Applied Visual Arts

 

Carlos Merino

Applied Visual Arts Alumnus

"I was looking for very practical and hands-on courses that taught the skills I needed to work in the industry. DCTC offered all that, and in addition, it was within my budget."

As an ESL student, I found many challenges, especially during the first semester. However, teachers and staff members always had time to attend to my questions and inquiries. They were available, helpful and understanding. Also, I had the opportunity to combine skills with students from the Photography Program on collaborative projects.

I was looking for very practical and hands-on courses that taught the skills I needed to work in the industry. DCTC offered all that, and in addition, it was within my budget.

I really enjoyed my time working, applying techniques I learned in class and then realizing I was taking my work to another level. DCTC helped me to be up-to-date with software widely used in the industry and taught me techniques and principles I use on my job on a daily basis.

The time at DCTC is unique and very valuable. You can get to know your craft first hand, either from lectures by professionals or shadowing at companies in the field. Besides your academics, taking advantage of these opportunities is what makes you professionally knowledgeable and therefore makes you stand out in a job interview.

Take advantage of teachers and resources to learn more; be proactive in your learning process and ask questions; have projects and objectives – they will motivate you; let the teachers know what your goals are, they will help you to achieve them; share with other students and enrich one another with what you have learned. This is your time: the more of yourself you put into it, the more you will get out of these programs. Today, I am a freelance graphic designer and cartoonist at Rentapencil.com.

 

Sara Erlandson

Applied Visual Arts Alumna

"I found the program and staff at DCTC to be top-notch and easily comparable to that of a four-year college, but at only one quarter the price."

I chose DCTC because I wanted smaller class sizes and a hands-on experience pertaining to my major versus what I would find at a university. What I liked best about DCTC was the frequent one-on-one interaction with my instructors and the large variety of class choices. Class sizes were kept small, so I was able to get the extra interaction I needed to complete projects to my full potential. Also, with the variety of class choices, I was able to sneak in some extra photography classes to expand my skills.

I really enjoyed the instructors and the experience they had to offer their students. It was very inspiring to see first-hand the different career paths I could take with Graphic Design Technology and Applied Visual Arts A.A.S. degrees.

The one thing I didn't realize as a student at DCTC and I still think most people don't know is that most completed course credits can transfer from DCTC to an accredited institution. This is very beneficial because I was able to complete my Associate in Applied Science degree at DCTC and then transfer my credits and get a bachelor’s degree only a year and a half later. Through this experience, I found the program and staff at DCTC to be top-notch and easily comparable to that of a four-year college, but at only one quarter the price.

The most important thing I learned is that although technology is constantly on the move and changing, old skills and practices will never go out of style or be forgotten. You must learn the fundamentals in to succeed. You must be ready to work hard and get your hands dirty! Your education and future is what you make of it. Don't take the easy road; the hard one pays off in the end.

I really enjoyed my time at DCTC and would recommend the Graphic Design Technology and Applied Visual Arts programs to anyone thinking about pursuing a career in these fields. After graduating from DCTC, I worked at Küryakyn, an aftermarket motorcycle parts corporation in Somerset, Wis., and now I’m a designer at Olson, one of the top design agencies in North America.