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The Story of Victoria's Harbour New

Learn the colourful story of Victoria’s harbour. Share in stories from the First Nations who thrived upon Victoria’s harbour shores to those of the “new comers” who laid down Victoria’s foundations. Denton Pendergast will share stories from their lives, adventures and industry, as well as many of the events that have made Victoria’s harbour such an important part of Canada’s narrative. Join the discussion and broaden your understanding of the importance of the harbour’s story, its heroes, and events. Visit www.victoriaharbourhistory.com for a sample of what’s in store for you. 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Lifestyle

Paris: La Ville de L'amour

Have you always dreamt of going to Paris? Spend an afternoon discovering this romantic city. Francois, a true Parisian will take you on a virtual tour of Paris' lively night scene, the romantic Seine, the majestic Eiffel Tower, the magnificent architecture, and the unique small communities that make up one of Europe's most seductive capitals.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

The Magic of Barcelona New

Would you like to learn about the culture, traditions and architecture of one of the most popular tourist destinations on the Mediterranean? In this course you will discover Barcelona's most interesting sights taking you from the narrow medieval streets to the grand boulevards and the famous 'Ramblas' which leads to the sea. You will learn more in depth about the life and works of one of the most unique architects of all times, Antoni Gaudi, whose works are spread throughout Barcelona. You will be introduced to the Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, Casa Batlló and Casa Mila as main highlights of his contribution to the rich architectural fabric of Barcelona.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Photography

Digital Cameras for Absolute Beginners

Is your new digital camera still in its box? Are you frustrated by all the different settings and functions on your camera? This workshop will help you to understand the settings on your camera and learn how to manage image quality, focus, and lighting, as well as highlighting some of your camera’s important functions. Perfect for the "point and click" photographer, this course will help you to become more comfortable with your new camera. Bring your sense of humour, and a freshly charged camera to class.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Photography Intro – ADULT Summer Immersion Course - Maximum 10 New

This immersion course is for the passionate and focused beginner photographer!  Spend intensive time with a supportive, professional photographer and master teacher whose years of experience and depth of knowledge will help take your photography to the next level as you learn to photograph in full manual mode so you can artistically and confidently capture the world and image possibilities around you. 

Daily indoor lectures and outdoor photographic sessions will encourage you to practice the required basics i.e. aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Creative photo activities will allow you to have fun expanding your visual imagination. Equipment: You must bring your dSLR or a compact camera that can shoot in manual mode. Manual mode is usually indicated by a large capital (“M”) on the dial and is mandatory for this workshop. Monday and Wednesday classes will be on campus and Tuesday and Thursday will be local field trips. Location - TBA

You will learn:

  • All the manual mode settings (Aperture/Shutter/ISO/Focus) to gain full control over the camera
  • Compositional tricks for stunning and artistic images
  • Fun and interesting photo activities to aid in the understanding of the materials presented
  • Daily hands-on practice fully devoted to putting all of the principles into action
2017S PHOT 509G 001 • Jul 10 - Jul 13 (4 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Mon Wed • 9:00am-1:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Tues Thur • 9:00am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $375+GST

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2017S PHOT 509G 002 • Jul 17 - Jul 20 (4 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Mon Wed • 9:00am-1:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Tues Thur • 9:00am-1:30pm • Off campus
  • $375+GST

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Photography Intro – TEEN Summer Immersion Course (14-17 years)- Maximum 10 New

This  teen specific immersion immersion course is  for the passionate and focused beginner photographer!  Spend intensive time with a supportive, professional photographer and master teacher whose years of experience and depth of knowledge will help take your photography to the next level as you learn to photograph in full manual mode so you can artistically and confidently capture the world and image possibilities around you. 

