PCADE Catalog

Explore our Fall 2023 catalog of tuition-free art and design classes that you can take as part of the Pre-College Art & Design Experience (PCADE) at Academy of Art University. Browse the different art and design classes we have available and select the courses that you would like to attend for our next term from October 2, 2023—November 18, 2023 (for Fall term you can take up to 2 classes).

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Concept Zine

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We love magazines and we want to help you create your own Zine! Bring your vision to life by combining latest web-based graphic design tools, engaging storytelling, and striking layouts in your digita...

Fashion Blogging & Social Media

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Have you ever dreamed of becoming a fashion blogger? This course will set you on the right path, as you will conceptualize and produce your very own professional-looking blog. You will also explore ho...

Fashion Construction

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In this course, students will learn how to operate an electric sewing machine, source fabrics, deconstruct then reconstruct old garments, create original designs, and cut, construct, and finish design...

Fashion Design

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This class begins with rough form on paper and the building of a concept as ideas are turned into designs. The concepts of color, design, textiles and style are explored. Students gain an understandin...

Fashion Drawing

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This course will cover the principles, practice, and techniques of fashion illustration. Students will develop essential drawing skills while working from a live model and will learn to draw a bold, c...

Fashion Marketing & Entrepreneurship

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This course covers growing importance of entrepreneurship and new business models in the fashion industry. Students discuss branding, marketing strategy and promotional techniques, and apply these ski...

Fashion Merchandising from the Retail Perspective

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This course is an overview of the important factors that are addressed within the realm of retail merchandising. Students will become acquainted with the how-tos of the professional buying process, me...

Introduction to Printed Textiles

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In this course, students will learn how to create textile designs and silkscreen print onto fabric and a T-shirt using various techniques demonstrated in class.

Product Design

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This course introduces the process brands use to develop fashion products. Students will conduct trend research and analyze current trends to develop concepts and trend boards and translate these tren...