Graduating seniors in the Visual Communication Department at Lone Star College-Kingwood have worked long and hard preparing their portfolios and on Wednesday, May 7, their hard work will be on display. The Visual Communication Mock Portfolio Show will showcase the work of these fourteen students from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Administration Building, room 202.
The show is designed to give students experience in promoting themselves and their work in a real-world setting. Professor Donna Monteferante-Johnson is very proud of these students and says they have been working all semester long building their portfolios and putting together their own promotional package needed to get a job.
"In the past, I have actually had several students get hired by employers who have come to view the show or from some of the activities that go on during the class," says Monteferante-Johnson.
Senior Alex Tomic says he didn't know he could get paid to draw. He came to the program at LSC-Kingwood after seeing posters featuring graphic art work by Jason Ford, an instructor in the visual communication program. Once he got started, he found that he loved the work and has spent the last two years designing posters for the college.
"I'm doing the portfolio show poster and it will have all of our classmate's pictures on it, so it will be there for posterity for future generations to see. It will serve as a time capsule for our class," he says. "It will have a Hollywood theme. The whole class will be decorated like a red carpet event, with the red carpet, velvet ropes, and stars."
Ember Ashton ended up at Lone Star College-Kingwood after leaving Idaho to travel and experience life. Now she's well on her way to a new career; one that she hopes will allow her to one day open a graphic design company with her sister.
"The show is good for us because it has people come in to see our work and hopefully they will give us some feedback, or criticism, on what more we need to do or what is good about our portfolio and maybe we can even get a job," says Ashton with a smile.
Each of the student portfolios will feature numerous pieces, at least 10, showing their versatility with packaging, logos, ads, posters and more.
The Visual Communication program trains digital designers in the communication media of the future. Students are prepared for careers in commercial art and design, desktop publishing, multimedia development, web design, 3-D animation, video and post production.
"This will be a great learning experience for the students and a chance for them to show off their work both to the LSC-Kingwood community and the public," says Monteferante-Johnson. For more information on the show or careers in graphic design, multimedia, animation, and video production visit Kingwood.LoneStar.edu or contact Donna Monteferante-Johnson at 281-312-1426.
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