3 Classes Every Creative Should Take This Summer
If you’re familiar with Austin School of Film, you probably know we teach a diverse population of people including: aspiring & established filmmakers, animators, media makers, content producers, illustrators, and creatives. Technically “creatives” is a catch-all word for those working in creative sectors and industries.
Something you’ve probably noticed is a lot of the job roles creatives have or hope to have intersect with must-have digital skills to accomplish projects and productions. Here are some class picks we strongly feel are crucial skills every creative should know.
P.S. TEXAS TEACHERS: All Austin School of Film classes are certified by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits.
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INTRO TO VIDEO EDITING
Your first question may be: WHY?
Here’s why, nearly 80% of all internet traffic is video. It is one of the best tools for digital marketing and one of the best ways to communicate your message. Furthermore, it’s one of the best ways for your audience to learn.
While we all essentially have video cameras in our pocket, creating consistently strong video content is incredibly difficult especially when you’re going the trying-to-teach-myself route. Time is money, and money is time. Take a class, learn the skills, and go create content!
Organizing a shoot, capturing video, editing it into a complete thought and sharing it with the world are critical skills for any creative pro. We currently teach three professional editing platforms: Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere Pro, and DaVinci Resolve.
CLASS PERK: All three classes are taught by industry professionals and when you ask a question, you won’t have to google or scroll through videos online - you can get your questions answered in-real-time! All software classes include all the tools and computer you need to learn. Just bring yourself and maybe a snack!
Like video marketing, layout is all around us, from brochures and websites to books and business documents. Layouts guide a reader through the content and facilitate one's ability to consume it easily.
Poor design can confuse and repel an intended audience and different audiences respond to different types of layouts. A design for snowboarders needs to feel edgy and energetic, while one for AARP needs to feel ordered and clear. There are principles that help guide creatives as they put together designs that feel balanced and are easy-to-consume, regardless of whom the audience is or what topic is being focused on.
CLASS PERK: This class is led by multimedia artist and designer: Alie Jackson. If you’re a fan of Instagram, open your app filters and see Alie’s beautiful Instagram filters then brag to your friends that you’ll be learning illustrator from a legit badass creative.
INTRO TO DSLR
The phone in your pocket may take a great photo but it has its limitations - let that be clear.
Whether you’re selling a product, working on a creative project, or shooting Behind The Scenes - you need effective photos – ones that accurately depict what you need while also making it look as appealing as possible.
Our Intro to DSLR course covers the gear, lighting and post-processing essentials you need to shoot with a DSLR camera. The course illustrates various lighting techniques, details the importance of color accuracy, and even has hands-on learning where students will recreate scenes and scenarios.
CLASS PERK: Have a DSLR? Bring it to class and work with in hands-on. Don’t? Don’t freak, we will have plenty of DSLR cameras, lighting, and other media gear for you to use in class and learn on directly.