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Mixed Media & Collage Student Projects

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Ashley Margo, “Book Blue & Yellow” 2013

In anticipation of her Spring quarter Mixed Media & Collage for Artists and Designers, Instructor Michelle Constantine shared some amazing student projects from last fall’s section of the course.  From intricately altered books that resemble landscapes to inspired uses for antique photographs, these student projects show off the breadth of visual strategies and techniques covered in the course.

In Michelle’s interview with us last August, she explained that students in the course will “work on weekly mini projects that serve as explorations of media. You will explore the techniques and mediums shown in the video demo each week. You will also work on personal portfolio pieces throughout the quarter that will grow and evolve as you learn and grow creatively.”

For more information or to enroll, see here.

Handmade Typographic Poster Workshop

On Saturday, Feb. 1st, a stellar group of DCA students convened at Looking LA studios for the second and final part of John Clark’s Handmade Typographic Poster Workshop.  Using hands-on methods to create one of a kind typefaces, students then documented their poster objects to create some amazing portfolio pieces.  Our Program Director and Manager were on hand to document the fantastic work created in this intimate workshop.

For more photos of student’s work in progress and final posters, check out the UCLAx AIGA Facebook page.

Business of Photography in Photoshelter’s Top 50

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Todd Bigelow, Portrait of Shabazz Muhammad for Sports Illustrated

Photoshelter, a worldwide leader in photography portfolio websites, photo sales, marketing and archiving tools for photographers just listed our very own Todd Bigelow and his Business of Photography course as one of their 50 Awesome Photo Workshops from Around the World.  Judging from student feedback and our insight into Todd’s extensive knowledge and expertise, we couldn’t agree more.  Currently offering the workshop at Otis, it will return to UCLA Extension in our upcoming Summer quarter on July 12th & 13th.

Art & Typography Buffet @ LA Art Book Fair

For a critical mass of unique publications, editions, and ephemera, Angelenos needed to look no further than the LA Art Book Fair which took place this past weekend at the MOCA Geffen.  A large contingent of LA-based artists and designers joined organizations and publishers from New York, Europe, South America, and more to provide a in-depth range of material for every taste and budget.  Check out a very small sampling of the amazing books and zines on display below, and be sure to stop by when the LA Art Book Fair returns next year.

Feb. 5th | Blueprint: Finance for Everyone

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Managing finances is an essential task for the health of creative business. This panel will feature candid conversations on best practices about keeping books, working with an accountant, and preparing for tax time. Discussions will include the financial benefits and consequences of sole proprietorship, LLC and corporations. Join moderator Rob Valerio and panelists Miata Edoga, President of Abundance Bound, Bryan Scott Bellomo, Financial Head Coach of Abundance Bound, and Travis Kasper, Tax Attorney, as they discuss how to build a financial foundation for future growth.

Students can register for FREE here.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Center For Early Education
563 North Alfred Street
West Hollywood, CA 90048

For more information, please visit the AIGA Los Angeles website.

Feb. 4th | Michael Lejeune talk @ USC Roski

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On February 4th, USC Roski School of Art and Design hosts Michael Lejuene, Creative Director for Metro (Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority) for a talk on his design career and current projects with Metro.  Metro’s 30-person Creative Services group creates award-winning core communications elements for the nation’s third-largest transit agency, including advertising, wayfinding and environmental graphics, timetables, maps, fare media and customer information, bus and rail fleet design, web and mobile presence, and merchandising.

Prior to joining Metro, Michael was Project Director at KBDA, the award-winning design and branding studio in West Los Angeles. He managed projects for Acura, Nike, 3Com, UCLA and Hilton Hotels, as well as writing for the City of Monterey, La Opinion and MicroTherapeutics. He also served as Creative Director for the 32-member in-house marketing agency of City of Hope Cancer Center. Freelance projects include work with The Music Center, The Natural History Museum of LA County, Crossroads School and The Brentwood School.

February 4, 2014
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
University Park Campus
Gin. D. Wong Auditorium
Harris Hall

For more information, visit USC Roski’s Calendar of Events.

Spring Enrollment began Feb. 3rd

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Edgar Degas, “Woman Seated besides a Vase of Flowers” 1865 via The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Why wait until the last minute?

Spring quarter courses open for enrollment on Monday, February 3rd.  We encourage students to enroll early not only to guarantee your spot in a course, but also to take advantage of our early enrollment period – which offers a 10% discount on most course fees.  Please visit our website to browse Spring courses and enroll.

Spring quarter begins March 31st and concludes on June 22nd.

LA Art Book Fair and Art Los Angeles Contemporary

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Photo courtesy of LA Art Book Fair and Desilu Munoz

Coming up this weekend, right on the heels of the  LA Art Show and Photo LA, are two big events highlighting a range of contemporary art from our city and abroad.  Beginning January 30th, the Barkar Hanger in Santa Monica hosts Art Los Angeles Contemporary.  Bringing together over 60 established and emerging galleries, the fair aims to offer “an informed cross section of what is happening now in contemporary art making.”  You can learn more about the fair and how to purchase tickets here.

