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Whether you want to tackle an item on your bucket list — like mastering your digital camera — or if you are poised to take the creative reigns of your career, UArts Continuing Education courses and programs are the perfect step forward.
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Courses for adults in Art + Design, Digital Design, Music, Movement + Dance, Photography, Social Media, and Writing.
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Taxidermy as Wearable Art was recently featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer as one of the six can't-miss adult education classes in Philly this Spring.
"Taxidermy is not just for hunting lodges anymore."
Instructor Beth Beverly is a licensed taxidermist who has had her work featured on AMC's Immortalized and Netflix's Stranger Things. Many of her students are repeat attenders and as a result, “It feels like a sewing circle in there. A morbid sewing circle,” says Continuing Education director Caitlin Perkins.
Learn how to repurpose, design and create creature-adorned purses, hairpieces and jewelry boxes and more. Taxidermy as Wearable Art is a 5-week course starting March 13th, 6-9pm.
Lilanee Chanyothi is a student in the Continuing Education Digital Photography Certificate program, who recently completed a project titled '30 Ways to See a Tchotchke'. This project is an exploration in composition using a wooden duck in various locations around Philadelphia. We recently caught up with Lilanee about her background and experience in the Digital Photography Certificate program:
How did you develop the idea for ‘30 Ways to See a Tchotchke’?
I have the Tchotchke of a mallard duck that sits on on my kitchen counter top. It never moved since I moved into my Philly apartment. So when I found out that was this was the composition assignment for class, I decided why not take this duck on a little photo shoot adventure? I developed the ideas as I went about with my day, while incorporating long nature walks and mini site-seeing trips to spice up the scenery. This duck has seen a lot!
How has the UArts Digital Photography certificate program affected your work?
So far, it has shown to be a very invaluable experience. The program has provided me the foundation and tools to further my skills. It is a work in progress, but I find myself more able to accurately express my taste and art! I feel more confident in my work, while having a more refined eye to my surroundings and inspirations. I am now bringing my camera around everywhere!
What brought you to the UArts Digital Photography certificate program?
For as long as I can remember, I've been very interested in photography and have always aspired to take a class. I was drawn to the UArts Program because I knew if I wanted to pursue continuing education in photography, I had to do it right! I travel quite a lot, so I'd quite like to get into travel photography. I had always thought it was a waste to go to these beautiful places, and not be able to skillfully capture the moments. Perhaps down the line, I will challenge myself to go beyond the hobby and get into freelance, but we'll see.
What skills have you learned at UArts that you've taken outside the classroom?
I've learned about the technical and manual skills of using a DSLR camera, along with subjects on photo editing, composition, depth of field, and motion. I think the most important takeaway of all is the appreciation of photography and art all around.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get started in digital photography?
Go for it! I would recommend taking classes with a reputable program such as the the UArts program, that will provide wholesome education and give you a good foundation to get you started on your digital photography endeavors!
You can follow Lilanee on Instagram at @Lilanee
Maddie Allard is no stranger to UArts. She came to the Pre-College Program as a high schooler and currently enrolled in the Social Media Marketing Certificate Program. We had the opportunity to catch up with her and hear about her experience with the wide range of programs at UArts.
“UArts has had a huge part in helping me discover who I am and my passions in life.”
What UArts Pre-College classes did you take? How did the program inspire/shape you?
I attended Pre-College in 2009 where I took creative writing, screen directing, and [a] performance art class. All had huge impacts on building my future. In screen directing, my Teaching Assistant Lendl Tellington, ended up becoming a mentor of mine throughout my college years. He even hired me for my first internship. My other classes really helped me find my voice. I’m from a small town where being different isn’t very welcome, but I think attending Pre-College helped me realize that there’s a bigger world out there and what people in my high school thought of me didn’t matter. I thank the performance art class and the teacher for that. We began every class walking around yelling “I don’t give a shit what anyone thinks of me” and as a 16 year old that was really life changing.