Daily indoor lectures and outdoor photographic sessions will encourage you to practice the required basics i.e. aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Creative photo activities will allow you to have fun expanding your visual imagination.  Equipment: You must bring your dSLR or a compact camera that can shoot in manual mode. Manual mode is usually indicated by a large capital (“M”) on the dial and is mandatory for this workshop. Monday and Wednesday will be held on campus while  Tuesday and Thursday will be (local) field trips. Locations TBA

You will learn:  

  • All the manual mode settings (Aperture/Shutter/ISO/Focus) to gain full control over the camera
  • Compositional tricks for stunning and artistic images
  • Fun and interesting photo activities to aid in the understanding of the materials presented
  • Daily hands-on practice fully devoted to putting all of the principles into action
  2017S PHOT 508G 001 • Jul 10 - Jul 13 (4 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Mon Wed • 2:00pm-6:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Tues Thur • 2:00pm-6:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $375+GST

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Adult Photography - Intermediate Summer Immersion Workshop New

This workshop is a follow-up to Mitch Stringer's popular Photography Intro - Adult Summer Immersion Workshop. Continue improving your understanding, implementation and control of the photographic process and become more confident in your abilities and the outcome of your images.Topics include: review of camera & photographic basics (a comprehensive refresher for everyone), further instruction in exposure and depth of field control, exploration of external flash operations and introductory discussion of photographic composition. Two field trips will offer the student opportunities to explore and refine their newly acquired knowledge and techniques.Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 – Introduction course is strongly recommended, or equivalent skills).

2017S PHOT 514G 001 • Jul 17 - Jul 20 (4 sessions) • Mitch Stringer
  • Mon Wed • 2:00pm-6:30pm • Lansdowne
  • Tues Thur • 2:00pm-6:30pm • Off campus
  • $375+GST

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Learn to Use Light

This course is designed for the amateur who wants to gain more knowledge of the lighting elements used to create strong, memorable photographic images. Learn to control and use light and lighting tools to enhance photographic results by: knowing how to “read’ and create light in different environments and conditions; using different tools to create various styles, moods, and creative unusual techniques; mixing light sources and balancing lit subjects when shooting with an external flash.  Prerequisite: Photography Level 1 – Introduction and/or a solid working knowledge of your camera and flash. Recommended equipment: dSLR camera with full manual control, an external, off-camera flash/Speedlight, a tripod and a flashlight with some power.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

iPhone/iPad Photography Level 1– Taking Great Photos

Catch the iPhoneography bug, learn which apps to use, how to use them together, and marvel at the results. Learn how to compose, shoot, use apps and share your photos with family, friends and the rest of the world. Your iPhone or iPad camera combined with a few choice apps can produce memorable images that were previously impossible without expensive software. You will have an overview of iPhoneography, use some basic shooting apps, learn composition and shooting tips, spend a session outside photographing people and landscapes, and finally, create "app stacking" recipes combining multiple versions of the same image processed through different apps to finesse your final images.Equipment required: Participants must bring their iPhone 4/5/6 or an iPad, and have an iTunes account set up so they can download the required apps from iTunes before coming to the 1st class. NOTE: Instructions on which apps to download will be emailed the week before the class starts.Prerequisites: Students must have a fundamental working knowledge of using their device's camera. 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

iPhone/ iPad-Level 2 Creating Great Photos New

The Digital Artist: Photo-editing, Painting and Visual Effects This class is for those keen on expanding their creative photographic skills and artistic vision on their iPhone or /iPad.  Learn how to how to create a photograph not just take a photograph. Carry your visual conversation further and move your artistic editing skills up to the next level. Experience how you can digitally apply mixed media, collage, watercolour, abstract and oil painting effects to your images. Learn how to use coloured filter, grunge and texture apps to further enhance your images. Add text, ephemera and old photos to your images easily and effectively. No painting experience required, just your artistic interest and enthusiasm required plus a solid comfort level and working knowledge of your iPhone/iPad or the “Introductory Taking Great Photos with your iPhone or iPad" course. NOTE  Instructions on which Apps to download will be emailed the week before class starts. 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Portrait Photography - SUMMER IMMERSION New

Wish you could take better portraits of your kids, family, friends and clients? Photographing people can be one of the most challenging types of photography, but it can also be the most fun! Jesse Hlady, a professional photographer and instructor, has designed this course to help you achieve the skills to deliver stunning images of all the people you set your lens upon. Learn to tell their visual story through photographing live models, demonstrations, learning the rules of portraiture as well as how and when to break those rules! This course will concentrate on the fundamentals including; subject posing, equipment choices, locations, backgrounds, subject experience and most importantly, lighting. Equipment: Students should have a digital camera that gives manual control over exposure settings and lenses. An external, off-camera flash is recommended but not required. Prerequisite: Students must have a good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed, aperture and ISO (Photography Level 1 or equivalent skills is required).

