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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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VCD students Amber Hare and Deanna Faid enjoyed the opening night of the National Poster Retrospecticus exhibit

AIGA's Baltimore Design Week kicked off on Friday, October 16th with the opening of the National Poster Retrospecticus exhibit right here at Stevenson University. The NPR is a traveling poster show with over 300 hand-printed event posters to display. Created by the efforts of more than 100 prominent poster designers across the country, the show aims to spread enthusiasm for the hand-made aesthetic throughout the world.

The opening night event welcomed designers, students and admirers of all ages to the School of Design, where New England illustrator and printmaker Daniel Danger gave an art talk on his process and inspiration.

This exciting and eye-catching exhibit will be on view through December 18th in the School of Design Gallery on Owings Mills North. Make sure to stop by and check it out!

Duckpin Design
Students welcome Chad Birenbaum from Duckpin Design

AVCD students had the opportunity to attend a Lunch and Learn event with Stevenson alum Chad Birenbaum, the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Duckpin Design in Baltimore. Duckpin Design tackles projects both big and small relating to branding, stationary, websites, mobile apps, packaging design and more. Since the company was created by Stevenson alumni, they love to hire Stevenson grads for their team!

While students munched on their lunch, Mr. Birenbaum talked about how he went from being a Stevenson grad to owning his very own creative design agency in just 10 years time. The event provided to be a great learning experience and networking opportunity for the students who attended.

Learn more about Duckpin Design on their website.

New York City
Stevenson's AVCD department traveled to New York City for the day

Visual Communication Design students and faculty embarked on a bus trip to New York City for a day of exploration and design fun! The day began in the Chelsea District where the group visited the Whitney Museum to see current exhibitions and the Whitney's collection of American art. Students then had the opportunity to walk the High Line and visit various art galleries in the area. The group then headed over to Times Square where they enjoyed free time to shop and explore on their own.

NYC Selfies
First Year Seminar students were challenged to take creative selfies with the art. Check out what they came up with on the AVCD Travel flickr page.

Metro Centre Visit
Students conduct visual research at the Metro Centre with Professor Elena Volkova

Metro Centre Brainstorm
President of ArchPlan, Inc., Klaus Philipsen, visits class for a project brainstorming session

Students in VCD 310: Communication Design III are exploring design scenarios for the future of the Owings Mills Metro Centre. They are challenged to envision the area as a college town and vibrant cultural center, and must create an identity and supporting materials based on their visions.

The project kicked off with an on-site visit to the area with Professor Elena Volkova, where students took photographs and conducted interviews to spark some ideas. Back in the classroom, they looked at maps, made sketches, developed personas and brainstormed possible scenarios with visitor Klaus Philipsen, the President of ArchPlan, Inc. Philipsen has over 35 years of experience in transit facility design and transportation planning and he provided the students with key insights for possible solutions to the challenge.

Earth Art
Art History students create and install earth art on the Greenspring and Owings Mills North campuses

Professor Jenny Strasbaugh and guest artist Chip Irvine led ART 106: Introduction to Art History students in a hands-on art installation project. Using turkey tail mushrooms as visual inspiration, the students planned and designed their own earth art with wire and personally installed their creations on different campuses. This project provided the students with a new perspective on some of the elements of design, including line, shape and space.

Some may consider the art to be unconventionally beautiful, but the learning process is what really made it a success. Professor Strasbaugh noted that her students "learned a lot about installation and collaboration. We placed the mushrooms, changed them around, viewed them from different vantage points, changed them again...the process became more important than the outcome."

Check out their installations on both Greenspring and Owings Mills North near the parking lots.

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