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DESIGN 488 A: Portfolio Preparation

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Meeting Time: 
MW
Location: 
ART
SLN: 
13195
Instructor:
Christopher Ozubko
Christopher Ozubko

Syllabus Description:

ProPractices 2015 | Syllabus -1.pdf

Design 488 | Preparation for Professional Practice

2015 Autumn Quarter   11.30–12.50p | Monday + Wednesday

Professor Christopher Ozubko     ozubko@uw.edu

Office hours: Wednesdays 10.00–11.00am   Art building room 253

 

Course overview

This course will focus on planning for a successful transition from academic life into professional practice as a working designer. Invited speakers from professional design practice will play a key part in panel discussions in this class.

We will cover methods for effective job-hunting, portfolio presentation and related skills, and understanding your personal strengths, weaknesses and objectives as you enter the job market. In addition we will discuss the nature of the professional design industry: what are the pros and cons of working for a design firm, as a freelancer, as a consultant, or as an in-house designer? What broader roles can the designer play? What about setting ethical boundaries on the work that you do?

Your personal branding and the preparation and completion of a portfolio targeted to your specific career goals is the most important aspect of this class. Your employment objectives will be reflected by the development of a comprehensive job search plan. Weekly discussions will focus on project compatibility, portfolio design and personality, photography of 3-dimensional projects, career destination, financial planning,  job hunting strategies, information resources, letters and resumés, arranging & handling interviews, negotiations, and other topics relevant to getting a job. Other topics will include current business practices, design trends and changes taking place in the industry, ethics, freelancing and self-promotion.

This is also the perfect class to prepare you to get the most out of our Design Career Fair.

 

Learning objectives

Through this course you should:

• Learn from design professionals about the practice of design, and what they look for in a designer

• Refine skills for effective job hunting, including portfolio presentation skills, writing and speaking

• Learn about different working models within the design world

• Develop plans and goals for entering the design profession and pursuing a career path suited to you and your work

 

Final deliverables & expectations

There is no ‘final’ for the class, but the upload of all materials to Canvas, and packets of print materials dropped off outside my office, is due by 4.20p Wed 16 December.

You must submit the following:

Résumé:

This must include your website url. Your website must be live.

Sampler pdf portfolio:

5- to 8-page pdf, 8.5 x 11 (or similar), showing two to three projects, which you could email to introduce your design work.

Sample cover letter (for a job application):

on letterhead that matches your resume/ buscard format. This should be addressed and targeted to a real studio or firm where you would be interested to work.

Sample thank-you letter (after interview):

on letterhead that matches your resume/ buscard format. This should be addressed and targeted to a real studio or firm where you would be interested to work.

This course will consist of a seminar and studio format and will involve critiques sessions. The design of your portfolio materials will require independent development and will parallel the work in your other senior studio class. Active participation in class, in particular during panel discussions with outside guests, is critical to evaluating your performance.

Assignment for each FORUM

For each forum you must research the guests/their firms, and put forward a minimum of two questions  for them (total of two per forum).  At least one of your questions must relate specifically to the topic of the forum, but other questions can be on any design-related topic. Include your name and use a text not pdf file.

You must upload your questions to canvas no later than midnight on the Sunday before the forum.

School of Art+Art History+Design Class Participation, Engagement, and Learning Policies   

Classes offered in art, art history and design require students to be engaged as active and verbal learners in order to successfully complete the course. In addition to completing assignments and exams our expectation is that you will consistently participate in the classroom and studio during class time. It is this consistent participation and contribution to discussions, critique, gallery exhibition activities, team projects, and presentations of your research with faculty and peers that guarantees your learning, contributes to your academic accomplishments, and supports your professional goals after graduation.

 

Evaluation criteria | Comprehensive assessment

• Developing and refining an effective set of materials to promote yourself as a designer, including

  understanding your weaknesses and addressing them effectively.

• Effective oral and visual presentation skills.

• Personal development: self-motivation, researching, pushing personal and creative boundaries.

• Class participation and contribution, especially in forum sessions with invited guests.

• Completion of required work on schedule.

This is a three-credit course, taken as pass/fail (credit/no-credit) therefore participation in surveys, and 100% attendance for all assigned sessions is mandatory.

