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The UCLA Extension Certificate Graduation Ceremony was Friday from 4 – 6:30pm at Royce Hall. This was a great moment to recognize all of the hard work our certificate students have done and celebrate their accomplishments. It’s also a nice chance for certificate students across many disciplines to celebrate together. Visit our main UCLA Extension website for details on the event.

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Livestream of the packed Royce Hall event:


Submit your work now for EMERGE

poster from previous EMERGE event

 The annual student EMERGE exhibition will be held at the Architecture & Design Museum  May 12th to June 3rd, 2012.EMERGE is an annual exhibition of graphic design work involving students from various colleges and universities in the greater Los Angeles area. The show is organized by AIGA LA Education Committee and provides an opportunity to AIGA student members to showcase their design work.

The DCA Program is accepting your submissions now. Please email up to three images of your best work to dca@uclaextension.edu  by Sunday, April 15th.

You’ll also want to make sure you’re enrolled in the certificate program and that your AIGA membership is current. When I receive your submissions I’ll email you an official submission form.We look forward to seening your work!Go to aigalosangeles.org for more info.

It’s Your Show! Call for Submissions


It’s that time again! Time for “It’s Your Show,” our annual exhibition of student work from the areas of design, fine art and photography.

This is a fun event that brings together students of all disciplines. Plus, you can bring your friends to the opening, and there’s wine and cheese!

Please read the submission guidelines below carefully. It’s important to properly label your e-mail submissions, and remember that it’s limited to three submissions per student!

Submission Deadline:
Midnight on Sunday, April 15

Opening Reception:
Friday, May 11, 6:30 – 8:30pm
UCLA Extension
1010 Westwood Center Gallery, 4th floor

Open to all original work presented in a UCLA Extension Studio Arts, Photography or Design Communication Arts course in the last two years. All genres, formats, and media are eligible. Three submissions maximum per student.

Submission Guidelines:
Digital submissions only.

Email design work to dca@uclaextension.edu.
Email photography and fine art work to visualarts@uclaextension.edu.

Files should be .pdf or .jpeg images no larger than 1MB and named in the format described below. Include your name and phone number in the body of the email.

Digital File Label:


All entrants will be emailed on or before April 27 regarding their submission(s). Students will be asked to bring their original artwork to 1010 Westwood Boulevard in advance of the show and be required to sign a release of liability at that time.

Special recognition will be given by a jury of Los Angeles artists to projects displaying excellence in specific elements of art and design.

Questions? Call (310) 206-1422.

AIGA LA Student Portfolio Review

DCA students, don’t miss this great opportunity to not only receive critical feedback on your work but to also meet other students and professionals in the local design community. Click here for reviewer bios. 

Register Now as there is limited room and the fee doubles at the door.

Event Description
The AIGA Student Portfolio Review is a day-long event designed to give students­­—about to embark on a career in the design industry—a dvice on how to present themselves and their work. This prestigious event brings together over 50 industry professionals with 100 AIGA student members for the purpose of portfolio review. Students receive thoughtful, constructive, one-on-one evaluation of their work by an array of design professionals—art directors, senior designers, educators, and hiring managers—from the greater Los Angeles area. The goal is to offer candid advice about student portfolios based on professional experience.

9am – 4pm

Westwood College, Los Angeles
3250 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Show map

AIGA Student Members $15
pre-registration deadline March 6
Day of Event On-site Registration $30

DCA grad snags 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes at AIGA (Re)Design Awards

It’s exciting enough when a student’s work is recognized in a professional competition, but when recent DCA graduate  Molly Dain Suber Thorpe let us know that she and her employer, softfirm studios, won 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes at the AIGA (Re)Design Awards this fall, we were beyond thrilled.

Molly and softfirm submitted three projects in the “Social Responsibility” category as a for-profit firm.

You can check out their winning designs here.

Final Typography Project Shines

When a student forwards me artwork from another student because she is so taken with it, I know I’m in for a treat.

Such was my luck last week when I learned of Shyh-Shiun Jerry Wang’s “dot matrix” assignment from his Typography course with instructor Andrew Byrom.

Students were asked to create a dot matrix alphabet from something they saw around them, and Shyh-Shiun chose to use the UNEX Fall 2011 catalog cover designed by DCA instructor Masaki Koike. The quarterly catalog certainly is a ubiquitous fixture here at Extension, so it was so rewarding to see Shyh-Shiun’s clever reinterpretations:

Typography will be offered onsite as well as online this winter quarter.

Winter Quarter Getty Design Internship

Image of work done with previous intern, Sara Vadgama
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 Design Studio at the Getty will offer a fully set-up MAC workstation for the successful student candidate. The Internship position is 16 hours per week. The work must be carried out at the Getty Center Design Studio. Allocation of hours can be flexible —ideally the intern would be here two 8 hour days per week (8:30 – 5:30 with a 1 hour lunch break), and option 2 would be four 4 hour days (8:30-12:30 or 1:30-5:30).
•Working knowledge of InDesign and CS4 programs.
•Ability to generate a design solution quickly and carry it through to completion.
•Strong communication skills.
• DCA certificate candidate.
Send your resume, cover letter and three work samples to dca@uclaextension.edu by Friday, Dec. 16. I’m happy to help you prepare your application and answer additional questions or put you in touch with past interns.

Jewelry by Hannah Kaufman

Hannah Kaufman, a student in Coleen Gee’s Handmade Jewelry class, sent me some images of a beautiful piece she did as part of a project.

I asked Hannah for a bit of background, and here’s what she had to say:

“I have been making beaded jewelry my whole life, since I was 4 years old. I have been in the diamond business for 15 years, designing high-end jewelry for a store (JR’s Diamonds & Jewelry) in Sherman Oaks. I have always wanted to be able to actually create the metal work I was sketching and finally decided it was the right time after finding Coleen’s class at UCLA Extension.

The inspiration for the butterfly came from a close friend of mind who calls herself “Butterfly Dreamer.” The assignment called for a spider on a web….I decided to alter that image a little into something more “beautiful.” 🙂 The whole thing came together quite serendipitously, with Coleen encouraging me to push myself every step of the way.

This is my first time creating a hand-sawed piece and soldering and making a pin back!

I’m truly excited for the future of my collection as I have been given amazing confidence in this class and know that it will only get better from here!”

You can see more of Hannah’s work on her website, hannahmade.com. Her tag line is “Every Woman Is A Muse”©. I like it!

Thanks to Hannah for sharing her piece – I have to say, for the first time sawing and soldering, this is amazing work.

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