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Web Design I at our Woodland Hills Location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re thrilled to have our new Woodland Hills location open, to serve students in greater LA areas and communities. One course coming up this summer in Woodland Hills is Web Design I. Taught by Hakon Engvig, this course is an introduction to the world of modern web design. Students are exposed to industry standards and best practices for using HTML and CSS. Students create aesthetically pleasing websites aligned with current design considerations that emphasize user experience (e.g., audience, style, composition, size constraints, web design process). Topics include asset management, image optimization, web hosting, site planning, and the various tools web designers use to produce effective websites that meet industry demands.

Instructor Hakon Engvig

Check out the outline below to see the topics you’ll be covering, and to enroll, click here.

Week 1: UX Design & Intro to Web Coding
Core elements of HTML5, its structure, the use of CSS for appearances, and building a basic web page.
Week 2: Design Process & The Three Selectors
From concept to completion, outlining the work-flow for a website. The three CSS selector types (tags, class, and ID).
Week 3: Wire-framing & Web Imagery
The Mapping problem. Dealing with compression and the various types of images formatted for web to help load-time.
Week 4: Relationships & Links
External CSS, layout intro, linking and how files are connected through the web.
Week 5: Midterm Specifics and Uploading
Dig into CSS, Web-fonts and the specifics needed for the Web App Midterm.
Week 6: Layout & The Grid System
Introduce the grid system and how to utilize floats for website layouts.
Week 7: Custom Fonts and MVP Build
Utilizing custom fonts for a website and practicing work flow with a quick build for review.
Week 8: Sprite Images & CSS Transitions
Utilizing different states of Sprite images for interactivity with CSS hover states and CSS transitions
Week 9: Workshop
Answering specific questions regarding the Final Project
Week 10: Finals & Future
Submit, present and review your final and discuss more
advanced concepts of web design.

Sample Itinerary for Contemporary Los Angeles Art

Image via The Underground Museum

We’ve been getting questions about the types of excursions students will be going on in Contemporary Los Angeles Art, so instructor Brenda Williams has provided us with the itinerary for the first meeting. Take a look to see the first class adventure!

Our first stop will be to visit the Underground Museum in Mid-City. The two year old museum was the brilliant idea of the late Noah Davis, his wife Karon and his brother Kahlil Joseph. As artists they decided to create a neighborhood museum for people who may be too intimidated to visit the established museums, to view works of art by major contemporary artists. Most folks can walk here. There are late night movies, artists talks, star gazing and a really nice garden to sit in and contemplate life.

We’ll get acquainted in their garden, followed by a walkthrough of the current exhibition: Non-Fiction: William Kentridge and Karon Davis.

Lunch at Juicy’s (Naturaliart) Jamaican Restaurant. This is as traditional as you can get this far away from the Caribbean.

After we’ll visit a few west side galleries.

To read more about the class, and enroll, click here. For questions, call (310) 206-1422.

Lightroom I (Online) this summer

Image by instructor Ken Wischmeyer

We’ve gotten many requests for a photography class covering Lightroom in depth, so this summer, check out Lightroom I (Online) as a Photography Certificate elective. There’s no prerequisite, so it’s appropriate for those just starting the program, or anyone who wants to get a comprehensive overview of Lightroom.

Check out the syllabus below. To register, click here.

Instructor: Kenneth E. Wischmeyer

DESCRIPTION


Adobe Lightroom software offers the digital photographer a comprehensive set of tools to organize, manage, enhance, present, and share their work. This course provides the student with a complete examination of the application’s features, including image archiving with keywords and metadata, color and tonality correction, creating special effects, electronic and Web presentations, book publishing, printing, and integrating image files with Adobe Photoshop. Lightroom I emphasizes both technical skill development and creative exploration.

