By Michelle King
Director of Career & Contract Education

It might be autumn for you, but it’s feeling wintry in my office – because we’re all thinking about Winter Session 2018 and planning for our Open House in February 2018. And the plans are exciting.

Check out our terrific offerings – more than 80 classes in all – for the Winter Session, which begins Jan. 2. We have several new classes, including Fashion Design courses — Sewing Machine Boot CampPet Couture: From Rags to Riches, and Fashion Tech Pack I — as well as Lifestyle PortraitsVegetable Garden Design for Landscape Designers, and Intermediate Sumi-e Painting. In addition, our incredible architecture and design expert Eleanor Schrader returns with new lectures: “The Glamour of Old Hollywood: Architecture of the Stars” and “History of Hotels in America.”

Among new classes being offered in Winter is Vegetable Garden Design for Landscape Designers (Photo by Spedona, Wikimedia Commons)

Our Annual Open House is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 123 at our Bundy campus. Like last year, we will offer a special 15 percent discount for anyone who enrolls in classes at the event.

Our Annual Open House allows prospective students to talk to instructors about their classes.

This past January’s Open House was such a success that we are looking to make the 2018 event bigger and better. The energy, enthusiasm and excitement of our 128 visitors — a more than a 50 percent increase from the previous year — were palpable. More than 20 instructors volunteered to be at tables to allow prospective students and others to ask questions and get a sense of the diverse mix of courses we offer. Instructors and students – including bipolar poetry student John Young – made wonderful presentations that demonstrated the breadth and depth of our the eclectic course offerings – from writing to French, from fitness to screenwriting, and from landscape design to Sumi-e painting.

So, please mark your calendar for Feb. 3, 2018. More details on our Winter Session and Open House will be forthcoming in Sound Bites, e-blasts and our social media outlets!

Meanwhile, we welcome your questions, comments or suggestions. You can reach us at or (310) 434-3400.



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