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Summer 2016 College Bound Showcase

September 23, 2016

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Summer I & Summer II Classes END

September 23, 2016

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Application Deadline

September 25, 2016

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Latest Happenings

Top 5 Tips for Transfer Students
Top 5 Tips for Transfer Students

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!

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Coverage of PAC-MAN Fashion Show

(Schaumburg, October 2015) Students at The Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, participated in the first PAC-MAN-inspired fashion show at Level 257. The show was organized by students in the Interior Design, Graphic & Web Design, Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Animation departments.

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LEVEL 257 HOSTS WORLD’S FIRST PAC-MAN-INSPIRED ART AND FASHION SHOW

Celebrating PAC-MAN’s 35 Years With ‘Art & Fashion Arcade’ by Students of The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg – Wednesday, October 8, 2015

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Meet Our Alumni

  • Alex Lesus

    Graphic & Web Design , 2010

    "[My education showed me how to take] a project from concept to completion and how to talk about or sell my work in a value added way."

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    Alex Lesus

    Alex Lesus is a lead designer for Bloomingdale, Illinois-based Envision3, a company that helps clients to communicate their vision. He’s responsible for print, packaging, web design, web development, photography, client interaction, project management, copywriting, and marketing strategy. “Graphic design is a field that is very competitive and requires a broad range of skills. I felt an overwhelming amount of stress lifted from my shoulders when Envision3 asked me to join their team,” he says.

    Alex finds creative inspiration in the bold, beautiful, changing world around him. He’s also inspired by artists. “We live in an age where creative work is at our fingertips and designers are continuously sharing their work online more than ever.” Alex enjoys helping businesses to create an identity and to tell their story visually. He recommends that current students stay positive during the job search. “The industry is competitive but there are plenty of opportunities. Keep an open mind on your search. You never know what skills you will pick up. Never stop learning.”

    Alex, who in 2010 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that his education gave him a true awareness of the industry. “[It showed me how to take] a project from concept to completion and how to talk about or sell my work in a value added way. Not only did I learn a lot about design and marketing, but [the school] also helped me open up to be a more outgoing and involved individual.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/249 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Courtney Falconer

    Graphic & Web Design , 2012

    "Having teachers that know the industry and work in the industry is extremely helpful."

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    Courtney Falconer

    Courtney Falconer is working as a senior associate designer II for Discover in Riverwoods, Illinois. She’s responsible for conceptual ideation and overall experience design. “My team and I do a ton of concept work that we present to leadership, in hopes that we can push boundaries and improve user experience. We are problem solvers, focused on making every card member's experience easier,” she says.

    Courtney is excited to be the first member of her immediate family to earn a bachelor’s degree. “This is a huge accomplishment for me,” she says. Courtney took a risk after graduation that’s paid off in her career. After graduation, she was offered two positions—a full-time job doing packaging at a travel accessory company and a three-month internship at a package design firm in downtown Chicago. “I really didn't think I was going to get the internship because they were known to be hard to impress. But, crazily I turned down the full-time position for the three-month internship. If I had to go back and do it again I wouldn't change a thing. It was a risk I had to take and it definitely paid off for me.”

    Courtney, who in 2012 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that the school’s career-focused education helped her to transition into the design industry. “Having teachers that know the industry and work in the industry is extremely helpful,” she adds. Courtney recommends that current students work hard and network. “You get what you put into it. Keeping the contacts you have from your time in school is important. Create a good name for yourself and watch the possibilities open up.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/249 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Danielle Brust

    Fashion Marketing & Management , 2013

    "I was able to experience so many different classes, work for different internships, and meet so many different people who, like me, were creative."

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    Danielle Brust

    Danielle Brust is an advertising designer for The Bradford Exchange in Niles, Illinois. “I design layouts and backgrounds for advertising packages featuring our jewelry and apparel collections. I handle everything from the envelope creative to the brochure design,” she says. Danielle also creates advertisements placed in magazines and other publications. She adds that she’s now the go-to employee for photo shoots regarding new products. “Since I brought visual design skills with me when I was hired, it gave me a leg up to be more involved with how our products, especially our handbags, are photographed for brochure layouts. This allows me to be involved from start to finish when creating marketing packages.”

