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Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Visual Communication design are allowed to submit a portfolio of work to enhance their application and to be considered for talent-based scholarships.

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(Left to right) Grace Greason, Sammy Smith, Krystal Carpintieri, Hailey Guit, Jessica Hernandez

New and old officers from Stevenson’s AIGA club attended this year’s Ink and Pixels to show off their portfolios and practice their interview skills with professional designers. The students had a chance to receive in-depth critiques on their portfolios, resumes, and cover letters.

Ink and Pixels is an annual event that helps designers gain a new perspective for their portfolios or to ask questions and get advice from experienced designers. It is a great opportunity for juniors or seniors who are looking for some feedback or to network with professionals. Ink and Pixels has even helped students land internships. Be sure to mark your calendars for next year’s event!

The Mill (CM 402) had the opportunity to visit Sagamore Creative. The class was given a tour of City Garage, a facility where companies and designers of different fields works under one roof. After the tour, the Sagamore Creative team spoke to the Mill about their shared client, Baltimore Greenway Trails Coalition. The students designed printed and web deliverables while Sagamore Creative is currently in the process of rebranding. They walked the students through their problem solving methods, a “blueprint” that listed out what they and the client would need to do in order to complete any project and include the client in the process.

At Sagamore Creative, their motto is "thick skin and candor," something that all designers need to learn and follow as they go out into the “real world.” Designers need to learn not to take criticism personally and to be open to conversation about design aspects between themselves and the client.

Fashion Photographer and ASMP (American Society for Media Photographers) Baltimore Chapter vice president Sean Scheidt teaches a workshop to Advanced Studio Photography (PHOTO 341) students. ​ Sean presented his work and talked to class about business of photography, working with clients, and building a supportive creative crew for fashion photo shoots. Students learned how to work with a model, and how to create interesting lighting scenarios for strong visual impact.


Corrin Johnson photographed by André Chung during his internship with Mr. Chung.

VCD student Corrin Johnson recently completed an internship with photographer, André Chung. Corrin was introduced to Mr. Chung through Professor Elena Volkova. Corrin seized the opportunity and benefited from the mentorship provided through the internship.

The photo above is a test shot taken by Chung while they were on assignment at the Capitol Building in DC. The two got to the location early to set up the scene and Chung took test shots of Corrin to make sure the lighting was right.

On other shoots, Chung asked Corrin to periodically take photos of him while he worked. Corrin’s photos would be used for a workshop about lighting and Chung also needed material that illustrated how he works. Corrin was given complete freedom on the photos he took in order to test his abilities.

The internship taught Corrin an extensive amount about the photography industry from lighting and photo editing to the business side. André Chung taught him about how to price yourself as a photographer, share photos with clients, and how to work efficiently.

“Overall, he was an excellent photographer to learn from and an amazing and effective mentor. Even though the internship is over he hires me from time to time to help him assist on some of his bigger shoots. He also welcomes me to his studio to edit projects if I ask.” – Corrin Johnson

Elena Volkova’s Advanced Photography class visited the Maryland Historical Society. It is the oldest cultural institution in the state of Maryland. The society displays a large collection of objects and materials that reflect Maryland's diverse heritage.

During their visit, the students looked at 19th century images of Maryland, and early portraits of Baltimore and its residents. The trip was insightful to the students and provided them a better understanding of 19th century photography.

The students were able to view a rare object, a Mathew Brady Civil War book (top and bottom right). It is one of only 5 existing copies that remain today, the students were fortunate to see the book in person.