What brought you back to UArts?
I’m always looking for ways to grow my career, so I started searching for social media marketing classes at multiple schools both in Philly and New York. I graduated in 2015 from Temple University with a BA in Advertising. Thanks to internships, freelance gigs, and my current job, I really found direction in social media. I looked at UArts because I have such fond memories of going there and I thought it would be fun to bring my education full-circle.
More specifically, what brought you to the UArts Social Media Marketing Program?
I’ve learned so much so far through the Social Media Marketing program. My project management skills were a bit of a hot mess, so Sloan Miller’s weekend-long intensive class about project management was so helpful. Despite teaching some complex methods, his ability to bring it into our everyday lives have given me skills not only for work, but for life too.
What skills did you learn/have you learned at UArts that you've taken with you?
I also really enjoyed Melissa Alam’s class. I’m a creative, but when it comes to design I’m still trying to find my voice. She did a great job showing us how to organize ideas and narrow things down to have a cohesive visual brand. It’s really improved how I approach Instagram both personally and professionally. Plus I got a freelance gig out of that class. I’m currently helping Melissa with social media for her Fearless Conference.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to get started in Social Media Marketing?
My advice is to familiarize yourself with the top 3 social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) before diving into the program. Social may seem easy, but everything you do is intentional. So if you’re looking to build your business and/or you have the energy and passion to really pursue it as a career, I definitely recommend it.
Maddie is currently a Social Media Coordinator at TravelSafe Insurance. Although she has a Bachelors in Advertising with a focus in Copywriting from Temple University, she’s found her true calling in Social Media. In her free time Maddie is a certified Open Water Scuba Diver and volunteers as a CASA in Berks County.
Give your passion a boost of knowledge. We're now accepting applications for our Social Media Marketing and Web Design programs. The deadline to apply is January 18th, with courses beginning January 28th.
Minimal previous experience is required to apply, which means they are perfect for just about everybody. And because each program challenges you to apply your new skills and expertise in practical situations, you will be prepared for an increasingly complex workplace and dynamic world.
Interested in applying for our Spring cohort? The application deadline is January 11th, with courses starting January 28th. Learn more.
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | 6 - 7:30pm
Terra Hall, 13th Floor, Room 1355
211 S. Broad St. Philadelphia PA 19107
Expand your creativity through Continuing Education courses in Art + Design, Digital Design, Photography, Writing, Music, Dance, Social Media, Theater, and more. Our curriculum provides an accelerated, in-depth learning experience taught by talented working professionals who emphasize practical knowledge and skills through a project-based approach.
Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one Spring 2019 Continuing Education course. (New students only; No retroactive refunds will be given).
RSVPs are not required but preferred. Please email us at email@example.com or call us at 215.717.6006 to RSVP.
Happy Holidays from Continuing Education! Our office will be closed December 17 through January 1 but you can still register online for Spring courses. View a full course listing here.
Interested in a Certificate Program? The deadline to apply is January 11th. More info here.
Program Director, Continuing Education
Caitlin Perkins came to UArts from Fleisher Art Memorial, where she served as the Manager of Adult Programs at for three years. During her tenure at Fleisher, she managed a faculty of 55 teaching artists and oversaw the classes and workshops for more than 900 adults each term. Prior to Fleisher, Caitlin managed Philagrafika’s international artist residency projects and partnerships with exhibition and historical sites across Philadelphia.
MARCH 11 - 15
Spring Variety Show | Location TBD | 7 PM - 9 PM
Continuing Education Summer Info Session | Location TBD | 6 PM - 7:30 PM
→ New students who attend receive 10% tuition discount on their first course (discount applies to new students taking Summer semester courses only; some restrictions apply).
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Contact Continuing Education
College of Critical & Professional Studies
with the Center for Engagement
211 S. Broad St, Terra Hall 901
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(215) 717 - 6006