We’re proud to welcome Benjamin Anik as your new AIGA student group president! If you haven’t already, be sure to join the AIGA UCLAx Google group by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s a bit more about Ben as well as what’s in store for the AIGA UCLAx community in the New Year:
Tell us a bit about yourself and what led you to the DCA program.
Having gone to Undergrad as a studio artist at UC Santa Cruz, I knew I wanted to be in an artistic field. What led me to the DCA program was that when comparing similar programs at other schools, they all seemed very competitive and I felt that all the students were creating the same projects as one another, nothing unique.
At UCLAx I got the feeling that the program was more about helping me become a better artist and a better businessman. The DCA program not only has you creating a great portfolio, it also gives you experiences that are similar to those you will find once you leave the program. Real world skills with great tools as well as great portfolio pieces.
Are you focusing your studies in one area or are you still exploring?
With the opportunities at UCLA Extension, I would hate to limit myself to just one field. I make sure I take a wide range of classes that the DCA program has to offer, ranging from Print to Web Design and Photography to Package Design.
When I leave the program I will be able to take on any clients’ design requests because of the many skills I have learned as well as the business experiences I have encountered.
What can students expect for potential upcoming events this winter?
Students can expect a wide range of events coming up this year. From Group Workshops to help students understand multiple solutions for a single problem, to Field Trips and Guest Speakers that can show the unique perspectives of designers all around us.
If students have ideas for events or studio tours, how can they reach you?
I am always available by email at BenjaminAnik@gmail.com for any questions regarding the program, teachers, classes, and events. I would love to hear what other students think and hopefully be able to answer all their questions and concerns.
When I am on campus, which is frequent, anyone can feel free to approach me and I will gladly talk with them.