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Media Arts & Animation , 2014

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Culinary students taste life inside the James Beard House

Six culinary students from The Art Institutes system of schools will assist in the preparation of Thanksgiving Day dinner at New York City’s prestigious James Beard House. Learn more about how they earned this opportunity and what they believe they’ll take away from their five days of immersion in the Big Apple’s culinary scene.

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Pittsburgh Faculty and Students Make Strides Against Breast Cancer

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, students and faculty from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh documented the American Cancer Society walk “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.” Students in the school’s photography programs worked with adjunct faculty member Kamila Sych, to take photographs of the event and event walkers. Students in the Associate of Science and Bachelor of Science in Digital Filmmaking & Video Production programs captured video footage of the event. Students are now working on post-production. Kamila Sych says, “the collaboration with the American Cancer Society was a win-win situation both for the non-profit and [for our] students and faculty. [Our students] had a chance to participate in a community oriented event, assist in the promotion of the [walk], and support future web content.”

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Students and Recent Graduates from Art Institutes schools to Debut Spring/Summer 2017 Collections During New York Fashion Week

Nine budding fashion designers to experience pivotal career moments on New York City runway

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Meet Our Alumni

  • Jason Apilado

    Jason Apilado

    “Finding the right balance of technical and creative skills to complete a project on time is the most valuable lesson I learned at The Art institute of California—San Francisco.”

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    Jason Apilado

    Responsible for Space Planning, Managing Design Projects, Managing Facilities Team

    Jason Apilado is a space planner and interior designer for Electronic Arts (EA) in Redwood City, California. He’s responsible for space planning, managing design projects, and managing the facilities team. “A significant part of my job is to figure out how I can improve and customize the different areas through out the campus. So, I spend a lot of time away from my desk, socializing.” He checks in on projects or construction sites and brainstorms and testing out new furniture and products. On evenings and weekends, he runs a freelance design business.

    “EA Games initially didn't know they needed a full time interior designer until after I showed them how they can benefit from my skills. Companies with large campuses and/or have several locations are beginning to recognize the value of having full time interior designers as well as space planners.” Jason says that having these people on staff helps a company to become more cohesive with marketing campaigns and the organization’s overall vision.

    “I’m really proud of all the custom furniture I’ve designed, some of which was fun collaborations with well known designers in the Bay Area,” he says. Jason is inspired by contemporary art and fashion. “I find my self most influenced from the many adventures and eccentric people I've met around the Bay Area and my travels abroad. I'm always questioning the world around me and it often helps me form ideas & designs with a sophisticated yet playful imagination. If I had to pick a specific person that has inspired me the most, it would be interior designer Peter Marino.”

    He advises current students to look for opportunities to shine and show off their skills. “Sometimes the most basic of jobs can turn out to be an opportunity to learn something new or even design something your employer may not have thought of.”

    Jason, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, says that his education provided the right balance of technical and creative skills. He uses those skills to complete projects on time. “[That] is the most valuable lesson I learned at The Art institute of California—San Francisco. The school also taught me how to critique my own work and how to take risks. This very valuable skill is important for a designer in order to make truly creative decisions and helps find his or her own style.”

    The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, is one of The Art Institutes, a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. The Art Institute of California—San Francisco, a campus of Argosy University, 10 United Nations Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102-4928. © 2016 The Art Institutes.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@aii.edu. 

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/389 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Alumni Andrea Emmes

    Andrea Emmes Cenna

    "[My education allowed me to] broaden my networks and to find other ways to make opportunities for myself, such as starting an on-campus animation and gaming production studio where we worked on projects after classes that we could use for our portfolios."

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    Andrea Emmes Cenna
    Producer at Mila

    Andrea Emmes Cenna is a producer at Mila, responsible for supervising the development of trailers and animated films. She works closely with project leads, tracks assignments, and keeps the team on schedule. “[A typical day includes] answering emails, preparing letters for social media content, setting up new team members, and troubleshooting any production issues.” She also goes over dailies with directors, works with graphic designers, and sets up events to showcase the company’s films.

    Prior to joining Mila, Andrea was an associate game designer at Disney Interactive, a production coordinator at Bento Box Interactive, and a game designer and producer at Hydra Studios. She says that no matter where you are—in school or work—there is always room to learn and grow. “Be open, stay humble, and find the joy in what you’re doing because school is hard work and time consuming. It’s a long process and very technical. But it’s fun and worth it.”

