Courses

Summer 2022 registration opens November 1, 2021.

Online classes take place Monday through Friday in Central Time. Times will be adjusted for international students outside of the U.S. to ensure meeting times work for your time zone. On average, students will join their peers in a virtual classroom and will navigate the virtual resource library and work on studio projects on a schedule that works best for them. Faculty will work with each student to determine a one-on-one advising schedule and assist students as they work in a more self-driven way on their projects. Virtual classroom meetings and critiques will be complimented by visiting artist lectures, workshops, admissions presentations, and portfolio reviews. Note that faculty will have office hours and will be available to assist students during designated independent studio work time and will help students make meaningful connections with peers. See our program brochure to learn more.

Summer 2022 Session Dates:
Session 1:
3-weeks, June 20-July 8
Session 2: 3-weeks, July 11-29
Session 3: 3-weeks, August 1-19

Summer 2022 Courses Include:

  • Online: 2D Animation*
  • Online: Advanced Drawing and Painting Projects
  • Online: Advanced Projects
  • Online: Animation and Video Projects*
  • Online: Design Projects*
  • Online: Drawing/Painting/Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Online: Fashion Design and Construction
  • Online: Material Manipulation: Introduction to Fibers
  • Online: Painting Intensive
  • Online: Visual Communication Design
  • Online: Writer's Studio

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Note: Students are required to have their own computer. If enrolled in Animation and Video Projects, Design Projects, 2D Animation, or Visual Communication Design, you will be provided with an Adobe Creative Cloud License for the duration of the course. We recommend that you have a laptop that meets the minimum requirements for Adobe Creative Cloud.


Online: 2D Animation

Session 2: M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT, July 11-29, Course #1022
Work alongside our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars to continue to refine your work in this intensive course, intended for students who want to dive deep into the concepts and processes utilized in the production of 2D animation. You'll learn to turn your drawings into moving images using compositing, layering, collaging, and will build skills in Adobe Photoshop, Flash, and After Effects. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You’ll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs. Students in this course will be provided with Adobe Creative Cloud. Students are required to have their own computer. To support this, you will need a machine that runs Microsoft Windows 10; Mac OS X v10.12 or later. 

Student drawing

Online: Advanced Drawing and Painting Projects

Session 1: M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT, June 20-July 8, Course #1014
Session 2: M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT, July 11-29, Course #1023
Session 3: M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT, August 1-19, Course #1051

Work alongside our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars to continue to refine your work in this advanced-level course, intended for students with previous drawing and/or painting experience. You'll learn new ways to push your skills to the next level by experimenting, taking risks, and deepening your research and ideas. You will explore contemporary artistic practices in a variety of media — water-based paint, charcoal, collage, or a combination of media. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions — visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs. This course is highly recommended following the 3-week Drawing/Painting/Comics and Graphic Novels. Painting and/or drawing experience and the ability to work independently of specific assignments required.

Student holds up art project

Online: Advanced Projects

Session 1: M-F, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, June 20-July 8, Course #1018
Work alongside our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars to continue to refine your work in this advanced-level course, intended for students with previous art experience who want to continue to add new work to their portfolio. You'll learn new ways to push your skills to the next level by experimenting, taking risks, and deepening your research and ideas. You will explore contemporary artistic practices in a variety of media such as drawing, sculpture, installation, video, sound, photography, performance, and more. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs. This course is highly recommended following our 3-week Interdisciplinary Projects. Previous art experience and ability to work independently of specific assignments required.

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Online: Animation and Video Projects

Session 1: M-F, 1-4 p.m. CT, June 20-July 8, Course #1015
You bring your creative interests — 2D animation, 3D animation, video, and more — and our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars will work one-on-one with you to push your skills to the next level. You will build skills using software programs such as Adobe (Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects), and be introduced to both concepts and processes to storyboard and develop narratives. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs.

Note: Students are required to have their own computer.

Student works on project

Online: Design Projects

Session 1: M-F, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, June 20-July 8, Course #1016
You bring your creative interests — Architecture, Interior Architecture, Designed Objects, and Visual Communication Design — and our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars will work one-on-one with you to push your skills to the next level. You will learn about contemporary designers and build design skills from drawing, drafting, researching, and ideation. We will introduce you to both traditional materials as well as software such as Adobe (Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop). The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll be introduced to both concepts and processes to storyboard and develop narratives. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs.

Note: Students are required to have their own computer.

