Personal interest

AUArts Continuing Education offers a refined array of arts based adult personal interest courses.

Bundle these courses and earn a Certification of Achievement in your desired discipline. 

Winter Registration Now Open! 

Get out of your comfort zone and into the studio! AUArts Continuing Education offers tons of great studio-based art courses for adults. Cultivate your creativity in disciplines from arts, crafts, media, and design.

These courses are taught by practicing artists in the same well-equipped facilities that support our degree students. Whether you’re a beginner or practicing artist, these courses guarantee to inspire the creative in everyone. Courses including drawing, painting, ceramics, glassblowing, graphic design and more. If you’ve ever wondered if you have what it takes to be an artist, now is the time to get amongst like-minded people and find out.

We offer courses year-round! To see what's being offered now check your desired discipline. 

Don't miss! Sign up now to secure your seat in the studio. 

For the sake of your health and safety, courses will have a limited number of seats. Students are required to adhere to AUArts COVID-19 vaccination policy in order to attend courses on-campus. 

Please note, due to the ever-evolving COVID-19 situation these courses may be subject to cancellation. 

Take Personal interest courses as a bundle to spend more time focused on your craft while earning a Certification of Achievement. 

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Available Courses by Discipline

Ceramics Courses 

Course Name

Term & Dates 

Price

Description 

Ceramics Basics

Winter: Mar 2 - Apr 5

$540 + GST

Learn foundational skills of wheel throwing through hands on instruction, and practice. Create one-of-a-kind pieces as you work on simple assignments and get comfortable at the wheel. Finish your projects by glazing and firing them as the final step in the process. 


Design & Digital Technologies for Media Arts Courses

Course Name

Term & Dates 

Price

Description 

Graphic Design Fundamentals

Winter: Mar 1 - Apr 5

$355 + GST

Gain an understanding of visual communication design and the role of a graphic designer. Learn to problem solve and generate ideas through sketching and drawing, to further develop your skills. Emphasis will be on using the elements and principles of design effectively while you work on projects that push your creativity.

Graphic Design: Branding

Winter: Mar 17 - Apr 21

$355 + GST

Learn the elements of branding, whether for a person, a product, or a company, and how to create something so it’s easily recognizable by consumers. You will discuss what a brand can accomplish and identify the best questions to ask to help define a brand identity and determine brand objectives.

Digital Lab for Designers: Photoshop

Winter: Mar 2 - Apr 6

$355 + GST

Learn fundamental techniques that will have allow you to modify images through colour correction, exposure correction, compositing, and retouching. discover how to use channels, masks, histories, and work with RAW files and conversions along with picking up some quick-keys to streamline your workflow. 

Digital Lab for Designers: Illustrator

Winter: Mar 7 - Apr 11

$355 + GST

Work through a series of projects to develop your vector drawing skills and learn to recolour, reshape, manipulate text, import photo references, and correct mistakes. 

Cartooning 

Winter: Mar 9 - Apr 13

$355 + GST

Create unique comic characters through a series of thumbnail sketches that you develop into final drawings whether it is a one cell, New-Yorker-style comic, a full strip, or a graphic novel. Develop a personal style that becomes identifiable with you as you hone your drawing and communication skills. 

Typography

Winter: Mar 7 - Apr 11

$355 + GST

Learn the principles of typography and typeface design and gain an understanding of how to improve your viewer's experience. 

Drawing Courses 

Course Name 

Term & Dates

Price

Description 

Drawing Fundamentals

Winter: Feb 28 - Apr 4

Winter: Mar 17 - Apr 21

$355 + GST

Gain confidence and fundamental skills in drawing as you work through projects aimed at increasing your perceptive abilities and eye-hand coordination. Focus on the elements of drawing, observation, and composition as you explore a variety of drawing media and techniques. 

Classical Drawing Techniques

Winter: Mar 10 - Apr 14

$355 + GST

Using the same methods Renaissance artists used, improve your representational drawing skills, and learn how to capture on paper what your eye sees, not what your mind thinks it sees. You will focus on how to visually analyze your subject matter, create steps for greater accuracy, better proportions, mass and values in your drawings. 

