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Design Foundation is an interdisciplinary program of introductory courses shared by the Animation, Fashion Design, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, and Interior Architecture Departments. Entry-level students are introduced to an appreciation of the visual arts processes shared across the art and design disciplines and are provided with a basis of study and skills to successfully continue their education within a specific major.

Design Foundation goals and learning outcomes are designed to gain a visual literacy and mastery of basic methods and techniques common to all the art and design disciplines; and, in that process, gain critical thinking skills that can be applied to design analysis and intellectual processes. Each student is encouraged to develop their own creative concepts for design problem solving in this challenging environment and to develop and maintain a commitment in energy, focus, and time management leading to the completion of successful projects. Many of the assignments have research or conceptual writing requirements and process work leading to future design development; but most importantly, we seek to sustain and expand on the passion and interest in the visual arts that students bring with them to the University.

The four designated Design Foundation courses are imbedded in the design majors and include FOUN 101 Beginning Drawing, FOUN 102 Design and Color Elements 1, FOUN 103 Design and Color Elements 2, and FOUN 104 Drawing & Composition. The intention is to provide an introduction to basic drawing skills, elements and principles of design, and the visual practices and understanding of color theory as they are applied to a broad understanding of art and design. The courses parallel and support the introductory studios of the design majors.

Design Foundation faculty have varied professional and educational experience in the visual arts and design professions. They engage students with a broad spectrum of viewpoints and expertise that prepares them to continue study within their major but also exposes them to ideas and methods based in other disciplines. This interdisciplinary experience creates awareness and appreciation not only for the similarities that the art and design professions share but also the unique differences that set them apart.


Woodbury University considers study abroad to be one of the most significant educational experiences available. The global perspective it engenders has become a critical ingredient of lifelong success no matter how it is measured. Just as we try to erase the limits to thought and creativity in our courses, we must, in some circumstances, move ourselves past our city limits and national borders.

Faculty members typically bring an entire class of students abroad to study a particular question or phenomenon that cannot be fully comprehended otherwise.  Each major has developed unique study abroad solutions that effectively synchronize with their program learning outcomes.

MCD is also affiliated with select universities around the world based on a careful study of their institutional vision and educational philosophy. We look for partners who are preeminent in single fields or have a broad mix of majors that resonate with our own. Various majors offer summer study abroad programs exploring the areas of design and culture. Woodbury also hosts international students, which promotes a vibrant cross-cultural discourse.


Communication Study Abroad
Netherlands

Communication students recently traveled to the Netherlands to participate in an intensive seminar on the European Union (EU) hosted by Hanze University. Through daily lectures by renowned content experts, they gained insights into the many different communication and cultural practices of the 28 EU member nations. Visits to the global corporate headquarters of several Dutch and German companies in Amsterdam and Bremen provided real-world examples of the many ways intercultural competency can enhance business operations and aid in the identification of market-entry strategies for cross-border trade. Students left with a greater appreciation for communication as a vital field of study in an increasingly globalized world.


Fashion Design Study Abroad
London, Paris, Belgium

The Fashion Design program has a direct exchange program with the University of the West of England in Bristol, and also participates with American Intercontinental University in study abroad in London and Paris. Recently a group of fashion design students and faculty made a trip that included visits to England (London and Bath), France (Paris and Versailles), and Belgium (Brussels and Antwerp). Fashion Design students have also done semester abroad in Florence, Italy. The international study courses alternate with study trips to New York City.


Graphic Design Study Abroad
London, Paris

In the course, London: A Visual/Culture Experience, students researched, observed and immersed themselves in the art and culture of London through site visits, discussions, workshops, mapping, and the pure adventure of being in, and visually exploring, the city. The study was designed to merge photography, letterpress, journaling, and bookmaking techniques with the cultural experience of the city.

Check out their blog. http://londonteaparty.blogspot.com/ In ne.xt year’s summer study abroad course, students will have the opportunity to explore Paris through a visual/culture experience.