    Andrea adds that the entertainment industry is challenging. “It is ever changing—many times, companies will have hiring freezes or lay off teams due to restructuring. When this happens, rework your portfolio again to be current or relevant. Never give up—realize that it's a marathon, not a sprint. Don't freak out if you're not getting work immediately after graduation or if you're contract is up or you’re laid off and it takes a long time to get that next job. Keep working on becoming a better version of yourself personally and professionally.”

    Now that she’s a producer at Mila, Andrea helps to cultivate a creative environment with her coworkers. “I work with professionals at all levels and we work remotely from all over the world. Communication is paramount. It’s taking the time to get to know my team, finding out what their passions are, acknowledging their versatility as artists, and allowing them opportunities to grow and shine. If things are slow in animation at the moment, and I know that some of my animators are incredible graphic designers, I'll [ask them] to work in that department for a little bit. Allowing your team to feel free to be creative and not just stuck in their own box has made a difference in how we work as a team.

    Andrea, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Science in Game Art & Design from The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, says that her education provided technical skills and the opportunity to meet professionals in the industry. “[It allowed me to] broaden my networks and to find other ways to make opportunities for myself, such as starting an on-campus animation and gaming production studio where we worked on projects after classes that we could use for our portfolios.”

    She mentions that moving up in the field is not easy. “Sometimes you'll have to do work that might be tedious or boring, but find ways to find the joy in everything you're doing and you'll be enjoying what you're doing. For me, my hard work, can-do attitude, and thinking outside of the box helped me get the position I'm in at Mila and it's been an exciting whirlwind. It’s been lots of very hard work, but I wouldn't change a thing!”

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  • Nevena Milosavljevic

    Nevena Milosavljevic

    Fashion Marketing & Management , 2008
    The Illinois Institute of Art — Chicago

    "The instructors at The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago were a true inspiration driven by their personal careers. [They were] established professionals that provided students with actual work experience while incorporating a cohesive curriculum."

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    Nevena Milosavljevic

    Category Specialist in Color Cosmetics for Walgreens Corporation

    Nevena Milosavljevic is a category specialist in color cosmetics for Walgreens Corporation. She works with vendors to preview their newest collections, meets with internal partners to drive business, develops new sales strategies for in store execution, and works with brands to optimize their assortment with packaging, displays, marketing and advertising. Prior to joining Walgreens, Nevena worked for Ford Models, Claire’s, and Sears.

    “[I believe that] real relationships in the workplace are an essential part of developing an engaging environment. I take pride in treating everyone as an equal. Individually we are only as good as our skill set, while as a team, the unique combination of skills can conquer the unthinkable,” she says. Nevena adds that she considers her coworkers to be close friends.

    Nevena attributes her drive and love of learning with helping her to quickly move up the corporate ladder. “Learning to transform the mind into a sponge is a constant benefit for continuous personal development.” She recommends that recent grads understand that all opportunities should be valued. “It is the hard work and devotion you apply to each task that will begin your individual path to self fulfillment. It’s [not true] that success is easy. It’s the internal fire that drives each individual’s motive for continued effort.”

    She adds that in the workplace, it can be easy to get discouraged. But she suggests that staying positive, analyzing opportunities, and developing a personal growth plan can help new employees to gain confidence and find their place. “During my first few positions, I found myself experiencing a lack of confidence when [giving presentations]. I was concerned my knowledge level was not high enough. It took about two years to gain a level of confidence.” Today, she says that her confidence and communication abilities are her strongest business traits.

    Nevena earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing & Management from The Illinois Institute of Art—Chicago in 2008. She also earned a Master of Business Administration in Business Administration from Argosy University, Online Programs, in 2011.

    She says that her instructors were established professionals who brought real world experience into the classroom. “This generated a unique education experience for students by contributing to [their] motivational and aspirational growth.”

    Today, she is inspired by the endless opportunities that she describes as “out of reach.” “Many years ago, someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My answer was simple and short—I want to be good at anything I do. Learning to master every role or responsibility is a way in which a professional can remove internal limits and allow for endless opportunities to reveal themselves.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/232 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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    Harry O'Brien

    Graphic & Web Design , 2008
    The Art Institute of Philadelphia

    "I got the best piece of career advice from an instructor at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. He said not to be afraid to hop from agency to agency in the beginning of your career. This has really helped me to learn and climb in the advertising world."

