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UCLA Extension Visual Arts offers individual courses in design, user experience, art history, photography, motion, VR and fine art. In addition, we offer certificate programs in Design Communication Arts, User Experience (UX) and Photography. The majority of our courses are open enrollment.

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Interview with Recent DCA Grad: Xinyi Yang

Learn how recent DCA graduate Xinyi Yang combined a background in advertising with design skills in the DCA program, her favorite courses, and more:

Tell us about how you got interested in design and what brought you to the DCA program.
My background is in advertising. After graduation, I got a job in one of the tour operators as a marketing specialist. My daily job required me to do the design of newsletters and banners, which I hadn’t learned a lot in my school. I decided that it was time for me to improve my working skills. Friends of mine suggested to me to take design classes in UCLA extension. I am glad that I took the class and enrolled in the DCA program.

What were your favorite courses and why?
Typography and Design III: Branding. I always had the problem of choosing the typo in the banner. Typography class really helped me a lot with that. The professor of Design 3 is awesome. He always pushed us to improve and inspire our potentials.

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?
I would like to be in the entertainment or gaming industry. To help them work on their products and branding makes me excited.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?
I see myself as a product manager.

Thank you, Xinyi!

Spring Quarter Getty Design Studio Placement

Work done by previous DCA intern, Naomi Hotta

Work done by previous appointee, Naomi Hotta

Applications due Monday, March 9.

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 Monday, March 9.

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

Course Spotlight: Code Literacy

Curious what you’ll learn in our new Code Literacy course? Instructor John Selig tells us more:

Why is this new course, Code Literacy, important for my design education?
There are countless advantages to understanding even basic programming concepts in today’s world. In many modern jobs, the difference between a good designer and a great designer is an understanding of not just how the product should look, or what it should do, but how the product will be built; there are synergies you can capitalize on, and issues you can avoid, by designing with an eye toward the technical details. Not everyone needs to be a developer, but anyone who works with one can be a little better at their job by speaking this language! And learning about programming can also help improve your logical reasoning, systems thinking, and sharpen your eye for detail.

Do you have a sample assignment we’ll be working on?
Well, I’ll give you two! The first week, students will be tasked with a new spin on the classic “robot” exercise, where they’re asked to teach a robot how to make a peanut butter sandwich; it’s not as simple as you might think! But another project that I’m particularly excited for is a team exercise where students will work together to design a simple playing card game—first on paper, and then in code!

What will I take away from this course?
My main goals for the course are:

1. To reduce the anxiety that many people feel when faced with the intricacies of complex technical systems. I’ve taught hundreds of students of all levels, and this is a real thing: nobody likes to face something that they see as confusing and scary! But it doesn’t have to be that way!

2. To demonstrate ways that even a basic understanding of code can make your life easier, with real world examples including Gmail, JIRA, Slack, common computer tasks, finances, spreadsheets and much more.

And finally, 3. No matter what your background, I believe the skills, concepts, and tools presented in this class can help make you better and more effective in your career, whatever it might be. We’ve got something for everyone!

Thanks, John!

Enroll in Code Literacy today.

Interview with Recent DCA Grad: Laurie Racicot

It’s not hyperbole to say that design can change the world. Arguably no previous DCA student has better coupled top-tier design communication with a pressing social issue–in this case, the climate emergency–to enact change. We’re thrilled by what Laurie Racicot has produced in the DCA program, and by the role she will play in enacting climate justice.

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

I’ve been interested in design for as long as I can remember. I believe it relates to every subject, every issue, every part of the world. So when I decided I wanted to create a career that could make an impact for good, it was a natural choice. I chose the DCA program for its amazing flexibility. I live in a small town and have small children. The options for challenging academic programs that fit into my life were pretty slim. I’m thankful that I found this program that let me build my skills remotely and on my own timeframe.

What were your favorite courses and why?

Typography II was one of my favorite courses. I had a great instructor and I really enjoyed getting into the nitty-gritty of how type communicates on the micro and macro levels. We got to refine letterforms and design magazine spreads.

I also really enjoyed the Publication Design course, which I completed as a mentorship because it’s not yet offered as an online class. It was fascinating to build a magazine concept from the ground up. I got to choose a subject I was passionate about, research the audience, and write a creative brief from scratch. Then I got to stretch my art direction, illustration, and typography skills.

I enjoyed Art Direction Boot Camp for the same reasons. I like the strategic thinking that goes along with writing a creative brief and doing all of the research that goes along with it.

And I can’t forget to mention Color Methodologies, one of the very first courses I took. I just really love working with color!

