Fall courses start soon!

Digital Photo I work by Jonathan Wilson

The Fall 2013 Continuing Education term begins on Monday, September 30th!  Spaces in popular classes are filling up and we are eager to have you join us. Whether you are looking for professional development courses, a full certificate towards a new career, or personal enrichment to stay creative and engaged in the world, we have lots of exciting options for you. Our students are bright and eager and are led by a faculty of industry leaders in art and design.  See the full brochure here.

Here are a just few highlights that I recommend:

 

Visual Identity Design Project by Melissa Smith

 

Create your now at our Info Session Sept 11!

Join us to learn more about our Continuing Education certificate programs and personal enrichment courses offered this fall at the University of the Arts.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Terra Hall – 211 S. Broad Street (near Broad + Walnut) 9th Floor, Room 905

There are two brief overview presentations:  one at 5:45 pm and repeated again at 6:30 pm – come when it is most convenient for you!

  • Take the first step in learning about Continuing Education courses and certificate programs.
  • Understand the curriculum
  • Meet members of our faculty of industry professionals
  • Meet current certificate students
  • Ask questions
  • Learn about featured benefits
  • Enjoy light refreshments

Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one new Fall 2013 CE course. (New students only. No retroactive refunds will be given.)

Need Directions? Go to: http://cs.uarts.edu/campus-map-directions

Note: We do not have a UArts parking garage or designated parking for this event.

 

http://cs.uarts.edu/events/2013/09/11/ce-fall-information-session-5-30-7-00-pm

 

Continuing Education Summer Term – Begins May 30

There’s just a few weeks until our summer 2013 term begins — and there is still time to register for a class to inspire you, improve your skills, build your portfolio, prepare you for a new career and more.

Continuing Education at the University of the Arts offers credit and non-credit courses, workshops and certificate programs designed to anticipate and meet the changing professional, academic and lifelong learning needs of individuals in the greater Philadelphia region.

Contact us if you have any questions or want to schedule an advising session — ce@uarts.edu or call 215.717.6095.  Now is the time to do it!

 

Learn more at our Info Session – Tue May 7

Join us on Tuesday, May 7 (5:30 – 7 pm) to learn more about our certificates and courses offered this summer.


Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:30pm provide the opportunity to hear a general overview about the many certificate programs and classes available – then meet faculty and current students, enjoy refreshments and get your questions answered. New students who attend the Info Session receive a 10% tuition discount off their first summer course.


We provide high-quality courses in digital technology, art + design, photography, writing, music + movement,  and more!  If you are thinking about a career change, developing a portfolio, moving up within your company, exploring a new media, or learning an instrument, we have options to suit many types of students.

Please RSVP to ce@uarts.edu or call 215.717.6095. We look forward to meeting you!

Continuing Education Information Session – May 7

Join us on Tuesday, May 7 (5:30 – 7:00pm) to learn more about our certificates and courses offered this summer.


Presentations at 5:45pm and 6:30pm provide the opportunity to hear a general overview about the many certificate programs and classes available – then meet faculty and current students, enjoy refreshments and get your questions answered. New students who attend the info session receive a 10% tuition discount off their first summer course.


We provide high quality courses in digital technology, art + design, photography, writing, music + movement,  and more!  If you are thinking about a career change, developing a portfolio, moving up within your company, exploring a new media, or learning an instrument, we have options to suit many types of students.

Please RSVP to ce@uarts.edu or call 215.717.6095. We look forward to meeting you!

Responsive Design – Talk on Apr 23

Living Responsively: Creating Websites that Work Across Devices

Tuesday, April 23:   5 pm – 9 pm

Embassy Suites Center City, 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The web has gone portable. With some estimates indicating that 20% of web traffic originates from mobile phones and tablets, you can no longer risk alienating the mobile population. But how do you design and build a future-proof website when the devices, screen-sizes and operating systems keep changing, seemingly every few months?

This non-technical presentation will discuss, in layman’s terms, best-practices approaches to creating portable, scalable websites. From concepts like fluid design, responsive design and modular design, to the implementation of effective content strategy and site architecture, they ’ll explain what you need to be aware of, pitfalls to avoid and how to get the most out of your web investment.

Philly Tech Week 2013 – April 20 – 27

Philly Tech Week is a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia.

This annual collection of events is intended to grow the impact of our innovative region through programming focused on technology, collaboration and improving Philadelphia.

Here are a few featured events – be sure to check out the full schedule!

