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    Gotta Aspire to Inspire Before I Expire.

    Gotta Aspire to Inspire Before I Expire.
    June 2010. My expected graduation date. So many things have been on my mind as of late! The future is what's been running through my mind non-stop, and at times it's caught me off guard on how quickly time is passing and how I'm halfway through my VC program at school! I admit I had a few weeks of doubts in ...
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    Visual Arts Education Guidelines

    Visual Arts Education Guidelines
    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Postsecondary training is recommended for all artist specialties. Although formal training is not strictly required, it is very difficult to become skilled enough to make a living without some training. Many colleges and universities offer programs leading to the bachelor’s or master’s degree in fine arts. Courses usually include core subjects such as English, ...
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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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    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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    "It's all about ambition. How much do you want this?"

    "It's all about ambition. How much do you want this?"
    I think I've pulled my first ever all nighter in college, the all nighter where I stayed up til 6am, napped for an hour or so, then got ready for another class. Doing that just totally messed up my sleeping schedule, which is why I'm blogging in this at approximately 1:30am. I have 2 more weeks of school left and it ...
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    Digital Photography for Designers

    Digital Photography for Designers
    First project we have done so far was learning how to adjust the ISO, aperture & shutter speeds to get a correct, yet creative, exposure. Our main objective was obtaining a deep/shallow depth of field in our photographs as well as explore a variety of compositions. For this particular project, I walked around Forest Park and Chicago shooting in the negative ...
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    Opinions of Online Study Changing

    Opinions of Online Study Changing - With Time Among Polk's major employers, online degrees are warmly accepted, but the public's perception is still evolving. But the climate seems to have changed in the past couple of years. A recent survey by the Distance Education and Training Council found more than 70 percent of corporate supervisors rate online degrees as "just as ...
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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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    Mental Health In Design

    Mental Health In Design
    Maintaining good mental health in the design world is interesting to me. Although I believe that a little bit of sick or twisted mental health can be a good thing for design and creativity, I also have to say that, as in everything, moderation is the key. I hate that part. In my past and through my "upbringing" in graphic design, ...
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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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    Photography Educational Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Employers usually seek applicants with a "good eye," imagination, and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography. Entry-level positions in photojournalism or in industrial or scientific photography generally require a college degree in photography or in a field related to the industry in which the photographer seeks employment. Freelance and portrait ...
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    Graphic Design Education Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement A bachelor’s degree is required for most entry-level and advanced graphic design positions; although some entry-level technical positions may only require an associate degree. In addition to postsecondary training in graphic design, creativity, and communication and problem-solving skills are crucial. Graphic designers also need to be familiar with computer graphics and design software. A ...
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    Contracts and the Small Print

    Contracts and the Small Print
    Contracts - The Small Print Isn't Small At All We all should know that a contract, preferably written and not verbal, is of utmost importance when procuring our design services. All sizes of design firms have them, and we've all seen, but have not necessarily read, the small print on the back of our credit card statements or when accepting the ...
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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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    Interior Design Education Guidelines

    h4. Education, Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement Postsecondary education—especially a bachelor's degree—is recommended for entry-level positions in interior design. In addition, 24 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico register or license interior designers. Following formal training, graduates usually enter a 1-year to 3-year apprenticeship to gain experience before taking a national licensing exam or joining a professional association. Designers ...
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    The College Search: Great Tips for Saving Money

    The College Search: Great Tips for Saving Money
    College may seem a long way away to high school seniors who are focused on that next big test or big football game. But the time to think about choosing and paying for college is now. Some early-admissions and scholarship deadlines are right around the corner, if they haven't passed already. That's not to say that students without a college pick ...
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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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    Does Your Minor Matter?

    Does Your Minor Matter?
    Many students spend so much energy deciding on college majors that they sometimes overlook a related - and sometimes equally important – question: What minor, if any, should you choose? As with so many career issues you'll face during the college years, there is no straightforward correct answer. Insofar as prospective employers are concerned, it all depends. But one thing is ...
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    A Working Classroom Teacher?

    A Working Classroom Teacher?
    I subtitle my blog, “A Working Classroom Teacher” because that is what I am, working. Teaching is hard work and those of us who teach work very hard indeed. Sometimes the work is in the planning, sometimes in the instruction, sometimes in the guidance of students, and sometimes the work is in figuring out what works best for us as teachers ...
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    The Importance of Setting Goals

    The Importance of Setting Goals
    If you think about it, the term “artist” is a “one size fits all” sort of category that probably doesn’t really come close to describing who you are and what you do. Damien Hirst, who famously chopped up sharks and floated them in tanks with formaldehyde is an artist; someone who makes a living painting traditional portraits is also an artist. ...
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