IT'S TIMETO BE BOLD
There are problems to be solved. And futures to be formed.
The creative life isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s for those who believe in themselves enough to trust their instincts, leave their comfort zones, and push their talents to the limit. If you’re up for it, keep going.
Transferring to a new school is an exciting time, but it can also be an overwhelming process. If you’re an Art Institutes transfer student, you have enough on your plate without having to stress over every last detail of the transfer process. That’s why we put together these Top 5 Tips for Transfer Students. Armed with the right information, all you have to do is get excited for the next phase of your student journey!
Lisa Poje, who in 2009 earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics from The Art Institute of Phoenix, recently started a job as science animator at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.
Russ Williams, media art instructor at The Art Institute of Phoenix, recently directed a sold out musical called "This Moment In Time.”
Meet Our Alumni
Ciara Rios, 2015
"The business, visual, retail sales management, and interior design [courses that I took at school] helped me to prepare for my career at Target."Read More
Merchandising Lead for Target
Ciara Rios is a visual merchandising lead for Target in Denver, Colorado. She works to build sales by creating visual presentations and uses specific tactics to achieve this goal. Ciara not only coaches her team on presentation, she keeps the store looking fresh by changing mannequins frequently so customers are always seeing something new. “[I make] business sales decisions based on sport/life/weather events and ensure that our furniture section is always looking like a presentation—like it's someone's home. If an aisle sells down, I need to fill it using appropriate merchandise that tells a story and encourages the customer to buy a few things [in addition to what they’re] purchasing."
Ciara says that she stepped into a brand new position at Target—at the same time she was new to the Denver area. “It was super hard for me to adjust my life in Colorado while also learning a new company and a new job. No one quite understood what my role would be. I decided that [since this] role was new, I could create it in a way that makes the best decisions for the company. That’s just what I did.” Ciara partnered with coworkers and reached out to corporate leaders to create a task list and ensure she was adding value to the company. “By creating visual presentations based on business needs, I am coming in and changing the way that other employees see the Target brand. My goal is to use my creative techniques to grow sales.”
Ciara is used to challenges. While a student, she took six classes a week while working full time in retail management. She was also a stylist at Phoenix Fashion Week. “I know how hard it is to juggle all the responsibilities.” She recommends that current students stay focused on their goals. “If you work hard towards your degree, it will pay off in the long run. Another piece of advice I would extend is to not be afraid of change. Be open to new jobs and new cities because sometimes you can grow in the industry more if you relocate. I [moved] to Colorado in order to take the best opportunity for me and I have no regrets.”
Ciara, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Marketing from The Art Institute of Phoenix, says that her education helped to make her a competitive candidate for jobs in the fashion industry. Today, she is excited to be working in fashion and pleased to be associated with a company that has strong customer and employee loyalty. “After joining the Target company, I soon came to realize that many employees have been here 10 plus years. This showed me that Target is not only a great company to work for but they are very supportive of growing their employees within the company.”
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Kyle Davila, 2015
"I am an asset to the agency because I have capabilities and skills [that I learned in school] that allow us to keep jobs in-house instead of using third party vendors. In this industry, that's very important."Read More
Art Director at Sanity Integrated
Kyle Davila is an art director at Sanity Integrated in Scottsdale, Arizona. He’s responsible for overseeing creative work for clients—everything from big campaigns to emails and web banners. “I also handle most of the in-house photography for the studio, so I have days where I spend 90% of my time away from my desk at photo shoots.”
Kyle’s coworkers inspire him with their dedication and creativity. “I am pretty fortunate to be surrounded by some really creative, passionate people that make what I do that much easier. The people I work with do some pretty impressive work. Personally, I have to be the hardest working one in the room and the minute I feel like I'm not is when I push myself to grow even more.” Kyle challenges himself by staying up late to research and further concept ideas he’s working on at Sanity Integrated.
He says that the design industry can be very challenging. “If you aren't willing to outwork everyone around you all the time, then you can't complain when you get stuck in the same spot for years and years to come.” He encourages designers to always push themselves to create something better. “I began to experience the benefits of my hard work when I started working less and less on production [and was placed] in charge of larger campaigns. It was an important shift for me because [I was now providing creative] ideas, and that's where you earn respect with the upper level directors.”
Kyle keeps an open line of communication at work, and is committed to helping the agency put out the best work possible. He cites a time when a new employee didn’t fully grasp a client’s design wishes and presented a concept that didn’t resonate with the client. Kyle made the difficult decision to talk with other art directors at the company—including senior art directors—to share his ideas on how to meet the client’s needs. “I have an immense amount of passion for what I do and the work I give to the clients. I had to take the difficult step to have a conversation with the directors and let them know it wasn't our best work and I could improve it. This was by no means easy. It took days of tough conversations that were heated at times. I was able to redo the creative and back-up everything I was saying with improvements to the campaign.”
While situations like this can be difficult, Kyle says it’s worth the challenge. He recommends that current students understand that they won’t always have the best ideas—but they need to keep pushing forward. "You might think [your idea isn’t great], but someone else could hear it and take it to the next level. The next thing you know, you're on the cover of magazines for the idea. It's funny because people think this industry is based on skill. That’s a portion of it, but a majority of it is being able to persevere through bad idea after bad idea until you land on that great one. Dedication is the name of the game.”
Kyle, who in 2015 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic & Web Design from The Art Institute of Phoenix, says that his education provided networking opportunities and industry insights that have helped him in his career. “I am an asset to the agency because I have capabilities and skills that allow us to keep jobs in-house instead of using third party vendors. In this industry, that’s very important.”
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Pre-College Sessions for High School Students
A hands-on head start.
High school juniors and seniors who have completed and submitted an application to an Art Institutes school can begin building a foundation of success before first term begins—at no charge—in our innovative College Bound program.* To find out more, visit AiCollegeBound.com.
* Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of completion. The College Bound courses are non-credit bearing and do not transfer into our academic program offerings or the offerings of any other institution. However as part of the course you will have the opportunity to develop a portfolio that you are able to request proficiency credit. Proficiency credit is awarded based on the proficiency credit policy defined in an institution’s academic catalog. The cost of the College Bound courses varies between $325 and $350. This cost is waived for any student that has an application and completed essay on file with the school. Check with the school you are interested in attending for exceptions and details, as not all programs are offered at all locations. Individual location participation is subject to change.