 


Our location in the hub of Southern California’s entertainment, fashion, and advertising industries provides students with unique internship opportunities. Internships provide an important bridge between a student’s major course of study and the career options most strongly related to it. By providing a real-world context, they help to frame the theory, knowledge, and practice found in academic disciplines. We encourage the use of internships as a way to particularize the educational experience in the belief that no two students will benefit the same way from the same internship. Faculty advisors in the school work closely with students to find internship opportunities that match their aspirations. Sponsoring companies have included:

  • Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
  • Adolfo Sanchez
  • Advertising Club of Los Angeles
  • Apparel News
  • April Greiman, Inc.
  • Autry Museum of Western Heritage
  • BCBG
  • Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • Cartoon Network
  • DreamWorks
  • Ed Hardy
  • Eduardo Lucero
  • Film Roman
  • Getty Center Communications Dept.
  • Grey Advertising
  • Guess
  • Jeremy Scott
  • Jim Henson Studios
  • Lagrant Communications
  • Maverick Recording Company
  • MTV Networks
  • Nickelodeon
  • Nickelodeon Animation Studio
  • Rhino Entertainment
  • Sugar
  • Technicolor Digital
  • The WB Television Network
  • Twentieth Century Fox
  • Twentieth Century Fox, Movietone Film
  • Universal Studios
  • Universal Studios, Consumer Products Group
  • Walt Disney Company/Disney Online
  • Walt Disney Feature Animation
  • Walt Disney Imagineering
  • Walt Disney Internet Group
  • Warner Bros. Animation

Summer Program 

High school students going into their junior or senior year are eligible to take an introductory Woodbury University course and earn college credit units for $250.00.

Every summer, the academic departments in MCD offer a variety of for-credit introductory college classes to high school students in the area.  These classes provide a glimpse of what might be experienced in college should a student pursue a selected area of interest. Choose from five introductory courses listed below and see if the future profession of your dreams in right for you.  These classes are being offered at a minimal tuition charge of $250.00 per class, although fees may be incurred for materials, field trips, or other purposes.  

We hope to see you soon!

 

Animation

ANIM 17xx

Introduction to Animation Production Techniques

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Animation

ANIM 17xx Introduction to Animation Production Techniques

An introductory course to familiarize students with various animation production techniques, including but not limited to, traditional hand drawn animation, stop motion animation and computer generated animation. Students will view films showing various production techniques and produce a short project in one or more styles. 2 unit studio.
Associated Fees: Tuition for the class is $250.00 which includes on-campus parking pass.
Summer 2014
Seven weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, July 24, 2014  
Tuesday/Thursday 10:00am-12:00pm (Lunch Break) 12:45pm-2:15pm

 


For more information, please contact Kelly Nittoli - Coordinator of Special Programs at 818.252.5228 

Click here to register today! Space is limited.

 


Communication

COMM 120

Public Speaking  

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Communication

COMM 120 Public Speaking  

A study of the oral presentation of ideas and feelings that blend contemporary communication theory with traditional approaches to public address. Provides experience in public speaking, interpersonal communica¬tion, and critical listening skills. 3 unit lecture.
Associated Fees: Tuition for the class is $250.00 which includes on-campus parking pass.
Summer 2014
Seven weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, July 24, 2014  
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm


For more information, please contact Kelly Nittoli - Coordinator of Special Programs at 818.252.5228

Click here to register today!  Space is limited


Fashion Design

FDES 17xx

Fashion Fundamentals

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Fashion Design

FDES 17xx Fashion Fundamentals

This course provides beginning fashion students with an overview of the fashion and costume/entertainment industries. Essential core skills will be introduced including design process, illustration, construction, and digital techniques. Students will also start their own Tumblr blog and have opportunities to meet successful designers. 
2 unit studio.
Associated Fees: Tuition for the class is $250.00 which includes on-campus parking pass.
Summer 2014
Seven weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, July 24, 2014  
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am-12:30pm

 

 


For more information, please contact Kelly Nittoli - Coordinator of Special Programs at 818-252-5228

Click here to register today!  Space is limited.


