March 14 – May 2, 2020
Classes are held on Saturdays, from 10 AM–1 PM at the Rutgers University campus in Camden, NJ
To register, please visit VMPA Pre-College Arts Program Registration.
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The cost of this 8-week program is $325.
The following courses in Art, Music, and Theater are being offered in Spring 2020:
Learn the fundamentals of computer animation and visual storytelling. In this course, you will explore 3D modeling, lighting, and animation techniques ranging from the fundamental ball bounce to character animation. You will be introduced to the wide range of possibilities the animation industry has to offer while building your foundations using the latest software such as Maya and Z–Brush. Students will collect their best works into an animation demo reel at the conclusion of the semester.
The Portfolio Prep course is designed for students interested in applying to art schools and colleges. These workshops are tailored to students pursuing concentrations in digital or studio arts. Participants will create a well–rounded portfolio that follows the expectations of prestigious art programs. This knowledge will then be applied to your own work, showcasing the uniqueness and skill that you possess as an artist. In addition to artistic skill development, you will learn the standards of presentation for portfolio reviews and familiarize yourself with the admissions process.
Acting on Camera
Learn to get comfortable in front of the lens! Beginning with on–camera interviews, this course focuses on understanding the technical and emotional adjustments required for working in front of the camera in a relaxed and truthful way, and developing intimacy with the camera. Participants of the course will hone their acting techniques through moment–to–moment exercises, as well as monologue work with emphasis on close–ups, simple scenes, commercials and cold readings. The instructor critiques individual students work during playback.
Pop Meets Jazz
Students will be introduced to rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic concepts of the jazz and pop idioms by performing arrangements that encompass characteristics from both genres. The course deals with two ends of the musical spectrum; from jazz legends such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, and Herbie Hancock that paved the way for pop greats like Michael Jackson, Beyoncé and Jay–Z. In playing music that combines these concepts, students are educated in foundational concepts of the jazz language. Students need to have a minimum of two years experience on their instrument. Short auditions will be held on the first day to determine seating arrangements, and there will be a final concert at the end of the course.