    Danielle adds that it’s always been her dream to create advertising that many people would see. “It is so cool to design brochures that inspire and connect our customers to us as a company.” She recommends that current students learn as much as possible and not limit their knowledge. “It is so helpful to know about the other parts of the fashion industry and how they work together because chances are, it will affect you too. Having that knowledge allows you to see the bigger picture and understand how your company works.”

    Danielle, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising & Management from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that her education opened her eyes to the possibilities within the fashion industry. “I thought my options were so limited, when in reality they were endless. I was able to experience so many different classes, work for different internships, and meet so many different people who, like me, were creative. My instructors challenged me and pushed me to be better than I thought I could.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/247 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Dayton Remmers

    Web Design & Interactive Media , 2013

    "[In my classes], there were strict deadlines that couldn't be missed, you had a certain number of days that you could miss class, you had to work in teams, and many more similarities to a real job."

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    Dayton Remmers

    Dayton Remmers is a front end developer for BFC Print in Batavia, Illinois. He’s responsible for maintaining all client portals and building HTML emails. “I work closely with our designer to build beautiful and functional HTML emails for marketing. I also get requests to change/remove/add features or design elements to client portals,” he says. Dayton enjoys the challenge of discovering how a feature works and how to add or change it in the company’s portals.

    Dayton is proud to have earned the Student Ambassador position while studying at The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg. “Through that position I met many friends in different fields, learned what kind of leader I am, and how to give better speeches.” As an ambassador, he helped new students adjust to college life and answered questions about his field of study. Dayton’s creative inspirations include websites that spark his imagination. “I start to wonder how the developer coded the site and why the designer choose the layout they did. I start to think of ways to improve the website.”

    Dayton, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Web Design & Interactive Media from The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg, says that his instructors treated classes like jobs. “There were strict deadlines that couldn't be missed, you had a certain number of days that you could miss class, you had to work in teams, and many more similarities to a real job.” He recommends that current students keep pushing forward. “In the web field, technology and trends are changing every day. If you don't work hard to keep learning you will fall behind.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/251 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Haley Wubs

    Digital Photography , 2013

    "My classes helped me to interact with other students and teachers as though I was in a work setting."

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    Haley Wubs

    Haley Wubs is a studio assistant for RRDonnelley/Omega Studios in Elgin, Illinois. She assists photographers, builds and takes down sets, prepares clothes and products for set, and organizes photo shoots. Each day begins with a team production meeting to ensure that everyone is ready for the day and week ahead. Haley is proud to have turned her dedication into a career with a company that she enjoys working for. “After only being at my job a short time, I was quickly trusted with many tasks and projects that were very important and involved some of our biggest clients,” she says.

    Haley finds creative inspiration in travel and culture. “I also love to browse online portfolios of photographers. I have a list of some that I’ve admired for a while, [including] Rus Anson.” Haley’s career allows her to work alongside people who have a love for art and creativity. “Being able to work in a creative atmosphere is so inspiring. I also enjoy when I’m assigned to a special project, especially where the photographer and the stylists have some creative flexibility.” She adds that it’s rewarding to see a finished layout and know that she played a role in creating it.

    Haley, who in 2013 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Photography from The Illinois Institute of Art — Schaumburg, says that her education prepared her to grow as a professional individual. “I really felt my classes helped me to interact with other students and teachers as though I was in a work setting. Knowing how to act professionally in a work environment is very important.” She recommends that current students keep an open mind as they grow within the industry. “Don’t stop learning. Technology and methods are always changing.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/246 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Joe Olivera

    Visual Effects & Motion Graphics , 2011

    "The [courses I took] help me today as I write scripts, email corporate figureheads, and propose ideas and concepts to marketing and legal teams within my company."

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    Joe Olivera

    Joseph A. Olivera is working as a media creations specialist for LG Electronics in Buffalo Grove, Illinois. He creates, produces, and manages video content for the company’s home appliance division. “Not many people can say they’re doing what they went to school for, or that they have followed their passion and become successful. That puts a smile on my face every time I walk into work,” he says.

