Spring 2019 Portfolio Show

Graduating students of the Visual Communication Department’s Graphic Design program were showcased on May 16 in the Spring 2019 Portfolio Show. The show was a great success with guests from the professional design community as well as family, friends, and faculty turning out to share in the celebration.

The show marked a milestone for the students, a culmination of years of preparation as they worked their way through the program. Finally, after years of hard work and perseverance, they were able to share the fruits of their labor on their final evening together before Commencement. We’d like to offer a sincere congratulations and best of luck to all our graduates with all their future endeavors!

If you were unable to join us for the show, you can view the online portfolios of this and previous semester’s graduates in our gallery of graduate portfolios. If you are interested in becoming a graduate yourself, take a look at our programs or reach out to our Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland for more information. 

Fall Registration is Now Open

Looking to start taking design classes? Or maybe you’d like to learn how to use tools like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign? You can explore all of our fall 2019 Visual Communication class offerings here.

If you have questions about any of our programs or classes, then please contact our Program Specialist, Kimberly Aland for details. Her email is kimberly.aland@austincc.edu or by calling 512-223-4846.

 

If you’re new to ACC, then your first step in order to take classes is to submit an ACC Admissions application here. Once you have completed that process, you will receive your student ID which you’ll need to log-in to the Self-Service portal to register and pay for classes.

 

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Other related questions can be directed to Admissions and Records. You can find their contact information here.

UX Case Study Workshop 3/8

In this User Experience Case Study Workshop, UX Design Professor, Molly McClurg will teach you about case studies: the presentations that act as the building blocks of your UX Portfolio.

We will discuss how to tell your story, explain your design process, and showcase what you’ve learned throughout the User Experience program.

Please come to the workshop with an in-progress or completed project to use for your case study. It’s okay if you don’t think it’s “portfolio worthy” yet. Your coursework is completely acceptable to bring in!

Friday, March 8th
1:00-4:00 p.m.
NRG 4262

Questions About this Event?
Contact Molly McClurg: molly.mcclurg@austincc.edu
or
Kimberly Aland: kimberly.aland@austincc.edu

ACC Scholarships Deadline for Fall 2019 semester is April 1

The ACC Foundation offers scholarships for ACC students based on financial need, family status, educational background, high school, or academic major. The online General Scholarship Application lets you search, view, and access hundreds of opportunities. Best of all, you only need to submit one application to be considered.

The General Scholarship Application for the Fall 2019 semester is currently available. Applications must be received by April 1 for priority consideration for the spring and summer semesters.

View all ACC scholarship opportunities online here.

For questions about applying for scholarships, email scholarships@austincc.edu.

Print and Graphics Scholarship Deadline is March 1

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation is offering scholarships up to $5,000 to eligible students. Applicants must be pursuing a career in Graphic Communications, Technology, or Management at a technical school or college located in the U.S. Applicants must also be a full-time student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The application deadline is March 1, 2019.

To apply and receive more information, please visit The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation website.

The Print and Graphics Scholarship Foundation (PGSF) is a not-for-profit, private industry directed organization that dispenses technical school, undergraduate and graduate fellowship assistance to men and women interested in a career in the graphic communications field.

AIGA | ACC Spring 2019 Kickoff Event: Open Design Night

Join the AIGA | ACC student group for their kickoff event for the spring semester. At the South Austin campus, we will be hosting an Open Design Night for students to mix and mingle with their peers, work on their projects and coursework, and learn more about the resources that the Visual Communication department has to offer. We hope to see you there!

DATE: Thursday, January 31

TIME: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

ROOM: 1211

You can learn more about AIGA and how to become a member online here.

AIGA Business of Design: Part II

Join the ACC / AIGA student group as they present part two of their Business of Design series centered on building a portfolio. Visual Communication professors, Joseph Bullard and Russell Toynes, will be demystifying design portfolios and sharing their best practices for making a good first impression to employers. Come learn, network, and ask all of your unanswered portfolio questions in a casual cafe setting.

 

Wednesday, November 28

Northridge Campus

Bldg 1000 Cafe

7:00-9:00 p.m.

