Non-Credit and Certificate Programs
These classes are held at the Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension located at 27 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY. Call 914-606-7300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register. Software versions are subject to change.
These courses are for ages 18 and up unless otherwise noted and are offered through the Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension
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Fall 2022 Schedule
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Interactive Design & Digital Arts
- 3D Animation Certificate
- Advanced Digital Photography
- Digital Photography Certificate
- Mixed Reality (XR) Certificate
- Social Media Specialist Certificate
- User Experience Design (UX) Certificate
- Web Design Certificate
- NEW! Get Adobe Certified in Photoshop and Illustrator (ACP)
Open Studios Access Package – IN-PERSON
The Center for the Digital Arts at SUNY Westchester Peekskill is an artist’s space and a friendly environment in which to work. The Center hosts five Apple post-production studios including two video labs, an animation studio including ZBrush, and facilities for other digital projects. The studio also offers large format and 3D MakerBot printers for use by artists enrolled in this program. This package is for the professional or aspiring artist with competent computer skills who wants to continue to develop a portfolio and use the Center’s resources. Note: Interview with Technical Support Manager required; choose daily access or package fee.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill:
CE-DGART 2003PE, Jan. 23-May. 6, M/T/W/Th, 9:00 am-9:00 pm and F/Sa, 9:00 am-4:00 pm Package Fee $347.
CE-DGART 2050PE, Daily Fee $32 per day.
3D Modeling and Printing for Adults 12 Hrs – IN-PERSON
Explore new technology that enables the design of everything from car parts to jewelry. Use a free software package, TinkerCAD, to create 3D forms that you can realize through 3D printing. Learn block coding to animate your 3D models. Our MakerBot studio is equipped with multiple 3D printers, and an array of filament colors. This class will be in person.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-DGART 2069PE, 6 Sat., Feb. 25-
Apr. 1, 12 noon-2:00 pm $181 (+ $50 materials fee). #20302
NEW! 2D and 3D Game Development with Unity for Adults 25 Hrs
This course provides students with animation techniques using a modern professional game engine and computer graphics soft-ware. Students will cover the principles of 2D and 3D animation and its use in game design. Topics include 2D sprite animation, 3D skeletal animation, particle systems, physics in animation, and creating programmatic animations.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-DGART 2128PE, 10 Thurs., Feb. 16-Apr.20, 6:30-8:30 pm. $350 #20299
Adobe Photoshop CC in 24 Hrs – REMOTE
Learn to use the latest version of Photoshop with time management features and enhancements for digital painting/drawing and web and video creation. This training package will include imaging formats, use of Photoshop in computer imaging, and output for the web. No previous experience with Photoshop necessary, previous computer experience required.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-DGART 2042PE, 8 M/W, Feb. 6-Mar.6 (skip 2/20),
6:00-9:00 pm, $442. #20300
Adobe Illustrator CC in 24 Hrs – REMOTE
Learn to use this industry-standard vector image creation program for digital illustration for print and web. Includes drawing tools, Bezier curves, fonts, and use of Illustrator in graphic design. No previous experience with Illustrator necessary, previous computer experience required.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-DGART 2040PE, M/W, Mar. 27-Apr. 19, 6:00-9:00 pm $442. #20301
Design Your Brand – REMOTE
From entrepreneurs to business owners, your brand may impact your business’ success. From logos and tag lines, to storytelling and a brand strategy that positions your business at the top of your field is what you will learn in this course. Students not only learn about the basics, but also get to create a logo, brand, tag line, and more. Then they present their brand at the end of the pro-gram.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-BUS 2110PE, 4 Tues., Mar. 7-28, 6:00-9:00 pm, $197. #20303
Animation 1 – IN-PERSON
In this 6-week course, the student will gain a solid understanding of the art of animation; which can be used in any kind of moving art such as 2D animation, 3D animation, stop-motion, and motion graphics. The course will be focused on traditional animation since it provides a hands-on understanding of the basic techniques of animation. Students will learn how to determine timing and spacing of a drawing and how it affects the outcome of an animation by studying different kinds of subjects such as a bouncing ball, falling leaves, and walk-cycles. Animation 1 is for those who want to start a career in animation but is not limited to those who want to sharpen their skills or further their experience. By the end of the course, students will have created a short animation 15 to 30 seconds long.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-DGART 2107PE, 6 Sun., Feb. 19-Mar. 26, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, $419. #20308
Animation 2 – IN-PERSON
In this 6-week advanced session, students will dive deeper into what brings animation to life adding to what they have learned from Animation 1. This course will have students investigate pre-production animation techniques such as layouts and backgrounds, character design and acting, sound and special effects. As the course progresses, students will move from pre-production to post-production including editing, color and visual effects, and rendering final projects for presentation. Using the tools given to them, students will create their own short animation 15 to 30 seconds long. Prerequisite: Animation 1.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-DGART 2108PE, 6 Sun., Apr. 16-May 21, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, $419. #20309
