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    A Refresher Course for Graphic Designers

    A Refresher Course for Graphic Designers
    I recently came across a book that is all about graphic design for "non-designers". At first I was a little offended. How can there be such a book? Don't they know that we designers have to go to school for quite a while to learn the basics of design and how to apply these basics to our work? How can a ...
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    Better Learning Through Art

    Boston, MA-Paintings Talk. Photographs speak of moments. To help students hear all this art, the National Endowment for the Humanities has created a new program that sends high-quality reproductions of 40 works of great American art to schools and libraries. Picturing America includes famous paintings, such as Emanuel Leutze's 1851 "Washington Crossing the Delaware," and photographs, including Dorothea Lange's "Migrant Mother ...
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    Choosing Design as a Degree Can Give You an Edge

    Choosing Design as a Degree Can Give You an Edge
    I’ve found that there are two types of designers; those with a traditional education in art or design and those who are mostly self-educated. Design is unique in that it is one of the few professions where you can teach yourself the basics in the comfort of your own home without much formal training. I, for one, consider myself a self-educated ...
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    Interior Design School Tips

    *Are you in interior design school? Here are some tips that I found really helpful to my career:* h4. Work while you're in school Work for a designer, showroom or supplier. This will provide you with invaluable real world experience. This can translate into better jobs after school and a better understanding of what area you want to focus on. [widget:9_steps_guide_design_benifits] ...
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    Choosing the Right Design School

    Choosing the Right Design School
    *Preparing Students for an Ever-Changing Industry* What is your design program teaching you? In the late 1990s, more than a dozen graphic-design experts came together to lay out, once and for all, the difference between what design-education programs offered and what a student needed to learn in order to succeed in the field. As many design educators saw it, such a ...
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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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    Master of Fine Arts

    Master of Fine Arts
    The Master of Fine Arts degree is a specialized, terminal degree available at the graduate level in both fine arts and design. The same aspects that distinguish a BFA from a BA are what differentiate an MFA from an MA. The MFA is a concentrated "professional" degree for students seeking advanced education prior to becoming practicing artists or designers. A practicing ...
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    Five Points Illustrators Must Know for Art School

    Five Points Illustrators Must Know for Art School
    *1. Formal education is necessary.* Most people might think that art can be easily self-taught, and that any good hobbyist has a good shot at becoming a successful illustrator. The truth is, learning to draw and paint is one of the most challenging and frustrating tasks a person can take on, and having experienced instructors can ease and speed-up the process ...
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    Photography student turns passion into photographic career

    Photography student turns passion into photographic career
    Catalina Manzano points to shoot inside Charlie O's; a local jazz spot in the San Fernando Valley. Manzano has been photographing jazz musicians since 1990. Her lens has captured the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and Ted Williams; among others. Growing up in East Los Angeles, Catalina Manzano followed the encouragement of her father to take pictures of the boxers ...
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    Continuing Your Continued Education

    Continuing Your Continued Education
    The majority of us have done it already - gone through school to obtain some sort of design or art degree. The grueling days of classes, projects, and tests are over. We're out in the work world and, hopefully, have a job that we like. In school, we've been trained on the latest design software applications and feel pretty proficient in ...
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    Five Signs You Should Change Your Major

    Five Signs You Should Change Your Major
    If you've got a major you are thinking of changing, you're far from alone. But how do you know whether you should go ahead and actually make the move? Try this checklist: h4. You're Bored to Tears in Your Current Major Courses Suppose you're majoring in chemistry, and every time you go to one of your chemistry classes, you fight to ...
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    I Have to Pick a Major -- Now What?

    I Have to Pick a Major -- Now What?
    Every time you're on break from school, someone hits you with that most common question asked of college students: "What's your major?" For months, you've been able to get away with responses like "I'm not sure," or "I'm keeping my options open." But now - thanks to your school's academic rules, your parents' incessant nagging or even your own impatience - ...
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    I bought myself a new toy

    I bought myself a new toy
    The White Stripes, a.k.a Meg and Jack White, have branched out from the music business to try their hand at the world of Lomography cameras. The result is a pair of branded, limited edition retro Holga and Diana semi-replica cameras that come complete with a cool look and a bunch of extras for photography lovers. The “Jack” Holga comes complete with ...
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    Confessions of a First Year Design Student.

    Confessions of a First Year Design Student.
    So, the shock of being back in school is over, and now we’re actually *gasp* LEARNING STUFF. Can I really complain when my homework is taking pictures, drawing, and playing with construction paper and glue sticks? (Yes, I am a university student. Yes, my homework involves gluing construction paper to posterboard using glue sticks and scissors. Is there anything wrong with ...
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    Drawing: Cause and Solution to All of Life’s Problems

    Drawing: Cause and Solution to All of Life’s Problems
    I started off this morning with my favorite little art trick ever, one that I’ve used ever since I was a teenager. In the weird little twilight that exists between being awake and asleep - that lull that comes over you just as you start to be aware of your surroundings upon waking up - I planted an idea in my ...
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    Getting Older Students Into the Mix

    h4. Key Demographic Bruce Chaloux, director of student access programs and services for the Southern Regional Education Board, says colleges in his region have long missed out on a key demographic. By his group’s count, 20 million 25- to 55-year-olds in 16 southern states have enrolled at a college but left without a degree. "Some institutions have reached out to them, ...
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    Earn Your Degree in Web Design

    Earn Your Degree in Web Design
    Receiving an education in web design could be the way to turn your love for the web into something that will pay the bills! Web design is more than HTML; it incorporates graphic design, programming, and visual arts in addition to several other specialties. Participating in a web design program can give you a solid foundation to get started in this ...
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    Type Talk

    Type Talk
    As graphic designers, many of our projects call for creative typographical solutions. How do we do this? How do we come up with the best type - typefaces and fonts - to make the project all come together? Let's talk about it. h4. The Definition First of all, let's talk about the difference between a typeface and a font. A typeface ...
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    Are You a Good Art or Design Student? - Part 1

    Are You a Good Art or Design Student? - Part 1
    We’re only a few weeks into the fall semester, but its never too early (or late) to think about what it takes to be a good — or even great — student. This is not about talent or smarts. Being a good student is a skill and an art in itself. Over the years I’ve noticed some of the qualities that ...
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    Fine Arts Programs Prepare Students for Real World

    Most fine arts students used to exist in a bubble - running to class in paint-splattered clothing and practically living in their studios, channeling their muse and honing their craft. Once they graduated, those who were driven enough to try to make a living off their talent still had a lot to learn about running a business. But now many universities ...
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