I’ve been busy wrapping up my final project for my class at ACCD. What? I didn’t tell you I was in class? So for the last 3 months, I’ve been enrolled at the ArtCenter College of Design for graphic design. This quarter was my first class. Getting back into school mode was difficult, but also exciting! My inner nerd-esque qualities busted out on the first day of class – I got to campus an hour earlier, got lost looking for my classroom, sat in the very front row, and a CLASSMATE COPIED MY NOTES! I was a freshman again! And, it felt good.
I decided to only take 1 course to get myself back into student life, especially since I was working full-time as well. It’s important to not take on too many things on your palette! This was a good refresher’s course to get my feet wet again.
Our final project was to create a DVD packet – sleeve and disc layout. I had a major brain fart when coming up with a creative topic – so I ended up doing a How-To tutorial guide to get into ACCD. Don’t judge me and my creativity -_-”
Now that I got my first class out of the way, I learned a few things and few tips for my next class.
- ACCD is a hands-on institution. You have a question, you ask. Otherwise, you will never get your answer. Nobody’s going to follow you and make sure you understand everything. Be independent. A follow-up to the first point. You set your own schedule. At the beginning of session, you know the final project straight-up. Within the course frame, you set your own schedule to see what you have to do to get your project done.
- There are resources. Everything is and will be provided for you. Instructors are extremely helpful and willing, if you let them be. Go to their office hours, email them. There are computer labs, printing, and a whole library of resources within reach. USE IT.
- Bring snacks. For a 3 hour long class, I get hungry. I can’t sit straight – I can’t listen well if my stomach is going off every 5 seconds. The only thing they have within the vicinity is a soda vending machine, otherwise you’ll have to go all the way to the caf. It’s a small campus, but that’s still far for a 15 minute break. Trust me, you’ll save a lot of time if you head into Old Town and grab a small snack before class starts. And your stomach will thank you too!
- You have to be able to take criticism. Being a graphic Artist is about pleasing your client. They hired you to work for them, to design for them. They’re your boss. I hate having people look at my artwork when I’m not ready, because your art is who you are. Having someone look at makes you feel open and vulnerable. But know that, your instructor is there to help you out.
- Last but not least, have fun with your projects! Your projects should define who you are and what you’re passionate for. It’s there to reflect your personality so people who view your portfolio get a glimpse of who you are. Don’t just settle for the minimum and get it over with.
Those were 5 takeaways I gathered from just my first class at ACCD. I’m eager to learn from these 5 tidbits and apply it to my next one. Hopefully this helps you in whatever class you get yourself enrolled into. Feel free to give me feedback/advice down below as well!!
Check out my first project on my B E H A N C E here! xo