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Portland State University: Creative Industries Studies-Summer Programs 2003

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Animation Sampler Intensive

July 7-August 1, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Limited enrollment: 33 students, 8 credits

Tuition: $1,000 for 8 undergraduate credits plus $100 lab fees

$2,155 for 8 graduate credits plus $100 lab fees

From cave drawings to computers, from handcrafting to digitally capturing, from the animation studios of Hollywood to Portland, this course offers an extremely intensive, hands-on overview of a wide range of animation forms.

The Animation Intensive is an introductory course covering the history, processes, creative forms, sources, and production of animation as well as the skills and perceptual principles it draws upon. Students receive a broad overview that includes 2D, stop-motion, experimental, and computer animation disciplines.

Lead & Visiting Instructors: Doug Aberle -- Stop-motion and computer animator. Creator of the award-winning film "Fluffy."

Ben Adams -- Clean-up animator for Disney feature films "Mulan" and "Beauty and the Beast"; art director, Flying Rhinoceros studio.

Laura Di Trapani -- Artist, producer, writer, and director of Emmy Award winning work "Sesame Street."

Ed Geis -- Editor, effects and production coordinator on the Academy Award nominated film "Creation" by Joan C. Gratz.

Teresa Drilling--Emmy Award winning stop motion animator from Vinton Studios whose work has been featured in the animated film "Chicken Run."

Bill Matthews--Animation Historian-Retired Manager of Artist Training for Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Program Director--Mike Pippi -- Former global director of Artist Recruitment and Training for Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Guest lecturers participating in last summer's 2002 program included:*

Kyle Bell -- Veteran Vinton Studios animator/director whose character work includes the M&M's, the Domino Pizza Noid, and the TV series "The PJ's".

Rose Bond -- Award-winning animator whose work is held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Michael Curry -- Emmy winning designer of the animated costumes/puppets for Disney's Broadway musical "The Lion King".

David Daniels -- Leading artist in modern stratacut animation; director and animator for TV's "Pee Wee's Playhouse".

Joan C. Gratz -- Creator of the unique clay painting technique; Academy Award winning animator for "Mona Lisa Descending a Staircase".

Noah Klabunde -- Lead artist computer compositor at Vinton Studios, worked on Wendy's, Chili's, and Clorox commercials.

Ken O' Connell -- Nationally recognized computer graphics animator and leader of University of Oregon's animation program.

Will Vinton -- President/founder Vinton Studios; pioneer of the Claymation animation process.

Marilyn Zornado -- Producer for Vinton Studios; Animation Celebration Award winner for Insect Poetry.

  • Note: These and/or other guest lecturers for 2003 program are presently

being confirmed.

Held in cooperation with The Northwest Academy

1130 SW Main Street

Portland, OR 97205


For more information contact: Mike Pippi, Director, PSU Creative Industries Studies Initiative, 503-725-3337 or

Strategic Product Design Intensive: Building a Sustainable Future

Program will focus on interdisciplinary team-based training, Innovation Management, Business Solutions, and Sustainable Product Development.

July 21-August 1, 2003

Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Limited enrollment: 24 students

6 credits

Tuition: $701 for 6 undergraduate credits plus $100 supplies/lab fees; $1,537 for 6 graduate credits plus $100 supplies/lab fees

Learn how it is done in the real world. Experience working in a highly charged creative environment as you participate in brainstorming, strategy development, defining end-user research, team dynamics, creative development, visual communications, designing prototype products, and defining and applying environmental and societal sustainability in products and services. Work on storytelling, presentation, marketing, and promotion skills and see how design is used in business development and the overall consumer experience.

Lead Instructors:

Larry Eisenbach, Senior Program Manager, Nike Footwear Division

Frank Thaler, Architectural Designer of Nike Town-London and of Warner Brothers stores

Guest Professional Lecturers and Corporate Tours*:

Sohrab Vossoughi, Ziba Design

Tom Pene, Boora Architects

Tinker Hatfield, Nike

Regina Hauser, Oregon's Natural Step Cyndee Whitney, Walt Disney Consumer Products Bill Dresselhaus, Dresselhaus Design Matthias Kimmeny, Intex Exhibits Diane Stewart, Alloy Red Brand Interaction Advertising

Note: *Guests are confirmed but subject to change.

Classes will be held in the downtown offices of Boora Architects.

For more information contact: Mike Pippi, Director, PSU Creative Industries Studies Initiative, 503-725-3337 or

Foundations of Creative Thinking: Looking Beyond Boundaries

August 4-29

Monday-Friday, 10am-2pm

Limited enrollment: 20 students

4 credits

Tuition: $495 for 4 undergraduate credits

Note: This course is also recommended as a companion course to those enrolled in either the Animation or Strategic Design Intensive.

Creative thinking is an integral foundational aspect of an emerging and well-documented trend toward the rise of the "creative class" in American society and business. It is a basic skill set requirement in the new multidisciplinary, knowledge-based, 21st-century arts-technology workforce.

Participants in this class are introduced to theoretical contexts for Creative Thinking, Perception, Cognition and Problem Solving with team based workshops, experiments and group exercises. Each aspect of the course works to identify, access, and broaden individual creative abilities with new perspectives.

The course also features guest lectures, panels, and workshops with noted creative thinkers who will link their personal creative processes to applications in professional industries. Guest lecture "Great Thinker" forums will be held with selected visiting guests and individuals from the PSU Creative Industries executive board or advisory council. A few of the invited guests may include:

Tinker Hatfield, Nike

Sohrab Vossoughi, Ziba Design

Tom Pene, Boora Architects

Michael Curry, Curry Design and Structural Engineering

Lead Instructor:

Victoria Parker

Ms. Parker is an award-winning writer, director, and actor with over 25 years of experience as a theater instructor. She is a recognized trainer in Keith Johnstone's innovative Theatresports techniques, holding a license from the International Theatresports Institute in Calgary, Canada. Ms. Parker has designed and implemented numerous workshops in creative team building, interpersonal communication, risk orientation, and the healing nature of play.

For more information contact:

Mike Pippi, Director, PSU Creative Studies Industries Initiative, 503-725-3337 or

Victoria Parker, Instructor, 503-725-9402 or

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