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UCLAxOpen free course – Playing With Time: Looking Backwards into the Future of Motion Graphics

On Tuesday, October 4th from 12-1:30pm the Visual Arts presents: Playing With Time: Looking Backwards into the Future of Motion Graphics

In this free short course taught by design educator Emma Berliner you will:

-Explore the formal properties and possibilities of motion design
-Gain the foundational fluency to incorporate motion media into your own design practice beyond the end of the course
-Develop a historical framework and vocabulary for understanding and producing time-based moving image work
and
-Understand the key concerns of video and motion graphics within its larger historical context

This opportunity is part of UCLAxOpen, your gateway to no-cost personal enrichment and professional development courses and seminars offered via UCLA Extension.

Emma Berliner selfie

Emma Berliner

Emma is a LA-based designer & director who loves dogs & disco. She holds an MFA from CalArts in Graphic Design and a BFA from the Film & Television program at NYU Tisch; where she was awarded the Martin Scorsese Young Filmmaker’s Award and the Oliver Stone Screenwriting Grant for her thesis film.

Her past illustration and design clients include CalArts, Vogue, Nylon, Goop, Annapurna Pictures and Paramount TV. Emma publishes books under the banner mixedgreens and exhibits at Printed Matter’s Art Book Fair.

Join us!

Interview with Recent DCA Graduate Charlotte Potter

Congratulations to recent Design Communication Arts graduate Charlotte Potter! Charlotte began her UCLA career as an undergrad, then came back to UCLAx to earn her DCA certificate. She tells us more about her experience below:

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

After earning a degree in International Development Studies from UCLA, I gravitated instead toward positions that drew on my longtime love of art and design. From assisting in set dressing on television shows, to designing merchandise for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, to creating the brand identity for my own sustainability business; I loved the creative processes involved in each. I started taking classes in graphic design on Skillshare and watching Illustrator and Photoshop tutorials on YouTube and pretty quickly fell in love. I knew it was the direction I wanted to take my career in so I enrolled in the DCA program to get a more structured education.

What were your favorite courses and why?

Typography and Design IV: Capstone. Apart from the excellent teacher I had for Typography (Grace Magnus!), what I loved most was exploring typefaces throughout history and learning all the basic rules when it comes to setting type. I knew very little about grid systems, kerning, leading, or tracking before the course so it was fun to see how much my designs improved after learning some of those basics.

I also really liked Design IV: Capstone (again, in huge part because of such a great instructor, Pash). But also because it was such a good experience getting to work in a group on a single project that spanned the whole quarter. We really learned how to refine both our designs and our presentation skills. I received some of the most helpful advice for my future design career from that final course.

Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?

In five years, I see myself working as an in-house graphic designer collaborating alongside other talented, driven designers, creating innovative assets for a mission-driven brand. As I begin my job search, one of my main goals is to find an inspiring team that I can learn from. Eventually, I see myself moving towards freelance work and focusing on branding.

Congrats again, Charlotte!

COURSE SPOTLIGHT: WordPress Theme Development: Deploy Professional Websites as a Front-End Developer

Thanks to long-time web instructor extraordinaire, Mitch Gohman, for telling us more about this exciting new elective he’s offering this fall:

Why is this course, WordPress Theme Development: Deploy Professional Websites as a Front-End Developer important for my design education?

WordPress is one of the most popular solutions for designing and developing websites on the market today. Equipped with a Content Management System, customers can change content without web development skills. As a web designer, being able to design custom themes for websites, means you can focus on building the look of a website, while your customers focus on the content. 

Do you have a sample assignment we’ll be working on?

The following we built on a custom WordPress theme for one of my clients: https://perennialstrength.com/

What will I take away from this course?

A better understanding of how WordPress and WordPress themes work, helping you become more versatile in the types of projects you support.

Thanks Mitch!

Enroll in WordPress Theme Development: Deploy Professional Websites as a Front-End Developer today!

Interview with Recent DCA Graduate Kristopher Bicknell

Congratulations to recent DCA graduate Kris Bicknell! You can view his work along with other outstanding DCA graduate portfolios in our gallery. He tells us more about his experience below:

Kris Bicknell

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

My background is in theatre, and I started doing graphic design years ago out of necessity. Working on small theatrical productions, there was always a need for people with extra skills, and I usually ended up volunteering to make a poster for the show. Over the years, more and more people started asking for my help with graphic design for their productions, then their personal brands, then their small businesses etc. And as I did all that work, my passion for graphic design grew. I finally reached a point where a career change to graphic design felt imminent. But I was mostly self-taught and felt like I could use some more formal training. Enter the DCA program, stage left. I had taken some other one-off courses and online bootcamps, etc., but this program fit the bill in terms of course offerings, flexibility (I took all my classes online), and getting to walk away with a certificate.

