Continuing Education

Continuing Education at Delaware College of Art and Design is dedicated to providing opportunities for inspired teens and adults to realize their artistic potential in an engaging environment.

DCAD invites you to join a community of aspiring and professional artists and designers who are committed to a lifetime of learning through dynamic courses that foster personal and professional growth. DCAD delivers challenging and inspiring courses, the convenience of a downtown Wilmington location, the flexibility of an evening or weekend schedule and personalized, small classes conducted by an engaging and supportive faculty of working artists and design professionals – all focused on your success.

Continuing Education classes and workshops are open to the community and are perfect for:

  • High school students who wish to build their portfolios
  • New or current artists interested in learning new techniques and working in new media
  • Professionals who wish to accelerate their careers by adding new creative and technical skills
  • Non-degree seeking students who value the flexibility of evening and weekend classes

View courses offered within a particular discipline below or email our staff to find out more about the many opportunities to enhance your career, artistic abilities and lifestyle through Continuing Education at DCAD.

2019 summer courses
  • Fine Arts

    The Mysteries of Color and Color Relationships: Josef Albers’ Studies of Color Interaction
    COURSE ID: FA0283
    Instructor: Connie Simon
    ONE SESSION: Saturday, June 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.*
    *participating students should plan to bring a bag lunch or snack
    This one-day workshop will challenge artists and designers to deepen their understanding and application of color theory and color relationships. Through focused examination of Josef Albers’ influential 20th-century book Interaction of Color, students will unlock the deep mysteries of color and explore how color interaction and perception evolve when seen and used in varying combinations.
    Tuition: $50 for new students or $47.50 for returning students.
    Lab/Materials Fee: $25
    Materials to Bring to Class: X-acto knife with fresh blades, scissors, metal ruler, pencil/eraser, rubber cement, rubber cement pick up or kneaded eraser, cutting mat (optional).
    Register Here

  • Jewelry Design

    Metal Manipulation
    COURSE ID: JD0028
    Instructor: Pat Rosenberger
    ONE SESSION: Thursday, June 13, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Working with a variety of metals, students will learn to saw, dome, channel and use a disc cutter. Pieces will be embellished with texturing and heat. Students will have time to complete several pieces.
    Tuition: $45 for new students, $40.50 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $15
    Register Here

     

    The Art of Bezel
    COURSE ID: JD0046
    Instructor: Pat Rosenberger
    ONE SESSION: Thursday, June 20, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Interested in creating your own ring, from start to finish? This workshop will teach students the basics of silver soldering using a plumber’s torch, available at any hardware store. Students will learn how to create and set bezels, as well as the process of attaching them to a ring. Raw materials will be provided, including cabochons and silver or copper.
    Tuition: $65 for new students, $58.50 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $25
    Register Here

     

    Spinner Ring
    COURSE ID: JD0044
    Instructor: Pat Rosenberger
    ONE SESSION: Thursday, July 11, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Whether called “spinner rings,” “meditation rings,” “worry rings” or “fidget rings,” these wide silver or copper bands feature multiple smaller bands that sit on top and can spin. Students will work with soldering and texturing to create this fascinating and fun piece of jewelry.
    Tuition: $45 for new students, $40.50 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $20
    Register Here
     

    Leather and Metal
    COURSE ID: JD0047
    Instructor: Pat Rosenberger
    ONE SESSION: Thursday, July 25, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Students will learn how to handle, cut and stamp leather while learning the basics of metal jewelry work. They will then combine these pieces into a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.
    Tuition: $45 for new students, $40.50 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $15
    Register Here

  • Photography

    Introduction to Black & White Photography
    COURSE ID: PH0037
    Instructor: Dave Norbut
    SIX SESSIONS: Tuesdays, July 9 to August 13, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Learn the fundamentals of black-and-white photography using a 35mm camera in a state-of-the-art laboratory setting. Students will learn to expose and develop film and contact prints, including enlarging, finishing and manipulating images. Group and individual critiques will focus on composition and design. No experience required, but students must bring a 35mm camera with manual controls.
    Tuition: $250 for new students, $225 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35
    Register Here

     

