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Graphic Design Associate of Science

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This Art Institute program is no longer accepting new students. Currently enrolled students can find out more about this program below.

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The Art Institute of Phoenix Culinary and Hospitality Summit On April 26 The Art Institute of Phoenix Culinary and Hospitality Summit On April 26

The Art Institute of Phoenix is hosting its first-ever Culinary and Hospitality Summit on April 26th from 4 - 6pm.

The school has invited culinary and hospitality industry professionals to attend, as well as leaders in the local Chamber of Commerce and educational organizations. This summit focuses on education and workforce readiness within the metro Phoenix culinary and hospitality industries.

The event will feature a panel of industry professionals including Chef Josh Curtis, Director of Culinary, The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Phoenix. Refreshments will be served.

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department at 1.800.474.2479 or 602.331.7500.

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The Fusion of Fashion, Art & Print: 1876–1914 The Fusion of Fashion, Art & Print: 1876–1914

The Fashion & Retail Management Department of The Art Institute of York - Pennsylvania Presents: The Fusion of Fashion, Art & Print: 1876–1914

Tuesday May 5 - Thursday July 8, 2015
Reception: Thursday, May 14
5:00–8:00 PM
Mike Klinedinst Gallery

On View: Original works from Gazette Du Bon Ton and Harpers Bazar on loan courtesy of the Winterthur Library Rare Books Collection.

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 717-755-2300.

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Game On! Kid Tested, Parent Approved? Game On! Kid Tested, Parent Approved?

It is no secret that kids love video games – they’re exciting, fun and engrossing.  As parents, we worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, there are many video games that are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development—skills in problem solving, reasoning, math and science. How can a parent choose? “In past decades, educational video games were known for poor design and cheap production,” says Jason Wiser, faculty in the Media Arts & Animation program at The New England Institute of Art, “with wonderful exceptions like “Zoombinis” and “Oregon Trail” putting all this ‘shovelware’ to shame. But as gamers have grown up and become parents, the more discerning audience has helped give rise to a new generation of better games for kids.” Wiser will be launching his own children’s game app this summer, DinoTrucks, where children ages 3-10 experiment with open play by excavating bones and building dinosaurs.

A successful educational game’s core purpose should be fun and interactive, yet still teach as part of that interaction. “As consumers, children are very particular and tend to gravitate toward simple, flashy characters but for a game to hold their interest,  the game needs to be thought-provoking, creative, exciting and fun at its core – the learning is secondary” shares Mathew Quickel, faculty instructor of Computer Animation at The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania. This is a message that is heard loud and clear by game and app developers who create games that were in line with their interests. “There has been a notable shift in game creation – it is common to see games created based on what children and their parents’ interests are,” adds Quickel.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy and is projected to grow by five percent annually through 2015. As a subset of that, children’s apps and video games are expected to continue to grow as parents are willing to pay increased amounts for games that will entertain and teach. “Parents who buy games for their kids are typically more concerned with content than price; they are willing to pay for a good product,” Wiser says. Current trends include STEM-focused games like “The Counting Kingdom,” the ever popular first person “shooter” games (good for learning strategy and immersive team play), kids’ versions of adult games (i.e. Minion Dash, the Despicable Me game which is based on the endless runner “Temple Run”), and games based on established properties,  like “Olaf’s Quest” from Disney’s Frozen.

Both Wiser and Quickel agree that parents will determine what games they feel are “meaningful” and what they would like their child to play. They offer these tips when selecting games for kids:

  •     Become familiar with the Entertainment Software Ratings Board ( Their ratings are designed to help potential players understand the game's content and offer guidance on which games are appropriate for different ages.
  •     Explore This site provides a report card on games, with detailed descriptions of game content, technical performance and kid friendliness. 
  •     Understand the types of games on the market: edutainment (educational games focusing on teaching the player), role playing games (that offer deep story and character development), action games (that train and enhance hand-eye coordination), simulation games (building, vehicles such as planes or cars) and strategy games.
  •     Use online reviews, ask other parents, ask your local store staff – and play games with your kids!

