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Class Descriptions

Students in the Multimedia Arts Summer Academy (MASA) will enjoy developing new skills, building their portfolios, and learning more about future college and career opportunities.

The program will cover four major themes: Graphic Design, Web Design, Multimedia Art, and Animation & Video Game Art. Classes within each theme will help students become familiar with the software and theory while enjoying fun projects through project based learning. Students will also enjoy Open Labs at the end of each day, in which they may focus on approved projects of their own choosing.

Portfolio Days will be held each Friday to enable students to flesh out their projects from the week's classes, and to prepare for the final Portfolio Show (open to friends, parents and guardians), in which prizes will be awarded by a panel of industry experts!

Learning principles and theories will be the same for each two-week session; however, students seeking to reinforce their knowledge, enhance their skills, and further develop their portfolios will find a full month of participation to be of great value.

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Graphic Design

GRAPHIC DESIGN OVERVIEW

The Multimedia Arts Summer Academy provides students with critical theory and hands-on practice and portfolio building in Graphic Design using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Instructors have extensive industry experience and their expertise is critical to the success of students in this exciting and creative program.

In addition to professional instructors, classes will also be supported by teaching assistants.

student artTokyo by Lisa Roecks

Visual Layouts

You will gain a handle on this tricky skillset by learning to manipulate vector images through design projects with creative use of shapes, lines and type. Classes will include fun hands-on learning activities.

Manipulating Images

Make your images stand out by building your photo editing skills through adjustment of photo colors, levels, and effects. Learn to resize photos for the web. Classes will include fun hands-on learning activities.

Web Design

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Pepu by Rafael Jimenez

WEB DESIGN OVERVIEW

The Multimedia Arts Summer Academy provides students with critical theory and hands-on practice and portfolio building in Web Design using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Instructors have extensive industry experience and their expertise is critical to the success of students in this exciting and creative program.

In addition to professional instructors, classes will also be supported by teaching assistants.

Wireframes for Web Layouts

You will develop key web layout skills while learning about web structure, visual hierarchy, accessibility, user friendliness, mobile responsiveness, and more. Classes will include fun hands-on learning activities.

Putting Together the Page

Learn the nuts and bolts of HTML 5, including building basic webpages following accepted web design layout and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards. Get introduced to Cascading Style Sheets (CSS 3), a language that packs quite a bit of power by helping change the way HTML pages look. Classes will include fun hands-on learning activities.

Multimedia Art

MULTIMEDIA ART OVERVIEW

The Multimedia Arts Summer Academy provides students with critical theory and hands-on practice and portfolio building in Multimedia Art using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Instructors have extensive industry experience and their expertise is critical to the success of students in this exciting and creative program.

In addition to professional instructors, classes will also be supported by teaching assistants.

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Chimera by Natasha Rivera

Multimedia Theory

You will become familiar with several forms of communication involving texts, graphics, images, audio and video, as well as color theory. Classes will include fun hands-on learning activities.

Interactive Design

Learn the fundamental principles of design theory, including interface organization and presentation, interactive design, user friendliness, and more. Classes will include fun hands-on learning activities.

Animation & Video Game Art

student art3D Environment by Wendy Walter

ANIMATION & VIDEO GAME ART OVERVIEW

The Multimedia Arts Summer Academy provides students with critical theory and hands-on practice and portfolio building in Animation & Video Game Art using Adobe Creative Cloud Suite. Instructors have extensive industry experience and their expertise is critical to the success of students in this exciting and creative program.

In addition to professional instructors, classes will also be supported by teaching assistants.

Storyboard/Character Design

You will learn key principles of storyboard and character design for animation, including the introduction, rising action, falling action, and conclusion. Classes will include fun hands-on learning activities.

Animatic/Basic Animation/3D Demo

Become familiar with the traditional animation technique of cel (hand drawn) animation. View 3D Demos of 3D Animation. Classes will include fun hands-on learning activities.