Also taking place this weekend across town at the MOCA Geffen is the LA Art Book Fair, presented by Printed Matter.  This second annual fair brings together “over 250 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers” who will be exhibiting their unique books, prints, and ephemera.  The LA Art Book Fair will also host an intriguing series of events – from artist’s talks and panels, to a discussion with the Women’s Center for Creative Work, and even the “performance of a sound file that attempts to liquify form as wave” – that will be sure to make for engaging topics of conversation all weekend long.

The LA Art Book Fair is free and open to the public – you can learn more about the fair, including a comprehensive schedule of events here.

AIGA UCLAx | 72andSunny Recap


This Wednesday, AIGA UCLAx members convened at 72andSunny for an insightful tour of their studios with Maria Scileppi.  From a talk with the brand team that oversees Skylanders, to indispensable career advice from Scileepi, the visit was a great opportunity to connect with one of the many design trendsetters who are making an impact globally but based right here in Greater LA.

Their timely visit to the new office space came as the advertising agency’s profile continues to rise.  As noted by Amanda Lewis in the latest edition of LA Weekly, “72andSunny is at the top of the heap, landing clients like Smirnoff and Carl’s Jr. and recruiting stars such as Megan Fox and Jonah Hill.  The agency hires curious self-starters while eliminating ego and scoffing at expertise, so everyone contributes. At “Yes and” meetings, inspired by the improv-comedy mantra that prevents shutting down others’ ideas, brand teams spitball without judgment or doubt. Mock-ups are quickly affixed to the office’s translucent walls with magnets, a system taken from Dutch design culture, which invites honest feedback and avoids hurt feelings by divorcing the work from its creator. Later, when the script or the visual is more refined, the team rigorously evaluates what it has done in the manner of an art-school crit.”

Read more about 72andSunny in the LAWeekly, and stay updated on future AIGA UCLAx events here.


Interview with Recent DCA Graduate Molly McGlone

L’Olivo project for Design II by Molly McGlone


Besides impressing us with her excellent portfolio, we were also delighted to learn Molly landed her dream job at Williams Sonoma only days after finishing her coursework in the DCA program.  We recently caught up with her via email to discuss her thoughts about the program, pursuing the design field, and advice for those of us just getting started.

Tell us about your background and what led you to pursue a design education?

I have been interested in design for as long as I can remember.  Growing up I was really drawn to interior design, although I always considered that just a hobby.  I ended up studying Sociology as an undergraduate at UCLA, not knowing what I wanted to do after. I had an itch to be more creative, though.  I interned with an event designer and producer and also for a wedding designer in LA.  I fell in love with weddings – the details, the design, the branding, the paper – it really excited me.  I worked on blogs, storyboards, concepts, etc. and I increasingly saw the importance of a background in graphic design.  After much thought, I decided that was the logical next step for me.

Looking back, what are your thoughts about the DCA program and why did you choose UCLA Extension?

I researched programs and found that UCLA had both relevant course offerings and a schedule that allowed me to continue working while taking classes.  I was very interested in learning calligraphy at the time, and stumbled upon the work of Molly Suber Thorpe.  I read that she was a graduate of the DCA program, so I emailed her and asked her some questions about it.  All answers were positive and exactly what I wanted to hear before signing up.  The program ended up being perfect for me.  My instructors were phenomenal, my classmates were smart and creative, and the courses were very relevant to the real world.  The program was thorough, but I never felt like it was dragging on.


L’Olivo project for Design II by Molly McGlone


What was your favorite class and why?

This is a tough one.  Design II with Henry Mateo is at the top, along with Publication Design with John Beach.  Both instructors really made my DCA experience what it was.  They taught us to think like designers and really pushed us to create amazing work. They were wonderful creative directors.  I actually wish I was still taking classes with them today!

Tell us about your current position and what led you there?

While I do love the wedding world, I wanted corporate experience when I finished the DCA program.  Williams-Sonoma was always a dream company for me; I felt like my style and passions were in line with their brand.  I ended up getting an interview 2 weeks before classes ended, and started working there right after I graduated.  I am a designer on the e-commerce team, so I design for web all day, everyday.  It is actually very different from what I thought I would end up doing, but it has been a wonderful experience so far.  I am learning a ton, and it is great to work on a large creative team.  There is a lot to learn from everyone!


L’Olivo project for Design II by Molly McGlone


As a designer, what does a potential project need to have for your to feel passionate about it?

I definitely have a style and I always tried to stick with it when designing in class.  Henry used to tease me because I wouldn’t want to stray from it.  If I am not interested in what I am designing, it’s hard for me to be passionate and creative.  But ultimately, that is a problem a lot of designers face.  We don’t always get to pick our projects – we design for a client, not for ourselves.

Any advice for budding designers just starting out?

Keep designing!  Update your portfolio and have an online presence. Take the job even if you think it isn’t the perfect one.  You will end up learning something new and it will likely be something that will be very useful for you going forward.

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