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film-festStudents:  Enter your Flash, Audio/Video, AfterEffects, 3D, or personal moving picture work to be shown in the School of Design Film Fest on July 24 @ 4pm.  There will be prizes for a few different categories.

Submissions are DUE no later than 5pm on Wednesday July 17.

Bring your movie files to Kayce via USB, external hard drive, or CD.


opening-nightThe opening night of our Portfolio Showcase was a success! If you missed it, the show continues through May 21.  Gallery hours Wed. – Sat. 11:30 – 5, or by appointment (

See more photos of the opening night and the show here:


Four of the students in the show were interviewed by Marcus Leshock of WGN TV for a little spot about the Pop-Up Art Loop spaces.  It aired on the evening news last Friday.  Check it out!  WGN-TV’s link:


Come out and support 8 of our Visual Communication and Animation Grads!

Robert Adams, Felicia Bavirsha, Chaniel Clark, Nes Davis, Quittman Farmer, Alfredo Mones, Alex Villanueva,
and Ryan Zarzecki.

Free and Open to the Public!

Details here:

Opening Reception:  Thursday, May 2 from 5 – 8
as part of Pop-Up Art Loop’s “First Thursdays” Art Walk

Right around the corner from the school:
23 E Madison St., Chicago, IL  60602

Refreshments will be served.
Look through design portfolios, watch animation demo-reels, and speak with the artists themselves.  Enjoy a wide variety of work on the walls, shelves, video-screens, and vote for your favorite.  We will award a “Best of Show: People’s Choice” at the end of the showcase, so come in and cast your vote!

The Showcase Dates:  May 1 – 21, 2013
open gallery hours:  Wed. – Sat., 11:30am – 5:30pm

Hope to see you there!


Take this SkillShare course with Margot Harrington of Pitch Design Union to learn the 411 on making an effective contract for design freelancing.

What You’ll Learn:

So you’ve been in business for yourself for a little while. You know you should have a contract, maybe you even have one, but is it really comprehensive? Maybe you can’t afford a lawyer and you’ve cobbled together your own version on a wish and a prayer. It’s time to clear up the gray area before you get burned. (Or, again, as the case may be. Cause let’s be real – it happens to all of us at least once.)

In this class we’ll cover all the steps to a successful contract, including:

  • How to define scope, deliverables, timelines, budgets.
  • What do effective terms & conditions look like.
  • Breaking down the legalese so you can mold it to your own needs.
  • Licensing, Intellectual Property, Warranties
  • General tips for making your self-employed life easier

Come to class with an example of a project you might do and you’ll leave with tools to write your own contract or proposal, giving you more confidence, credibility, and ultimately, a better grasp on your profits.

Click this link for more info and sign-up:  Contract Writing 101 for Freelancers

Cengage is Awarding a $2500 Scholarship for a Slice of Life


There’s more than one way to peel an orange, and there’s more than one way to learn. As someone who works daily to engage students, you know that they come to your classroom with unique traits and identities.

We want to hear about them! We’re asking students to get creative and put together a short video that illustrates their identity as a unique learner.

We’re awarding a $2500 scholarship for the best video. 

DEADLINE: April 19, 2013

Learn all the details about how to apply here:


It’s that time again, to congratulate our Design Honors Students for their great grades and attendance for the October 2012 term.  It’s the usual suspects up to their own tricks.  Plus a few new ones on the list.  Nice work guys!  Don’t forgot about the Honors Reception this Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 4:30pm.  See you there!

On the President’s List
Jessica Aparicio

Kevin Ayers
Trisha Galimore
Ashley Macabenta-Torres
Joao Malpartida
Melissa Marrero
Nickolus Mayo
Stevie Webster-Thomas

On the Dean’s List
Anthony Braboy

Nes Davis
Richard Espino
Alfredo Mones
Ade Obasanya
Luis Padilla

With Perfect Attendance
Lionel Alvarez

Jessica Aparicio
Kevin Ayers
Ade Obasanya
Mark Schmidt
Deshawn Triplett

Denise just shared this great find on all about Freelancing.  If you are doing a bit of freelancing or even just thinking about it for the future, these short lessons will help you get your head around how it works.

You will have to login first through MyPath.  The link to is located on the Library Page.  Once you click the Tutorials link, you will automatically be logged in.  Then you can copy+paste the link above into your URL.

library     link membership is provided to you for FREE as a current student.  You can get help on a number of software or better yourself and your design practice by reviewing new topics.  Use it, it’s great!

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