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    What Makes a Good Art Instructor?

    What Makes a Good Art Instructor?
    This article was originally published on FineArtTips.com. Gary Holland began his studies alone, learning by copying famous artist’s paintings. Later he would study with such instructors as Daniel Green, Ramon Kelley and Zhang Wen Xin. His recent work includes paintings that reflect the life and culture of the world’s poorest children. Combining art with compassion, Gary Holland founded the For the ...
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    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer
    It can be difficult to merge into the graphic design “fast lane.” The transition from student designer to a first career job can be terrifying. The feelings of being unprepared and/or overwhelmed are totally normal. As I spend time mentoring students at a college level, I have witnessed these emotions every semester. Put your fears aside. With some research and preparation, ...
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    Transition from Student Designer to Career Designer

    Approach the On Ramp Following are some things to consider before you put your hands on the wheel. During this step in the process, you’ll do some industry and market research to better inform your job search process. 1. Do your homework Study the market you wish to live in. Determine whether you’d prefer to work for an agency or ...
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    10 Ways to Make an Art Internship a Permanent Job

    10 Ways to Make an Art Internship a Permanent Job
    From super intern to full-time pro! Internships. College credit or learning experience..or both? Definitely both, but also consider it as an opportunity to become a full-time player in the design industry rather than just a student trying to pass a course. Internships should be treated as a real job, even if you're not paid! Your employer is giving you the giving ...
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    Important Art Skills They Don't Teach in Design School

    Important Art Skills They Don't Teach in Design School
    Art schools teach you the fundamentals of art. Your curriculum probably covered art history, how it evolved from ancient times and how it has developed in recent years — the evolution of technology has guided art from canvas to computer screen. Art school also covered topics such as the elements of art (line, shape, color, etc.) and has given some training ...
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    Art Students: Portfolio Show Dos & Don'ts

    Art Students: Portfolio Show Dos & Don'ts
    The last semester of your senior year in design school is pretty tough. It's even tougher when your years of class taking and projects have a chance to become a piece in your portfolio. Pieces that together, will hopefully allow you to standout from the competition and get your perfect graphic design job straight after graduation. [widget:lead_gen] What's the name of ...
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    The Details of an Online Education

    The Details of an Online Education
    Not since the revolutionary invention of Gutenberg’s printing press in the 15th century has a single technology so dramatically changed the future of education as the web. Just as movable type helped create a booming university culture in the late-middle ages, so too has the modern web created an educational paradigm shift. Not only has the web democratized education, it has ...
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    Will I Use My Art Education in the Real World?

    Will I Use My Art Education in the Real World?
    Taking what we learned in class to the real world. Oh I've been in your shoes. Getting class before you're late for the critique on those 20+ thumbnails you spent hours and hours doing the night before, er even morning of. Lugging around a stuffed binder of papers organized according to each deadline you've suffered through: highlighted internet research, thumbnails, rough ...
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    Is Film School Right for You?

    Is Film School Right for You?
    Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, and Francis Ford Coppola all had something in common besides a gift for storytelling and a distinctive cinematic vision: they all attended film school. While aspiring filmmakers can learn a lot just by watching the films of these men, they can learn even more about the business and various elements they’ll need to be successful in film ...
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    How Students Can Prepare for an Art Career

    How Students Can Prepare for an Art Career
    Interview with Chrissy Garrett of SCAD Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) is a leading art school located in Savannah, Georgia with campuses in Atlanta, Hong Kong and southern France. With over 9,000 students enrolled, they offer majors in many fields of art and design along with innovative learning experiences. Chrissy Garrett is a Career Development Specialist there, whose background ...
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    Jumpstart Your Career Right Out of Art School

    Jumpstart Your Career Right Out of Art School
    I wish they used Helvetica on my diploma — Friendly advice from a 3 month old graphic design graduate. It's here. That time when all those long, late nights of staring at that brightly lit computer screen, changing the leading, making sure the text didn't bleed off the page, checking if the images were in CMYK, and most importantly, consistently saving ...
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    Choosing an Art School? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Pick

    Choosing an Art School? 5 Questions to Ask Before You Pick
    Looking for an art school that's a perfect fit for you? Narrowing down all the possibilities can be daunting. There are so many factors to consider, so many questions to be answered. We’re here to help. We’ve consolidated all your questions into five key factors to consider when picking an art school. Follow these guidelines and you're sure to find the ...
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    5 Ways to Screw Up Your Art School Application

    5 Ways to Screw Up Your Art School Application
    So you want to go to art school? Getting an art degree can successfully turn your passion for art into a career. Not only do you get a well-rounded education and an opportunity to hone your artistic abilities, but an art degree stands out on your resume and boosts your chances of getting hired. So how do you get your foot ...
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    Get Your Art Degree While Working Full-Time

    Get Your Art Degree While Working Full-Time
    The alarm goes off at 5:30 am, and you could swear you went to sleep five minutes ago. First a quick shower, followed by the finishing touches on that homework assignment due tonight over coffee and breakfast — if there’s time. Then it’s off to work, a solid eight-plus hours of time where you’re busy with reports, meetings and other assorted ...
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    How to Get Into Art School

    How to Get Into Art School
    Getting an art degree will give the right skills and abilities to make a living out of what you love, as well as help you meet people and mentors who share your passion. For students seeking a Bachelors or Master’s degree in Visual Arts, it’s more than just artistic talent that will get you accepted into your dream art school. Successful ...
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    HISTORY Offers Opportunities for Teacher & Student Innovations—Register Now

    HISTORY has developed an extensive education outreach program connected to America The Story of Us, including curriculum guides, contests, and a live webcast. We are pleased to be working with the President’s Committee for the Arts and the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services on library and student contests. A contest for teachers to submit innovative lesson plans ...
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    The Benefits of Teaching TeachDesign Early

    The Benefits of Teaching TeachDesign Early
    A group of Austin designers is helping students at a local high school recreate their campus. Designers, through training and experience, develop a different lens through which to see the world. They move through spaces, environments, and systems, making observations and developing insights about what works well and what doesn’t. They then use those observations and insights to create innovative solutions ...
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    How Volunteering Can Boost Your Creative Career

    How Volunteering Can Boost Your Creative Career
    Income…$0. Value…Priceless. It’s always a good thing to give back. Whether it is doing hands on service with a group like Habitat for Humanity, or assisting in the back office of a local non-profit, there are benefits beyond money that come from volunteering. Apart from just the positive feeling of sowing good actions into a cause you believe in and the ...
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    Finding the Right Design Gig

    Finding the Right Design Gig
    Most of us, especially as freelance designers, come up with the challenge what types of gigs to go after. There are times when the jobs come rolling in and we don't really have time to differentiate between them. That can be a really good thing. But, there are also times when the jobs aren't rolling in so much and we have ...
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    Tips for Design Grads During Hard Times

    Tips for Design Grads During Hard Times
    How Much Education? You've graduated, been out of school for awhile, and have been working out in the world. Things seem to be going pretty well. Suddenly, some things have happened in the workplace, and the world, and you feel that something is missing. What is it? Do you feel that you still know all of the things you learned in ...
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