Further Your Education This Fall

Sign up for a Continuing Education Class this Semester at SVA

August 16, 2019 by Michelle Mackin
a child caresses a woman's face

As summer comes to an end and schedules inevitably get busier, it's easy to get caught up in work and lose your artistic drive. Thankfully, SVA Continuing Education offers a trove of courses in the many disciplines of visual arts—and many sub-disciplines, too—that can help expand your creative mojo. Whether you're a novice looking to explore new interests or a professional wishing to fine-tune a specific skill, you are sure to find a class to satisfy your desire to learn and grow. And with workshops and weekly courses available on evenings, weekends and online, CE's offerings are conveniently tailored for those following the 9-to-5 daily grind.

If you're not sure about committing, we've got you covered. Over the next few weeks, Continuing Education is hosting information sessions for the various subjects where attendees can meet faculty, see work from previous students, learn more about course offerings and have all your questions answered. See the schedule here. In the meantime, check out some highlighted courses below, or browse the full course catalog at sva.edu/ce.

a child caresses a woman's face
Photo by Elinor Carucci

Photographing Intimacy, Love and Human Narratives
Thursdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
September 19 – December 12
The focus of this critique-based course is to enhance the artist's vision and photographic language while chronicling the human condition. As they work on their own projects over the semester, students will be encouraged to break through the boundaries between themselves and their subjects in various ways.

Commercial Portfolio
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
October 1 – November 26
In this intensive course, students will edit and sequence their existing work to begin creating their commercial portfolio. Students will evaluate their visual strengths and discuss personality strengths to understand how both influence the type of commercial work they will get hired for.

Lighting on Assignment: How to Make It Work No Matter What
Saturdays, 10:30am – 3:00pm
September 21 – November 23
This hands-on course will prepare you to become a people photographer by building your skills with on-camera flash, hot lights, LEDs and strobes. Lessons will explore how to mix lighting on location for interesting effects, how to build a beautiful look from scratch in an all-studio environment and how to bring a studio setup out to a location.

For more photography course offerings, click here.

The Screenwriter: Finding and Developing Your Inner Voice
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
September 24 – December 17
In this introductory course, students will learn to view writing as a process, an ongoing developing skill and an art form to be practiced and refined. The goal is to realize a greater understanding of what it means to be creative and productive through writing, as well as to create a first-draft screenplay.

For more film course offerings, click here.

many posters and logos for brands, that demonstrate graphic design principles

Graphic Design: Learn It, Live It, Do It
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
September 18 – December 18
In this course, students will get "real-life" assignments, such as logos, branding, book jackets, packaging, editorial, posters, advertising and digital. While this is a basic-level course, the work completed can be leveraged later on when building a portfolio.

For more design course offerings, click here.

User Experience Design Workshop
Saturday, October 5, 10:00am – 5:00pm
This one-day workshop will provide an overview of user experience (UX) design as a field and practice. The class will discuss the overall design process from user research through design and development, as well as a detailed explanation of individual UX deliverables.

For more web design course offerings, click here.

Designing Interiors I
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
September 18 – December 18
This course will organize the creative process of designing interiors into distinct steps: the study of client and user needs, writing the design "program," understanding the building that will house the interior design, diagramming activity areas and drawing the interior, selecting materials and furniture, and presenting the design.

For more interior design course offerings, click here.

diagram of formulas for drawing basic human figures

Formula Drawing and Analysis for Cartoonists I
Tuesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
September 24 – December 17
This course is designed to teach formulas that will allow students to understand common forms drawn by the working cartoonist. By introducing a basic set of methods and rules, students will be able to draw such things as human figures, heads, hands and feet, among other subjects, without reference.

For more cartooning and illustration course offerings, click here.

Saturdays, 1:30 – 5:30pm
October 5 – November 23
Designed for beginners and experienced painters alike, this course will include demonstrations for both acrylic and oil paint and cover color theory, mixing color, light and shadow, glazing, priming, composition and content. Students will develop techniques and gain the skills to realize their artistic vision.

For more painting course offerings, click here.

Contemporary Drawing Studio: Observing the Moment
Wednesdays, 6:30 – 9:30pm
September 18 – October 30
In this course, students will build observational drawing skills through a contemporary art lens. Broadening the scope of what it means to observe through drawing, students will gain insight into their natural way of seeing, and begin a drawing practice unique to their vision.

For more drawing course offerings, click here.

For more fine arts course offerings, click here.

Putting It All Together: Digital Animation for Drawing Traditional Animation and Motion Graphics
Saturdays, 10:00am – 3:00pm
September 21 – November 23
Designed for illustrators, 2D designers, comics artists, fine artists and animators, this course will take students through all the stages of the animation process to create personal animated projects.

For more animation course offerings, click here.

As a bonus, CE offers art and activism courses , designed to enliven and engage the artist's activist spirit. Join CE on Wednesday, September 4, for their free third annual Art & Activism event , moderated by media personality Valerie Smaldone. This year's panel will celebrate the power of collectives, performance as political activism and artistic activations of public space. Panelists will include representatives from Sing for Hope, the Hetrick-Martin Institute, New York City's Percent for Art Program and MOVE.