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EXPOSING THE ARTS

YUCA's creative art and design programs expose youth to knowledgeable and supportive mentors, a curriculum that engages students, teaches practical skills, and collaborative interaction with peers. YUCA's flagship program is a three month certificate-based education program that walks the fledgling artist through the full range of skills and knowledge they need to pursue a career in the graphic arts. Designed for teenagers 15 - 19 years old, our curriculum combines graphic design, digital production, and screen printing. Upon completion of the program, students develop a portfolio that will enable them to seek employment in graphic design or pursue higher education in the visual arts.Classes are provided in three cycles consisting of ten (10) weeks and culminating in events that showcase the youth's skills and art and design portfolio projects. The classes are held in a state-of-the-art Arts Studio every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for two to three hours each day.

YUCA students strengthen their knowledge of composition design, and typography, color systems, pre-press production and new media/electronic imaging. The curriculum combines learning graphic design principles and how they are used in the world of commerce; learning how to produce digital images, illustrations, and layouts, addressing foundational design theory topics such as color, typography, and composition, photo editing, logo design, poster design, magazine covers and layouts; commercial screen-printing knowledge techniques; and developing a strong portfolio of creative work to be shown during interviews with prospective employers or to school faculty when applying to an art college. Youth learn software programs that are industry standards among the professional designers such as: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign while also thoroughly functioning in an Apple computer environment.