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Fall Quarter Getty Design Studio Placement

Work done by previous DCA intern, Naomi Hotta

Work done by previous appointee, Naomi Hotta

Applications due Tuesday, August 27.

THE WORK
The student will partner with a lead designer to develop graphic design solutions for various print ephemera connected with the Getty, including Education and Performing Arts. Work will involve collaborations with internal clients, production and web staff to coordinate deliverables. The Design Studio is a fast-paced, deadline-driven, creative environment that develops high quality design solutions.

THE SITUATION
The Design Studio at the Getty will offer a fully set-up MAC workstation for the successful student candidate. Work must be carried out at the Getty Center Design Studio.  The position is 12 hours per week, with preference for 2 six hour days (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday 8:30 – 3:30 with 1 hour lunch break).

PAG 39-40

Getty Center

QUALIFICATIONS
• Working knowledge of InDesign and other Adobe CC programs.
• Ability to generate a design solution quickly and carry it through to completion.
• Strong communication skills.
• DCA certificate candidate.

APPLY
Send your resume, cover letter and three work samples to dca@uclaextension.edu by Tuesday, August 27.

Need help with your cover letter? Kate can help: dca@uclaextension.edu

DCA Graduate Interview: Michael Kao

Michael Kao

Congratulations to DCA graduate, Michael, who was recently accepted to SVA NYC’s MFA Design program!

Tell us about how you got interested in design and what brought you to the DCA program.

Hi, my name is Michael. I was born in Ohio and raised in Taiwan. Since I was little, I was always drawn to images and loved to draw and color. Growing up, my parents took me to art classes, and I drew pictures for my friends. When I moved to Los Angeles for high school, I was introduced to oil painting and began visiting art museums. I decided to study graphic design in college because I wanted to combine my artistic talents with design skills. After I graduated college, I have been working in the design field for over five years. As a working professional, I wanted to continue to learn and improve my craft. UCLA Extension’s DCA program offers a wide variety of design classes with flexible schedules. It suited my needs perfectly and has helped me grow as a designer over time.

What were your favorite courses and why?

All the classes were great. My favorites were Advertising Design and Publication Design. In Advertising Design, we learned about different kinds of advertising campaigns and designed ads for brands and products we loved. Anya pushed us to develop ideas into designs that engage and persuade consumers on a deeper and emotional level.

In Publication Design, I created an environment and conservation magazine titled Sustain. I gathered interesting articles that I wanted to share with people. All the spreads were designed to be unique but with a cohesive look as a whole. Throughout the course, John’s feedback and class critiques really helped make our magazines better every week.

When and why did you decide to pursue an MFA?

Since I began working as a graphic designer, I always strived to be better and chase after my career goals. After many conversations with my family and close friends about personal growth and dreams, it was almost two years ago that I decided to start pursuing an MFA. While juggling work and DCA classes, I utilized most of my weekends to thoroughly rework and prepare my design portfolio. On top of real-world projects, the DCA program has better prepared me for MFA applications. I am glad all the hard work is paying off. I am also very grateful for all the support I received along the way.

What are your long-term goals for your design career?

My long-term goal for my design career is to become a creative director for a company and/or an organization that I believe in. I am passionate to work for a good cause and to make positive and meaningful impact in the world through design. I am excited for the next chapter of my design path!

Thank you, Michael!
UCLAx Visual Arts

Course spotlight: Media Experimentation (online)

Henrique Teixeira

Instructor Michelle Constantine tells us more about this dynamic course, which you can enroll in today:

In this new iteration of Mixed Media, now Media Experimentation, we’ll include digital tools. The old version of the course focused heavily on analog tools and experimentation. We’ll cover some collage tools in Photoshop and there will be a few projects that allow students to work both digitally and analog. Students will have more freedom to move between digital and analog work with support from the instructor.

Aimee Nash

Understanding how to make things analog is important and can open up worlds for students. Learning how to bounce from analog to digital can be helpful for students who want to push their work further.

The course focuses on mastering Media Experimentation tools and techniques; we’ll collage and explore creating with analog and digital tools.

Thanks, Michelle!

Enroll in Media Experimentation today.

Interview with Recent DCA Graduate, Maitrayee Punjabi

Congratulations to recent DCA graduate, Maitrayee Punjabi, who shared some info about her time in the program with us:

Tell us about how you got interested in design and what brought you to the DCA program?

I was always interested in art. My mom’s background in architecture helped me grasp 3D visualization along with geometric and pattern work. My fascination in tech led me to pursue a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. After university, my friends and I started working together on freelance jobs for web and app development. During that time, I started working with Photoshop and Illustrator and that piqued my curiosity in design communication. It was the perfect blend of art and technology and I loved it. I knew I wanted hands-on experience in that field and I’m glad I found that in the UCLAx program.

What were your favorite courses and why?

Design II (Collateral Design) and Design III (Branding). In Collateral Design, I learned a lot about the entire design process. For a project, we had to hand-build our products, packaging, and brand collateral. I really enjoyed problem-solving and coming up with creative solutions for brand identity. This class helped me open my eyes to how branding works.

If the phone rang right now and somebody offered you your dream design job, who are they, where do they work, and what’s the job?

The person would be from a company most likely be in the entertainment or tech-product industries. I would love to be able to help work on their branding, product, packaging, and motion graphics.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

I see myself as a multimedia designer at a partnership studio.

Thanks, Maitrayee!

Design II final presentations: fall 2018

One amazing benefit of taking Design II: Collateral Communication with Henry Mateo is the opportunity to present your final project at a design studio or cultural institution around Los Angeles. So far, DCA students have been invited to present their work at:

• Hammer Museum
• Clever Creative
• Looking
• Hunt Design
• Gensler (Los Angeles)
• Brand Knew
• Edmunds
• Design Works (BMW)
• RKS Design
• The Creative Pack

By being exposed to these great design venues, our students have found employment and have expanded our network of designers from our program.

As Henry put it, “I’m always beaming with pride when they’re able to deliver quality work to our design community.”

Congrats to these students, and thanks so much to Henry Mateo for all his hard work and dedication!

Check out a few of the students’ work in the gallery below:

 

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