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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: Classroom
DESMA X 479.5K
Learn to develop a viable, feasible, desirable AR/VR/MR product presentation or prototype based on client needs and market conditions. Pitch your completed concept to fellow students and industry judges.
ART X 427.13
Encouraging students to see in new ways, this studio-based course focuses on translating visual representation into abstraction.
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.
ART X 427.22
In this course, students work from live models to translate the figure into abstract imagery
DESMA X 481.99VV
Develop a real-world Web Application that leverages the concepts covered throughout the course and meets modern industry demands.
Format: Classroom
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.
Format: Classroom
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.
Format: Online
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.
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.
ART 864.51
In this mixed media course, students experiment with collage as a means of exploring autobiographical content.
A beginning course in drawing designed to develop and expand one's observational abilities and rendering skills.
Format: Classroom
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.
Format: Classroom
ART X 15
Learn the fundamentals of figure painting working directly from models
Learn how to paint using oils on canvas, board and paper
ART X 429
This course introduces beginners to the art of calligraphy, and gives them mastery over basic calligraphic tools. Alphabets vary by quarter.
Format: Classroom
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. 
ART HIS 824.36
Although Charles White (1918-1979) was one of the most influential African American artists of the twentieth century, his work is not widely known. This class will examine White's education and development, his influences, and the work of the students he inspired as an instructor at Otis. 
ART 821.11
Explore the spontaneous style of Chinese brush painting through hands-on step-by-step instruction in this workshop for beginning and advanced students alike.
Format: Classroom
ART X 430
In this course, students explore the spontaneous style of Chinese Brush Painting through hands-on step-by-step instruction.
DESMA X 482.10
Learn to use color theory to communicate ideas and enhance concepts more effectively.
Format: Classroom | Online
ART X 450.20
Explore the history, theory and strategies of conceptual art in this studio-based course
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.
ART HIS 854.21
This course focuses on the art of the last 50 years, often labeled postmodern.
ART HIS 853.42
Visit private collections, museums and go on curator-led gallery tours of current exhibitions in this field study of the contemporary Los Angeles art scene
ART X 428.13
This course introduces students to a variety of creative methods of expression using studio drawing projects.
Current DCA students are encouraged to bring their work for an impromptu mid-point review. Receive valuable feedback on your work or woks-in-progress!
ART X 440.38
This class helps photographers strengthen their visual storytelling by adding a time-based element to their work. Both technical and creative issues in DSLR filmmaking are addressed. Technical…
DESMA X 479.6A
A hands-on introduction to the creative process and core elements of successful graphic design.
Format: Online | Classroom
DESMA X 479.3D
Gain a broad understanding of design and its dynamic past to create inspired projects in the present.
Format: Classroom
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: Online
DESMA X 479.2D
Learn to develop memorable identity systems using symbols, icons, logos, and comprehensive environments.
Format: Classroom | Online
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.
Format: Classroom
DESMA X 479.5D
Explore the fundamentals of project management and a systematic process approach to the management of design and multimedia projects.
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: Classroom
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.
DESMA 850.19
A small seminar created for those considering a career in graphic design.
Format: Classroom
DESMA X 481.22C
Design and develop dynamic websites with stunning graphic design utilizing this powerful and extendable online publishing platform.
DESMA X 427.16
Learn to design interactive experiences and create a sense of place for cultural and commercial applications.
ART X 456.12
Learn methods of digital photographic retouching and restoration using Adobe Photoshop
ART X 442.22
Explore the genres of documentary and landscape photography by completing creating photography assignments incorporating your own individual locations and environments.
Create campaigns for theatrical key art movie posters, entertainment packaging, and other collateral materials built around the industry’s needs and opportunities.
ART X 428
Learn hands-on strategies for creating memorable portraits though interaction with your subject, their environment, and meaningful objects within it.
ART X 428.99
Learn the ins and outs of event photography in this course that includes lecture, creative assignments, crique, and two weekend hands-on event shoots.
ART HIS 852.52
Take a virtual trip to Florence, focusing on the museums and architecture of the famed birthplace of the Renaissance.
ART HIS 851.42
This course explores the current L.A. art scene--artists, dealers, galleries, and institutions--and the relationships between them.
ART X 426.89
Explore both contemporary and traditional approaches to portraiture by looking at the head in relation to the full body
Format: Classroom
ART 855.64
Work from live models and focus on an exploration of gestural movement in this four session workshop
Format: Classroom
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…
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: Online
DESMA X 481.20
This course for K-12 teachers, higher educations instructors, and training professionals teaches the various aspects of game-based learning.
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.
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.
ART X 440.43
Learn the fundamental fabrication techniques of handmade jewelry making in this hands-on course.
