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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

Take noncredit courses in bronze casting, woodworking, woodturningvoice over, singing, filmmaking, or photography.

Learning for a Lifetime

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.


Open Personal Enrichment Courses Spring 2019

Personal enrichment courses are open to the general public.

Adult Student Works on Bronze Sculpture

Bronze Casting: Begins January 29, 2019

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: Bronze Casting / noncredit / $835
  • Discount: $810 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
  • Instructor: Samantha Pasapane
    Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30pm
    Jan 29–May 14 (15 sessions; no class Apr 2)
    Visual Arts Building, Room 1050

Hand draws plans on table
Woodturning Workshop: Begins February 16, 2019

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.

Note: Due to the use of equipment, students must sign a release form in order to complete registration.

  • CED1040 / noncredit / $710
  • Discount: $685 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
  • Instructor: TBA
    Saturdays 10am–4pm
    Feb 16–May 11 (10 sessions; no class Mar 30, Apr 6, and Apr 20)
    Visual Arts Building, Room 1029 

Faculty and Student in Wood Shop
Woodworking: A Hands-On Workshop
Begins February 17, 2019

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.

Note: Due to the use of equipment, students must sign a release form in order to complete registration.

  • CED1050 / noncredit / $600
  • Discount: $575 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
  • Instructor: Felix Matta-Fletcher
    Sundays 10am–1pm
    Feb 17–May 12 (10 sessions; no class Mar 31, Apr 7 and Apr 21)
    Visual Arts Building, Room 1029

Woman speaks into microphone in studioVoice-Over Intensive: Begins March 16, 2019

Gain experience in voice over, 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 voice over agents in the industry.

  • CED1015 / noncredit / $320
  • Discount: $295 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
  • Instructor: Rafael Ferrer
    Saturdays, 10am–12pm
    Mar 16–May 11 (6 sessions; no class Mar 30, Apr 6, and Apr 20)
    Fort Awesome, Room 0138

Students film on locationFilmmaking Boot Camp: Begins March 16, 2019

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.

  • CED1180 / noncredit / $495
  • Discount: $470 (Purchase College matriculated students, employees, and alumni; and early registration discount)
  • Instructor: J.P. Morgan
    Saturdays, 10 am–2 pm
    March 16–May 11 (6 sessions; no class Mar 30, Apr 6, and Apr 20)
    Humanities Building, Room 2034

 

All Courses

CED 1000: Acting Workshop

Designed for anyone who enjoys “taking the stage”! In this class, students explore the elements of acting and free their creative selves. The basic tools and techniques of the actor’s craft are introduced through a wide variety of exercises, games, improvisations, short scripted material, monologues, and scenes. Recommended for both the beginning actor and those with acting experience. Please bring a monologue to the first class.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1010: Voiceover Acting: Language and Techniques

What does “split the difference” mean? Find out in this exploration of the world of voiceovers! You will discover the acting fundamentals for voiceovers, which are used in television commercials, radio spots, the Internet, promos, and narration. The basic techniques of acting unfold in their application to the voiceover world, along with an inside “skinny” of the tricks, techniques, and the skills used by the pros to audition, book, and do their job.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1015: Voice Over Intensive: Introduction and How to Find an Agent

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.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1022: Creative Expression

The impulse to create is felt by many people. Examine the desire to connect and share, and the response to beauty, tragedy, joy, and conflict. Learn exercises that teach spontaneity, listening, and collaboration, examining what inspires you. Through classwork, lively discussions, and presentations, gain a deeper understanding of who you are and the confidence to express your creative instincts.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1040: 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.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1050: 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.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1055: 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.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1065: Sing Like You’ve Always Wanted!

Learn how to sing your favorite song(s) like a professional. Bring a song to work on (sheet music required) and sing it for the class - any style is welcome! Receive weekly individual coaching and a group warm-up/technique session. Explore vocal technique, phrasing, diction, style, expression, interpretation, and dynamics. Emerge with a true sense of your own vocal possibilities, musicianship, style, and artistry.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1160: Tattoo Illustration

Discover the art of tattoo illustration and design! Understand the process of working with clients and create a portfolio to pursue an apprenticeship or to gain illustration work. If you are interested in becoming a tattoo artist, a current professional who wants to improve design skills, or simply want to improve your drawing skills—this course is for you.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1170: Photography: 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.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 1180: 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.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth
CED 2000: Arts Abroad Program

Students in this course study Western arts and culture through the direct study of the English language and arts concentrations of their choosing. The objective of the course is to give Chinese students an understanding of the philosophy and methods of the arts in Western European and American contexts.

Credits: 0

Department: Continuing Education and Youth