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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!

Interview with Recent DCA Graduate So Young Kim

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

So Young Kim

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

I enjoyed doodling and tracing some of the Disney animations on paper when I was young. I was one of the kids who was fascinated by Bob Ross’s magical drawing skills and flipped through the thick book of 100 Great Paintings. However, as I grew up, I realized that I would not be able to make a living doing fine art. Thus, after finishing my BA degree in Art from CSU Fullerton, I started working as a junior graphic designer in a small design studio.

While working, since graphic design is different from art, I felt the need to build a solid foundation on design principles and learn the design process. So I started searching for a graphic design certificate program and came across UCLA Extension’s DCA program. I wanted to get some credible and legitimate education which would help me land a job in the design industry. The DCA program offered courses that were very suitable for my needs and the curriculum seemed to be well structured with classes I was interested in taking.

What were your favorite courses and why?

Absolutely Design II: Collateral Communication with Mr. John Beach. It was exactly what I needed to get a comprehensive idea and understanding of how a whole design process is done from branding to brand application. The weekly guidance helped me figure out design planning and how to apply it in the actual designing. The feedback from the instructor and the discussions among the classmates guided me to further develop my understanding on design. It is no coincidence that I happened to create two of my favorite projects in my portfolio from this class.

I also really enjoyed Design History and Context. I was surprised how little I knew about the definition of graphic design and graphic design history. It introduced me to some of the greatest graphic designers of all time and I got inspiration from various graphic design movements. One major lesson I have learned in the class is the importance of designing something that is timeless, and I have been trying to practice it when designing.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

Since now I have completed my certification and have the most updated portfolio, I am ready to dive in to the job search. I wish to work in an innovative team environment where we can share and exchange ideas and learn from each other. I hope to be a key member who can make a positive contribution to some meaningful work and have the opportunity to be part of a successful team, achieving more than expected. I will continue to master my skills and learn new things, constantly keeping myself active in the creative world. Later down the road, I would love to learn more about interaction design and get more involved in a fast-changing design industry.

Congratulations So Young!

UCLA Extension 2022 graduation is June 13th!

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2022 Certificate Graduation Ceremony  

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You are cordially invited to attend the UCLA Extension Certificate Graduation Ceremony on Monday, June 13, 2022 at Royce Hall on the UCLA Campus.

Click here to reserve your complimentary graduate ticket and two (2) guest tickets. The deadline to reserve your tickets is Wednesday, June 8, 2022.

We look forward to celebrating you!  

Event Date:
June 13, 2022

Event Time:
4:30-6:30pm

Event Location
Royce Hall, UCLA Campus

All graduates and guests attending the graduation ceremony must adhere to UCLA COVID protocols.

Visit the Graduation website for timeline, attire, parking and other details.

If you have any questions, contact graduation@uclaextension.edu.

An Interview with Recent DCA graduate Renee Roos

Renee Roos

Congratulations to Renee on her recent graduation! Hear about her experience and see some of her projects below:

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

I was interested in taking the DCA program at UCLA Extension because I wanted to take a more creative route in my career path after completing my undergraduate degree in business and marketing. I thought that learning more about graphic design would compliment my degree while allowing me to do more of what I actually enjoy. 

What were your favorite courses and why?

Design III: Branding and Typography were definitely my favorite courses. I really enjoyed Design III: Branding because it allowed me to see the bigger picture for how a brand’s aesthetic must align with the brand’s identity and goals for it to appropriately communicate who they are and what they offer to their consumer. I also really enjoyed Typography because I didn’t know anything about it prior to taking the course and it made me fall in love with type. I find myself constantly searching for new typefaces and font trends in the design space.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

In 5 years, I see myself working for a very established graphic design agency that works with many CPG brands. I am currently looking for an agency role because I believe that I will learn the most as a designer in that environment. I am really excited to see how I evolve as a designer and where my career path goes from here. 

Congratulations Renee!

UCLAxOpen Free Course: Idea to Image: Illustration for Designers

Join us Tuesday, June 7th from 3 – 4:30pm PST for Idea to Image: Illustration for Designers a free short-course taught by Design Communication Arts instructor Patrick Hruby.

Illustration and graphic design have a long history of connection and oftentimes the line between the two are less defined than we think. Still, illustration can seem intimidating to many designers. In this short course, you will discover that illustration is less about technique and more about communication and connection. If you can tell a story, you can make an illustration. We will explore editorial illustration, surface design, and illustrative entrepreneurship.

Patrick Hruby

Patrick Hruby
Patrick Hruby

Patrick holds a BFA in Illustration from Art Center College of Design; illustrator and designer. Mr. Hruby’s clients include The New York Times, The Guardian, WIRED, Target, Sprint, The United Nations, and Taschen.

Enroll in Idea to Image: Illustration for Designers today!