ART HIS 850.31
This course charts the development of abstraction, one of the dominant styles of 20th century art.
ART 803.81
Using branches, leaves, and flowers, create new and differently-styled arrangements each week that capture the beauty and elegance of nature.
DESMA X 481.47
Discover how this vector-based drawing program integrates into the suite of design tools.
Format: Online
DESMA X 479.47AA
Develop advanced techniques and practical workflows in Adobe Illustrator.
DESMA X 481.99Z
Design and prepare projects for printing via a thorough introduction and practical applications for Adobe InDesign.
Format: Online
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. 
Format: Classroom
DESMA X 479.7F
Begin the transition from student to professional designer with an internship in a real world setting.
Format: Independent Study/Internship
ART 825.97
This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the italic style of calligraphy.
ART 825.96
This workshop provides a hands-on introduction to the pointed pen style of calligraphy
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.
ART X 440.89
Get an introduction to the basic characteristics of light, including fundamental priciples of lighting for photography using only available light and simple, affordable accessories
Format: Online
ART X 440.22
Through demonstration, in-class discussion, and hands-on work in the studio, gain a basic understanding of how to use natural and artificial lighting to enhance your subject.
ART HIS 854.61
This course will explore the ethical implications of collecting, owning, and curating art and antiquities, and will critically examine the history of collecting in light of several contemporary cases.
ART HIS X 445.31
This course explores the history of museums and the ethical implications of collecting, owning and curating art and antiquities. 
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.
Format: Classroom
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: Independent Study/Internship
DESMA X 482.14
Work one-on-one with an instructor who guides your development of a meanigful project geared toward a portfolio piece, design competition, freelance assignment, or other advanced goal.
Format: Independent Study/Internship
ART HIS 860.52
This course introduces the two main cultural paradigms of our times, modernism and postmodernism, through lectures, review of major artist's work, and museum visits.
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: Classroom
DESMA X 481.99QU
Become a Motion Graphics artist in this advanced course.
DESMA X 481.99QV
Build on the skills learned in DESMA X 481.99QU Motion Graphics II to create work the same level as content coming out of top studios.
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. 
Format: Classroom
Join us for a free information session about the Design Communication Arts, User Experience and Visual Arts Programs. Learn about career pathways and creative outlets and meet a few of the people…
DESMA X 479.6C
Develop and execute materials, concepts, and graphics appropriate for effecting packaging, including logo design, type, and pictoral elements.
ART X 426.8
Use pastel to learn and practice foundational concepts in color theory, form and composition
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.
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: Classroom
ART X 425.36
This course examines photography as a disciplined way of seeing, investigating, and representing architecture within the urban context.
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: Classroom | Online
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: Classroom | Online
ART X 450.37
Through a series of creative assignments, get personalized guidance and feedback on building a cohesive photography portfolio.
Format: Classroom
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.
DESMA X 481.11
Learn and practice the creation, manipulation, and combination of digital images in this ubiquitous design tool.
Format: Classroom | Online
DESMA X 481.43
Master sophisticated adjustment techniques necessary for constructing professional images with this ubiquitous design tool.
ART X 440.21
Designed for beginning photographers, this course provides an introduction to digital workflow using Photoshop.
Format: Classroom
DESMA X 479.7P
Create your design portfolio—one that communicates your value and your values to prospective collaborators or employers.
DESMA X 479.4D
Investigate the techniques and best practices of magazine design, annual reports, and branded collateral. 
Format: Classroom
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.
ART X 432.55
Develop and execute a series of work, and discover the way series photography can expand narrative and deepen discussion.
ART X 442.35
Using slide lectures, creative assignments, and critiques, this course introduces students to the history of photography and the artists responsible for its most iconic images.
Format: Classroom
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.
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.
ART X 434.57
This course provides a historical, commercial, and hands-on approach for exploring still life photography. 
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. 
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.
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
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."
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: Classroom
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.
Format: Classroom
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.
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: Classroom | Online
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.
DESMA X 481.52BC
Get hands-on training around essential user experience methods and concepts in this intensive boot camp.
Format: Classroom
DESMA X 481.99AF
This course introduces the latest tools, techniques and technologies used by leading agencies to develop world-class user experiences.
Format: Classroom | Online
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: Classroom | Online
DESMA X 489.5F
Student who have completed User Experience I and II will apply what they have learned to real-world case studies in this course.
Format: Classroom
This course serves as a thesis project in which students build out their own viable user experience project for review and portfolio.
Format: Classroom
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: Classroom
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.
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 | Classroom
ART HIS 860.55
This course presents an overview of the major monuments in Western art, from prehistoric through modern times.
DESMA X 481.5C
Fortify your knoweldge gained in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML5, and frameworks in preparation for the workplace.
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