 

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Austin Design Week Events at ACC

The Visual Communication department is excited to announce that Molly McClurg, UX Design professor, will be producing two workshops for Austin Design Week!

Thursday, November 8th – Designing an Experiment: What Can Designers Learn from a Scientist?

8:30AM – 10AM
ACC Northridge
Building 4000
Room 4136

Friday, November 9th – Transitioning to UX: Opening Doors to Your Design Career

8:30AM – 10AM
ACC Highland
Room CR1101 (in the Accelerator)

 

So, what is Austin Design Week
Austin Design Week is an annual design-centered week composed of free workshops, talks, studio tours, and events that celebrate Austin’s creativity. The design community will be showcasing the best in visual, interactive, web, mobile, product, industrial, architectural and civic design.

Why should you participate? 
You can learn from top-notch designers for FREE! Boost your career skills, network with industry professionals, and explore the cutting edge work being done by some of the city’s most innovative creators!

RSVP for ADW Events Today!

November 5th is just around the corner, and the schedule for the third annual Austin Design Week has gone live! *100 FREE EVENTS* 

AIGA/ACC Spring 2018 Recap

Spring 2018 was yet another activity-filled semester for AIGA/ACC. In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of our events.

 

We kicked off the semester in February with a presentation from Anthony & Natalie Armendariz, founders of local design agency Funsize. Anthony & Natalie shared their story in how they came to found one of Austin’s leading digital service and product design agencies. They also discussed the principles behind their business philosophy and the future of digital design. Afterward, they took time for a Q & A session from the audience. We want to extend a huge thank you to Natalie, Anthony, and their team for taking the time to share their experiences and expertise with us! Everyone had a great time and took away some valuable insights.

 

 

In April, Professor Frank Curry of the ACC Department of Professional Photography provided a demonstration on photographing both 2D & 3D objects at our event “The World Is Flat: Copywork For Designers & Photographers.” Professor Curry explained some of the foundational ideas behind photography as well techniques to offer the best results regardless of the camera you are using. It was an informative evening and we’d like to thank Professor Curry for his time, as well as hosting us at the Photography Department’s Stonehollow Photographic Studio!

 

 

 

We would like to congratulate our graduating officers, including our outgoing president Thomas Freeman, and thank them all for their contributions and hard work. We will be taking a break from events over the summer, but we will still be holding board meetings to prepare for Fall! In addition, we will also be assembling a new board of officers. If you have ever thought about participating, now is the perfect time to find out what we’re all about. For more information or to be added to the board meeting invite list, contact one of our faculty advisors. Follow us on Facebook for news and updates on all our upcoming events. We hope to see you there!

Spring 2018 Portfolio Show

The Visual Communication Department held a showcase for our graduating students at ACC’s Highland Campus on May 11th. The evening was well attended by guests from the professional design community as well as family, friends, faculty, and fellow students.

“It’s shocking how much the students manage to accomplish is such a short amount of time. The entire class worked feverishly the entire semester towards their goals. It’s at the portfolio show that they get the opportunity to showcase their passion for creativity and design,” noted Graphic Design Portfolio instructor Russell Toynes.

Graphic Design graduate and AIGA/ACC President Thomas Freeman added, “The portfolio show was a fantastic experience. My voice was sore from talking for over two hours, but I loved the opportunity to show people my work and chat with students coming up in the program. I think it’s a perfect end to the design curriculum and a fun celebration. Being in the portfolio class with talented designers was really special, and it was great to see everyone put their best foot forward and show off their hard work.”

The portfolio show also gave the User Experience Design graduates an opportunity showcase their skills. “Industry designers saw our student’s skills first hand by participating in user research activities and interacting with user interfaces, moderated and curated by our UX Design students,” said Instructor Molly McClurg. She added, “The support and turnout from fellow designers in Austin UX Design industry was overwhelming; we look forward to collaborating with Austin’s vibrant UX community as our program and students continue to grow and evolve.”

Best of luck to all our graduates with all their future endeavors! We invite everyone to visit our website for a gallery of graduate portfolios, as well as more information about our department and programs.