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Film Masterclass

On Saturday, April 13, the School of Design hosted students from the Baltimore County Public School system in a “film master class” where professors from the FMI and GDES departments walked a group of 14 high-schoolers through pre- and post-production exercises, culminating in a finished slate of three two-minute films. Three current FMI students spent the day working with the visitors, helping them complete their movies.

Inventing with Materials
Creatives of all ages enjoyed this hands-on "Inventing with Materials" workshop

VCD faculty Inna Alesina conducted an "Inventing with Materials" workshop at the North Avenue Knowledge Exchange, which provides opportunities for members of the Station North community to teach and enroll in free workshops. During the workshop, participants learned to approach design problems from different angles and perspectives by using common materials.

Inna notes that "inventing with materials is a powerful tool for generating innovative ideas that would be hard to create using any other method. Not only an engaging and fun activity, this "boot camp" for structural design communicates unique ways industrial designers think."

The day of free teaching and learning built upon the Baltimore Free School, a project of Red Emma’s Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

Inventing with Materials

Inventing with Materials

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Ksenia Dobbs receives scholarship
Ksenia Dobbs received scholarship for Momenta Workshop

Senior VCD major Ksenia Dobbs has received The West Award to attend the Momenta Workshop in New Orleans this Spring. As a student on the Photography track in the VCD program, Ksenia met with Jaime Windon, aka "The Blonde Photographer", during the Advisory Board Portfolio Reviews in December. Upon reviewing Ksenia's portfolio, she suggested that she look into this opportunity. 

Momenta arose when three media professionals in top photography companies saw a need to change the industry through public storytelling. Their goal was to "find like-minded photographers around the world and encourage social change with powerful images."

Ksenia stated, "I met Jaime Windon at the portfolio review and she told me about the Momenta Workshops and that I would be a great fit. So, I looked into the workshops and found one working with non-profits in New Orleans which sounds amazing except they’re like $1750. They have scholarships you can apply for so I applied for The West Award that pays for the whole workshop. I sent them the video about Erma and a cover letter talking about my experience with her family and how the workshops would further my career goals. I got the award!"

Dobbs also expressed that her experience in VCD 410: Portfolio and Professional Development helped her prepare for the reviews, and ultimately land the award and this opportunity.

Congratulations Ksenia, we're excited to see what this experience holds for you!

Learn more about the Momenta Workshops here

Senior Capstone PercyPledge
December VCD graduates focused on sustainability for their Senior Capstone exhibition

Students, faculty, family and friends gathered for the opening of this semester's Senior Capstone exhibition, Sustainable Action. Graduating VCD students Reagan Anderson, DJ Evans, Amber Hare and Derek Loan each created campaigns focusing on aspects of sustainability, including recycling, reusing materials, and composting. Through posters, social media, and other methods of engagement, they collectively worked to create an overall awareness of our effects on the environment and proposed ways to improve our impact. ...Click here to read more.

Irvine Nature Center
VCD 256 explored The Irvine Nature Center for their final projects

Students in VCD 256: The Moving Image partnered with the Irvine Nature Center for their final projects. The students were asked to create service learning videos as a call to action for some much-needed volunteers for the center.

Located just around the corner from Owings Mills North on Garrison Forrest Road, the Irvine Nature Center is a popular spot in the community for families, children, birdwatchers and all-around nature lovers. They often host school events, such as camp outs where students from Baltimore City can come explore nature and enjoy overnight camping adventures.

Irvine recently received a donation of nearly 100 acres of land—almost doubling their size! The expansion caused an increase in the need for volunteers to help maintain the nature center. Irvine needed a way to showcase their growing needs, including volunteers to record trees, pull invasive species, help maintain trails and more. This is where our students stepped in! They created call to action videos expressing the uniqueness of Irvine by talking to the staff, interviewing existing volunteers, and researching the mission of the center. Their projects are to be used on the web or in video format for the Irvine Nature Center to help explain their various programs and needs.

Creating videos for Irvine Nature Center
Footage was shot on location in various areas of the nature center

Creating Videos for Irvine Nature Center

Creating Videos for Irvine Nature Center

Creating Videos for Irvine Nature Center
Students had fun exploring and learning more about nature during the project as well

Service learning projects such as this allow students to learn beyond the walls of the classroom, dive into community efforts and exercise their communication and design abilities while creating real-world projects that will be utilized by non-profit organizations.

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