What were your favorite courses and why?

I took two motion graphics courses with David Dodds that were excellent. David is an engaging and delightful teacher, and prior to the courses I didn’t have much of an interest in motion graphics, but the coursework helped me realize that motion is a completely natural fit for my background in theatre. I got to use storytelling techniques and design together in a whole new way.

The Mentorship course is also an amazing opportunity to focus on an aspect of your work that you want to focus on, and to get one-on-one personalized feedback from an industry professional. I can’t recommend highly enough that folks find a teacher to do that with. I did mine with John Beach, and he helped me grow and find my voice as a designer.

Where do you see yourself professionally in five years?

My goal is to keep exploring the intersection of theatre/storytelling and graphic design, and in five years I’d like to be working full-time as a freelance designer in theatre, film, and TV.

Congratulations, Kris!

UCLAxOpen Free Course: Web3: How NFTs and Smart Contracts Are Changing The Digital Landscape

Join us Thursday, August 25th from 12–1:30pm PT for Web3: How NFTs and Smart Contracts Are Changing The Digital Landscape, a free short-course taught by Design Communication Arts instructor Michael Newman.

Like what you see? Enroll in Michael’s full 11-week course on these topics in fall quarter!

This talk will introduce Web3, Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), and Smart Contracts by sharing real-world use cases and examples such as NFT drops, Web3 websites, and the role of NFTs in the Metaverse. We’ll explore a variety of practical implementations, successful experiences, and even a few failures. The talk will include a high-level technical overview making it easy to understand the technologies and some fun, hands-on demos available to all on a free public testnet (test network).  

Michael Newman

Michael Newman is a Creative Director and Interactive Developer specializing in new media, content development and creative solutions. Michael has worked as an Executive Producer and Creative Director for companies including AT&T, VoxPop and Network Live. He has held Director of Interactive positions with companies as diverse as the irreverent Heavy.com and Independent Film Channel and worked at Viacom Interactive and the ad agency D’Arcy.

Michael has an eclectic background – With early access to the Apple ][ computer he spent much of his youth programming video games and tinkering with technology. He received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts where he focused on oil painting. He taught digital filmmaking at Pratt Manhattan, and currently teaches a variety of design and development courses for UCLA Extension.

An active participant in the maker movement, Michael has exhibited projects at TEDx, Maker Faires and museums, including an an SMS controlled Nerf machine gun, a hands-free skeeball game and an analog, hand drawn video game. He currently lives on an island by the beach with his wife Katharine and sons Jack Tesla and Luke Edison.

Enroll today!

Color Methodologies final projects shine

Instructor Henry Mateo is known for going above and beyond the call for his students, and this past quarter of Color Methodologies was no different. Check out some of the most notable final projects below. And here’s a description from Henry of the assignment: 

“These are fragrance bottle packaging concepts. The students chose a target market and customized a color palette for that target market and applied it towards the packaging.” 

Antonia Moure
Jason Page
Nicole Feliciano
Jesse Ren
Christopher Hager
Ratirat Kanasawat
Ratirat Kanasawat

Great work!

UCLAxOpen free course: Character Animation is Your Super Power to Bringing Stories to Life

On Tuesday, July 26th from 2-3:30pm, motion graphics instructor David Dodds presents: Character Animation is Your Super Power to Bringing Stories to Life.

This free workshop is for anyone interested in bringing stories to life with animation. Corporate videos, entertainment, and explainer videos are increasingly using animated characters. Learn the process of creating your first animation, and explore the tools professional animators use on TV shows such as The Simpsons, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and Tooning Out the News.

Topics will include:

· Overview of compelling video creations currently being created
· Discuss the demand in the industry and how these skills are needed
· 4 work spaces in Character Animator
· How to start a project
· Rigging basics
· Puppet preflight
· Customizing with Adobe Illustrator
· Backgrounds
· Audio recording and editing
· Face recording and editing
· Exporting video files

David Dodds is a Los Angeles-based motion graphics designer. His experience spans a decade in motion graphics, special effects, broadcast design, character animation, and infographics. He has worked for studios such as Stardust, Mirada, Logan, and NFL Networks. Author of Hands-On Motion Graphics with Adobe After Effects CC: Develop Your Skills as a Visual Effects and Motion Graphics Artist.

The one-day opportunity is part of UCLAxOpen, your gateway to no-cost personal enrichment and professional development courses and seminars offered via UCLA Extension.