MATERIALS


Software Requirements

  • Adobe Lightroom 4 or higher
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Player

EVALUATION


Grading

Weekly Assignments                           85%

Participation (Online Discussions)      15%

SCHEDULE


When Topic Notes
Week #1 Digital Photography

Introduction to Adobe Lightroom

Week #2 The Library Module

Workflow and Image Management

Week #3 The Library Module

Metadata and Keywords

Week #4 The Develop Module

White Balance & The Histogram and The Basic Tab

Week #5 The Develop Module

Tone Curve and Image Sharpening

Week #6 The Develop Module

Retouching and Local Adjustments

Week #7 The Develop Module

Black & White and Toning

Week #8 The Book Module

Layout & Design

Week #9 The Slideshow Module

Presentations

Week #10 The Print Module

Printing and Finishing Techniques

Week #11 The Web Module

The Web Photo Gallery

Week #12 Adobe Lightroom & Adobe Photoshop

Panoramas and HDR images

Hammer Museum is Hiring

WANT TO WORK AT A MUSEUM?

Join the Hammer Museum as a part-time Visitor Experience Representative (VER) for the academic year! VERs actively engage with visitors in the galleries, during events, and at the Museum’s entrances. Serving as the face of the institution, VERs are responsible for introducing visitors to the Hammer, safeguarding the art, and facilitating an exchange with a diverse cross-section of individuals.

As a VER, you will:

  • Ensure that all guests receive the highest level of customer service and hospitality during their visit to the Museum.
  • Be knowledgeable about the Museum’s current exhibitions and programs to provide helpful information and respond to inquiries.
  • Enforce policies in galleries and other Museum spaces, while maintaining a polite demeanor and provide a positive experience to visitors.
  • Observe and report issues and potential hazards regarding the art and/or visitors.
  • Assist with the setup, flow, & breakdown of programs and events.
  • Facilitate membership sales.

ARE YOU?

  • A UCLA or SMC student
    Preferably a sophomore or junior seeking experience in the non-profit, museum, art, or customer service worlds. All majors and diverse backgrounds are welcome!
  • A people-person
    Passionate about interacting with a diverse audience and have developed excellent communication and interpersonal Skills. Prior sales or customer service experience preferred.
  • A self-starter
    Eager to help out your coworkers and don’t need constant direction to do so.
  • Dedicated & reliable
    Want to work and recognize the impact you have on your fellow coworkers.
    Able to stand and remain vigilant for several consecutive hours.
    Able to commit to a weekly schedule and take responsibility for assigned shifts.

VERs are expected to work a minimum of 12 hours per week and receive $11.00 per hour in compensation. Students MUST be available to work a fixed weekly schedule comprised of at least two (2) of the following shifts:

  • Tuesdays – Fridays: 10:30am – 3:45pm and/or 3:15pm – 8:15pm
  • Saturdays & Sundays: 10:30am – 5:15pm

 

APPLY TODAY

Email your resume, cover letter, contact information, and availability to VEResumes@hammer.ucla.edu.

 

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to phone calls or emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process.

Mark Your Calendar – Graduation is Coming!

Certificate Graduation Ceremony
Friday, June 30, 2017
Royce Hall, UCLA Campus
4pm-6pm*

If you are currently enrolled in a UCLA Extension-eligible certificate, and intend to finish your studies by the end of Summer 2017 (this includes completion in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017, and Summer 2017), then please join us for this annual celebration.

Sign up to receive a graduation e-invitation here.

E-invitations are sent in mid-May 2017. The deadline to request an invite is MAY 1st.

Learn more about certificates and program candidacy.

Questions? Email graduation@uclaextension.edu, call (310)825-2362.

*Note: Graduates are seated separately from guests. There is a graduate processional into Royce Hall. Graduates must arrive no later than 4:15 pm. Doors open at 4 pm.

Course Spotlight: Photographing Architecture in the City

 

Images by instructor Richard Langendorf

This spring, we will be offering a new course with instructor Richard Langendorf, Photographing Architecture in the City. A unique offering, this course would appeal to students interested in photography, architecture, art and art history, and urban planning and design. The diversity of backgrounds and experiences should make for an interesting array of creative projects.

