Continuing Education Blog

PNCA offers evening and weekend classes for adults and young people. For adults we offer courses in art, craft, and design, as well as professional development classes. For children we have Saturday classes during the school year and week-long camps during the summer. In addition to our regular teen classes, we also offer immersive summer Pre-College Studios. Our blog below gives you an idea of some of the goings on, and you can see our full course catalogue online here.

Creative Professionals

Recently, we caught up with three Certificate Program students making a career transition together. Experienced graphic designers, Chris, Carol and Marti came to PNCA’s continuing education to take part in the Digital Publishing Certificate program to compliment their extensive print design backgrounds.

Carol: After interviewing with counselors with other programs I realized at 59, I was not comfortable with the rigid format and all the requirements involved. my main goal was to augment my extensive Graphic Design experience with updating my creative Suite skills and honing my ability to produce websites.

Chris: PNCA offered something different. The only other 2 year program that met the criteria was web design or web technical creation-type programs. The idea of studying web creation for 2 years was more than I could fathom and I was afraid that my other Graphic Design skills would be compromised. While needing to add web understanding and creation to my skill set, I was drawn to the fact that I could also take creative classes as part of this certificate.

Marti: Being outsourced after almost 20 years of working for one company makes it really hard to trust yourself, and gave me doubts about my skills, especially having to start all over again. Interviewing and finding another job makes me really uncomfortable, but PNCA is willing to work with me, giving me more confidence in myself, as I realize that I am not too old to learn.

Carol: My goal is updating my creative Suite Skills and getting familiar with web development. I hope to take advanced classes in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and web development. In addition, because PNCA has been so adaptable to our circumstances, we have been able to substitute classes that were redundant to our decades of work history.

Chris: I also knew that the teachers at PNCA were of a caliber above the other programs. Whether that is true or only my perception, I am not sure. My experience here so far has validated that opinion to be true. The fact that the classes could be taken in the evening or on the weekend was also a crucial factor, in case I need to work during the day.

Carol: Also, when Marti, Chris and I walked into PNCA we were thrilled to see art all over the walls. It took us back to our own art school experiences. It was like coming home.

Marti: What really drew me to the certificate program at PNCA was the environment, the art on the walls, the friendly campus, and most of all the courses that would keep my skills updated.

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