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MIAD offers Adult/Teen courses during the Fall and Spring semesters. Classes are offered on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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Dates and Registration

Fall 2020 Pre-College Semester: October 17 – November 21

Please visit the Fall Classes tab to see a list of classes and their specific dates/times.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS ONE WEEK BEFORE START OF CLASS

Any class cancelled due to weather, instructor illness or other circumstance will be rescheduled one to two weeks after the conclusion of the class. There is no prorating of tuition if the student cannot attend the make up session.

How Do I Choose the Right Class?

“I want to go to art college, but will I be ready?” A common question, and an increasing concern when students have fewer options at their school to develop the necessary skill sets.
MIAD’s Pre-College classes offer a clear path to get prepared for college. We recommend the following incremental approach to develop the skills and confidence you will need:

• Drawing for the Portfolio: Grades 9 – 12
• Figure Drawing: Grades 9 – 12
• Scholarship Portfolio: Grade 12 (Fall Semester)

It is extremely important, no matter what discipline you are interested in, to have strong observational and figure drawing in your portfolio when you apply for college. Consider the three classes above as your “foundation” classes.

If you have time to explore beyond these, we encourage you to elect a class from the Adult/Teen section, where you can find painting, photography, illustration, graphic design classes and more. These classes are for ages 16 and up.

Fall Classes

PC100: Online Scholarship Portfolio (Grade 12) – This class has been closed for registration.
Online Scholarship Portfolio is an opportunity for high school seniors to strengthen their portfolios for submission to college prior to application deadlines. Various project prompts are strategically developed to provide the keys to a successful portfolio through ample opportunity for experimentation, discovery and diversifying and adding to existing skills through individual interests. Discussions, presentations and individual feedback augment student growth. Students who successfully complete the course receive a $2,500 scholarship, renewable up to four years (totaling $10,000), to attend MIAD in Fall 2021. This is in addition to any other merit or need-based monies awarded. Attendance is required each week, along with project completion, in order to receive the scholarship offer.

Note: while some supplies may be recommended, students are responsible for providing their own materials based on their specific goals and interests.

Online: September 19 – December 5 (No class November 28), 11 sessions
Saturdays, Noon – 4:00 p.m. (CST)
Tuition: $415 ($200 deposit non-refundable after August 17)
Instructors: Brittany Krohmer and Maeve Jackson

The health and safety of the MIAD community, including all guests on campus, will continue to drive our decisions as we navigate and remain flexible during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we have converted all possible courses to an online format for the Fall Pre-College and Continuing Education programs.

Policies for Online Courses:

  • Minimum technical requirements to ensure a successful experience will be posted on the supply lists.
  • Courses will be taught synchronously. Therefore, students will need to attend during the scheduled time as if the course were at MIAD.
  • If an instructor or student becomes ill before or during the program and cannot complete the course, a reimbursement will be issued for the remaining classes. Reimbursements will not be issued unless a student cannot return to class.

Online Saturday Morning Classes 9am–Noon

PC1085A: Introduction to Storyboarding (NEW)
This class is designed to teach students how to visually represent sequences in a coherent, easy-to-understand manner. Students learn the basics of storytelling, perspective and shot choices and the rules of shooting cinematically. Using the thumbnail technique, students are encouraged to sketch through multiple ideas quickly and collaboratively, resulting in polished storyboard sequences that can be used in a variety of mediums.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Jon Brown

PC1086A: Drawing with Intention (NEW)
Learn how to express your personal values by exploring your physical surroundings and the unique relationships you share with the places and people in your community. This class assists students in investigating what’s important to them and highlights different artistic approaches to representing their unique point of view. Students can expect to complete expressive, observational and collage drawings and engage in group conversations that help identify potential narratives for their drawings. No experience necessary.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: LaNia Sproles

PC1011A: Beginning Drawing: Techniques and Strategies
This class introduces the basics of drawing and engages students with a variety of drawing tools and techniques that advance them to the next level of drawing competency. Through experimentation, students develop their mechanical skills and observational ability, as well as strategies to continue their explorations.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Eriks Johnson

PC111A: Intro to Digital Photography
Students develop competency in the digital darkroom through lessons and projects that teach photography and digital editing skills that result in expressive visual language. No previous experience with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom is necessary; however, students must have their own DSLR camera. This course includes photography assignments that require some minimal time commitment beyond the scheduled classes.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Rebecca Kames

