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Welcome to the Digital Arts Program at UNM Continuing Education. We provide quality up-to-date curriculum in a variety of Digital Arts topics to meet your creative vocational and personal goals. Pursue a certificate in the topic of your choice or just explore the classes that interest you. If you have prior experience or specific goals, customizing your certificate program is an option. Make an appointment for advisement, stop by to see our facility, or just register to get started.


Digital Arts - Upcoming Classes

Class Name

Produce great digital pictures of people, indoors or outside. This class covers the basics of posing and lighting your subjects to get the look you want and to get the best results from your photos. Learn to take quality candid photos of adults and children at work or at play. Discuss the importance of lighting and lens selection. Use the techniques learned to photograph your classmates on a special class field trip. Prerequisite: 55801 or equivalent experience. Required Equipment: Digital camera with manual capabilities.

Section Spring 1

55825
$269
4/13/20 - 4/27/20
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 1:30 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Pat Berrett
CE South Building, Offsite

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Build dynamic and interactive web pages using JavaScript. Develop a familiarity with fundamental scripting concepts such as variables, functions, and loops. Learn how to create image rollovers and pop‐up windows, and use the Document Object Model (DOM) for basic client web applications. Prerequisite: 58111. Suggested: 58112 or 58401.

Section SPB‐PD

58411
$395
4/13/20 - 4/22/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Jeff Brody
CE Online

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Are you switching to InDesign? Do you have experience with PageMaker, Publisher, or QuarkXPress? Do you need to get up and running quickly? Get a fast‐paced introduction to all the basic InDesign tools and techniques. We cover character formatting, working with blocks of text, creating and working with simple graphics, as well as importing text and graphics from other applications. Prerequisite: Working knowledge of any page layout software.

Section Spring 1

56126
$269
4/18/20
Sat 8:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Explore the language of visual communication by looking at design's rich history. Topics covered include the development of visual communications from the earliest pictographs to the work of contemporary designers and illustrators. Students complete a design project by the last class. Note: Equipment and materials cost about $25; a materials list will be available the first day of class. Suggested text: A History of Graphic Design by Philip B. Meggs. Prerequisite: None. Suggested: 55101.

Section Spring 1

55321
$269
4/20/20 - 4/27/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Kevin Glasgow
CE South Building

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Photo 1 covers the basics of successfully taking good photos. But what makes a good photo? The class starts with a focus on the exposure triangle, which consists of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and how using these settings correctly makes for exact exposure, but also opens a world of creative control over your images. It then covers depth of field, white balance, and the basic elements of photographic composition. We move from using natural light to an introduction of studio lighting. Reviewing the work of master photographers gives creative input to your own practice. Bring your digital camera and extra batteries to class.

Section Spring 2

55801
$269
4/20/20 - 4/27/20
Mon, Wed 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building

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Build on the design principles introduced in the introductory class. Learn effective visual communication through the use of marketing standards, color, creativity and graphic style. Estimating, art direction and working with clients and vendors are also addressed. Students complete comprehensive layouts for a project of their choice. Equipment and materials cost about $25. A materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: Graphic Design I or equivalent experience.

Section Spring 2

55102
$269
4/21/20 - 4/28/20
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Thu, Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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Learn how the cool tricks get done with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript. We will learn about semantic elements such as nav, header and footer, and find out about native browser features such as audio, video, and the form input elements. Then we'll explore advanced features of CSS3 like drop shadows, rounded corners, and web fonts. We will conclude with an exploration of some of the Web APIs like canvas, drag‐and‐drop and web storage. Prerequisites: 58411. Recommended: 84071 or a basic understanding of Javascript.

Section SPA‐PD

58415
$395
4/27/20 - 5/6/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Jeff Brody
CE Online

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Get an introduction to Logic Pro's primary features and basic user interface. Students learn how to generate a customized audio and MIDI configuration that will seamlessly integrate with their own personal production studio. Students also create their own song using Logic Pro's comprehensive array of software instruments, Apple Loops, and DSP effects. In‐depth lessons cover MIDI and audio recording, streamlined editing, and arrangement techniques, user defined key commands, automation, using external MIDI controllers, mixing, and creating final output. Notes: This is an AATC course. The textbook and one Apple Certification Exam Session is included in the cost of this class. The exam may be taken up to six months after completion of the class. This class has a 14‐day advance notice cancellation policy. Prerequisite: 54101 or basic knowledge of Mac OS X. Suggested: 57601 or basic knowledge of audio terminology.

