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Students planning to major in Fashion Design, Film & Moving Image, and Graphic 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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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

DAP Projects
Students developed kits to engage key influencers for DAP Products, Inc.

Last semester, students in VCD 310: Communication Design III collaborated with DAP Products, Inc by helping their marketing department generate ideas on how to connect with the influential adult-millennial audience online. Students learned about the impact online media and influencers have on consumers engaging in home improvement projects. Each student chose a different product manufactured by the company and developed materials that would allow them to effectively and creatively partner with online influencers in the "do-it-yourself" blogging community. 

Individual DAP Project
One student's solution to "get personal"

Ink & Pixels 2016
Ink & Pixels 2016, happening at Stevenson University's School of Design

AIGA Baltimore's Student Design Conference, Ink & Pixels, will again be held at Stevenson's School of Design on Saturday, April 16th, 2016 from 9am–3:30pm. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, Ink & Pixels is an all-day conference and portfolio review to help students prepare themselves for entering into the professional job market. ...Click here to read more.

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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