PC1066A: Introduction to Calligraphy
Western calligraphy is rooted in the beautiful tradition of diversity. In this course, students discover the basic principles of hand lettering that reach back nearly 2,000 years and established our modern alphabet. Students learn to find the similarities in calligraphic writing through weekly projects built upon an understanding of the tools and techniques used to create historic letter forms. You are invited to be part of a wonderful tradition of royal court scribes, medieval monks, Italian merchant record keepers, and English engravers in the art of beautiful writing. All levels welcome!
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Craig Kalbas

PC1089A: Fundamentals of Oil Painting (NEW)
Fundamentals of Oil Painting considers the materials and process used to construct a painting. Students are exposed to the processes and ideologies of a variety of artists working within contemporary and historical contexts. Observational work is approached through the implementation of still lifes and interior spaces. Students are instructed in the support/ground construction for a painting, optical and palette mixing, as well as glaze application. Students may opt to participate in optional canvas preparation instruction, with the extra materials being purchased at the student’s expense.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Joe Boblick

PC1090A: Illustrator Basics + Laser Cutting (NEW)
In this course, students become familiar with a foundational understanding of Adobe Illustrator and learn to apply this knowledge to create projects for laser cutting/etching. No prior experience is required, but students should be comfortable with computers. Class begins by looking at what is possible with laser cutting and moves into translating ideas and sketches into digital renderings with Illustrator. Each student may choose which materials they would like to cut/etch their renderings into and is instructed on laser cutter operations to complete their project(s).
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
9:00 a.m. – Noon
Tuition: $235 ($215 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Kayle Karbowski

Online Saturday Afternoon Classes 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

PC1087B: Portrait Illustration (NEW)
Have you always wanted to tell the stories of our time by illustrating the people shaping it? In this class, students explore a variety of approaches to portrait illustration that reveal the character and/or story of their subject. Sessions are spent looking at inspirational contemporary work, discussing research techniques and experimenting with different styles using a variety of traditional materials. This class is a perfect way to imaginatively comment on and engage with the personalities forming our cultural landscape!
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: David Beyer

PC1079B: Art, Activism and the Sketchbook
In this course, students are asked to consider and juxtapose their personal life experiences with those of other citizens, and examine how the actions of art-making and political activism can be a conduit for powerful narratives. Through the active maintenance of a sketchbook (aka visual journal or field book), students engage with contemporary texts that highlight art and personal practices that reside (and slide) on this intriguing continuum of the personal vs. the political. Through various modes of working, including stenciling, zines, collage, painting and performance, students learn to question and locate their current position on this conceptual, creative spectrum and how personal investigation might transform what and how they create in the future.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Zoë Darling

PC1091B: Design Is Play (NEW)
Learn and practice the creative power of play. This course explores the history and current applications of play across different design disciplines. Through sometimes silly and spontaneous collaborative activities, students practice imaginative and playful ways of thinking and problem-solving together. These design practices encourage students to think about the ways we interact with each other and our world, and how we can use playful modes of thinking and creating to make positive changes. Students then use these practiced methods to guide them through their own individual projects.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Elias Mittelstadt

PC1092B: Acrylic Painting Basics (NEW)
Designed for beginners, this course teaches students how to get started painting in acrylics. The class covers: the difference between acrylic and oil paints, how to use acrylic paints to the best effect, basic primary color palettes and mixing, color theory, basic tools and equipment and the correct use of value in painting. The instructor provides one-on-one feedback as you develop your paintings.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Robert Meincke

PC101B: Figure Drawing
In this course, students consider the figure within space and context as the basis for the development of their compositional skills and understanding. Using portraiture to investigate the form of the human body and developing an awareness of anatomical structures, students learn to structure the space of the “stage” the figure is presented in. While models are not used in the online course, students explore the figure by working from observation and real life settings.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Joe Boblick

PC1093B: 2D Animation (NEW)
This course introduces the concepts of traditional 2D animation and allows students to create animations based on the 12 Principles of Animation first defined by Disney Studios. Students are given an overview of animation processes and introduced to techniques and strategies including: Squash and Stretch, timing, anticipation and staging to help them draw their own characters in motion.
Online: Saturdays, Oct. 17 – Nov. 21, 6 sessions
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuition: $215 ($190 before Sept. 20)
Instructor: Jon Brown

 

Scholarships

DPI SCHOLARSHIPS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR FALL 2020.
To apply, please download the following form and submit it to the Pre-College Office.
Downloadable DPI Scholarship Application (Not available this semester)

Questions?
Contact the Pre-College office at 414‑847‑3330.

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