Section Spring 1

57981
$995
4/29/20 - 5/27/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Joey Belville
CE South Building

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In the past, aerial photography had to be shot from manned aircraft. The hugely expanding field of Unmanned Aerial Systems (or drones) has opened up new opportunities for aerial photographers. Drones can make citizens feel like masters of the sky while the FAA scrambles to keep up with regulating unmanned aircraft. Take a close look at these gadgets, how they work, why they are in such demand, and why safety is so important yet so often overlooked. We will discuss the process of flying the drone, operating the camera, downloading the footage and editing it. Weather permitting, a flight demo will be included. Prerequisite: 55801 or equivalent experience.

Section Spring 1

55836
$125
5/2/20
Sat 12:00 PM ‐ 3:00 PM
Mary Elkins
CE South Building

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Explore the process of designing a website, including conceptualizing, structuring, and applying design principles to create visually appealing and highly usable solutions. With an emphasis on design principles and information architecture best practices, topics include setting up a site map, designing an interface, and creating comprehensive storyboards. Prerequisites: 55101 or equivalent experience and working knowledge of the Internet.

Section Spring 1

55125
$269
5/4/20 - 5/11/20
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Wed, Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Denise Weaver Ross
CE South Building

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Continue to unfold the beauty and joy of digital photography. Fine‐tune your photographic skills by understanding how you can set up your shots to get consistently good results and by practicing new composition techniques. Learn the basics of product photography, including how to set up shots for the Web, eBay and/or arts and crafts shows. Make the most of your camera through a deeper understanding of how the digital imaging system works and enhance your creative control over the image in printing and electronic display. Bring your digital camera, manual, and extra batteries to class. Prerequisite: Photography 1 or equivalent experience.

Section Spring 1

55802
$325
5/6/20 - 5/13/20
Wed, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building, Offsite

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Use Adobe Illustrator to create vector art in both color and black and white. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including geometric and freeform drawing tools, transformation tools and path editing, paint and type tools, and exporting art for output. Special emphasis is given to the ways Illustrator facilitates drawing. Prerequisite: Familiarity and some practice with Illustrator.

Section Spring 1

56219
$269
5/9/20
Sat 8:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Thomas Gagliano
CE South Building

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Get an introduction to the open‐source web programming language, PHP, and discover why so many web developers prefer to use it with MySQL (an open‐source database technology) for their data‐driven applications. Learn the basics of the PHP language and how to use PHP to generate your HTML. Get acquainted with the MySQL database, and learn to use PHP and MySQL together. Develop real world web‐based applications in class. Prerequisite: 58111 or equivalent experience.

Section spring 1

59411
$395
5/11/20 - 5/20/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Jeff Brody
CE Online

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This class takes you through the stages of a real film production in fast‐forward mode. In a few sessions you will prepare, shoot, and edit a short film. Class 1 is an intro that gives an overview of the project and assigns students to tasks; Class 2 is preproduction; Class 3 is Production/Shooting; and Class 4 is the Postproduction. You will have access to an editing lab outside of class to work on the project. The short film will be premiered at Continuing Education with a Q&A and reception with the film crew. Be part of this crew with filmmaker, director, and producer Reinhard Lorenz!

Section Spring 1

55925
$395
5/12/20 - 5/19/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Sat 10:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building, Offsite

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Learn the fundamentals of animating digital images and title sequences to integrate them into live action. In this exploration of motion graphics and visual effects, topics include: setting up a composition, keyframe techniques, layer essentials, adjustment layers, creating and synchronizing motion, 3D space, camera and lighting basics, and creating animated text. Additional exercises may include green screen work, sky replacement, tracking and rotoscoping. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 57311 or 57911.

