“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” – Henry Ford

Orange Academy online noncredit courses offer high engagement learning opportunities in a low stress academic environment for adults and high school students to pursue a passion or interest. All courses are taught and supported by Syracuse University faculty and instructors.

There are no exams, graded papers or prerequisites for Orange Academy courses, giving you the opportunity to advance your knowledge in a welcoming and undemanding setting.

Overview

  • Over 30 online noncredit course offerings in a wide range of disciplines lets you choose something that sparks your interest.
  • Most courses are 4- or 8-weeks in length.
  • Weekly virtual class meetings allow you to engage directly with your professor and fellow classmates.
  • Eligibility: Ages 14+ (Select programs are for ages 18+)
  • 15% discount for SU alumni
  • Remitted Tuition cannot be used towards noncredit courses.
  • Seats are limited. Enroll today!

Courses Course Structure Dates & Deadlines Cost How to Enroll

Have questions? Reach out to us at parttime@syr.edu. If you are under 18 and need assistance or have questions, please contact precollege@syr.edu.

Orange Academy Courses

Spring 1, 4-Week Courses - Session 1
Workshop NameCourse #Weekly Meeting TimeEnrollment DeadlineStart Date
Film Production: From Script to Set
This class will explore how to approach film production, starting from analyzing a script to the visual strategy for fiction. The students will work on breaking down a script and creating a filming plan, designing camera movements and lighting setup. How do we translate an idea into a motion picture? We will look into digital camera specs, lighting details, how to organize a film crew, and how to deal with footage on set.
Instructor: Donato Rossi, dorossi@syr.edu
43413

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43414
Tuesdays, 6:00-7:30 PM EST1/11/211/19/21

Spring 1, 4-Week Courses - Session 2
Workshop NameCourse #Weekly Meeting TimeEnrollment DeadlineStart Date
STEM in Society: Communicating Science & Technology Concepts to Public Audiences
This course offers students the opportunity for practice-based experience in science writing and journalism, digital content creation, public speaking, grant writing, and museum exhibition and workshop design. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Emily Stewart PhD, estewart@most.org
43480

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43481
Thursdays, 6:00-7:30 PM EST2/1/212/15/21
Studio Recording Technology and Production
Students will learn the fundamentals of sound engineering and audio production. Topics include, but are not limited to: microphone techniques, tracking, music production, editing, mixing, and mastering. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Michael John Ahearn, mjahearn@syr.edu
43494

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43495
Wednesdays, 8:30-10 PM EST2/1/212/15/21
The Business of Sport
Students examine the scope of the sports industry and are introduced to the wide range of career opportunities in the field of sport management. Students will explore the managerial process including the functions of management and the roles, skills, and attributes required of sports managers. Click here for more details.
Instructor: John Wolohan, jwolohan@syr.edu
43415

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43416
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM EST2/1/212/15/21

Spring 2, 4-Week Courses - Session 1
Workshop NameCourse #Weekly Meeting TimeEnrollment DeadlineStart Date
Decision Making & Communication: Wartime Tactics Translated to Modern Business
Decision making may appear to be a simple coin-toss between a random pick or a lengthy debate; in fact, it is often a delicate balance that can be found beyond boardrooms. Historical military leaders exemplified individual versus group decision making and battles were won or lost by those choices. This course will explore how decision-making models and theories were used to potentially predict loss or victory and how that can be applied to today’s world. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Kristylee Hochenberger, klhochen@syr.edu
43466

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43467
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21
Musical Theater Audition Prep
Focusing on process more than product, the course will explore the preparation side of Musical Theater audition including material selection, singing, and acting. Topics include selecting repertoire, working with an accompanist and basics of song analysis for the actor.
Instructor: Abel Searor, ajsearor@syr.edu
43488

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43489
TBD3/1/213/15/21
Social Media Strategies
Students will be provided with an introduction to the use and management of social media and blogging within an organization. Explore how organizations can leverage social media and blogging as a part of their business processes, and examine the many roles, skills, and attributes required of social media managers. Learn how organizations develop social media strategies, create engaging blog content, develop viral content, and measure return on investment.
Instructor: Melinda Sebastian, msebasti@syr.edu
43492