2017S PHOT 535G 001 • Jul 17 - Jul 20 (4 sessions) • Jesse Hlady
  • Mon Tues Wed Thur • 9:00am-1:30pm • Lansdowne
  • $299+GST

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Fashion & Modeling Photography Workshop New

Enjoy a full day exploring the tools & techniques of creative fashion photography by working with models to get a practical feel for posing and direction of talent in an “on location” environment. To help understand both the creative tools and technical elements for successful images,  you will look at lens focal lengths, depth of focus as well as styles of fashion imagery. You  will  explore lighting with reflectors and flash-fill  and start to gain an awareness of light quality, direction and shadows. Bring your camera, a tripod and if possible, an external, off camera flash/speedlight. Students must have a good understanding of their cameras and photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 or equivalent)
 

2017S PHOT 544G 001 • Jul 17 (1 session) • Gregg Eligh
  • Mon • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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Food and Beverage Photography – Workshop

This fun and information-packed one day workshop is designed for the "foodie" who loves photographing their food and beverages and has an interest in taking better and more creative shots!  Learn a few "tricks of the trade" to achieve a more professional look as well as tips on texture, form, styling, design, props and backgrounds. Gregg will share his extensive professional experience to help you understand the basic elements of food and beverage photography and composition to best illustrate them as a creative subject. He will discuss technique and demonstrate by providing several "food/beverage example displays" using accessible props, lighting and equipment that is appropriate for the non-professional, so students can go home and apply what is presented. Students will be welcome to participate by photographing Gregg's "example displays" to emulate what has been taught. Equipment: A digital camera that gives control over exposure settings and lenses. An external, off-camera flash is encouraged.
Prerequisite: A good understanding of photographic basics including the ability to control shutter speed and aperture (Photography Level 1 - Introduction or equivalent skills is required).

2017S PHOT 546G 001 • Jul 24 (1 session) • Gregg Eligh
  • Mon • 9:00am-4:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $99+GST

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iPhone/iPad ARTography - Next Offering Fall 2017

Art and Technology – this class mixes the best of both worlds! Learn to create amazing pieces of fine art on your iPhone/iPad from your photographs. By combining your iPhone/iPad images with handmade painted textures  – the possibilities are endless.<p> If you like the look of digital mixed media,  paint treatments, grunge, distressed images or complete experimental abstracts this class is for you. Discover how to move back and forth from digital to analog as you create handmade art textures and paint treatments and then incorporate them into your iPhone images. Finally, you will move into the Art Studio to further distress and bleach your images and transfer them onto printmaking paper in the studio. iPhoneography is a launching point for endless creative exploration!  <p>Equipment: Participants must bring their iPhone 4s/5/6 or an iPad, and have an iTunes account set up so they can download the required apps from iTunes before coming to the 1st class. <p>NOTE: Instructions on apps to download will be emailed in the week before the class. Art Supplies are included in course cost ($40 value). <p>Prerequisite: Students should have taken the iPhone for Absolute Beginners course or already have a solid working knowledge of using their device's camera.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Writing and Publishing

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From Film to Fiction to Memoirs to Travel – learn how to effectively capture your experiences and stories from a variety of well-known local writers. Course formats vary from workshop to seminar. Choose what fits for you!

Fiction Writing Fundamentals – Part 1

Get it written, get it right! Wanting to write isn’t enough – being a writer requires skill sets, paradigm shifts, and survival strategies. Critic and bestselling author Robert J. Wiersema will lead aspiring writers from inspiration and preparation through writing and revision. With insights, experiences, exercises and a focus on your work, this course will be a hands-on immersion to the writing life for both new and experienced writers. The focus of this course is deceptively simple: we will look at the writing of a single scene. Scenes are the building blocks of all fiction, and an immersion in the mechanics of, and approaches to, a single scene, is the basis for writing longer pieces, both short stories and novels. This course is intended for writers new to writing fiction, or those seeking to hone their skills or remind themselves of the basics. Required: Purchase text "The Making of a Story" from the Lansdowne Bookstore (approx. $30). NOTE: Please bring writing materials and course text to first and all classes.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Fiction Writing Fundamentals – Part 2