Section Spring 1

57411
$495
5/21/20 - 6/6/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM and Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Dan Galassini
CE South Building

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Learn to create effective layouts for any graphic design project. Discover the principles of design for clear and attractive visual communication. Topics include an introduction to advertising, publication, and web design; logos; layout; typography; and color theory. Note: Equipment and materials cost about $25; a materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: None.

Section Summer 1

55101
$269
6/2/20 - 6/9/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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Photo 1 covers the basics of successfully taking good photos. But what makes a good photo? The class starts with a focus on the exposure triangle, which consists of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, and how using these settings correctly makes for exact exposure, but also opens a world of creative control over your images. It then covers depth of field, white balance, and the basic elements of photographic composition. We move from using natural light to an introduction of studio lighting. Reviewing the work of master photographers gives creative input to your own practice. Prerequisite: None.Prerequisite: None. NOTE: Bring your digital camera and extra batteries to class.

Section Summer 1

55801
$269
6/6/20 - 6/20/20
Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Pat Berrett
CE South Building

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Adobe created this outstanding Creative Suite of programs: InDesign CC, Illustrator CC, Photoshop CC, Dreamweaver CC, Flash Professional CC, Bridge and Acrobat. This class is designed to provide a hands‐on overview of these programs in order to help you make the most of your creative ideas. Whether you're using Mac or Windows, discover how the Adobe Creative Suite of programs allows you to design beautiful layouts, create great illustrations, edit your photos, build websites, work with interactive animations, optimize graphics and more. Prerequisite: Basic computer experience.

Section Summer 1

56005
$195
6/6/20 - 6/13/20
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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GGet hands‐on training with the Mac's latest user‐friendly operating system. Learn the basics of file management, navigating the Finder, setting up the Dock, customizing preferences, creating and saving files and backing up your computer. Become familiar with the concepts of peripherals, utility applications and cloud computing with iCloud. Note: http://ce.unm.edu/assets/pdf/digital‐arts/digital‐arts‐course‐skills‐assessment.pdf?utm_source=lumens&utm_medium=course‐description&utm_campaign=da‐skills‐assessment. Prerequisite: 54010 or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

54101
$269
6/15/20 - 6/19/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Bryan O'Neill
CE South Building

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Explore the differences between raster and vector graphics and determine which is best for each project. Understand key file formats such as TIFF, JPEG, EPS, PDF, native, RAW data, and discover how they import work within Adobe and other software programs. Additional topics include RGB, CMYK, spot and Web color systems, and digital camera resolution conversions. This course provides important foundation information for all graphics software used in digital arts. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience.

Section Summer 1

56101
$269
6/15/20 - 6/19/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Continue to unfold the beauty and joy of digital photography. Fine‐tune your photographic skills by understanding how you can set up your shots to get consistently good results and by practicing new composition techniques. Learn the basics of product photography, including how to set up shots for the Web, eBay and/or arts and crafts shows. Make the most of your camera through a deeper understanding of how the digital imaging system works and enhance your creative control over the image in printing and electronic display. Prerequisite: Photography 1 or equivalent experience. NOTE: Bring your digital camera, manual, and extra batteries to class. The field trip is required.

Section Summer 1

55802
$325
6/22/20 - 7/6/20
Mon 6:00 PM ‐ 8:00 PM and Sat 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Pat Berrett
CE South Building, Offsite

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Use Adobe Illustrator to create vector art in both color and black and white. Learn the basic tools and techniques, including geometric and freeform drawing tools, transformation tools and path editing, paint and type tools, and exporting art for output. Special emphasis is given to the ways Illustrator facilitates drawing. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

Section Summer 2

56211
$269
6/23/20 - 6/30/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Thomas Gagliano
CE South Building

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With Adobe Photoshop you can do everything from retouching photos to creating original illustrations and collages with raster images. Apply lighting and color corrections and correct lens distortions to enhance your photos. Learn about the importance of camera RAW files and how to process them. Use the retouching tools, painting techniques and basic filters to improve or alter your photos. Additional topics include file formats, working with type, using Adobe Bridge, and an introduction to basic selections and layers. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

Section Summer 1

56311
$269
6/23/20 - 6/30/20
Tue, Thu 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Mary Elkins
CE South Building

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Enhance your ability to control the looks and functionality by learning to use the new HTML5 structural elements. Use code to add graphics, links, and tables to your pages, and explore the power of CSS to format text consistently and quickly. Gain an understanding of how HTML5 works and practice using FTP to upload your pages to a live Web server. Prerequisites: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience, and Internet experience.