Each student will work on a self-initiated project,  selecting a site for the focus of his or her work in the course. The place may be anywhere in the Los Angeles region – urban or suburban. It may be a work of architecture, an urban space, the urban edge, or the like.  This work will proceed in stages, examining the site from varying perspectives, including light, detail, documentary, and poetic interpretation, and ending as a portfolio of photographs that express the qualities of a particular place, sequenced as one or more stories.

Below you’ll see a list of class lecture topics, technical demonstrations, and creative assignments. To enroll, click here, or call (310) 825-9971.

Lectures on Architectural Photography
Early History, Wonders of World, American Topographic Views
Pictorialism, Modernist Views-Europe & US
Documentary: Progressive Era & Reform, Great Depression
Modern View: Experimental, Rise of Color Art Photography
Arch. Journals, Modern Arch. Photographers (Commercial), architecture without architects; architecture in color, landmarks & special events
Dusseldorf Academy, New Topographics, Learning from Las Vegas, Modernism reappraised
New Documentary: DATAR, etc.; architecture- from commercial to art photography
Post Modern: where architecture and photography merge
Man-altered landscapes, cityscapes of change
Constructed, Staged, and Invented Image
Final Project, no lecture or future of architectural photography

Select Demonstrations/Technique

Equipment selection
Checklist for planning and shooting
Shooting: lens selection, aperture-shutter-ISO trade-offs, etc.
Shooting: composition, parallax and parallax correction
Shooting: low light, twilight, night photography, TPE
Shooting: HDR and Pano, and post in ACR/Lightroom
Post: working non-destructively
Post: ACR-basic panel, curves, lens correction, and FX
Post: noise reduction, sharpening, mixed light conditions
Post: HDR and Panorama, Photoshop and other software
Post: enhancing/replacing sky

Assignments

Assignment 1: Site Proposal
Assignment 2: Getting Started, Research Paper
Assignment 3: Detail
Assignment 4: Time
Assignment 5: Light
Assignment 6: Context
Assignment 7: Poetics / Interpretation
Assignment 8: Documentary
Assignment 9, Post-Modern
Assignment 10, Outline, Final Project
Deadline to update Previous assignments
Assignment 11:Final Project
Assignment 12 Print Version, Final Project

 

Interview with Photography Student Joe Stehly

We always love hearing about the diverse backgrounds and experiences of our students. In this interview, recent photography certificate graduate Joe Stehly talks about what he learned in the program, and where he’s hoping to take his work in the future.

How did you get interested in photography, and why did you choose the UCLA Extension Photography Certificate?

I am an aerospace engineer by trade, but also took many art classes growing up.  I still really enjoy art and feel that it is very important to continue growing artistically. I have taken art classes focused other mediums since graduating college, but photography is the genre that speaks the loudest to me. My old roommate is a professional photographer and some of his black and white images sparked my interest.  He taught me some basics and I continued to learn on my own until I reached the point where I could not progress any further.  I needed professional instruction. Around this time I took a management class at UCLA Extension and saw a catalog for other class offerings during a break. While looking through the catalog the photography curriculum caught my eye. I decided to give Photography I a try and I really liked it so I enrolled in the certificate program.

For someone who is new to photography, what should they know about getting started?

I think the first thing to remember when starting the program is that everyone in the class with you is there for the same reason that you are: to become a better photographer. These classmates end up becoming close friends and people you can collaborate with on later projects.

Similarly, the instructors are focused on making you a better photographer. They have great real-world experience and teach you a lot about the business of photography and the creative process in addition to technical instruction.

What was your favorite UCLA Extension class and why?

Two classes that I took stood out as favorite of mine. The first was Lighting I with Kevin Merrill. I had never been in a studio before or attempted elaborate lighting setups. Both were intimidating to me prior to taking the course. However, after learning some basics I found that many creative avenues were opened to me by understanding how to use light. I found that many other classes, as well, pushed me out of my comfort zone and enabled me to round out my skill set. These new techniques that I was exposed to are not only interesting, but they allowed me to grow and expand creatively in ways that would not otherwise be possible.