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?

I have many dream design jobs at the moment, here is one: I would get a call from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, or maybe someone at the Sunrise Movement, asking me to be Art Director for a campaign to promote the Green New Deal.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

I will be a freelance art director and design strategist with enough professional connections that I can choose to work exclusively on projects related to climate justice.

Congratulations, Laurie!

DCA Graduates: In Their Own Words

Publication Design by recent DCA graduate Stella Musi

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! “
–Maitrayee Punjabi

“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!”
–Judith Park

“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.”
–Odul Saroz

“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

“Leave Behind” Design by Maitrayee Punjabi

Course Spotlight: Motion Graphics III

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!

Interview with Recent DCA Graduate: Odul Saroz

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.”

Congratulations, Odul!

Frontend Web Coding Boot Camp: FAQ

Design by DCA graduate Laurie Racicot

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:

Course Description

Learn to powerhouse web languages and toolsets to create immersive and impactful web-based environments in this intensive web coding boot camp. Become fluent in HTML (content), CSS (presentation), and JavaScript (behavior), the essential tools of a front-end web developer. Explore framework integration to speed up development and build responsive, grid layouts that meet today’s requirements for mobiles, tablets, and desktops. Examine contemporary design trends and real world practices to design and build a fully functional, modern, responsive website from scratch.

Outcomes

Students will develop a real-world website that leverages the concepts covered throughout the course and meets modern industry demands.

Course Competencies

  • 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.
  • JS. You will be skilled in the fundamentals of JavaScript as a foundation for the interactivity of Web Applications.
  • 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.

Outline

  1. Hello HTML, CSS and JS
  2. HTML Building Relationships
  3. CSS Selectors
  4. CSS Responsive Media Queries
  5. CSS Navigations
  6. CSS Positioning
  7. CSS Layouts (Flexbox, Floats, and Positioning)
  8. JS Fundamentals
  9. JS Syntax
  10. JS Class Switching
  11. JS Tabs
  12. JS Lightboxes
  13. JS Arrays, Loops and Automation
  14. JS Slideshows
  15. JS Scope and This
  16. jQuery
  17. Publishing Websites
  18. Final Project Workshop
  19. Final Submissions

Please contact Kate at dca@uclaextension.edu with any questions. Thanks!

Photos: DCA field trip to NBC Universal Telemundo

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:

Nice work!

Recent DCA Graduate Interview: Felipe Farme D’Amoed

Learn more about Felipe, and the unique skill set he’s leveraged in his stand-out portfolio:

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

My relationship with design started with drawing while in class at school in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Although I did that often, I never thought that was something I would pursue. After many years and different career paths I was introduced to design while working to create the visual identity and branding of the InvestEGGator, a 3D printed faux turtle egg with a tracking device. I worked alongside an Australian design agency who opened my eyes about how design really worked. That was the moment I decided to switch to what I love doing now, designing to tell a story. I knew about UCLA Extension through a friend and found the DCA program, which opened the doors for me to begin the transition to where I am now.

What were your favorite courses and why?

What I loved about the program was how gradual students were introduced to the techniques and eventually using them to express what they envisioned in their minds. It felt liberating to be able to hone the skills to put the ideas into a physical form. With that said, so many courses inspired me. To name a few, Design III: Branding, Package Design, Design II: Collateral Communication, Advertising Design and Designing Experiences were the most enticing to me by the depth of concept they relied on. These courses allowed me to focus on the message I wanted to come across and use design as the medium to attractively convey that. I believe these courses together with Publication Design were crucial to shaping me into understanding the world that Design has to offer in all its aspects.

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?

That’s a tough one. I can imagine myself in so many different roles, but that’s what fascinates me. As I said, a job that would allow me to visually convey the message in a unique way to the end user would motivate me every day. This job would definitely be related to the environment and conscious consumption, teaching people in unorthodox ways about problem solving as a community. Unorthodox is where environmental design comes in, where the experience would shock and entice, giving the correct awareness to the issue in place. I am deeply motivated by plastic and ocean pollution, and conscious consumption. I would love to work in a place where this was the focus, as there is a lot of room to prosper and educate people about consuming the right products and services that bring us together and create positive social and environmental impact.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

Having my own business addressing social and environmental issues with unique experiences and innovative design that breaks the norm we unfortunately see very so often out there today. I would love to take Palo Audio further and use that as a medium to connect us to nature. I also want everyone in the world to have access to clean water. Not sure how yet, but I’ll get there. Let’s catch up in 5 years…

Thank you, Felipe. And best of luck with your worthy goals!

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