Modern Programming Languages – IN-PERSON
In this class students will be introduced to the basic aspects of modern programming languages like Python, Java Script and Java. Students will learn problem solving, data representation, algorithm design, and object-oriented design and programming. The Py-thon programming language will be used as the means to implement programs. This course prepares students for problem analysis and solution design. Students will also discuss ethical and social issues relating to computing.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-COMP 2213PE, Sat., Feb. 4-May 13 (skip 4/8), 11:30-1:30pm, $364. #20338
Weekend Front End Coding Boot Camp – IN-PERSON
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-COMP 2172PE, 4 Sa/Su., May 13-21, 9:30 am-4:30 pm (30-minute lunch break), $305. #20339
For Youth & Teens
New! Youth Comic Illustration – IN-PERSON
This class focuses on the fundamentals of sequential storytelling in comics and graphic novels. Discover how to move stories for-ward using the power of compositional flow. Students will develop short stories, create character sheets, environments, scripts, and professional comic pages. In our journey industry-standard software will be used as well as traditional tools to design content across multiple mediums. The objective is for students to produce a portfolio piece at the professional level that can be used to se-cure freelance or industry-based opportunities. For ages 11-17. This class will have bi-weekly critiques.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-ART 2354PE, 10 Sat., Feb. 11-Apr. 29 (skip 3/11 & 4/8), 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $425. #20304
TinkerCAD for Kids 16 Hrs – IN-PERSON
TinkerCAD is a free web-based software that allows students to create 3D forms. These forms may be extruded, replicated, and com-bined to created elaborate shapes and works of art. Students will build in TinkerCAD and then output their artworks in our Mak-erspace as 3D prints. For ages 7-11.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-DGART 2112PE, 8 Sat., Feb. 25 – Apr. 29 (skip 4/8), 9:00-11:00 am, $190 (+ $50 materials fee). #20305
Teens Game Design – REMOTE
You play games on Playstation, Nintendo Switch, and your mobile devices but did you ever wonder how to build an interactive game? The gaming industry is an exciting, burgeoning field that requires both technical ability and creativity. Students will work with a game designer to construct board games, design characters, build terrains, and interactive user experiences. For ages 12-17.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-DGART 2111PE, 15 M/T/W, Feb. 27-Mar. 29, 4:00-6:00 pm, $300. #20306
Coding for Kids – IN-PERSON
Give your child the edge and have them engage in coding sequences of instructions that empower them to control robots and gam-ing interfaces. Students need to be able to write commands in the right sequences in order to communicate their instructions to oth-ers. Computer coding is what makes this possible and is a key 21st century competency for children today. Students will code sto-ries, animations, and games. For ages 7-11.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-COMP 2127PE, 8 Sat., Mar. 4-Apr. 29 (skip 4/8), 9:00-11:00 am, $190. #20307
Mural-Making for Public Exhibition – 30 Hrs
Utilizing a unifying theme inspired by the City of Peekskill’s history, multicultures, and natural environment, students enrolled in this 8-week workshop will collaboratively design, paint, and install large and small-scale murals for public exhibition at the Center for the Digital Arts. Led by NYC artist and cultural activist Alex Rojas, participants will increase their knowledge and understanding about creating meaningful visual art statements that elicit audience interaction. Students will also increase their art skills in 2D de-sign and construction; color selection, mixing, and painting application; and installing art in public places. The murals produced will be displayed in the Center upon course conclusion and an artists’ opening reception will be scheduled for the community.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-ART 2353PE, 10 Sat., Jan. 21-Mar. 25, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $350. #20310
Mixed Media Printmaking for Adults – 24 Hrs
Discover innovative ways to make handmade prints in addition
to how technology such as computers and jet printers make printing contemporary. Make a portrait print based on a photograph, drawing from observation, and imagination. The instructor will introduce soft linocut, monotype, stenciling, and how to marbleize paper, to create prints on rice paper and other printmaking papers.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-ART 2334PE, 8 Tues., Feb. 7-Mar. 28, 6:30-9:30 pm, $311. #20312
Painting and Drawing for Adults – 24 Hrs
Get your ideas out of your sketchbook! Students will enjoy painting in the studio in class and outdoors in an interactive environ-ment. In this class, students will learn from discussion, group critique, examples of art while honing art skills of observation, ges-ture, composition, value, color mixing, and brushstroke, etc. The teaching artist demonstrates painting and drawing techniques for portraiture, representing the human form, and landscape, abstraction.
At SUNY Westchester Peekskill: CE-ART 2146PE, 12 Mon.,
Feb. 6-Apr. 24,6:30-8:30 pm, $277. #20311
Painting En Plein Air – 24 Hrs
Students will focus on outdoor landscape painting. Various locations throughout the local area will be selected. Rain dates TBA. Fo-cus will be on color mixing, light and shadow, and composition. Students will be informed of the great plein air traditions of the Im-pressionists and the Hudson River School painters. Various approaches to landscape painting will be introduced, including water-mixable techniques in oil painting.
This class will be offsite.: CE-ART 2020PE, 8 Sat., Mar. 25-May 20 (skip 4/8), 10:00 am-1:00 pm, $277. #20313