Filmmaking

FILM 17xx

Introduction to Production

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Filmmaking

FILM 17xx Introduction to Production

 

This class will explore digital film and TV production.  Students will learn how to use the equipment, plan a production, shoot, and edit.  Using the events on campus during the summer, students will make Electronic News Kits (ENK), learn how to plan, shoot and edit a promo, and perhaps even produce a short documentary. 2 unit studio.
Associated Fees: Tuition for the class is $250.00 which includes on-campus parking pass.
Summer 2014
Seven weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, July 24, 2014  
Tuesday/Thursday 9:00am-12:30pm
 

 


For more information, please contact Kelly Nittoli, Coordinator of Special Programs at 818-252-5228

Click here to register today!  Space is limited.


Game Art & Design

GAME 17xx

Introduction to Game Design

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Game Art & Design

GAME 17xx Introduction to Game Design

An introduction to the study & practice of video game design.  What makes a game “a game”?  Why do people play?  We will play and examine games old and new, digital and non-digital.  Games will be broken down into structural elements and discussed.  Topics include the creation of play mechanics, player objectives, rule-set unambiguity, game flow, use of shape and color, scoring systems, and what it means to be a game designer.  Students will design their own original games that will be play-tested and group critiqued in class.  2 unit studio.
Associated Fees: Tuition for the class is $250.00 which includes on-campus parking pass.
Summer 2014
Seven weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, July 24, 2014  
Tuesday/Thursday 10:00am-1:30pm

 


Questions?  Please contact Kelly Nittoli, Coordinator of Special Programs at kelly.dodge@woodbury.edu or 818-252-5228

Click here to register today!  Space is limited.


Graphic Design

GDES 17xx

Introduction to Graphic Design

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Graphic Design

GDES 17xx Introduction to Graphic Design

An introductory course in the fundamentals of graphic design, and exploration of opportunities in the field. Emphasis on the design development process including research, concept, and execution of visual communication topics. Students will become familiar with digital tools and terminology, basic typographic conventions, and concept sketching.  2 unit studio. 
Associated Fees: Tuition for the class is $250.00 which includes on-campus parking pass.
Summer 2014
Seven weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, July 24, 2014  
Tuesday/Thursday 1:30pm-5:00pm
 


For more information, please call Kelly Nittoli - Coordinator of Special Programs at 818-252-5228

Click here to register today!  Space is limited.


Media Technology

TECH 17xx

Programming Fundamentals

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Media Technology

TECH 17xx Programming Fundamentals

An introduction to the core concepts and approaches in computer programming, with an emphasis on hands-on creative projects.  Using open-source software and hardware, students will learn to read and write code, interface with the world around them, and create their own original technology project.  The course will explore the contemporary technology landscape and provide opportunities to meet successful tech entrepreneurs working in Los Angeles. 2 unit studio.
Associated Fees: Tuition for the class is $250.00 which includes on-campus parking pass.
Summer 2014
Seven weeks, beginning Monday, June 9 to Wednesday, July 23, 2014  
Monday/Wednesday 1:30pm-5:00pm


Questions?  Please contact Kelly Nittoli, Coordinator of Special Programs at kelly.dodge@woodbury.edu or 818-252-5228 

Click here to register today!  Space is limited.


Psychology

PSYC 200

Introduction to Psychology

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Psychology

PSYC 200 Introduction to Psychology

Most of us have wondered why people do the things they do. This course will provide you with an introduction to psychology, the science of human thought and behavior. In this class we will explore and apply concepts such as learning, memory, perception, social influence and psychological disorders. Students will be challenged to apply their understanding of the concepts to real-world experiences and events. 3 unit lecture.
Associated Fees: Tuition for the class is $250.00 which includes on-campus parking pass.
Summer 2014
Seven weeks, beginning Tuesday, June 10 to Thursday, July 23, 2014 
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 1:30pm-5:00pm


For more information, please contact Kelly Nittoli - Coordinator of Special Programs at 818.252.5228

Click here to register today!  Space is limited