The other class that really helped me grow was the Photographic Portfolio class. This was the final class that I took and I feel like it brought me full circle. The structure of the classes forces you to focus on one specific genre while creating a cohesive portfolio. I focused on Black and White Urban Landscape for the portfolio and was really able to fine-tune my skills. The instructor, David Daigle, is extremely detail oriented (every pixel matters) and this enabled me to better critique my own photos both compositionally and during post-processing. I learned an enormous amount in this class.

Where do you hope to take your practice in the future?

I plan to continue working on urban landscape photography while studying what the pioneers in the field, such as Julius Schulman, created.  The UCLA extension courses helped me find my voice artistically in this area and I will continue to refine that through various projects. I have also started setting up a home studio and am excited about the opportunities that it will enable.

What are you working on right now?

I have a few projects that I am currently working on. One is a continuation of a project that I did for my Documentary and Landscape Photography class where I look at the public/private school divide in Pasadena through photography. I am also working capturing more buildings throughout Los Angeles and soon I am going to Europe for a vacation in order to get some new subject matter.

ASMP Talk on Freelancing with Todd Bigelow

Instructor Todd Bigelow, who leads our Business of Photography workshop, will be giving a virtual interview with ASMP on being a freelance photographer.

ASMP Talk: Freelancing with Todd Bigelow – Tuesday, February 21st @ 11amPT/2pmET

Join ASMP Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, in a virtual interview with LA-based freelance photographer, Todd Bigelow, to discuss the many issues – building a portfolio, making client connections, licensing, protecting your works – facing freelance photographers in today’s fast-paced, tumultuous times. Following the one-on-one interview, Tom will open up the discussion with Todd to include a Q&A with webinar attendees. You can register here: https://www.asmp.org/webinars/strictly-business-webinar-february-21st-freelancing-todd-bigelow/. 

Los Angeles based freelance photographer Todd Bigelow has handled assignment work for more than twenty-five years for some of the world’s leading publications, non-profits and corporations including Sports Illustrated, National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian, Time, ESPN.com, Newsweek, People, The NY Times Magazine, Costco, Target, The James Irvine Foundation and others. While at the LA Times he contributed to two team Pulitzer Prizes for coverage of the LA Riots and Northridge Earthquake. Portions of his long term project documenting immigration have been exhibited internationally and several images reside in the permanent collection at the California Museum of Photography and the Oakland Museum of California.  His workshop, The Business of Photography, is offered by leading universities, professional photography organizations and photography conferences around the country and has been named three times as a “fantastic” and “inspiring” workshop by Photoshelter.  Todd also teaches photography and photojournalism courses at California State University-Northridge and UCLA Extension.

Spring Quarter Getty Design Studio Placement

Work done by previous DCA intern, Naomi Hotta

Work done by previous appointee, Naomi Hotta

Applications due Sunday, March 12th.

THE WORK
The student will partner with a lead designer to develop graphic design solutions for various print ephemera connected with the Getty, including Education and Performing Arts. Work will involve collaborations with internal clients, production and web staff to coordinate deliverables. The Design Studio is a fast-paced, deadline-driven, creative environment that develops high quality design solutions.

THE SITUATION
The Design Studio at the Getty will offer a fully set-up MAC workstation for the successful student candidate. Work must be carried out at the Getty Center Design Studio.  The position is 12 hours per week, with preference for 2 six hour days (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 8:30 – 3:30 with 1 hour lunch break).

PAG 39-40

Getty Center

QUALIFICATIONS
• Working knowledge of InDesign and other Adobe CC programs.
• Ability to generate a design solution quickly and carry it through to completion.
• Strong communication skills.
• DCA certificate candidate.

APPLY
Send your resume, cover letter and three work samples to dca@uclaextension.edu by Sunday, March 12th.

Kate is on maternity leave, but another advisor would be happy to review your resume and/or sample work if you’d like to make an advising appt. before the deadline by calling 310-206-1422.

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