Creative Arts & Design Continuing Education Courses

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From pen and paper to a stylus and tablet, art and design can be created in all ways imaginable. Let your inner painter out! We have plenty of courses that can help cultivate the artist in you. Explore available online options below.

Graphic Design Courses

AutoCAD 1 Basic 2D | (Online, Instructor Supported | 48-hours) Learn the basic 2D features of the latest versions of AutoCAD. This introductory course covers drawing setup, basic construction and editing tools, layer management, object properties, basic annotation with text and dimensions, and an introduction to layouts and plotting. The delivery format of this course is via self-directed, video lectures and demonstrations, PDF manuals, and online support via web-based discussion groups and email support. 

AutoCAD Basic 3D Modeling | (Online, Instructor Supported, 48 hours)  Learn the remaining, advanced 2D features and basic 3D modeling tools for the latest versions of AutoCAD. This course covers working with raster images, fields and properties, sheet set management, publishing tools and all basic 3D modeling tools including: user coordinate systems, 3D navigation, basic solid modeling techniques, and model documentation methods. Students will be able to receive a free copy of the latest version AutoCAD from Autodesk (valid for three years). 

Introduction to Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud | (Online, 6 weeks, 24 hours) Learn how to use Adobe InDesign CC software to create professional-quality letterhead, brochures, forms, eBooks, business materials and more. This course uses hands-on exercises and expert instruction to help you discover how the program features relate to producing actual usable documents.

Introduction to Photoshop CC | (Online, 6 weeks, 24 hours) Whether you’re a photographer, graphic artist, or just want to alter your old family photos, you need to learn Adobe Photoshop. This hands-on, project-oriented course is filled with detailed step-by-step instructions that teach you how to edit photos and create basic images using Photoshop in the Creative Cloud. Discover how to improve photographs by editing out flaws, correcting for poor exposure, or adding new elements using the latest techniques. Best of all, no prior artistic ability or Photoshop experience is required.

Certified Residential Interior Designer (Online) When you’re looking for interior design classes, you want to make sure you’re getting the best education possible. This Certified Residential Interior Designer course will not only teach you the fundamentals and ethical practices involved in becoming a residential interior designer, but also provide you with invaluable insights on running your own design business and building your client base. Your interior design coursework will also include useful documents and exercises to help you practice and develop your skills. By the end of the course, you will be able to use your design concepts in a portfolio to present to potential clients.

Video Game Design and Development (Online, 12 month access, 500 hours) Video game design and development is challenging, but the rewards are worth it. With this unparalleled comprehensive training course, you’ll master skills that open doors to the growing video game industry. By the end of the course, you will have designed and created your own video game for the PC and will stand ready to join a team working on projects with larger scope or pursue independent development.

Writing Courses

Write Like a Pro | (6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported)Learn how to use story outlines like a professional writer with the help of lessons developed by a published author. This course will show you how to apply narrative structure to lend your fiction writing the maximum dramatic effect. 

Introduction to Screenwriting | (6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported) Learn everything you need to write a great script including structure, character creation, dialogue, and marketing and selling your screenplay. Whether you want to write micro-budget indie films or Hollywood blockbusters, this course will provide everything you need to know to write a script that sells

Introduction to Journaling | (6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported) Learn exciting new ways to express yourself and develop your creativity through journaling. This course will help you discover how to use your journal to explore your thoughts, feelings, and values and support your emotional well-being in good time and through difficult changes. 

The Craft of Magazine Writing | (6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported) Learn the skills and insights you will need to jump-start your career as a magazine writer. This course will teach you how to get your work published and turn your writing skills into an easy source of extra income.

Art Courses

Drawing for the Absolute Beginner (Online) | (6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported) Gain a solid foundation in the basics of drawing to become the artist you’ve always wanted to be. This course will help you become familiar with paper type, drawing styles, techniques, and basic principles of perspective, layout and design.

Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Business (Online) | (6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported) Learn how to start your own arts and crafts business from a professional artist. This course helps you discover how to create a business identity, get into the best craft shows, design booths that draw customers, and price your work effectively

Introduction to Digital Scrapbooking (Online 6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported)Make the most of your scrapbooking talents to show off your photos and memorabilia with digital scrapbooking. This course provides hands-on experience building scrapbook pages, using artistic journaling, and producing your own artwork with Photoshop Elements.

Music Courses

Introduction to Guitar | (6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported) Learn to play any style of music on the guitar, and become the musician you’ve always wanted to be! This course provides basic guitar skills that you’ll build step-by-step with hands-on exercises, audio and video recordings, and detailed instructions to put you well on your way to becoming a skilled player. 

Music Made Easy | (6-week course, 24 hours, Instructor Supported) Gain complete understanding of rhythm, melody, and harmony and recognize pitches on the musical staff and keyboard. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to read, write, and even play simple pieces of music!