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SWON Visits AIC College of Design

Monday, August 26, 2013  
Posted by: Melanie
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Donna Wakefield, the librarian at the Art Institute of Cincinnati, College of Design, finds the creative environment of her job invigorating and fun. We toured the student work areas, the library (of course!) and the senior gallery. Art work and projects are on display everywhere: paper sculpture, product packaging (e.g. CD covers), soft sculpture, posters. One of my favorite Senior Posters was by Emily Hornsby (her poster is at left). Her Greece advertising poster made me smile and want to visit Greece immediately.

Donna shared that the curriculum is project based. Each course will have a number of faculty working with the students, each one guiding a specific project, but unified by the course theme. It’s a unique structure, one that produces graduates who have won a lot of Addy Awards (33 over the last four years). http://www.cincinnatiaddys.com/

While speaking with one of the College’s founders, graphic designer Marion K. Allman, I found out about some of the new offerings and opportunities at AIC. Effective in 2014, AIC will be offering a Bachelor’s of Graphic Design.  Offering the Bachelor’s degree really sets the College apart from other art schools in the region, something Ms. Allman has been doing since its founding.  One example, AIC has been offering course work in paper sculpture, which includes pop-up art, for many years. They are one of only a handful to do so here in the U.S.  A new collaboration is the work AIC is doing with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to create materials designed to instruct schools for re-introducing children who are cancer survivors. What a great opportunity for their students.

Donna really enjoys working with the students, whether it’s research for historical and cultural accuracy or writing for business resources, whatever the students need is what Donna is happy to provide.

For more about the Art Institute of Cincinnati, College of Design: http://www.aic-arts.edu/


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