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The Stevenson University Visual Communication Design program requires every student to complete a 120-hour internship. Valerie Shaney, a senior Photography Track student and a passionate portrait photographer, just completed her internship with Photography by Brea (http://www.bybrea.com/), a wedding photography company located in Reisterstown, MD. Her internship mentor, Breanna Shaw, allowed her to work on site assisting at her clients’ weddings and engagement shoots, as well as in the office.

This gave Valerie the opportunity to experience the hands-on aspects of wedding and portrait photography while also learning how to run a successful business. She completed her required hours primarily shooting weddings on spectacular summer weekends, but also put in office hours during the weekdays. ...Click here to read more.

Layla Thompson graduated in May 2014, but before she graduated, she already had a job… the exact interactive and print design job that she wanted.

Upon transferring from CCBC with her Associate’s Degree, Layla became a non-traditional student and full-time employee for Stevenson University in the Office of Information Technology. Before graduation, she was offered a full-time position as Digital Design Specialist to the Creative Services department at UMBC where she is currently working in both a print and web design environment. A project that Layla is currently designing — and is very excited about — is the Winter Session catalog and all corresponding publications (posters, website, etc.)....Click here to read more.

Memorandom Senior Exhibition Video
Watch the video above for memos about the artwork from the designers.

"We had a tremendous turn out! The gallery was full and everyone was engaged. This was the most diversely interactive exhibition that we produced. This show was very conceptual and the students executed it," commented professor Lori Rubeling, who is also the curator for the GALLERY@Case[werks] in Baltimore.

Seniors in the Exhibition Design class were given an open-ended creative brief to explore Visual Communication Design specifically in a gallery context. From there, students practiced design thinking, and through collaboration, discussion, and editing arrived at this year's exhibition concept of Memorandoms. The show explored the powerful world of interactive message-making today. It analyzed society's relationship to social media messaging and how it affects people's attitudes, engagement, and behaviors.

In addition to creating the artwork, students were responsible for designing, curating, installing, and promoting the exhibition. They sent out their message about the show through traditional print pieces as well as social media campaigns.  #sumemorandom

The Memorandom Senior Exhibition was displayed from April 17 to May 23 in Stevenson's Greenspirng Art Gallery. Work of seniors Nick Crossen, Derrick Cullen, Jack Darlington, Katie Fersch, Caitlin Foarde, Chris Jaeger, Abby Monson, and Kristina Rowe were featured in the senior show.


View the Stevenson Flickr album for more images from the exhibit opening.

AIGA Baltimore held its annual Ink & Pixels Student Design Conference at Stevenson in the new School of Design building. Ink & Pixels, is one of the area’s largest events that is focused on helping students and recent graduates prepare for a career in design.

VCD Associate Professor Sarah Joy Verville gave a presentation on “Creating a Killer Digital Portfolio” at the conference. VCD Alumna Christina Bittinger Melito, who is now the Senior Designer at Frank. Strategic Marketing, lectured on “Landing a Job 101.” Jen Dodson, Chief Creative Officer at Adashmore Creative, talked about “Making Sure The Price is Right.” The keynote presentation, “Reinvent Yourself: Commit to Being Flexible,” and was given by Cory Hudson, Senior Creative Director for AOL Networks/Advertising.com

Students from Stevenson and other regional institutions presented their portfolios to numerous regional design professionals and received constructive, one-on-one evaluations in the afternoon. Attendees practiced their interview skills and gathered honest feedback about their portfolios and resumes to help them prepare to embark on careers in the design industry.
 

Help-Portrait Collage 2013
 
Imagine not having a professional photograph taken of you in 30 years. That was a reality for many men in the recovery program at Helping Up Mission and their families, before they came to Help-Portrait.
 
18 Stevenson students, faculty, and community members volunteered at this year’s Help-Portrait event in downtown Baltimore. Photography students grabbed their cameras and photographed those in need. Visual Communication Design students used their digital imaging expertise to give the portraits a professional touch. When the prints were ready, the photographs were delivered. The day was about “giving” the pictures, not “taking” them. Help-Portrait is a global movement, and to date 282,295 people have been given their portraits at these events.
 
This was the second year that students in Stevenson’s Art & VCD program, AIGA, and Photography Club have participated in this event. An exhibition of the Baltimore Help-Portrait photos will be held in the Stevenson School of Design Gallery in November 2014.
 
Check out the video capturing the Help-Portrait day featuring VCD major, Kate Kotowski.
 
Help Portrait Video Poster 2013

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