Writing into the world! Building on the fundamentals explored in Part 1, this course will continue our exploration of the core skills and strategies for writing fiction for the developing writer. In addition to lectures, directed readings and discussions, Part 2 will also incorporate group workshopping of student fiction. With this section, we will build on our experience writing the contained scene and expand outward to short stories and novels. We will also look at workshopping, revision and roads to publication. NOTE: All students will be expected to present and workshop at least one story. Required: Textbook same as Part 1. Prerequisite: This course is designed for students who have completed Fiction Writing Fundamentals – Part 1 course, and will build on those fundamentals. Please call 250-370-4773 to discuss equivalency if you wish to take this course and have not taken Part 1.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Fiction Writing Intermediate Workshop with Robert Wiersema New

Designed as a follow-up to the introductory Fiction Writing Fundamentals Part 1 & 2 with Robert Wiersema, this intermediate level workshop will guide developing writers through a larger work, either a short story or part of a novel. The name of the game is writing, and students should come prepared to write, read, critique and discuss during class sessions, and to write between sessions. This hands-on work will be complemented by lectures, discussions and q&a sessions. Prerequisite: Fiction Writing Fundamentals Part 1 & 2, Fiction Writing Workshop with Robert Wiersema or equivalent. Please call 250-370-4773 to discuss equivalency.
Important Note: Students must be prepared to submit and critique work weekly, starting with the first class. After you enroll, instructions will be emailed for submitting your work approximately one week before the class starts: a story, scene or chapter of not more than 1500 words. The first six submissions received will then be emailed to each student for you to read and critique starting with the first class.
 

2017S WRIT 887G 001 • May 8 - Jun 12 (5 sessions) • Robert Wiersema
  • Mon • 6:30pm-9:00pm • Lansdowne
  • $235+GST

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No class on May 22nd.


Beginning a Book-length Memoir – Part 2

In this six-week class students will continue to work on a memoir they have begun. Through readings and discussions, in-class writing and homework, students will flesh out ideas on structure, tense, point of view, story, action, beginnings and endings. In-class writing will prime the pump so memories begin to flow and cohere. This is an intensive class for those interested in writing a long piece – essay or book – and in being supported in continuing that work. Prerequisite: Students will have taken Beginning a Book-length Memoir (Part 1) or will have permission from the instructor.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

And Return To Write About It: Travel Memoirs

Relive the experiences of travel through writing about them. Starting with short, focused writing exercises, you will go on to write a longer piece that recaptures all or part of a journey. This course is helpful for those wanting to share stories of travel with family and friends, but also for those interested in pursuing freelance travel writing opportunities.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Poetry: Line and Form Workshop with Yvonne Blomer

'In my view a good poem is one in which the form of the verse and the joining of its parts seems light as a shallow river flowing over its sandy bed.' –Basho
Poetry is more than metaphor, rhythm and rhyme – it is also an exploration of form, of how the poem is broken into lines or phrases of language and how poets use the tools available through formal constraints. In this course students will write in a variety of long and short forms and will focus on lineation and how line in poetry works to expand meaning, metaphor and impact of the poem. The course will consist of in-class writing, as well as homework to refine poems started in class. We will also read poems from Canadian and World poets to explore how poets work with line and form.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Film Adaptation New

Hate it when your favourite book or short story is adapted into a terrible film? Think you can do better? You can. This four week course challenges you to adapt a short story or book or any other source material into a short screen-play, a feature film, or even a TV pilot. We will look at various theories and approaches to adaptation, analyze adapted films, and discuss the differences between screen-play structure and literary structure.

Claire Mulligan is an awarding winning novelist and short story writer. She is currently pursuing a MFA in screen and screen adaptation at the University of Victoria.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Inviting the Muse: Creative Writing for Beginners

Have you always wanted to write but haven't known where to start? Have you been away from writing for a long time? This course provides a supportive and encouraging environment to help you begin to develop your own personal writing style. We will review the building blocks of creative writing and explore specific elements of writing fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. Through readings, discussions, and in-class writing exercises, we will invite the muse to visit and discover your inner writer. Guest speakers will be invited for their expertise in a particular genre.
Julie Paul was named the winner of the 12th annual (2015) City of Victoria Butler Prize for her short story collection The Pull of the Moon, published by Brindle and Glass.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Get Paid to Write What You Love New

Writing is a passion for many but making money from that passion can be difficult. We invite you to learn the reality of writing for a living. Discover how to get out there and get noticed. Explore ideas on freelance websites; how to price your work and how to write a pitch letter. Learn tips and practice honing your skills. So whether you are writing a book, a column or a blog, find out how to make money doing it.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Postcard Shorts New

In this fun and interactive course, learn the fine art of writing a short, short story. Discover how much you can say in as little as 250 words.  Learn how to create flow and write engaging stories with in-class practice activities, then find out how to submit your postcards stories for contests.  