Section Summer 1

58111
$395
6/29/20 - 7/8/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Jeff Brody
CE South Building

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Learn the fundamentals of computer recording for film, music, or podcasts. Topics include multitrack recording, podcasting basics, virtual instrument and effect plugins, and two‐track editing. In addition, get a foundational understanding of file formats, computer audio hardware basics, and internet audio. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience.

Section Summer 1

57601
$295
6/30/20 - 7/9/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Joey Belville
CE South Building

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Google Analytics is the most popular tool available for measuring traffic on your website. Learn about web analytics and how to use Google Analytics to get a quantitative understanding of how well your website is meeting your business needs. Evaluate the effectiveness of your search engine optimization and social media strategies; spot ''pain points'' that keep a visitor from converting to a customer; and develop a continuous quality improvement process for your site. We'll look at the reports Google Analytics generates, how to interpret them, how to set and review Performance Benchmarks, and how to use visitor data to drive improvements to your website. Prerequisite: 51101 or 54101/11 or equivalent experience, and Internet experience.

Section Summer 1

55615
$169
7/6/20 - 7/8/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Sonja Dewing
CE South Building

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Learn cutting‐edge page layout with Adobe InDesign. Get an introduction to how a page layout program works and learn the basic tools and techniques. We cover character formatting, editing and linking text blocks, and importing text and graphics from other applications. In‐class exercises emphasize the basic principles of typography and page layout. Prerequisites: 51101 or 54101 or basic computer experience. Suggested: 56101.

Section Summer 1

56121
$325
7/6/20 - 7/10/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Build on the design principles introduced in Graphic Design I. Learn how to create effective visual communication through the use of marketing standards, color, creativity and graphic style. Estimating, art direction and working with clients and vendors are also addressed. Students complete comprehensive layouts for a project of their choice. Equipment and materials cost about $25. A materials list will be available the first day of class. Prerequisite: Graphic Design I or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

55102
$269
7/7/20 - 7/14/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Zac Van Note
CE South Building

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You have your phone with you almost every waking moment. Learn to use all of the features in the camera, whether it is an iPhone or and Android phone. Get a camera primer on focus, exposure and white balance, a photography primer on the importance of light and composition, and an introduction to key tools and apps. In addition, we'll cover tips for sharing images. Prerequisite: None.

Section Summer 1

55809
$149
7/7/20 - 7/14/20
Tue 6:00 PM ‐ 8:30 PM
Pat Berrett
CE South Building

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When working with digital imagery, it's important to have an understanding of the legal principles and issues that affect your work. Gain the tools to recognize legal problems and address them appropriately. Topics include contracts for professional services, copyright, model releases, licensing, trademarks, rights of publicity and privacy, First Amendment issues, business formation, determining when to hire a lawyer and more. Prerequisite: None.

Section Summer 1

55625
$225
7/11/20
Sat 9:00 AM ‐ 5:00 PM
To be Announced
CE South Building

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Learn to create professional footage using your own video camera by developing your technical and creative skills as a digital cinematographer. The course covers video formats, different types of cameras and what to use them for, camera controls/features and operation, and framing and composition. We cover camera movement and its results, and types of shot sizes and their role for the edit ‐ shooting for editing, in short. An intro to sound recording and lighting are also part of the course. Note: Bring your film/video camera or digital stills camera with video mode, and the manual.

