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Personal Enrichment

We offer workshops in the arts and noncredit access to several courses. Pursue your personal interests in a noncompetitive learning environment.

Explore Your Inner Artist

Why not work with your voice, wood, your camcorder, or your camera? Or try one of our new courses in  Drawing or Painting or Podcasting.

Learning for a Lifetime

New this semester are short lectures in Music appreciation and History. Our personal enrichment program also offers students who are not enrolled in a degree program at Purchase College the opportunity to take undergraduate credit courses on a noncredit basis.

And you may also take individual courses in any of our noncredit professional certificate programs without making a commitment to the entire program. Personal enrichment courses are open to the general public.

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Fall 2019

Registration begins Monday, July 15

SAVE  when you pay in full by the Early Registration Discount Deadline: Friday August 16. 

Voice Over Intensive

Gain experience in voiceover, script breakdown, promotion, commercials, movie trailers, and animation. Understand how to work with directors and compete in undirected auditions. Work on tone, voice quality, volume, inflection phrasing, and versatility in multiple genres. Obtain valuable feedback in a critique and an open Q&A with one of the top New York voiceover agents in the industry. 

CED 1015 / noncredit / $320
Discount: $295 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Rafael Ferrer
October 19—November 23
Saturday, 10:00 am—12:00 pm
Fort Awesome, room 138
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

Woodturning Workshop

Creating functional and nonfunctional lathe-turned objects. Woodturning has a long and rich history, the lathe being the earliest documented woodworking machine. This workshop examines the evolution of turning and explores how the lathe and its tools are used today to produce art as well as functional objects. A variety of processes are introduced, including: wood selection and preparation, spindle turning, bowl and vessel turning, hollow turning, box making, off-center turning, and finishing. Students at all levels are free to explore their own interests. Open to beginners as well as advanced enthusiasts. Tuition includes $150 for materials.

CED 1040 / noncredit / $710
Discount: $685 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Alan Dorsey
September 21—December 7, no class on October 12 and November 30
Saturday, 9:00 am—12:00 pm
Visual Arts Building, room 1029
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

Woodworking: A Hands-on Workshop

Using the professional woodworking shop at Purchase College, build a project to completion in this intensive, hands-on workshop. As a beginner or experienced student, you will work within your skill level using the essential principles of woodworking, including tool use, machine operation, material selection, design choices, joinery, and finishing. Tuition includes $75 for materials.

CED 1050 / noncredit / $600
Discount: $575 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: TBD
September 22—December 8, no class on October 13 and December 1
Sunday, 9:00 am—12:00 pm
Visual Arts Building, room 1029
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*On hiatus this semester* Bronze Casting

Explore foundry techniques based on traditional methods of lost-wax bronze casting. Prepare wax objects, make molds, and cast sculptural pieces in bronze during an all-day Saturday casting (a festive event with music, potluck refreshments, and invited guests). All levels of experience are welcome, and individuals can advance at their own pace.

CED 1055 / noncredit / $835
Discount: $810 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: TBD

Guerrilla Filmmaking

Aspiring filmmakers are challenged to become better visual storytellers by collaboratively writing, shooting, and editing a series of short films. Learn the basics of screenplay writing and industry standard formatting. Practice basic and advanced film coverage techniques and edit your footage on a variety of digital platforms. Screen your original short films for friends and family on the last day.

CED 1180 / noncredit / $495
Discount: $470 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: John (JP) Morgan
September 21—November 2, no class on October 12
Saturday, 10:00 am—2:00 pm
Humanities Building, room 2034
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

Photo: Inspiration and Vision

Weekly shooting assignments and class discussions, friendly critiques and reviews will expand your understanding of photography and help you find your own personal vision and propel your work to new heights. Turn your basic technical skills in photography toward focusing on aesthetic and conceptual concerns. Expand your ability to appreciate and interpret images as art by learning how to see light, shadow, geometry, composition, and tonality.

