, this short course draws from decades of experience in the profession to advise on the myriad of business decisions that await you as an independent photographer.
Format: In-Person
Next Start Date: November 6, 2021
ART HIS 821.37
This course will identify the 16 major artistic periods in Western civilization, from prehistory to contemporary, and will identify the single characteristic that best describes  the artistic endeavors of each period.
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ART 860.70
This course looks at the life and impact of Lady Elgin, who achieved the acquisition of ancient marble sculptures from the Acropolis of Athens.
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DESMA X 479.4A
This hands-on course covers the fundamentals of type, its characteristics, vocabulary, and nomenclature, as well as creative uses of type and how it is integrated in successful design.
Format: In-Person | Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 479.4B
Expand your typographic skills by exploring increasingly complex typographic systems, and solving design problems that demand conceptual and experimental approaches to accommodate multiple layers of information.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA 774
Instructors in the Design Communication Arts and User Experience programs provide an inside look into careers in the design world.
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DESMA 770
Join us for a free information session about the Design Communication Arts, User Experience and Visual Arts Programs
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: November 30, 2021
DESMA X 479.7K
Jump in and create a 3-D game experience using the world class game engine Unity. Students will design fantastic other world realities.
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: January 5, 2022
DESMA X 479.7L
An advanced exploration of scripting in Unity with C# to create games, apps, and experiences with depth and complexity.
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: January 6, 2022
DESMA X 481.99AF
This course introduces the latest tools, techniques and technologies used by leading agencies to develop world-class user experiences.
Format: In-Person | Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 479.8K
Students with knowledge of the fundamentals of UX move on to iteration: rounds of work and experimentation to hone problem solving skills.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 489.5F
Students who have completed User Experience I and II will apply what they have learned to real-world case studies in this course.
Format: Remote | Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 499C
This course serves as a thesis project in which students build out their own viable user experience project for review and portfolio.
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: January 6, 2022
DESMA X 480.54
This course supports development of an online portfolio to get noticed by potential employers and land job interviews.
Format: Remote
Next Start Date: November 9, 2021
DESMA X 489.5G
Learn key concepts in user experience evaluation to better meet the needs of clients, colleagues and end-users. This course teaches research methodology and how to design, field and report on findings.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 481.99FG
Learn the tools of the user experience trade, and how to create delightful, meaningful and easy-to-use digital experiences using essential UX softwares.
Format: Online
Next Start Date: January 4, 2022
DESMA X 481.99GG
User experience plays a pivotal role in the emerging technologies of AR, VR and MR (collectively called XR). This class explores pertinent UX design and research practices as applied to virtual and…
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DESMA X 479.9K
This course introduces the concept of device-centric design, in response to new developments in laptops, tablets, mobile devices, and wearables.
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DESMA X 480.9K
An introduction to visual fundamentals, presentation best practices, and how to make user experience-driven design choices.
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ART HIS 860.55
This course presents an overview of the major monuments in Western art, from prehistoric through modern times.
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DESMA 772
Join us for a free series of live talks and presentations in the core academic areas of the Visual Arts. Each week we feature a distinguished instructor and dive into their area of expertise.
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DESMA 713
Learn how to articulate the value and tone of your brand through a message that moves your audience. 
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