Section Summer 1

55911
$269
7/13/20 - 7/20/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building

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Refine your InDesign skills with in‐depth use of text and graphics, including tools for paragraph formatting, tabs, paragraph and character styles, text wrap, and working with imported graphics. We also focus on working with multi‐page layouts, including Master Pages, automatic page numbering, and the Pages palette. Students work on a newsletter in class. Basic preparation of your document for a commercial printer will be discussed. Prerequisite: 56121 or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

56122
$325
7/13/20 - 7/20/20
Mon, Wed, Fri 1:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Adele Gangai
CE South Building

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Final Cut Pro, Premiere and AVID provide the film and video editor with an amazing array of tools for an edited piece. What the editor has to provide is the ins and outs of how to put together a good edit ‐ the art and craft of storytelling. Be it a Feature movie, a Documentary, or a Commercial, the editor needs an eye and an ear for making an edit successful. In this course we look at the essentials of Editing: storytelling, timing, rhythm, and dramatic structure. We look at examples, and apply hands on exercises to introduce you to these indispensable tools. This course will complement in an ideal way classes taken for Final Cut Pro and Premiere Pro. Prerequisite: 54101/11 or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

57301
$269
7/13/20 - 7/20/20
Mon, Wed 2:00 PM ‐ 5:00 PM
Reinhard Lorenz
CE South Building

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Take your audio knowledge to the next level. With an emphasis on classic, modern, and experimental production techniques, delve into the whens, whys, and how‐tos of recording, effects, mics, mic placement, and audio editing. We'll also touch on sound design, manipulation, and restoration. Prerequisite: 55601.

Section Summer 1

57602
$295
7/14/20 - 7/21/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Joey Belville
CE South Building

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Build dynamic and interactive web pages using JavaScript. Develop a familiarity with fundamental scripting concepts such as variables, functions, and loops. Learn how to create image rollovers and pop‐up windows, and use the Document Object Model (DOM) for basic client web applications. Prerequisite: 58111. Suggested: 58112 or 58401.

Section Summer 1

58411
$395
7/15/20 - 7/27/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Jeff Brody
CE South Building

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Learn advanced selection methods to selectively adjust images. Work with a variety of layer techniques to combine, enhance, and transform your images. Organize and cross‐index your image collection with Bridge. Learn about color modes, photo touchup and restoration techniques. In addition, further explore the power of Adobe Camera Raw. Prerequisite: 56311 or 56331 or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

56312
$269
7/29/20 - 8/5/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Mary Elkins
CE South Building

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Premiere Pro is both an outstanding digital media production application and the core of video production for Adobe's excellent suite of media apps. This class teaches the essentials of working with ever changing digital graphic, still, audio and video formats and the essentials of editing including importing, organizing, making interesting and effective video, and distribution. Students will work on a short film which will give them hands on experience. Suggested: 56101 or 56311. Suggested: 56101 or 56311.

Section Summer 1

57311
$295
7/30/20 - 8/6/20
Tue, Thu 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Chris Paul
CE South Building

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Develop a foundation in freehand drawing that will enhance your abilities in any visual communication project. Learn perspective drawing, how to use line, value, contrast, light and shadow to capture simple and complex shapes. You'll also learn portrait illustration techniques to create professional black and white illustration to final rendering using media such as pencil, pen and ink, and gouache. Note: Equipment and materials cost approximately $25. A materials list will be included on your registration receipt. Please bring these materials to the first class session.

Section Summer 1

55201
$269
8/1/20 - 8/15/20
Sat 1:00 PM ‐ 4:00 PM
Thomas Gagliano
CE South Building

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WordPress is a free, open source publishing system that allows users without technical expertise in design and development to create and manage a blog with ease. But more than blogs, WordPress can be used as a Content Management System (CMS) for a variety of websites. Learn how to set up and configure WordPress to meet your needs, whether for a blog, a personal site or a business site. Choose themes and plugins to further enhance and customize WordPress. Prerequisite: 58101 or 58111 or equivalent experience.

Section Summer 1

58231
$269
8/10/20 - 8/17/20
Mon, Wed 6:00 PM ‐ 9:00 PM
Denise Weaver Ross
CE South Building

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Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page.


UNM Tuition Remission

UNM Staff, Faculty & Retirees: You may use your Professional Development Tuition Remission for All Digital Arts Classes classes.

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