  • Web & Graphic Design

    Adobe Photoshop I: Beginning Photoshop – Mac
    COURSE ID: GD0057
    Instructor: Rob Whitehead
    SIX SESSIONS: Mondays, June 3 to July 8, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    This course introduces the new user to Photoshop, the most widely used image-processing and
    image-manipulation application for the desktop. Students will explore this program’s painting,
    color-correction and retouching tools and the relationship between image capture, resolution and output quality. Basic Mac competency required.
    Tuition: $300 for new students, $270 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35
    Register Here

     

    Logo Design with Vector Graphics: Beginning Illustrator
    COURSE ID: GD0041
    Instructor: Jason Olney
    SIX SESSIONS: Wednesdays, June 5 to July 10, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    One of the backbones of modern graphic design and electronic publishing, Illustrator is the leading vector-based illustration software. This course instructs the beginning student in typical uses in today’s design and publishing environment, covering basic drawing, tracing and typographic techniques. Mac competency required.
    Tuition: $300 for new students, $270 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35
    Register Here

     

    Adobe Animate CC II
    COURSE ID: AN0057

    Instructor: Charley Parker
    SIX SESSIONS: Wednesdays, June 5 to July 17, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    Students will learn more sophisticated animation techniques and interactive design for websites and create an interactive HTML5 motion graphics presentation that responds to user input. The class will include more advanced use of Animate’s vector graphics tools and creation of easily editable animated GIFs. Topics will include publishing HTML5 animations and interactive elements that responsively resize for play across desktops and mobile devices with varying screen sizes. Prerequisite: Adobe Animate CC I.
    Tuition: $300 for new students, $270 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35
    Register Here

     

    Introduction to Graphic Design for Web and Print
    COURSE ID: GD0077
    Instructor: Joy Smoker
    TWELVE SESSIONS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, July 16 to August 22, 6 to 9:15 p.m.
    This course includes an overview of page layout, vector-based illustration and pixel-based digital imaging software. Publishing techniques, rough composition skills, concept development and typography basics will be introduced and shown in real-world applications. Mac competency required.
    Tuition: $490 for new students, $441 for returning students
    Lab/Materials Fee: $35
    Register Here

  • Instructors

    DAVE NORBUT
    AFA, Delaware College of Art and Design. David is a portrait and music photographer with an intense passion for shooting street and documentary work. His photographs have been published by The Guardian, The New York Times and The Huffington Post and have been exhibited in galleries around the globe. His website is www.davidnorbut.com.

    JASON OLNEY
    BFA, University of the Arts; certificate, Delaware College of Art and Design. Jason is a freelance designer, illustrator and photo retoucher who is fluent in both Mac and PC. His website is www.jasonolney.com.

    CHARLEY PARKER
    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Charley is a cartoonist, illustrator and web designer. He produces the award-winning online comic “Argon Zark!” and works for a variety of agencies in web development. His website is www.cparkerdesign.com.

    PAT ROSENBERGER
    Pat has been an exhibiting artist for more than 20 years, currently using silversmithing techniques to work in silver, copper and brass. She has taught adult classes at various institutions, including the Stifel Fine Arts Center, The Steubenville Center for Arts and Jefferson Community College.

    CONNIE SIMON
    MFA, Syracuse University; BFA, Cleveland Institute of Art. Connie has been a member of the DCAD Fine Arts/Foundations degree program faculty for 21 years and is a 1994 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship recipient. Venues hosting recent exhibitions of her gouache paintings have included the Delaware Art Museum and the Delaware Division of the Arts Mezzanine Gallery, and one of her pieces is in the permanent collection of the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College. Connie’s paintings and drawings have been featured in numerous periodicals, and her work appears in the 2012 edition of the textbook Color: A Workshop for Artists and Designers, which is used at DCAD and in many other collegiate color courses.

    JOY SMOKER
    BFA, Pratt Institute; AFA in graphic design, Delaware College of Art and Design. Joy is the art director for the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware and also is a budding metalsmith. Her websites are www.joysmoker.com and www.arcusatelier.com.

    ROB WHITEHEAD
    Rob is a web designer and web publisher with extensive experience in photography, pre-press and imaging technology. He owned and operated Colourworks Photo Lab.

     

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