An Interview with Recent DCA grad Rachel Hogg

Rachel Hogg

Congratulations to Rachel on her recent graduation! Learn more about her background and experience in the DCA program here:

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

I have always had a love for design. Whether it was editing my own photos for social media or laying out blogs on Tumblr, I enjoyed being creative at a young age, but never had an opportunity to really dive into it and learn from professionals. I received my undergraduate degrees from Cal State Long Beach in Dance and Journalism. As a journalism student, I was able to take a media design class, where I learned more about editorial and print design. I enjoyed this side of journalism, as it really allowed my creativity to flow and I was able to narrow my focus in the department to design and multimedia.

After graduating in the midst of COVID, pursuing a career post-college became difficult. I decided to utilize my time and broaden my knowledge in design to other areas. After much research, I found the DCA program and immediately knew it was exactly what I was looking for! The classes allowed me to go back to the basics and really get a grasp on what graphic design was. The program exceeded my expectations and truly prepared me for a career in graphic design.


What were your favorite courses and why?

My favorite courses in the DCA program were Design II: Collateral Communication, and Package Design. These two classes were challenging and helped me really see my true potential. The projects were a lot of fun and the instructors allowed the students the freedom to choose industries they were interested in working in. I was able to create work for my portfolio that really showcased my skills. I learned about the process of branding and gained experience in receiving feedback and pitching my work, and it really prepared me for the real world.


Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

In five years, I would love to be a full-time freelance brand designer. I enjoy working one-on-one with clients and bringing their visions to life. I want to create a name and brand for myself, with the potential of hiring others and being a small agency for local companies.

Congrats, Rachel!

An Interview with Recent DCA grad Tommy Evich

Thomas Evich

Congratulations to Tommy on his recent graduation! Hear about his background and see some of his projects below:

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

I had already begun teaching myself Photoshop when I met someone at a party who was taking an intro course in the program. We talked about design and she recommended the program. A couple of weeks later, COVID hit and I impulsively registered for three classes to fill up my time. From there I just fell more and more in love with design and ended up completing the entire program.

What were your favorite courses and why?

I really enjoyed Typography taught by Grace Magnus—she was so detailed and really took the time to offer feedback. I also really enjoyed Design History and Context. I found it really inspiring and gave me the freedom to explore different styles and aesthetics in my own design with awareness and knowledge of where those came from.

Please tell us a bit more about these stunning monthly playlist pieces you’ve shared here. What was the assignment and what was your process like, from inspiration to production?

This was actually a personal project that wasn’t assigned in class.

In September of 2019, I went to Paris to teach English and listened to a playlist I had made the entire time I was there. After leaving, I was struck by how easily transported I was back to the emotional state I was in while I was there every time I listened to it—I guess sense memories could be one way of thinking about it. This experience really got me thinking about the relationship between music, time, and emotion and the importance of those things to me.

During the pandemic, when it was easy for the days and months to bleed into each other, I wanted a way to remember everything as vividly as I possibly could, explore stylistically within my design, and share music that inspires me.

So, I decided to curate a playlist and design cover art for each month of 2021 and now also 2022. Through this project, I’ve been able to track my growth, interests, and progress and feel that each month serves as a touchstone for my journey as a designer and creative. I look at it as documentation—almost journal entries even. Each song I add takes me back to a certain place and time. One of the best parts of this is that through sharing these each month it’s led to new friendships and meaningful connections.

In terms of the process, the playlists are reflective, meaning that I make them at the end of each month. Throughout the month I collect bits and pieces—maybe find a new typeface I want to test out, new textures I want to play with, or a new layout idea. It all sort of builds up and I listen to the music and just create. The covers are definitely inspired through the music. Some of them are more planned than others, but I don’t really put any guardrails on it, just sort of do whatever I want to do and follow what inspires/ excites me. After they’re finished I can go back and revisit different moments in time and feelings through all the different playlists and cover art.

Where do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

In 5 years I see myself working in design/ art direction in the music industry.

Thank you, Tommy, and congrats again!

UCLAxOpen Free Course: What’s Your Brand Story?

Join us Thursday, May 12th from 2 – 3:30pm PST for What’s Your Brand Story?, a free short-course taught by Design Communication Arts instructor and Outstanding instructor Award winner Shirin Raban.

Have you ever struggled to quickly explain what you do to someone you just met? Did you ever wonder how people come up with short and effective descriptions about their creative careers or activities? Explore examples of professional and student brand stories and learn how to articulate the value and tone of your brand through a message that moves your audience.  

Shirin Raban

I am a brand strategy designer and documentary maker who teaches courses and workshops in branding and visual storytelling. My expertise is articulating the purpose of stories and visually communicating their messages. My passion is helping my clients and students project the authentic voices of their brands and stories.”

Enroll in What’s Your Brand Story? today!

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