Figure Drawing

Winter: Mar 15 - Apr 19

$355 + GST

Working with a live model, use a variety of media, and gain studio experience in gesture and analytical figure drawing, modeling of form and space through light and shadow, perspective, proportion, and different drawing techniques and methods. 

Perspective Drawing

Winter: Mar 23 - Apr 27

$355 + GST

Learn the foundations of linear perspective as you draw environments using one, two, and multi-point perspectives. Draw interior spaces and three-dimensional objects with ease and great success.

Portrait Drawing 

Winter: Mar 17 - Apr 21

$355 + GST

Develop your ability to capture the likeness of a person's face. Gain a firm understanding of proper proportioning of the facial structure and learn how to accurately measure and transfer that onto paper.

Portfolio Prep

Winter: Feb 26 - Apr 2

$355 + GST

Focus on building a strong set of drawings to include in your portfolio for submission to AUArts or any other visual arts institution, through a series of drawings including: still life, landscape, the human figure, self-portraiture, and collage - all aimed at increasing your observational drawing skills. 

Glassblowing Courses 

Course Name 

Term & Dates

Price

Description 

Glassblowing Basics

Winter: Mar 2 - Apr 6

$585 + GST

Learn the basic processes of hot glasswork, with a focus on solid and simple blow forms, in a studio environment limited to eight students; in order to give you optimum access to all equipment and instructor. 

Jewellery & Metals Courses

Course Name 

Term & Dates

Price

Description 

Jewellery Fundamentals

Winter: Mar 1 - Apr 5 

$540 + GST

Learn basic metal working skills (sawing, piercing, filing, sinking, shaping, soldering, and finishing) and how to use simple hand tools and some equipment in a fully outfitted jewellery making studio.

Jewellery: Chains & Clasps

Winter: Mar 17 - Apr 21

$540 + GST

Really hone your sawing, shaping, and soldering skills as you construct chains and clasps from metal wire. Your instructor will present different chain styles and simple clasps—s-hook, toggle, and keyhole with cap for you to practice and perfect.

Gem Setting: Bezel

Winter: Mar 7 - Apr 11

$540 + GST

Take your jewellery making skills to the next level and learn a basic (and oldest) stone setting technique—bezel. A bezel setting surrounds your gemstone and creates a unique look and a very secure set. 

Painting Courses 

Course Name 

Term & Dates

Price

Description 

Acrylic Painting Basics

Winter: Mar 7 - Apr 11

$355 + GST

Acrylic paints are so versatile and perfect for those who are new to painting. Learn the basics of colour theory, paint mixing, application techniques, and composition.

Oil Painting Basics

Winter: Mar 23 - Apr 27 $355 + GST

Oil paints have a rich, buttery quality that is a delight to work with. Discover for yourself as you learn colour theory, paint mixing, application techniques, and composition. 

Watercolour Painting Basics

Winter: Mar 24 - Apr 28 $355 + GST

Watercolours can be challenging to work with, especially if you are new to painting, but understanding some basic watercolour handling and techniques will guarantee success. Learn how to stretch paper, proper brush handling, how to work wet-on-wet or drybrush along with some tricks of the trade and gain skills as you work through projects. 

Abstract Painting

Winter: Mar 15 - Apr 19 $355 + GST

Break free from representational painting! Let go and create abstract and non-objective paintings based on your interests. Get introduced to historical and contemporary examples and approaches to abstraction with an emphasis on the materials used, the process, and the impact of the relationship between form and content.

Photography Courses 

Course Name 

Terms & Dates

Price

Description 

Digital Photography Basics

Winter: Mar 3 - Apr 7

$440 + GST

Learn basic camera operations and how to use your cameras settings, including exposure, aperture, and shutter speed, while you experiment with composition, lighting, and different lens to see how they affect your images. 

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