Recent graduates showcased their talents at the Summer 2017 Portfolio Show and shared what it was like to be a VCAD student.
"One of the most important things I learned at VCAD was how to be an independent designer."
“VCAD was very hands on. We constantly had to do work. A lot of the schools I attended before had been very theoretical but at VCAD the entire focus was having something to present to potential employers."
"I went into the program interested in fashion marketing and merchandising but I came out of it being skilled in it."
"I didn't know any of the programs before I started. I really loved [...] learning how to put my own designs and styles into a final product for businesses."
"Listening to the teachers talk about their work [...], they work in the industry. These people know their stuff!"
"The only way I'm going to get better is if I learn and go to school and perfect my craft."
"No one can ever say that you can't do something. I came into this program not knowing how to do anything and I'm really proud of what I've come out with today."
I was an accountant for 10 years and hated it. One day I realized I love and missed art and decided to pursue it as a career. I enjoyed the small class sizes and the instructors and their teaching style.
I have always been creative but never had a channel for my creativity. I was nervous because I did not have an artistic background or anything to show, but the instructors made me comfortable and saw that I was passionate and that is all I needed to succeed. The best part of the program were the instructors.
I chose VCAD because it had a good location and the program fit my needs. The small class and close-knit student community is great! The instructors encouraged me and gave me one-on-one mentorship based on their industry experience.
I chose VCAD because presented a program much better and intuitive than my previous school. Instructors are great. They helped by providing feedback right away and explaining the use of programs we had to use on the job.
I chose to pursue 3D Modelling because I am really into video games which sparked my art interests. I chose VCAD mainly because they had 3 life drawing courses, which is very important for me and my future career pursuit. The instructors are great! They are professional and very helpful by putting us in real-life situations.
I chose to pursue because art has always been an inspiration for me. I chose VCAD because they have a good background and great instructors. VCAD provided us with many opportunities for our future.
I stumbled onto the VCAD website and found everything I was looking for. I loved meeting the instructors and students, everyone has a different background and experience. The instructors go out of the way to ensure my success.
I have always been interested in the technical aspects of sewing and pattern making. I was very impressed with the instructors and their knowledge and background in the industry. I owe everything to my instructors.
The instructors help make a difference in my education by providing lots of hands-on work and by being very personal. The experience is so intimate, making it easier to retain more information. The powerpoints, videos, and other visual stimulations make the classroom more innovative. My overall experience on campus has been great, I love it! I have learned so much, every class has been a gift. The school should pride itself on its courses and fantastic instructors!
I have been doing freelance fashion design on 3 continents following my passion to travel. I originally studied fashion design in the Academy of Design and Technology to have an artistic career that would allow me to travel the world. AT 22, I decided to follow my passion for travel. After years of work and travel, I learned and collected a lot of information and real time experience in the apparel industry. At this time in my life, I think it is important to pass on the knowledge to those who want to follow in the world of clothing, textiles, and design. I inspire them with my knowledge and anecdotal stories of my work and travels. I hope to draw their attention to the opportunities outside their grasp. And warn them of potential pitfalls of the fashion industry. Finding this teaching position gives me a new challenge and focus on the path of my professional life.
The one-on-one time with my instructors allows for plenty of useful feedback. All of them are down to earth and very straightforward about what is good and what needs work. The small class sizes allows for a lot of class involvement in every session, making for a much different experience than sitting in a lecture hall. Overall, my experience at VCAD has been great. I really enjoy sharing my entire school career with people that have the same interests as me.
I have 12 years experience. My background is primarily in communication, either written, visual or in fine arts. U gave been working in creative disciplines my whole life, but professionally since starting at NSCAD University in 2001. Have worked in print media (Sonmedia) for four years and for VCADV since 2009. I am passionate about all forms of creative expression, something that was set alight when I was in the 3rd grade and my elementary school cancelled all the art classes due to budget cuts. I believe nothing is more fundamentally important to our civilization that the arts -- we should inspire ourselves so we can inspire others. I inspire my students by being brutally honest. I explain my opinions and rationales and I am not afraid to change my mind or opinions should a student show me something new. I am inspired because they continue to inspire me. IDEAS should be big and creative. I inspire them because I teach them to think bigger and better and to question everything.