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43493
Mondays, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21

Spring 2, 4-Week Courses - Session 2
Workshop NameCourse #Weekly Meeting TimeEnrollment DeadlineStart Date
Decision Making & Communication: Wartime Tactics Translated to Modern Business
Decision making may appear to be a simple coin-toss between a random pick or a lengthy debate; in fact, it is often a delicate balance that can be found beyond boardrooms. Historical military leaders exemplified individual versus group decision making and battles were won or lost by those choices. This course will explore how decision-making models and theories were used to potentially predict loss or victory and how that can be applied to today’s world. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Kristylee Hochenberger, klhochen@syr.edu
43468

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43469
Tuesdays, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT3/15/214/12/21
Self-Discovery through Storytelling
You will think about your place place in the world while using storytelling and personal narratives to come away with a virtual toolbox of skills that you can take with you wherever you go, as well as artifacts of your process: a portfolio of your stories, an ideas journal, a vision board, and a plan of action for your future.
Instructor: Nicole Moss Underwood, nicmossunderwood@gmail.com
43443

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43444
Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT3/15/214/12/21
The Business of Sport
Students examine the scope of the sports industry and are introduce to the wide range of career opportunities in the field of sport management. Students will explore the managerial process including the functions of management and the roles, skills, and attributes required of sports managers. Click here for more information.
Instructor: John Wolohan, jwolohan@syr.edu
43433

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43435
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM EDT3/15/214/12/21

Spring 2, 8-Week Courses
Workshop NameCourse #Weekly Meeting TimeEnrollment DeadlineStart Date
Abstract Painting Studio
Introduction to history and varieties of abstract painting. Students will produce 3-4* paintings in response to project assignments derived from class lectures and discussions. *Subject to change. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Douglas Johnson, djohns47@syr.edu
43437

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43438
Saturdays, 3:30-5:00 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21
Computability & Unsolvability
Just how general-purpose are modern general-purpose computers? What could they compute were there no limitations of storage space or computing time? Is there anything impossible to compute? The theory of computability addresses these and related questions. Our course provides an introduction to this theory, covering basics including: formal models of computation, equivalence of formal models, and important problems in math, computer science and philosophy that are unsolvable in any formal paradigm of computation (these include problems of great practical importance, such as the non-existence of automatic debuggers to fix erroneous programs). This course is intended for a general interest audience, and anyone capable of following an exact argument will be able to appreciate the tremendous intellectual wallop it packs.
Instructor: Robert J. Irwin, rjirwin@syr.edu
43449

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43450
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21
Field Recording Technology and Sound Design
Students will learn the fundamentals of field recording and sound design. Topics include, but are not limited to: microphone techniques, proper use of field recording equipment, Foley art, sound design for film, creating soundscapes, and editing. The techniques that students will acquire in becoming familiar with this technology have use in real world applications such as film, animation, gaming, music, and more. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Michael John Ahearn, mjahearn@syr.edu
43484

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43485
Wednesdays, 8:30-10:00 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21
Med Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship
This course fosters entrepreneurial talents in the medical technology arena. A project-based approach will be adopted to teach students the framework to develop medical technology that addresses a global medical challenge. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Pun To (Douglas) Yung, ptyung@syr.edu and Dayaprasad G Kulakrni, dgkulkar@syr.edu
43482

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43483
Saturdays
(3/20-5/1),
9-10:30 AM EDT
Friday (5/7),
9-10:30 PM EDT
3/1/213/15/21
Mobile Health Technology
The course will provide a broad overview and present the fundamental principles of the application of mobile health technology in healthcare, wireless sensing and remote monitoring, telemedicine, mobile platforms, big data, electronic medical records, personalized medicine and diagnostics. Students will learn to develop a cellphone application targeted for healthcare. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Pun To (Douglas) Yung, ptyung@syr.edu
43424

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43425
Thursdays, 4:30-6:00 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21
Renewable & Alternative Energy Engineering
This course will detail the evolution of humans on the planet, their ever changing energy demands, and subsequent impact on the environment. Students will learn about the physics of energy, relationships of force, work and power, and associated units – Newtons, Joules, and Watts. Non-renewable energy versus renewable energy are examined, as well as the need to address greenhouse gases and consequent climate change. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Peter Plumley, pplumley@syr.edu
43490

