PCADE Catalog

Explore our Summer 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 June 19, 2023—August 5, 2023 (for Summer term you can take up to 2 classes).

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Concept Zine

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Bring your vision to life by using the latest web-based graphic design tools to combine engaging storytelling and striking layouts in your digital concept zine. We’ll also teach you how to self-publ...

Fashion Blogging & Social Media

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In this course, you’ll use blogs and social media to network, report, and brand yourself on multiple platforms.  You will practice sourcing images and learn how to marry those visuals with compelli...

Fashion Construction

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You’ll learn how to operate an electric sewing machine, source fabrics, and deconstruct/reconstruct old garments into original finished designs. You will work on two exciting projects, the last of w...

Fashion Design

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This course will introduce you to the fundamentals of color, design, fabric, and style. In addition to the hands-on work, you will gain an understanding of the professional fashion industry. As your f...

Fashion Drawing

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In this exciting course, you’ll learn to draw a live model in a variety of poses and stances. Then you’ll put your skills to the test as you draw fashion figures, including faces, hair, hands, and...

Fashion Marketing & Entrepreneurship

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This course covers entrepreneurship and new business models in the fashion industry. You’ll learn how to research and analyze consumer data and create target customer profiles. You will discuss bran...

Fashion Merchandising from the Retail Perspective

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This course is an overview of the key pillars of retail merchandising. You will become acquainted with the how-tos of the professional buying process, merchandise presentations, window displays, manag...

Fashion Styling

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This is a survey course exploring the new specialty of fashion styling in the industry. Stylists create the visual fashion story whether it is for art, photography, videos, window displays, or fashion...

Introduction to Costume Design

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In this dynamic course, you’ll learn how to develop characters and design costumes for them within the context of an imaginative story. We’ll guide you through each step of the process, from resea...

Introduction to Printed Textiles

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In this course, you'll learn to create textile designs. Then, you'll use silkscreen and photographic techniques to print your designs onto fabric and create a fabulous T-shirt.

Product Design

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This course introduces the process brands use to develop fashion products. You will conduct trend research and analysis to develop concepts and trend boards, and translate those into a collection for ...