CED 1170 / noncredit / $280
Discount: $255 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Arnold Kastenbaum
September 23—November 11, no class on October 14
Monday, 6:30—8:30 pm
Humanities Building, room 2032
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*NEW* Portrait Drawing

Draw the portrait from life with emphasis on capturing the unique qualities of the individual through understanding line, shadow, patterns, and shapes. Emphasis will be placed on proportion, design, and the structure and planes of the head. Explore drawing techniques and materials.

CED 1091 / noncredit / $475
Discount: $450 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Andrew Lattimore
Dates: September 26—December 5, no class on November 28
Thursday, 6:30—9:30 pm
Visual Arts Building, room 2031
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*NEW* How to Start a Podcast

Develop and complete the first episode of your own podcast in this weekend workshop using the Purchase College TV studio! Discuss different styles of podcasting, understand best practices for developing and pitching a show, learn basic audio editing techniques with Adobe Audition, learn to use professional audio recorders, and discover tips about podcast audience building and distribution.

CED 1110 / noncredit / $395
Discount: $370 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Megan Rossman
October 5 and 6
Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 am—5:30 pm
Humanities Building, room 2042A/B
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*NEW* All That Jazz: Appreciating an American Art Form

Take a trip from New Orleans Dixieland to Big Band Swing, from Bebop to Post Bop, West Coast Cool to East Coast Hard Bop, Modern and Free Jazz, Fusion Jazz, New Age Jazz and beyond in this course that swings, sings, and plays it hot and cool. No musical knowledge is needed to enjoy a real understanding of this uniquely American art form.

CED 1075 / noncredit / $320
Discount: $295 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Andrew Muson
September 16—November 4
Monday, 2:30—4:30 pm
Music Building, room 0089A
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*NEW* The History, Literature, and Films of the French & Indian War (1757-1763)

Learn the history of a little-known war in early Colonial America and how it would impact the emerging United States and influence the nation’s future. Discuss books based upon the French and Indian War such as James Fenimore Copper’s Leather Stocking Tales, The Northwest Passage by Kenneth Roberts, and The Poem Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

CED 1102 / noncredit / $65
Discount: $40 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Leon DiMartino
September 24
Tuesday, 1:00—3:00 pm
Music Building, room 0089A
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*NEW* Thomas Paine: American Patriot & Radical

Learn how the political writings of Thomas Paine would have an impact on the emerging United States and on the French Revolution. An Englishman by birth and an American patriot of the Revolutionary War, understand how his political activities were viewed by the people of England. Discuss the key events in his life that earn his place in history.

CED 1100 / noncredit / $65
Discount: $40 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Leon DiMartino
October 1
Tuesday, 1:00—3:00 pm
Music Building, room 0089A
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*NEW* The Prohibition Era and the Rise of American Gangsters (1920’s-1930’s)

Learn how an amendment to the U.S. Constitution led to economic opportunity for organized crime to expand and grow in the U.S. during the 1920’s & 1930’s. Study gangsters (Lucky Luciano, Mayer Lansky, Dutch Schultz, Al Capone) and lawmen (Edgar J. Hoover, Elliot Ness) of that era and understand how they would influence this period known for violence and crime.

CED 1103 / noncredit / $65
Discount: $40 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Leon DiMartino
October 29
Tuesday, 1:00—3:00 pm
Music Building, room 0089A
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization

*NEW* The Life and Times of Aaron Burr: Patriot or Notorious Scoundrel?

Everyone knows the story of Alexander Hamilton, but few know the story of Aaron Burr—perhaps one of American history’s most misunderstood personalities. Was he a Revolutionary War hero, a brilliant lawyer and politician, a separatist or a scoundrel? Review the life of Aaron Burr and his impact on American history in details often omitted from history books.

CED 1101 / noncredit / $65
Discount: $40 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, alumni, and Overture members of Broadview; and early registration discount)
Instructor: Leon DiMartino
November 12
Tuesday, 1:00—3:00 pm
Music Building, room 0089A
Registration Form / Credit Card Authorization