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43491
Mondays, 5:00-6:30 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21
Sports Sociology
Introduction of sports through a sociological perspective by examining various purposes, theories, methods and ideas of the institution of sport. Using a variety of course readings, critical discussions, videos, and assignments, students in this course are encouraged to view sports and physical activity from a sociological lens. The objective is for students to form their own critical insights into established structural realities, power relations, and social forces that shape, and are shaped by, the institution of sports. A central foundation of the course requires students to apply a sociological imagination to their own consumption of, and participation in, sports within their own lives.
Instructor: Jacob Bartholomew, jbarthol@syr.edu
43409

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43410
TBD 3/1/213/15/21
Tattooing: History, Tradition, and the Contemporary
Students will learn the histories and traditions of various tattoo cultures, from ancient to contemporary times. Students will gain a view of different cultural perspectives of what tattooing means and why it is ubiquitous across human culture, while also learning basic techniques of contemporary tattooing, from making flash and doing transfers to the understanding of how tattoos work with the body. Click here for more details.
Instructor: Jeremy Lee Tarr, jltarr@syr.edu
43470

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43471
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21

Spring 2, 6-Week Courses
Workshop NameCourse #Weekly Meeting TimeEnrollment DeadlineStart Date
Voices Matter: Why You Need to Talk about Race (Open to ages 18+)
The coursework motivates you to look inward as well as outward in order to learn about the historical, political, economic, and social forces that shape our perspectives and ourselves. Participants will engage such questions as: What role does socialization play in how we view ourselves and others? What does socialization teach us to view and what not to view? How does socialization teach us about us and others? Can socialization be disrupted? And what are the connections between socialization and identity? Click here for more details.
Instructors: Jeff Mangram, jamangra@syr.edu & Chandice Haste-Jackson, cmhaste@syr.edu
43457

SU Alumni & Family Discount: 43458
Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 PM EDT3/1/213/15/21

 

Sessions, Dates, and Deadlines

Spring 2021 – Session 1

Start Date End Date Enrollment Deadline 100% Financial Drop Deadline
4-Week – Session 1 Courses 1/19/21 2/12/21 1/11/21 1/26/21
4-Week – Session 2 Courses 2/15/21 3/12/21 2/1/21 2/22/21

Spring 2021 – Session 2

Start Date End Date Enrollment Deadline 100% Financial Drop Deadline
4-Week – Session 1 Courses 3/15/21 4/9/21 3/1/21 3/22/21
4-Week – Session 2 Courses 4/12/21 5/6/21 3/29/21 4/19/21
6-Week Course 3/15/21 4/23/21 3/1/21 3/22/21
8-Week Courses 3/15/21 5/6/21 3/1/21 3/22/21

Course Structure & Time Commitment

Most courses are 4- or 8-weeks in length, noncredit and are transcripted with ‘CA’ for Completed Attendance. After successfully completing the course, you will earn a certificate from Syracuse University and will have the option to purchase a noncredit transcript.

In class: These low-stake and low-cost courses include one 90-minute virtual weekly synchronous class where you will connect with your instructor and fellow classmates. While there are no quizzes, exams, or graded papers, there will be the opportunity for faculty and instructors to provide feedback on your progress, skill development and overall learning.

Outside of class: You will be assigned additional readings, videos and assignments to do each week on your own which help inform the discussion in the following week’s class session. You can expect to have between one and three hours of work per week in addition to the 90-minute weekly synchronous (live) class session.

Cost

Session Rate Discounted Rate*
8-week $595 $495
6-week $450 $395
4-week $295 $250

*Discounted rate applies to Syracuse University alumni which includes current and former SUPA students, individuals with Syracuse University degrees and certificates and Summer College students and parents.

How to Enroll

Students and adults age 18 and above can self-enroll using these instructions.

Current high school students and graduates under the age of 18, begin your application here.  If you need assistance registering, please contact precollege@syr.edu.

Please note, you will need to have the 5-digit course number located in the Course # column of the table below for your chosen course.  Contact bursareg@uc.syr.edu if you have any questions or need help registering.