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    Harry O'Brien

    Creative Director at Maiux Marketing

    Harry O’Brien is the creative director at Majux Marketing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He oversees and manages the creative department, leads new client project direction, and manages/mentors employees and interns on client relations, strategy, art direction and design. He also pitches new work to current and prospective clients.

    Harry’s work experience includes teaching English at a technical university in Prague, then returning to the United States to work as a lead graphic designer at a large community art and cultural resource center. “This gave me enough experience to work as a mid-level designer at a design firm called Edgimo, where I was introduced to local clients as well as the medical and biotech side of advertising.” He also freelanced for a New Your City agency before moving on to Digitas, one of the largest pharmaceutical advertising agencies in the world. From there, he worked at Harris Baio & McCullough in Philadelphia—then finally settled in his current position. “Majux started as an search engine optimization marketing company, but with my help it is being reorganized into a full-service ad agency. Majux is now growing rapidly,” he says.

    Harry’s typical workday includes finding new employees, conceptualizing and designing ads, fine-tuning developers’ work, and research. He advises current students to freelance while in school to build experience—and a client list.

    He explains that the biggest challenge he’s faced in his career involved graduating at a time when many companies were shifting from print to digital design. “Unfortunately, most of what was being taught in school was still print design. So upon graduation, I had to learn the fundamentals of digital design on my own. This involved lots of reading, research, and asking questions. It also involved having a lot of my work criticized and critiqued by my mentors in the industry and learning from my mistakes.”

    With technology always changing, he makes it a point to learn other people’s jobs and how they do them. He’s especially focused on technical search engine optimization. “I have to learn how to interpret new analytical data to increase conversion rates in various forms of digital marketing. Setting up and running tests on different designs helps me to understand what is changing in the eyes of a consumer—which helps to focus our designs to increase conversions.”

    Harry adds that new designers should be prepared to pay their dues. “This means working at a low-salary job and taking orders for many years from people you may think you have more talent than.” Now that he oversees his own employees, Harry is focused on building a creative environment at work. “[I assign] employees new types of projects and clients. It is a great way to keep people from slipping into a monotonous work routine. I also create a fun work environment to boost creativity and productivity. We regularly sign up for company wide sports leagues, activities, events, and happy hours to increase interaction amongst the staff.”

    Harry, who in 2008 earned a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Philadelphia, says that his education provided the fundamentals he needed to transition into a real-world job. “I got the best piece of career advice from an instructor at The Art Institute of Philadelphia. He said not to be afraid to hop from agency to agency in the beginning of your career. This has really helped me to learn and climb in the advertising world.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/550 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Alumni Angela Bowles

    Angela Bowles

    "The small class sizes helped the teachers to keep me on track. Also, the instructors' attention to detail, from the beginning to the end of my education, required me to have high expectations for myself."

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    Angela Bowles

    Angela Bowles is a junior designer for HY Architects. She is responsible for architectural drafting, architectural schedule organization, materials selection, client interfacing, and engineer consultant coordination.

    “I work with Revit or AutoCAD to create construction documents,” she says. Angela also develops presentation kits that either she or a project manager show to potential clients. These kits are typically designed with Revit, Sketchup, Photoshop, and InDesign. “Our projects are usually healthcare based. We work on a lot of tenant-improvement projects, but we often will create ground-up healthcare clinics as well.”

    She says that soon after she started her job, she faced a challenge—her coworkers were not responding well to the attitude that she brought to work. “I was asked to put on more of a team player attitude, rather than being so focused on my own success in the firm. I did the best I could to be more positive and have a can-do attitude no matter what. About a month later, I was rewarded a raise for working on the problem. I learned that I don't have to have all the right answers, all the time. I am always growing, so I should have a growth-driven attitude.”

    Angela has also challenged herself to pursue architecture in addition to interior design. “Architecture can be so technical. But I am considering taking the architectural exams because of the support I've received from everyone I work with, and the support of the instructors back in school. I'm very thankful to be where I am, and also every step I've had to take in getting here.”

    Angela adds that she is constantly learning, and that architecture and design is a field that requires a 100% commitment. “People are always looking for a fresh look or new design idea. People going to healthcare facilities are often sick, and it would be incredible if I were [somehow part] in their healing, based on the design of the space.”

    She enjoys seeing a client’s positive response to her design work. “They have such good responses because they see the design how the end user will. It's a fresh take. Long hours don't always seem to pay off, but usually in the end, I see that the work is worth it, because I’ve learned something I wouldn't have known before.”

