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Printer’s ink that is. When the Art & Visual Communication Design department wanted to create a poster to attract new students and promote all of the options available to students including graphic design, interactive design, motion graphics, and photography, they called upon Christopher Jaeger ’14 to put his illustration talents to work.

For several weeks, Department Chair Amanda Hostalka and Chris worked together—she as the art director and he as the designer—developing many ideas and iterations before settling on the “tree of design.” The tree is a metaphor for the way the Visual Communication Design fields of study branch out into many possible directions, and the items growing from the tree are the tools students use to bring life to their projects. The lively nature of the tree reflects the energy and vitality of the program, while the individual illustrations of fun objects, like the origami bird, reflect the fun and creative side of design.  The tree is also a pencil, and collectively, the sum of students’ experiences and skills gained at Stevenson allow them to draw their own destiny and design their own career based on what they love to do.

The poster, pictured above, was mailed to over 3000 prospective students and high school art teachers. How is that for a great portfolio piece? Chris Jaeger ’14 landed his first full-time job shortly after graduation at Tenable Network Security, where he designs graphics for print, web, and motion media. Chris was recently featured in an interview on our Career Services web site.

Cameron Dukes  is a hard-working former student in the Film & Video program who also pursued a minor in Photography. While at Stevenosn Cameron’s work was exhibited and published regularly, including twice in the Photographer’s Forum Best of High School and College Photography.
 
Cameron’s most recent acheivement? His high fashion still photographs are featured on the website of Vogue Italia. Cameron's striking images...

We expected to see many familiar student faces at the gallery reception celebrating featured faculty, George Moore. And we did. Visual Communication Design 2013 and 2014 alums from BelAir, MD to Lancaster, PA came down to the Greenspring Gallery to reconnect with their favorite ART & VCD faculty and with one other. ...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.

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.
 

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