Saturday, March 27, students from regional schools all over North Carolina converged at Durham ad agency, McKinney to meet local design leaders and endure the equivalent of four 30 minute mock interviews.
“This is where the local interactive media arts and design industry is at.” reported Vincent Gardner, Living Arts College (LAC) Senior Instructor and AIGA Raleigh Education Director.
“The event was a great success.” stated LAC AIGA Raleigh Student Group representative Chelae Cummings. Chelae volunteered along with over 15 students from local student groups to help coordinate the event. Chelae has been a force of creative excellence at the College and influential in keeping the LAC AIGA Raleigh Student Group active and involved.
Seating was limited as over 10 local schools participated with 39 total desks being available. Living Arts College had four student desks: Nathan Wellman, Kirstin Wiltjer, Maria Hartman and Gerri Fernandez all seemed energized by the end of the afternoon and could not stop talking about what their reviewers told them.
Tiffany Johnson and Shako Oteko, additional LAC students, participated as volunteers.
“It was great!” reported student Shako Oteko.
College staff and creative professionals from across the country work together to help students develop their portfolios and to prepare them for job interviews. Overall, LAC students were more than prepared for this event.
The event helps students not only develop their body of work, but also (and perhaps just as importantly) in developing their network of contacts.
“When students go to events like this they see what can make them stand apart from the crowd.” stated Chelae Cummings.
At LAC, students are exposed to an intense curriculum of professional development, including creative, professional, business and technical know-how.
“This special focus makes the difference for students when interviewing!” reported Review Panelist and LAC Assistant Campus Director, Matthew Kelly.