Year after year MCAD offers highly regarded art-and-design programming for adults taught by professional working artists. Classes are offered evenings, weekends, or online.
Summer classes will open for registration on May 1.
Looking for other types of classes? Browse the full list of CE Classes.
Many adult classes are open to students ages 16 and above.
See. Examine. Draw. Explore the microscopic world of plants and insects from direct observation through a lens and from rich, scientific, online databases of digitally captured magnifications.
Throughout the year, Continuing Education sponsors the Figure Drawing Co-op, open drawing sessions for anyone interested in drawing from the live nude model.
This class introduces individuals with little or no design background to the graphic design practice.
This introductory class is tailored to those who have never painted or have not used oil paints before and who are ready to take the plunge.
In this course students critically examine the cultural meanings of representations of the body in art and visual culture.
Learn the foundations of metalworking and welding.
Collectively examine the concept of abstraction in art while working through a variety of approaches to abstract painting in oils.
This course introduces students to methods, techniques, and formal critique and analysis to effectively communicate visually through illustration.
Screenprinting is a direct printmaking technique that builds images from layers of color and can be used to create everything from custom silkscreened T-shirts to one-of-a-kind posters and fine art prints.
Learn to work with watercolors from observation, photographs, and imagination to create translucent works using this versatile medium.
Over the years the Procreate app has become more and more sophisticated and an industry standard for digital illustration and graphic design.
Understand the basics of search engines and digital marketing and how to apply strategies effectively to have a noticeable impact on a business or organization's success.
Explore the art of letterpress printing in this hands-on class.
Learn the essentials of landscape painting while enjoying all that summer has to offer.
Trace monotype is all about exploring and celebrating the line. It's an ideal form for those interested in drawing or sketching, hand printing, or experimental calligraphy.
Dive deeply into a project brief through the process of research, design, and prototyping.
This class, designed for those interested in hand-lettering, teaches the basics of modern calligraphy: writing posture, ink control, and composition.
Learn how to build a clamshell portfolio box, suitable for the presentation and storage of photographs, prints, books, or drawings.
This workshop is designed for art educators that are looking to step deeper into the painting process and venture into a naturalistic way of painting, while acquiring curriculum ideas for the classroom.
Produce prints in MCAD's beautiful and expansive printmaking studio while devoting studio time to technical investigation and personal exploration.
Adobe After Effects is one of the world’s leading programs for motion graphics, animation, and video production. Learn the essentials of the software regardless of previous experience.
Examine the genre of portraiture as an introduction to multiple and varied ways to approach the portrait in the studio.
Digital drawing software has made repeat surface design more accessible to artists and designers from all backgrounds.
This workshop is designed to help students think differently about the ideation process in a welcoming environment, where failure is celebrated and dialogue sparks innovation.
Discover a personal means of depicting the figure with accuracy, sensitivity, and expression.
This workshop will explore the creative possibilities of digital painting techniques inspired by traditional painting approaches and processes. Digital painting setup may include a computer with a graphic tablet, drawing tablet or drawing monitor and stylus or pressure sensitive pen.
This workshop is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art educator who wants to expand the way they think about drawing.
This workshop will focus on the creative possibilities of photography, including traditional and non-traditional methods.
Gain tools to enhance storytelling within figurative painting.
At school, we learn to read and write - yet practicing and attuning to how we listen is rarely explicitly learned, much less practiced. Active listening can help creatives in their journey to better design and connect with the teams, communities, and individuals with whom they collaborate.
Through projects, discussions, and lectures, students acquire a thorough understanding of all aspects of digital illustration.
Polymergravure is a non-toxic, faster, and environmentally friendlier alternative to the traditional copperplate photogravure process.
This workshop is geared towards adventurous individuals eager to explore new creative terrain and the art educator who wants to expand the way they think about drawing and mixed media.
The graphic memoir is a specific type of illustrated narrative designed to share a personal story.
Enter the world of infographics and learn about the growing field of information design.
Monotypes offer the artist the spontaneity of painting combined with the structure and deliberation of printmaking. The process is exciting for everyone from beginners to experienced artists.
Lighting is a key part of any creative endeavor, from image-makers to production directors. Many creative professionals are confused or intimidated by lighting and may become overly reliant on a handful of lighting setups. A thorough understanding of lighting principles and how images are lit is key to creating effective imagery.
In this course, students build on their understanding of HTML, and use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to create well-crafted web pages.
Spend time at different locales around Minneapolis to draw on-site, in unique and inspiring locations.
Explore the basics of linocut carving, relief printing and color reduction printing.
Oftentimes, our desire to be thoughtful and inclusive leaders in projects is compromised by project scopes, budgets, lack of support or decision-making power, habits, and our own hidden biases.
Experimental animation is designed to expand the boundaries of traditional animation, encourage students to broaden their visual vocabulary, and engender a playful and exploratory approach to time-based media making.
In this introductory workshop learn the basics of creating illustrated letterforms and simple but effective typographic composition.
In this fun and exciting workshop, use plant materials as stencils to create stunning one-of-a-kind images.
In the User Experience (UX) Design Basics Workshop, explore user experience in the digital and physical design worlds.
In this foundational course students are introduced to hands-on and holistic approaches to sustainability.
Innovation is applied creativity. Designers need to know personal practice, innovation techniques, and how to implement their ideas. This course teaches all three techniques through a combination of reflection, focused exercise, and the creation of plans.
We are transitioning from the age of design for the part to the age of design for the whole.
This course introduces the fundamental language of the web: HyperText Markup Language (HTML).
This is the second course in the Web Development course series. In this course, students build on their understanding of HTML, and use Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to create well crafted web pages.
This is the third course in the Web Development course series. Students build towards professional-grade front-end web development.
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