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Summer 2021 Online College Courses for High School Students at Lesley's College of Art and Design

Are you a rising high school sophomore, junior, or senior, or a gap-year student, thinking ahead to college and your future career? Here's an idea: Enroll in college-level studio classes taught online by inspiring Lesley University's College of Art and Design faculty and meet other young people who are as driven and creative as you are.

Sign up for one week or two weeks of our summer intensive studio courses mornings or afternoons, Monday–Friday, July 12–16 & July 19–23, 2021.

Choose courses from an array of BFA Majors:

  • Animation + Motion Media and Visual Effects (VFX) Minor
  • Digital Filmmaking
  • Fine Arts
  • Graphic Design + Interactive Design
  • Illustration + Visual Narratives
  • Photography

Combining the rigor of an independent art and design school with the resources of a larger university, Lesley's College of Art and Design has nurtured the creativity and shaped the careers of artists and designers for 100+ years. With an experimental and interdisciplinary approach, the college emphasizes small class sizes, studio-intensive mentoring, and access to high-profile faculty and visiting artists.

Explore what you can do at the College of Art and Design and find out what it feels like to be a college student while we flatten the curve, following university COVID-19 guidelines.

Cost & Scholarships

  • Courses for 1 college credit spread out over one or two weeks: $345 ($325 tuition + $20 one-time registration fee)
  • Two-week courses for 2 college credits: $670 ($650 tuition + $20 one-time registration fee)
  • Inquire about need-based scholarships.
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Pre-College Lesley Summer Course Schedule

Course Descriptions

Choose one course or more. We’ve made it easy for you to sign up for more than one course by mixing and matching to create your ideal summer schedule. Classes begin on July 12 or July 19 and run for one or two weeks.

Recommended equipment and software needed to enroll are detailed in each course description.

Inquire about need-based scholarships (tuition and fee waivers).

Week 1: July 12 - 16

  • Design Your Personal Brand

    Have you ever wondered what it takes to design a brand? Or how to make information visual and meaningful? This hands-on intensive course offers you the opportunity to develop and utilize your own personal brand. The goal is to translate who you feel you are as a person into a conceptual and visually dynamic design. Guided by faculty, you'll be immersed in the complete design process including conceptual development through professional design execution. Projects will incorporate hand-based sketching processes and digital design tools such as Adobe Illustrator.

    To enroll in this online course, students should have regular access to a computer equipped with Adobe Illustrator.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course. 

    Schedule

    • July 12–16 | 1 credit 
    • Mornings | Mon.-Fri.
    • 9:30 am–1:00 pm
  • Comics + the Graphic Novel

    This course explores the history and craft of visual narratives including comics, graphic novels, and storyboards. You’ll examine historic and contemporary examples of sequential narratives and visual storytelling. You’ll work on developing a story concept, creating dynamic characters and environments, and formatting your work. Through in-class demonstrations and hands-on studio time, you’ll explore a rich variety of techniques that will help you bring your story to life. 

    To enroll in this online course, students should have regular access to a computer.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course.

    Schedule

    • July 12–16 | 1 credit 
    • Afternoons | Mon.-Fri.
    • 2:00 pm–5:30 pm

Week 2: July 19 - 23

  • Portrait Drawing

    This course will give each student an intimate understanding of how to conceptualize and construct a portrait. By exploring fundamental concepts and techniques such as; proportion, structure, features, likeness, and how to visualize and draw the head from different angles students will gain the ability to develop accurate and expressive portraits. Students will use a variety of source material and media.

    To enroll in this online course, students should have regular access to a computer.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course.

    Schedule

    • July 19–23 | 1 credit
    • Mornings | Mon.-Fri.
    • 9:30 am–1:00 pm
  • Fine Arts Portfolio Prep

    This course will get you ready for the art school admission process! It's designed for students who want to apply to art college in fine arts or undeclared majors. The course will consist of assignments and critiques. The assignments will range from observational drawing, to mixed media and content-driven work. Learn how to explore your personal interests and push your skills! In our critiques and discussions, you'll develop the ability to talk about your own work and be ready for the college interview process. You'll be exposed to contemporary fine artists to help inspire new ideas and the art-making process! You'll also learn how to edit and organize your work to compile your strongest portfolio possible.