    Angela, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from The Art Institute of California—Sacramento, says that earning a degree paved a path to her current career. “My education was instrumental in helping me [to succeed in] my current job. The small class sizes helped the teachers to keep me on track. Also, the instructor's attention to detail, from the beginning to the end of my education, required me to have high expectations for myself.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/1377 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Kirsten "KJ" Mathers

    Kirsten "KJ" Mathers

    "The classroom curriculum enabled a more broad vision of what it is like to be a chef. Without the full scope of the curriculum [at The Art Institute of Tampa], I would not be able to approach this job in the way that I am now."

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    Kirsten "KJ" Mathers
    Head Chef at Resort on Island of St. Kitts, Oversees Kitchen and Menu Creation

    Kirsten Mathers’ first immersion into international cuisine took place when she traveled to Italy, while still a student, as a finalist in the Urbani Tartufi Truffle Competition. Today, she’s working as the head chef of a resort on the island of St. Kitts, in charge of a restaurant that recently re-opened. Kirsten oversees the menu, puts ServSafe procedures in place, standardizes menus, and manages inventory. “It was an unexpected opportunity, but one that I know will be pivotal in my professional career,” she says.

    While still a student, Kirsten earned the opportunity to cook New Year’s Eve dinner at the prestigious James Beard House and was selected for a two week trip to Italy to participate in the Urbani Tartufi Truffle Competition. Upon completion of her degree, two of her Chef instructors helped to connect her with an internship at an Italian resort—and finally her job in St. Kitts.

    Her work day includes morning prep, then a quick break before she returns in the afternoon to get ready for dinner service. As the restaurants ramps up its staff, Kirsten hopes to turn over the prep work to new hires and devote more time to planning and record keeping—but will continue to work inside the kitchens for the dinner hours.

    Kirsten says that she’s currently facing a big challenge. “The executive chef of the resort where my restaurant is located resigned unexpectedly four days after I got here. I was left in charge of a restaurant that had re-opened just five days before his resignation.” She adds that her education immediately assisted her with stepping up to the challenge. “The well-rounded education that I got at The Art Institute of Tampa, as well as the support of my chef instructors and family/friends [allowed me] to face this challenge with confidence and excitement.”

    On St. Kitts, there’s an existing framework to Island favorites—but growing tourism allows Kirsten to experiment and stretch the minds of her culinary staff. “It's always a conversation, but it's been fun to see the way that all of us are willing to try new things, or combine both the local heart and the tourists’ tastes.”

    While she tries to make room for downtime, she says that a chef's mind never stops. “Food never ends, so cooking never ends. Requisitions never end so tracking products never ends. Restaurants cannot remain stagnant, so you must learn the taste of people around you to know what sorts of things you can create to put on the menu.” Kirsten spends time learning how to create foods and says that she’s always present and aware—watching everything going on in the kitchen. “On the flip side, to be a healthy chef, you must make sure to commit to stopping your chef brain and taking time to do what you need to do for yourself to keep you going as a chef.”

    Kirsten, who in 2016 earned an Associate of Arts in Culinary Arts from The Art Institute of Tampa, says that she started her culinary education five years after earning a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministry. “I knew I needed to do something more.

    Up until then I had worked in a coffee shop, served in a restaurant, and did a quick stint as a bank teller, but never really considered culinary school until I realized that all of my free time was spent experimenting in the kitchen.” She says that the labs and in-kitchen classes challenged her and that her instructors pushed her to reach her potential. “The classroom curriculum enabled a more broad vision of what it is like to be a chef. Without the full scope of the curriculum there, I would not be able to approach this job in the way that I am now.”

    She admits that life in the culinary industry is tough, requiring a hardworking, consistent attitude. “All chefs fail at some point or another, because food is a endless palate. The fact of the matter is that you will get out what you put in. I'm sure people have heard that over and over again, but we must rise to the challenges that are placed in front of us.” Kirsten mentions that her instructors wanted her to be successful and encouraged her to become a consistent, and curious culinary artist.

    “It’s been a wild ride, and I am excited to see the way things keep on unfolding. I do have to say though that as much as I have reaped rewards of hard work and determination, not one bit of any of it would be possible without the network of chefs teaching, guiding, helping, and encouraging me. One cannot be a chef alone.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/100 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info. Read More...
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