Student responsibilities

If you are ill you should arrange with a classmate to find out any assignments in order to keep up with the class. If you must be absent (legitimate excuse), please email me, or if this is not possible, see me at the next class meeting. An excusable absence will not affect your grade, but it is your responsibility to get assignments and to bring complete work and research on time. No incomplete will be given except in a case of incapacitation or other extraordinary circumstances.

Learning environment

Be respectful to your colleagues. Please don’t eat during class as this can be distracting and disruptive. Clean up your space after class. Please turn off cell phones before class begins. Laptops are for classwork only. No surfing, e-mailing, texting, Instagram, or Facebook during class, or lectures and forums. In forums, please take notes by hand. For written communication practice good email etiquette with formal salutations to instructors and colleagues, written in proper English without acronyms or abbreviations. Use your UW email account and include a signature block.

Access + Accommodations

UW Disability Resources for Students (http://depts.washington.edu/uwdrs/) offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. If you have already established accommodations with DRS, please communicate your approved accommodations to me at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course. If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary or permanent disability that requires accommodations (this can include but not limited to; mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or uwdrs@uw.edu or disability.uw.edu. When you contact DRS, the DRS office will work to establish reasonable accommodations for you through an interactive process between myself, you, and their office.

After-Hours Access to the Art Building

For after-hours access to the Art Building, please bring your Husky Card to the Art Advising Office (RM 104, Open M-F, 8am-4pm). Student cards will be swiped, and you will receive an access sticker for your Husky Card. Access is instant after swiping. Access will be removed at the end of the year.

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Schedule

 

WEEK 1

Wed Sept 30 | Introduction, review syllabus, class objectives, schedule

ASSIGNMENT 1: My dream job (due 07/14 October)

ASSIGNMENT 2: Draft resume + work sampler,

3–5 page PDF, showing 1 or 2 sample projects

(upload to CANVAS Friday 23 October)

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WEEK 2

Mon Oct 5 | PRESENTATION: Resumes and portfolios

Wed Oct 7 | studio session | Group Bauhaus A-L

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WEEK 3

Mon Oct 12 | PRESENTATION: Building your online portfolio

(guest Bryan Mamaril)

Wed Oct 14 | studio session | Group Memphis M-Z

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WEEK 4

Mon Oct 19 | PROFESSIONAL FORUM: Insight & Advice on Job Hunting

Wed Oct 21 | studio session | Group Bauhaus A-L

(upload ASSIGNMENT 2 to CANVAS Friday 23 October)

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WEEK 5

Mon Oct 26 | REVIEW: Bring printed resume draft, printed PDF work sampler, website in-progress work (on screen) for discussion.

Wed Oct 28 | studio session | Group Memphis M-Z

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WEEK 6

Mon Nov 2 | PROFESSIONAL FORUM: (relocating for employment)

Wed Nov 4 | studio session | Group Bauhaus A-L

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WEEK 7

Mon Nov 9 | PRESENTATION/workshop: Presenting and public speaking

(guest Prof Andrew Tsao)

Wed Nov 11 | NO CLASS | VETERANS DAY

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WEEK 8

Mon Nov 16 | PRESENTATION/workshop:

The Art of Negotiation, Ted Leonhardt | author ‘Nail it’

Wed Nov 18 | studio session | Group Memphis M-Z

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WEEK 9

Mon Nov 23 | PROFESSIONAL FORUM: Design Entrepreneurship

Wed Nov 25 | open studio session | optional

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WEEK 10

Mon Nov 30 | One-on-One: speed interviews | Group Memphis M-Z

Wed Dec 2 | One-on-One: speed interviews | Group Bauhaus A-L

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WEEK 11

Mon Dec 7 | CAREER PREPARATION: Ways of Working + UW Career Fair)

Wed Dec 9 | Last class | open studio session | optional

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WEEK 12

FINALS WEEK | Wednesday 16 December | deadline–4.20p

• Submit deliverables

Hand in hard copies and upload digital documents

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Focuses on developing the tools to create a successful transition between academia and professional practice as a working designer. Credit/no-credit only.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
October 5, 2016 - 9:20pm

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