SURVIVAL TOOL MAKING
From camp-happy urbanites to professional explorers, Bay Area citizens can take their wilderness savvy to the next level with Adventure Out, one of NorCal's ultimate resources on all things wild. With the organization's flintknapping and stone tools course, students will be introduced and trained in stone technology, which sound like an oxymoron, but actually entails exacting processes like spalling, percussion, and pressure flaking. Apocalypse now!
Sep. 29-30, 10am, $250. Adventure Out, Santa Cruz. www.adventureout.com
A concentration within the school's counseling psychology degree, this is one of the nation's only master's in drama therapy. The program is intended for those who'd like to make their living implementing Erik Erikson's psychological prescription to "play it out." Courses focus on broadening self-understanding and activating dormant aspects of the human psyche.
California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission, SF. (415) 575-1600, www.ciis.edu
If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. After all, if our media sources aren't covering the news to your liking, it may be high time you became a newscaster. This program teaches students the appropriate research, writing, and reporting skills for careers in media forms including radio, television, cable, syndicated, Internet, and satellite news organizations.
Community College of San Francisco, 50 Phelan, SF. (415) 239-3285, www.ccsf.edu
PRODUCT DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT
For every consumer consuming, there must be an industry creating. San Francisco State keeps this basic fact of capitalism on the books by offering a degree that is as much kooky inventor as it is savvy economist. Process, people, and product provide the basis for this bachelor's degree in industrial design with a concentration in product design and development. Students will learn product design through researching technology, material, aesthetics, and the nuances of that ever-present invisible hand.
San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway, SF. (415) 338-1111, www.sfsu.edu
Body-conscious, food-obsessed Californians can thank their stars that some of the state's brightest students are equally as nutrition-oriented, and driven to make moves in the world of healthy eating. UC Berkeley's College of Natural Resource undergraduate degree in dietetics focuses on disease prevention through understanding metabolic regulation, genetics, and the biological and chemical sciences of nutritional studies. Graduates from the program are generally expected to gun for a future in food production, clinical settings, or community and governmental leadership.
UC Berkeley, 318 Sproul Hall No. 5900, Berk. (510) 642-7405, www.berkeley.edu