    Joseph is proud to work for a Fortune 500 company. “[They trust me] to help increase the quality of their media and production process. My work is distributed and viewed globally to help our consumers and affiliates.” Joseph is also thankful for the support of his parents, who encouraged him to follow his passion but to keep his ambitions realistic. He recommends that current students stay ahead of the competition and keep themselves educated about what’s trending in the industry. “Always learn new, practical ways to do something and be open for criticism.”

    Joseph, who in 2011 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Effects & Motion Graphics from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that his education prepared him for his current position. “The English courses help me today as I write scripts, email corporate figureheads, and propose ideas and concepts to marketing and legal teams within my company.” He adds that he also uses math and spreadsheets, proving that even the courses which were not completely focused on visual effects have benefitted him in his career. “It goes to show you that every course you take could be used in your profession, so all should be taken seriously.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/255 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Kyle McDonald

    Illustration , 2014

    "The teachers at The Illinois Institute of Art - Schaumburg prepared me for the professional world."

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    Kyle McDonald

    Kyle McDonald is a 3D paper engineer for the start-up company Dreaming Tree. He works from his home office in Illinois and is responsible for design, engineering, and illustration. Kyle mentions that he is always learning and that his current job has been particularly challenging. “I had to reverse engineer and teach myself to create the designs used for Dreaming Tree. I pulled resources from online and my mentors to find the most efficient way to create the projects.”

    He’s very dedicated to his craft—as evidenced by his work hours. “I could [spend] 40-65 hours a week to complete a project, cleaning up designs and ensuring that Dreaming Tree files would be the best—the best in the paper craft industry. All of those things lead to clean cuts and easy assembly of our projects.” Kyle says that the best compliment he can get is positive feedback from a customer. “We post our projects on [social media] and get shares, comments, and likes. All of that shows that our hard work is acknowledged and loved.”

    Kyle, who in 2009 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Game Art & Design and in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration & Design from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that his education helped him to step in to a new job and fulfill the responsibilities. “My 3DS Max knowledge helped in the engineering of paper projects and my Illustrator knowledge assisted in creating illustrations and designs when needed.” He adds that his professional instructors also provided support and advice that have benefitted him in his career.

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3544 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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  • Tyler J. Geiwitz

    Graphic & Web Design , 2014

    "[The school] offered clubs, extra activities, and design competitions to participate in, which I could list on my résumé."

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    Tyler J. Geiwitz

    Tyler Geiwitz is a senior graphic designer and social media manager at Green Ivy Publishing in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. He’s responsible for distributing and revising projects and overseeing social media accounts. Tyler explains that it’s important that he works hard and meets deadlines. “You're going to have to work longer hours if you need to accomplish and meet deadlines. You have to remember when you're sitting there with ‘nothing to do’ that there's always something for you to do to better yourself and your environment.” During work downtime, he ensures that his computer is cleaned up and files are backed up.

    His hard work has helped him to stand out within this company. “I felt very new and at the bottom of the totem pole when I first started working. It definitely felt weird when my boss would just walk past me without ever needing anything from me. I worked harder and harder each day, taking on more responsibilities to prove I was a great employee. Now, my boss, the CEO of company, comes to me to solve problems and jump start production for authors. It's a great feeling having built that trust with a higher ranked executive.”

    Tyler, who in 2014 earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from The Illinois Institute of Art—Schaumburg, says that his education pushed him to be faster in his work. “[The school provided] awesome advisors that helped me to find interviews [that led to] employment. It also offered clubs, extra activities, and design competitions to participate in, which I could list on my résumé.” He recommends that current students keep a positive attitude, especially during challenging situations. “Working for a small company can be tough sometimes. We can get behind in production. If one person gets sick, we all get sick. If someone's having a bad day, we all turn into grumpy people. I always tried to be the most fun co-worker, and I always tried to make others happy. Happy people make happy designs that are often better designs.”

    See http://ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/249 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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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.

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