Powering Creativity, Technology and Community
Monday, April 22: 12 – 6 pm
3848 Lancaster Avenue – a wonderful afternoon of food, fun, art, dialogue, business and music!
Refreshments at 12:45 pm

1:30 pm to 2:30 pm – Discussion on Technology, Creativity and Community, featuring Gary Steuer, Alex Hillman, Aviva Kapust, Rakia Reynolds and others

3 pm to 4 pm – Discussion on Technology, Digital Arts and Entrepreneurship, featuring Curran Swint, Johny Rabbit, Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, DJ Phsh and others

Reception at 4 pm

4 pm to 6 pm – PEC Youth activities including Comcast Digital Connectors and Teen Technology Networks. Music, prizes and giveaways sponsored by VILLA, with a special guest appearance by the artist FREEWAY

 

“Geek Out” First Person Arts Story Slam
Tuesday, April 23: 7 pm – 9 pm
L’Etage, 624 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Come tell your personal five-minute story inspired with the theme of “Geek Out.”  Regular admission tickets to StorySlams at L’Etage are only available at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm. The Slam starts at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 or $8 for First Person Arts members. At a typical Slam, doors open at 7:30 pm and usually these prime seats are gone by 7:35 pm!

 

 

“Developing Philly” World Premiere

Wednesday, Apr 24: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Venturef0rth, 417 N. 8th St., Philadelphia, PA 19123

Developing Philly Still

Check out the first two episodes of the upcoming web series about the rise of the Philadelphia innovation community, Developing Philly. Stick around for Q & A with co-producers David Thomas and Maurice Gaston with special guests Elliot Menschik and Meredith Broussard.

And many more talks, events, panels, workshops and more – including themes in technology such as:  access/policy, arts/creative, media/transparency, entrepreneurship, design and development.

Designing for Users – Apr 23

Useful, Usable + Desirable: Designing for Users – lecture as part of Philly Tech Week

Tuesday, April 23: 12 pm – 1:30 pm

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce G. Fred DiBona Jr.
200 South Broad St, #700, Philadelphia, PA 19102

JessicaIvins

Useful, Usable + Desirable: Designing for Users, presented by Jessica Ivins, Sr. UX Specialist at AWeber

This session will explore the fundamentals of user experience. Explore industry best practices and examples of websites that solve real problems for real people. There are many tools and disciplines within user experience, from content strategy to information architecture to user research. By understanding these tools and when to use them, and by understanding the context of each design problem we are faced with, begin to understand how to utilize design thinking and creating user experiences that are useful, usable and desirable.

Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) – Street Fair April 27

On a beautiful day in 2011, I took one of my typical strolls in the city, enjoying spring, planning to meet up with friends at the first PIFA street festival. I wasn’t sure what to expect; I assumed this would be much like other street festivals, which I love, but I was extremely impressed at the incredible style and elegance of the PIFA fest – and still loads of fun, too. The highlight were those incredible acrobats playing bells dangling above Broad Street – it was ethereal, athletic, surreal, beautiful, mesmerizing. The 2011 PIFA street fair drew thousands and great crowds are expected to this year’s event on April 27.  I can’t wait to be surprised and delighted yet again.

PIFA 2011 Street Fair (image courtesy of Kimmel Center/PIFA)

Though the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts has just begun, everyone is anticipating the blockbuster daylong Street Fair set to close out the festival in a big way  – Saturday, April 27 on Broad Street from Chestnut to South streets, 11 am to 7 pm.

This free fair will transform the Avenue of the Arts with an eight-hour extravaganza of non-stop festivities ranging from street musicians and performers to food vendors and exhibitors.

The majestic performers suspended above Broad at the last PIFA street fest. (Images courtesy of the Kimmel Center)

This year’s entertainment lineup will include classic carnival rides like a Ferris Wheel and Galleon, a number of grassy areas, a petting zoo, jungle gyms and tons more family-friendly activities. Plus, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will be open all day with food and drinks by Garces Catering and free performances in Time Travel Plaza.

Check out the interactive time machine installation, concerts throughout the day on the just-for-PIFA plaza stage and, at 7 pm, watch for the newly commissioned Flash of Time musical, set in and around the time machine.

If the 2011 fair is any indication, thousands will turn out for this lively affair. See you there!

PIFA Street Fair
When: Saturday, April 27, 11 am – 7 pm
Where: Broad Street from Chestnut to South Streets
Cost: Free
More info: pifa.org

Behind the Pantone Chip

Understanding color is one of the most important tools an artist and designer has to communicate. Grasping the nuances of color and finding the exact match becomes so very critical to sharing your vision with a larger group. All of us turn to our pantone chips to get the exactness we crave and these pantone chips become our shared, universal language. But where did the pantone system come from? In a recent New York Times article, as part of their “Who Made That” series, they go behind the pantone chip.

From the New York Times Magazine (Feb 22, 2013)

From the New York Times, Feb 22, 2013, “Lawrence Herbert drove to work in a blue Cadillac with cherry red seats, he mulled over a problem: How to create a ‘universal language’ of color. Herbert, the owner of the Pantone printing company, had just produced a retail display card that helped shoppers choose pantyhose. He had to hand-mix the subtle beiges of each swatch, because it was so difficult to buy the exact shade he wanted from an ink manufacturer.”  Read more here.