    To enroll in this online course, students should have regular access to a computer.

    You'll receive one transferable college credit upon successfully completing this one-week course.

    Schedule

    • July 19–23 | 1 credit
    • Afternoons | Mon.-Fri.
    • 2:00 pm–5:30 pm

Weeks 1 + 2: July 12 – 23

  • Filmmaking Essentials

    Bring your vision to life with a modern approach to independent filmmaking and evolving individual aesthetics. This hands-on, intensive course offers you the opportunity to create individual video projects utilizing classic filmmaking techniques and emerging smart phone technologies. With a combination of viewings and exercises, you'll gain an understanding of experimental video forms as well as traditional, narrative work. You’ll also learn the workflows of independent filmmaking and gain insight on film festival overviews. Guided by faculty, you'll be immersed in the process of producing video shorts, from pre-production to post-production to final export.

    To enroll in this online course, students should have access to a smart phone with the Filmic Pro APP, as well as, a computer equipped with Adobe Premier Pro software.

    Two transferrable college credits will be awarded upon successful completion of this two-week course.  

    Schedule

    • July 12–23 | 2 credits
    • Mornings | Mon.-Fri.
    • 9:30 am–1:00 pm

     

  • Animation Essentials

    Challenge yourself to explore a wide range of animation concepts, professional techniques, and principles to create movement and action. Apply professional animation techniques such as stop-motion animation, frame-by-frame animation, paper puppetry, and/or digital drawings. Develop projects, participate in screenings, and engage in class discussions.

    To enroll in this online course, students should have regular access to a smartphone and computer equipped with Adobe Animate software. Students will also need a low-cost universal phone stand mount with a flexible, long arm bracket that clamps to the edge of their desk or worktable.

    Two transferrable college credits will be awarded upon successful completion of this two-week course.

    Schedule

    • July 12–23 | 2 credits
    • Afternoons | Mon.-Fri.
    • 2:00pm–5:30 pm
  • Photography Portfolio Development

    Are you interested in expanding your portfolio and applying to college? In this course, you’ll have the chance to examine the ways in which photographers develop cohesive, sequential, and meaningful bodies of work, focusing on your individual strengths through group critique and feedback. This class meets alternating days over two weeks, providing you time and assignments designed specifically to help you grow a current body of work. 

    Students should come to this online course with a set of existing images that they are interested in expanding into a portfolio. Students should also have some experience in digital capture (dSLR camera) and/or traditional B&W darkroom photography.

    To enroll in this online course, students will need access to a computer equipped with Adobe Bridge, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Digital SLR camera is optional.

    One transferrable college credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.

    Schedule

    • July 12-23 | 1 credit 
    • Mornings | Mon. Wed. Fri. + Mon. Wed.
    • 9:30 am–1:00 pm
  • Fashion Photography

    Have you noticed how fashion, from sneaker culture to the runway, shapes the world around us? Fashion photographers are the ones who bring these images to us in the form of advertising via social media and in print. This online course will introduce you to the different facets that comprise digital fashion photography from organizing a photoshoot with basic lighting to post-production editing techniques. Whether you’re interested in advertising, fashion/beauty or commercial photography, this course will prepare you with the skills and background you need to create your photographic style. 

    To enroll in this online course, students should have access to a computer equipped with Adobe Lightroom and/or Adobe Photoshop, a digital SLR camera, and a TTL flash. This class meets alternating days over two weeks.

    One transferrable college credit will be awarded upon successful completion of this course.  

    Schedule

    • July 12-23 | 1 credit 
    • Afternoons | Mon. Wed. Fri. + Mon. Wed.
    • 2:00 pm–5:30 pm
Questions?
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