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Self-Publishing New

In this session, learn to navigate the road to self-publishing. Understanding why self-publishing is no longer taboo. Discover the ins and outs of where your book goes and who gets what in traditional publishing. Find a publisher and learn about copyright, layout, writing apps, software options and what to include for your editor. In the end, learn how to treat your book as a business. Understand tax information, ISBN, CIP, budgeting, bar codes, selling online through Amazon and Kindle, and most importantly, learn how to price your book and market it to sell.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

The Novel Series New

This course is a four part series that takes you from blank page to finished novel!  Take home assignments after each session.
Session 1: Create Compelling Characters
Great characters will enhance and brighten any story. Learn how create and keep track of the great characters you create.

Session 2: Plan a Plausible Plot
After great characters, comes a fantastic plot. Learn how to properly plot your novel. Some like to just write, others know you need some type of outline to spot holes and weak spots in your story.

Session 3: Crank up the Conflict
Learn how to build tension and crank up the conflict in your story. The solid character and plot that you created in the first two sessions, are the basis for this session to create a thrilling and enthralling read.

Session 4: Finish with Flair
Learn how to polish your book like a pro. A look at plot, dialogue and prose as well as active and passive voice. Consider if hiring and editor or doing it yourself is right for you. Find out what all those proofreader marks are and use a punctuation guide. Learn about finding and agent and/or publisher. 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Sessions in Songwriting New

Sessions in Songwriting combines a passion for music with a practical ‘hands on’ approach to the creative process. Sessions focus on exercises and activities with opportunities to collaborate with others and share ideas with the group. There will also be opportunities to perform your songs in a supportive environment.  You will look at song examples, broken down to component parts for study. There will be many opportunities for you to practice and hone your craft. Participants will be contacted prior to the first session and receive a package with information about what to bring.For more information about Sessions in Songwriting please visit: www.reverbnation.com/randomspacecollaboration

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Shaken and Stirred New

Once our writing is on the page, many of us rest, believing our work is done. But that is only the beginning of our dance with words. Instead of settling, we often need to keep moving with our words – to shift tenses, stir in active verbs, and pour in new textures and flavours. Come with writing in any genre that you dare to change. We will shake your words, turn them on their heads and discover how to express them in a myriad of new ways. 

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Writers' Workout

Through dynamic, practical and exploratory exercises, this class is designed to train and tone your creative muscles. Each class will offer writing exercises designed to get you off the critic’s couch and into a deep practice of putting your pen to the page. In a fun and supportive environment, you will be guided to frolic with fiction and play with poetic prose through unique writing exercises. You will have the opportunity to share your work if you choose.

Maggi Feehan is author of the novel The Serpent’s Veil. In addition to winning Grain Magazine’s Dramatic Monologue contest (2002), she has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and journals. She has written scripts for four television documentaries seen on CTVglobemedia, A channel, APTN, SNC, CLT, the Knowledge Network & Book Television; one which was nominated for a Leo Award. Maggi is an award-winning instructor, with more than 20 years teaching at the college & university level. She loves to stand on her head, dance wildly, write laser-sharp prose and frolic with fiction.

  • "Excellent course with lots of great suggestions for aspiring writers." - MW

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

Writing History

Do you have a story set in the past that you wish to tell? Whether it is family history, personal history, creative non-fiction or fiction history, or factual history, this course, with its nuts and bolts approach, will help get you started or help improve upon your existing material. Lecture topics include: research, angle of approach, dialogue, plot & structure, character development, dynamic scenes, and marketing your work. Short assignments will be given each week and workshopped during the second half of the class. 

Instructor Claire Mulligan's first novel, The Reckoning of Boston Jim, was nominated for the Giller prize and the BC Book Prize. Her second novel The Dark was published by Random/Doubleday in 2013 and was short-listed for the 2014 Canadian Author's Award.

Sorry, this course is not offered at this time.

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Victoria BC V8P 5J2
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  • 250–370–3000
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