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Happy Holidays, Visual Arts community!
Before we leave for our annual office closure (Dec 23 – Jan 1) I wanted to share some of the thoughtful words that recent DCA students have said upon completing the program.
Enjoy your break, and we’ll see you in the New Year!
–Kate, Cristina, Ana, Nathan and the rest of the Visual Arts team
“The DCA certificate has made an enormous impact on my professional experience. It has contributed not only to my creativity, but to truly think outside the box and deal with a project in a fast but elegant approach.”
–Marta Carissa Castillo Vasquez
“The DCA program helped me explore the whole other side of the design world, figuratively and literally. It helped me learn and develop my skills. It helped me figure out what I was passionate about and where my strengths and weaknesses are as a designer. I think it’s amazing to have professionals from the industry teach us. They helped us get ready for the outside real world with the most updated tool set available. And finally, this program introduced me to so many amazing people who I can now call mentors, friends and colleagues and for that I’ll be always grateful! “
“The DCA Program helped me realize exactly what field I want to work in, as well as show me a number of techniques and skills I didn’t even imagine I’d learn or know.”
–Harrison Bradford Huss
“It was a leap of faith. I was in a completely different field when I decided to take classes at UCLA Extension. At first I was hesitant, but my instructor was amazing and very encouraging, and so I took that leap and I don’t regret it. I’ve met many great designers via the DCA Program that I know I’ll keep in touch with in the future. Now I’m in a happier place and am confident to go through with my career change. If you can afford to make that leap, I say go for it!”
“I have gained a good foundation and the skills to successfully pursue what I am most passionate about- Graphic Design!”
–Monica S. Rawlins
“The DCA program transformed my career from fashion to graphic design.”
“I really enjoyed the DCA program from learning the various design tools of the trade, to understanding the entire design process, and expanding my creativity techniques and critical thinking skills. Also, the instructors bring tremendous real world experience to each class.”
–Stacy L Kupcheni
“I’ve made great progress after learning in Design Communication Art program. The DCA program taught me not only design skills but also the strategy of problem solving. It’s an approach to a higher level design. I will recommend UCLA Extension to my friends and coworkers.”
–Li-Yuan Selina Liu
“I like the fact that it covers a wide range of courses which prepares me to be a well-rounded designer.”
–Man Ting Kong
Our Motion Graphics sequence consists of three courses, includingMotion Graphics I, Motion Graphics II, and, new course this winter: Motion Graphics III. Instructor David Dodds tells us more about it:
Why is Motion Graphics III important for my design education?
In Motion Graphics III you will learn to work faster, smarter and more creatively. Learn the latest features in After Effects, and efficient ways to get things done. Through mentorship I’ll help you develop your creative voice, and actualize your ideas. In addition to advanced motion graphic assignments, I will help you develop 3 independent projects. We also will focus on career and Motion Graphic portfolio development.
Do you have a sample assignment we’ll be working on?
One assignment will be to animate Futuristic HUD Elements. These types of user interface elements are seen in Iron Man or the Star Wars movies. After setting up our layers correctly in Illustrator, we will transfer the Illustrator HUD assets into After Effects and animate each layer professionally. Finally we will add a camera, depth of field, a motion track, and composite the HUD in a video. The skills learned in this project can be used to create professional motion graphics for video games, movies, and infographics.
What will I take away from this course?
Tips and tricks for advanced animation techniques
Keyboard shortcuts and mapping techniques to maximize any workflow
Motion Graphics portfolio and career development
Career Research skills
How to tackle complex design and creative challenges and bring them to fruition
Practices for finding or refining your unique creative voice
Thank you, David. Enroll in Motion Graphics III today!
Recent DCA graduate, Odul Saroz,has successfully blended her background in fashion design with the DCA program to create a powerful, unique skill set. After her final portfolio review, program director Scott Hutchinson described her work as, “Insanely good.”
Tell us about how you got interested in design and what brought you to the DCA program.
“My interest in design evolved around my interest in art, specifically drawing and painting by my mother’s encouragement. Later on, I studied fashion design and worked as a fashion designer for several years, then I started discovering and making graphic design-related projects and realized that it excites me more. To enhance my design vision and skills, I wanted to study abroad and found the DCA program which was a perfect fit for my goals. The variety of courses offered in the program helped me a lot to get a customized education and made me feel comfortable using graphic design tools and concepts when I was switching my career.”
What were your favorite courses and why?
“Design II: Collateral Communication class with Henry Mateo had a broad impact on my design approach and taught me to think from a different perspective while I was making design decisions and managing the process. The task he gave us was creating two completely different products and their brand identity. Therefore, I found out a better understanding of the process and demographic information are as important as the project itself. When I was taking the class it was challenging; however, after I completed it I was definitely more confident in design and felt that I can finalize any kind of project from vision to product.
Also, Typography class with John Beach was one of the most fundamental class in the program. His specific profession and sensitivity in type led me to grasp typography deeply and constantly incorporate my knowledge from the class to any task I would get now or in the future. Last but not least since I always wanted to work in entertainment-related projects Jag was a great instructor. His style, experience and critiques as my mentor in the program were very crucial.”
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?
“Before I started the program I envisioned myself doing exceptional designs for movie posters and creating album arts for my favorite musicians. Also, I am very passionate about museums and contemporary art so anything related to those fields would fulfill my goals as a designer. I’m hoping to have the opportunity to work for all of them!”
Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?
“To be an art director in an agency or a company that has similar ethics to mine and prioritizes being creative. At the same time, I’d like to do personal projects and keep growing as a designer and artist. I would rather consider myself as more than one thing, so my expectation is to never stop learning and utilize my design skills for good reasons and bring awareness to good causes.”
Curious what you could learn in the 8-unit DCA elective, Frontend Web Coding Boot Camp? Instructor Mitch Gohman shared specifics about it with us:
Students will develop a real-world website that leverages the concepts covered throughout the course and meets modern industry demands.
- HTML. You will be able to identify and generate key HTML language ingredients for more meaningful and semantic documents.
- CSS. You will be able to create Cascading Style Sheets that expands on the functionality and appearance of HTML documents.
- Web Hosts and Publishing: You will be skilled in obtaining hosting space, managing domains, and publishing web content to a public server.
- Web Application Design Considerations. You will be skilled in creating websites that meet the common constraints found in Web Design.
- Hello HTML, CSS and JS
- HTML Building Relationships
- CSS Selectors
- CSS Responsive Media Queries
- CSS Navigations
- CSS Positioning
- CSS Layouts (Flexbox, Floats, and Positioning)
- JS Fundamentals
- JS Syntax
- JS Class Switching
- JS Tabs
- JS Lightboxes
- JS Arrays, Loops and Automation
- JS Slideshows
- JS Scope and This
- Publishing Websites
- Final Project Workshop
- Final Submissions
Please contact Kate at email@example.com with any questions. Thanks!
Are you considering Publication Design with John Beach for one of your DCA electives?
Check out this stunning final project created by recent DCA graduate, Stella Musi:
Publication Design is offered every fall quarter, in the classroom.
Any questions? DCA advisor Kate Reeves can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications due Tuesday, December 3.
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. 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).
• 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.
Send your resume, cover letter and three work samples to email@example.com by Tuesday, December 3.
Need help with your cover letter? Kate can help: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kudos to DCA instructor Shirin Raban for organizing a field trip for her Design II and Design II students to NBC Universal Telemundo! And thank you to her student for the invitation.
Shirin says, “It was really interesting to see how they deal with on air graphics and to be in that environment. They also shared personal stories and info on internships and resumes and work place expectations which was super valuable. “
Here are some photos from the event: