MCA Alert: Four Summer Art Classes in the City

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King’s students came to TKC because they knew they would get a classical education.  Some of them, however, admit they’d like to take a couple more hands-on, skill-specific courses.  If you plan to stay in NYC over the summer, why not earn a few credits at a local school while you work or intern?

1. Fashion Institute of Technology—Graphic Design

MCA majors study about art in classes like Arts and Ideas and usually do some hands-on work in classes like The Visual Narrative.  You may want to add another practical skill to your resume to make you more qualified for a job at the publication you love.  FIT offers two Graphic Design classes over the summer.  One lasts from May 29-July 2, and the other lasts from July 3-July 25.  Both will meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:10 pm-4:00 pm and cost $332 in-state and $994 out-of-state.  Students will learn to design and run their own websites using computer markup languages, like XHTML and CSS.

Other helpful classes at FIT for Kingsians include Fashion Merchandising Management, Photography and Computer Graphics.  Check out the FIT website for more info.

2. Fordham University—Summer Musical Theater Workshop

For all of King’s aspiring actors, who move in strange and mysterious circles—how about a summer of musical theater?

The Fordham Summer Musical Theatre Workshop lasts from May 29-June28, during which students can focus on improving their acting skill.  The workshop will address the multiple disciplines of musical theater, such as song, spoken dialogue and dance.  Sans the stress of King’s academics, you will be able to dedicate a large amount of time to the stage.

This year’s tuition for the workshop, including theatre tickets, is $3,040.  A non-refundable $300 deposit must be paid at the time of registration. The balance of the tuition is due May 7, 2012.  Check out Fordham’s website for more info.

3. Parsons The New School for Design—Drawing and Painting

Does your doodling take up more space than your lecture notes in your notebook?  Maybe you should look into Parsons Drawing and Painting class.  Each student will experiment with artistic techniques in order to develop his or her unique ability. The class is structured around individual tutorials as well as group discussion and critiques.

Instruction will be based on weekly themes, such as the meaning of everyday objects, the experience of place and imaginary worlds.  Students must research and collect materials and images before each project.  Basic color theory, composition, the building-up of surfaces and museum visits will also be of the course.

Classes will be Monday-Friday from 9:00 am-3:50 pm and will last from July 2-August 24.  The tuition is $3190.  Check out Parsons’ website for more info.

4.  New York University—Period Style Costume

Now here’s a course you don’t see offered everywhere.  If you’re going into film, an understanding of costume design could be a very valuable skill.

Students will explore the function and artistic purpose of movie costuming, particularly period costumes.  They will also view and examine a chronology of film clips displaying period clothing in familiar movies.  Students will compare examples from different filmmaking eras and designers.  The class will take a trip to a professional costume house and will enjoy conversations with designers who work in film costume.

This four-credit class costs $5,156 and runs from July 2-August on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.  Check out NYU’s website for more info.

This article was originally published on April 20 in the print edition of The Empire State Tribune.

CityCelina Durgin