Student Painting with Green Paint

Online: Drawing/Painting/Comics and Graphic Novels

Session 1: M-F, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, June 20-July 8, Course #1017
Session 2: M-F, 1-4 p.m. CT, July 11-29, Course #1024
Session 3: M-F, 1-4 p.m. CT, August 1-19, Course #1052

You bring your creative interests — traditional and non-traditional drawing and painting techniques, comics and graphic novels, and more — and our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars will work one-on-one with you to push your skills to the next level. You may choose to work in a variety of media — wet and dry media, ink, pencil, charcoal, collage, observational drawing, storyboarding, or a combination of different materials. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs.

Online: Fashion Design and Construction

Session 2: M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. CT, July 11-29, Course #1025
Work alongside our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars to continue to refine your work in this intensive course, for students interested in exploring contemporary fashion design and introductory pattern making and construction methods. Students build skills in design research, styling, draping, fabric selection, patternmaking, and sewing. You'll be introduced to the history of fashion as well as contemporary designers and design practices. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs. A sewing machine is required for this course.

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Online: Material Manipulation: Introduction to Fibers

Session 2: M-F, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, July 11-29, Course #1026
This course explores traditional and non-traditional methods of altering, enriching, and manipulating existing materials and objects; using techniques such as soft-sculpture building, stitching, cutting, dyeing, wrapping, printing, stenciling, paper manipulation, and layering in combination with adhesives and collage. Projects may range from fabric sculptures to embellished clothing to altered objects to layered reliefs and beyond. Emphasis is placed on surface treatment and experimentation while also considering conceptual concerns to create portfolio-quality work. Looking at artists such as Nick Cave, Tara Donovan, Anna Betbeze, Isa Gezken, Carlos 'Dzine' Rolan, and Samantha Bittman, students learn to make artwork through appropriation and object/paper manipulation as well as an introduction to soft sculpture techniques. Virtual trips to the Art Institute of Chicago, artist presentations, and group critiques supplement the studio experience.

*NOTE* Students do not need prior experience for this course, but basic hand sewing skills are helpful.

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Online: Painting Intensive

Session 1: M-F, 1-4 p.m. CT, June 20-July 8, Course #1019
Session 2: M-F, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, July 11-29, Course #1027
Session 3: M-F, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, August 1-19, Course #1053

You bring your creative interests and drive to dive deep into traditional and non-traditional painting techniques, and our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars will work one-on-one with you to push your skills to the next level. You may choose to work in a variety of media such as acrylic, watercolor, gouache, oil sticks, paint markers, or a combination of different materials. Basic painting fundamentals such as temperature, contrast, color theory, surface, texture, glazing, canvas stretching and grounds, alternative tools, and working with both additive and subtractive methods are explored and expanded upon. The course will include online demonstrations of techniques geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs.

Online: Visual Communication Design

Session 1: M-F, 1-4 p.m. CT, June 20-July 8, Course #1020
Work alongside our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars to continue to refine your work in this intensive course, intended for students interested in the elements and principles of graphic design. You'll receive the technical and conceptual tools to develop effective design strategies. In addition to using traditional materials such as sketchbooks, you'll use Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop to create portfolio-quality work that explores symbols, logos, typography, layout, image and text integration, and sequential design. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions — visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work, and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs. Previous experience in animation or with Adobe Creative Suite is helpful, but not required. Students in this course will be provided with Adobe Creative Cloud. Students are required to have their own computer. To support this, you will need a machine that runs Microsoft Windows 10; Mac OS X v10.12 or later.

Writing student using yarn to thread words through newspaper.

Online: Writer's Studio

Session 1: M-F, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. CT, June 20-July 8, Course #1021
Work alongside our incredible faculty of artists, designers, and scholars to expand your creative limits in this writing course. Designed for those who want to investigate writing through experimentation with style, format, and media, students explore the possibilities of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and hybrid practices. You'll expand your writing in new ways to give your writing a new creative edge. The course will include online demonstrations geared to your passions, visiting artist presentations, online museum resources, as well as time for self-directed work and comprehensive faculty advising. You'll engage in discussions and critiques with a vibrant online community of other students from throughout the country and around the world, create portfolio-quality work and receive comprehensive guidance on developing competitive applications for college admissions to art and design programs. Some previous writing experience is beneficial. Students are required to bring their own laptop or tablet with word processing software, such as Word, Pages, TextEdit, etc.