DCA Student Work: Jennifer Slogar

Check out the wonderful magazine project below by recent DCA graduate Jennifer Slogar, which she completed in our Mentorship course with Mentor/Instructor Shirin Raban.

Jennifer Slogar

What was your inspiration for this project? What problem were you trying to solve with design?

I’ve been running my own business here in Orlando since 2019. Over the past few years, I’ve become involved in the community at markets and selling wholesale. I came to see what a vibrant and incredible small business community there was in Orlando, so I wanted to design a magazine to spotlight some of these businesses. My main goal was to raise awareness of these small businesses in a saturated market.

What was the research process like?
I spent some time seeing what other similar publications were doing, and how I could add my own twist to it. I met up with several business owners to interview them in person. I got such great material this way.

You used your own photos for this magazine instead of relying on stock images. How did that change the design process and final product?
I used photos that each business provided because I wanted their voice to really be shown.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Interview with Recent DCA Graduate Krysta Ohle

Congratulations to recent DCA graduate Krysta Ohle! You can view her work along with other outstanding DCA graduate portfolios in our gallery. She tells us more about her experience below:

Krysta Ohle

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

I’ve always loved to paint and draw and knew that I wanted to be a part of a community of artists and designers. I took some time to focus my passions and found graphic design to be a unique visual craft that showcased all my skills. In addition, graphic design resonates with my interest in developing a strong visual language and I found this art form to be an outlet to communicate ideas and messages to the public in a creative way. Making this interest a profession allows me to share design that directly impacts and inspires people. I am grateful that this program aligned my passion with practice and allowed me to nurture my creativity in a uniquely professional way.

What were your favorite courses and why?

Package Design, Typography and Media Experimentation were my favorite courses in the program. I absolutely loved Package Design because it showed me there are so many aspects of the product to design and consider. I learned that designing a package is ever-changing and allows the designer to be completely unique and stand out from others. Through the Typography courses, I learned how to set the tone and convey a brand message using imagery and type. In the Media Experimentation course, I was able to experiment with different media variables. This encouraged me to be more adventurous in my designs and it allowed me to explore and experiment with color and composition.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

Professionally in 5 years I’d hope to see myself as a creative consultant/director. I want to take with me the skills I’ve learned through this program and my own individual experiences and style. I think with passion, patience, and determination, I can go far.

We do too, Krysta. Congratulations!

UCLAxOpen free course: Design a Brilliant Career and Find Your Professional Purpose

On Tuesday, June 21st from 3-4:30pm the Visual Arts presents: Design a Brilliant Career and Find Your Professional Purpose.

In this free short course, design education leaders Scott Hutchinson and Dave Moon will teach you how to take your design career goals from lackluster to brilliant.

This opportunity is part of UCLAxOpen, your gateway to no-cost personal enrichment and professional development courses and seminars offered via UCLA Extension.

Dave Moon

Dave Moon is currently serving as an art and design professor at California State University, Northridge. In January 2022 he was recognized with one of the California State University’s highest honors — the Wang Family Excellence Award. He is the Communication Design area head and faculty/business advisor for IntersectLA. Prior to his current appointments, he served as chair of the Art Department and Interim Dean of CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication. Dave founded or co-founded a number of student-based creative enterprises, including the Center for Visual Communication (VISCOM), DesignHub, META+Lab, RADIUS, and most recently, IntersectLA, a design, marketing, and strategy agency. He has always been focused on student learning and creating innovative spaces that encourage collaborative learning via a “learn-by-doing” model, and Dave developed a handbook to assist other educational institutions in replicating the model to further connect education with industry. Additionally, he has authored two textbooks: Design Strategy for Effective Branding and Power-Up YOU: A Personal Branding Handbook for Artists, Creatives, and Designers. Both books were developed to serve students seeking jobs upon graduation. Dave has 30 years of experience in higher education and helping students find jobs, and he continues to make student success his highest priority.

Scott Hutchinson

Scott Hutchinson is the Program Director of the Visual Arts at UCLA Extension. Currently he is organizing TEDxUCLA.

More about Scott: I work for the design, studio, photography and art history programs at UCLA Extension, in addition to consulting and teaching in the area of commercial design. My training is as a designer, with a BA and MFA from UCLA’s Design Media Arts program, and I specialize in identity work for a variety of non-profits, mainly in branding, identity systems, social media and web development. Board activity includes National AIGA Design Educators Committee, AIGA Los Angeles Education advisor, United Designs, UCLA Volunteer Center, and sustainability committees on campus, UCLA Extension, and the Green Observers Foundation. Speaker at a variety of conferences on design, visual literacy, semiotics, and social media.

Enroll in Design a Brilliant Career and Find Your Professional Purpose today!

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