California dreaming became a reality – for a week, anyway –
for Graphic Design students who met with top-level artists in Los Angeles. As
part of Siba’s “Workshop with the Pros” class, eight senior-level Graphic
Design students joined Department Chair, Ed Engel, to present portfolios to
Those leaders represented a diversity of professional paths
students could potentially take their own careers. Among those they met were
Don Dufer, Creative Director at WebMD; Alan Jergens, an
artist whose credentials include Disney Imagineering and set design for major
movies; Dana Stewart, Creative Director for Just Play; Mike Meaker,
whose artistic credits include Game of
Thrones and The Hunger Games; and
John Rice, another former Disney Imagineer and artist for shows like The Simpsons and Angry Birds.
To this impressive panel, Graphic Design students presented
an illustration project featuring five characters and a pet, along with a
vehicle and prop for one of the characters. Engel set parameters around the
design of the environment as well as clothing style. Finally students were
required to brand their characters with a name and logo design.
project took weeks to complete, but the effort was well worth it. Panelist Alan
Jergens commented, "The students did a great job in conceptually thinking
through their projects and finalizing them for presentation. They were a very
impressive group of students in creation and personality!"
This is the first of what will become an annual trip that
Graphic Design students will be able to take as part of Siba’s Bachelor of Arts
program. The class offers a unique opportunity for students to explore career
prospects in a city well-known as a leader in design and creativity. Tyler
Ulrici, one of the students who participated this year said, "We got a lot
of great feedback from very impressive artists in various fields of our
industry. They gave us positive and constructive criticism that really helped
me refine my project. The students in the future will love this class!"
We’re very excited for the amazing opportunities this
class offers to new and future students. To see more of the classes available
in Siba’s Graphic Design program, click here.