Bottom line? Video games are here to stay. And when appropriately used, they can provide an opportunity for children to learn, grow and have fun. 

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Unclutter Your Home Unclutter Your Home

You’re feeling like the walls are closing in. You’re not a hoarder, but you just have too much stuff. It’s not that difficult to change your disorganized ways. If you want to take control of clutter, get a few boxes, one for each room in your home. Start with one room at a time.

According to Keith McCleary, Academic Director of Interior Design at The Art Institute of York – Pennsylvania, begin this initiative by removing everything on top of your cabinets, tables, and in bookcases and place it all in a box. If there are other random accessories in the room, remove them as well. Keep just the basic furnishings. Now sit with the room in its simplest form for awhile. McCleary says, “In room design, make good decisions about what you choose to put in the room and, often more importantly, in what you choose to leave out. Simplicity and clean lines make a room feel livable and that’s what it’s really all about: comfortable living.” McCleary wants you to think about the kind of focal point you’re trying to create. How should you orchestrate this space and show off your special pieces in terms of size, scale, color and texture?

After a day or two has passed, go back to the box and look for items that define your personality, or will be noticed by guests visiting your home. “Ask yourself: when is enough, enough?” notes McCleary. Each piece of furniture in the room can function to complement. Accessories and works of art should contrast.” When you look at your well-designed room, you should see positive elements, as well as appreciate negative space by removing unnecessary pieces that don’t add to the design composition.

Interior design students at The Art Institute of York- Pennsylvania are taught to help their clients step back and ask themselves: is it finished now? We err when we go shopping and purchase nice pieces for our homes, but before long we begin to accumulate too many of those nice things. Much of what we have is “stuff” we don’t need or want. It might be time to share those boxes, which are full of stuff you haven’t missed in years, with your local Goodwill.

Sometimes, we believe we have to keep memorabilia or outdated gifts from Aunt Ethel in our home all the time. “Not so,” says McCleary. “It’s perfectly acceptable to remove those items when you do your box exercise.” If you get a call from auntie who’s planning a visit, head to the attic and put those old Beanie Babies she gave you when you were a fanatical collector decades ago on a shelf in your den, temporarily. She’ll be happy for the gesture. When she leaves, feel free to replace them in the box of memories until her next visit.

After you complete this exercise in each room in your home, you’ll notice that the clutter has disappeared. Now you can recognize how attractive the remaining items are in that same space. This initiative takes determination and focus, but when you’ve completed the exercise, your focus can be on the lovely space you’ve recreated. Clutter-free.

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Program Description

The mission of the Graphic Design Associate of Science Degree program is to provide a focus on conceptual thinking while developing graphic design technical and creative skills, including an introduction to the theory and practice of print and web design production, electronic publishing, graphic imagery, and sales promotion. Graphic Design graduates are prepared to pursue entry-level employment and to meet the challenges of the continually changing marketplace and graphic design profession.

Glossy magazines, digital media, corporate stationery, television graphics, and billboards are all composed of images, design, and printed words that work together to sell products and services, or to convey messages. This is the fundamental concept of graphic design, and it’s the basis of some of today’s most dynamic fields — advertising, publishing, television, and interactive communications.

What Will I Learn?
The Graphic Design program at The Art Institute of York — Pennsylvania is the first step toward a career in commercial graphics. Initially, students will develop an understanding of color and composition, design and typography, and learn accurate drawing skills. As they progress through the program, students are trained in creative problem solving and have the opportunity to learn to offer solutions that are effective in the business world.

Emphasis is placed on concept development and creative problem solving. Skills and techniques of computer graphics and electronic imaging are taught by industry professionals. Tools include scanners, digital cameras, and computer-based hardware and software. Advanced training includes the execution of assignments encountered by professionals in the field.

Graduates Are Prepared
By graduation, Graphic Design students in the Associate's degree program have acquired the training and the portfolio necessary to be prepared to seek entry-level positions as print buyers, gallery assistants, sign makers, photo retouchers, set designers, and production artists.
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