Web design was something I did as a hobby in the late nineties, learning HTML through trial and error. It was not until 2004 that I chose to transition from hobby to career. Since 2006, after graduating from the Art Institute, I have been happily instructing students in web development along with taking the occasional freelance contract. During my schooling at the Art Institute, I tended to spend as much time tutoring and helping my classmates as I did on my own work. This caught the attention of my instructors and during my final semester I was encouraged to inquire about a job with the school. I had never thought about education as a career before this, but since the seed was planted, it just made sense. I was very grateful to have been hired by AI only one week after my last day of class! I always make an effort to remember what it was like to be in their shoes and never take for granted that a lot of them are novices. In my classroom it is not just about the how, but the why as well. I also make sure to bring a positive and humorous viewpoint into my classroom. This is super important because web development can easily be perceived as boring and students lose interest. Not only do I try and make them have fun learning how to code, but I ensure they understand the relevancy of it to their careers. Becoming a teacher was the best choice I have made for my life and career. There is nothing more thankful than knowing I have made a contribution someones future, even in a small way.
My background is in 3D animation for film, television and video games. I have been in this field for 15 years, including 7 years of academic study. I pursed teaching because education and 3D animation are my two passions, so making a career as an animation teacher was an obvious choice. I inspire my students by exciting them with possibilities.
I have 14 years of experience as a 3D Artist. I pursued teaching because I enjoy it and I also enjoy problem solving. I inspire my students by giving them positive feedback.
The instructors helped me develop a workflow that could apply to a professional environment, by telling me how to approach any project I come across, and why certain methods work better than others for different situations. It was reinforced that there is more than one way to do things, there is only the best way to approach things as variables in work are always different. Having the instructor show how to do things step-by-step using the class projector was extremely helpful. My overall experience on campus has been good. The instructors and support staff were all very helpful.
The instructors were great. They were patient with me while I stumbled through the new programs and later on when I found new ways to break my programs. They provided helpful feedback on my work, and helped me create better work. The projectors make our classroom more innovative, it allows the instructors to perform live tutorials. My Overall Experience: The staff is friendly and willing to help you in any way. Ernesto is amazing by running around and making sure all the computers are working.
The instructors help to make my education better by giving suggestions to improve our assignments, show us ways to improve our work in VCAD, point out our mistakes, tell us proper way to complete projects for school or clients, and by giving us skills we can use for our future jobs. The new computers, programs, and other tools make our classrooms innovative. Overall, my experience has been good. We have clean work spaces, clean classrooms and teacher and staff who are nice and work with us.
The instructors are people who actually work in the field they teach. We have great computers, compared to a public school, and if you do not have your own computer it is okay because there is a computer lab available for use. Overall, the staff and other students are great. People seem to get along and are all working towards similar goals.
My background is television and feature animation with additional experiences in broadcast, design and effects. I have been in this field for over 17 years with over 20+ films and projects credited. Working at local studios, globally, Disney Animation Studios and The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Winter Games. With additional experiences in marketing, design and graphics. I pursued teaching because I want to share my experiences and skills with students while exploring new opportunities in art direction, management and communications. Ensuring that most student have final portfolios that both the graduate and VCAD team can be proud of. In addition, I enjoy seeing the accomplishments of the graduates from the portfolio show through to the successes of students post-graduation. Working directly with industry in the planning of curriculum and designing programs has also been a pleasure. I inspire my students by discussing industry trends, showcasing professional high quality samples of work, working with learner centred activities, actively engaging in campus activities, working directly with career services to help with student success, volunteering many hours to assist in student development, advising students on opportunities and industry events. Advising campus administration on high quality professional student work for inspiration and motivation both for applicants and current students.
I have worked in the fashion industry for a decade and over that time, I have worn many hats: freelance writer, magazine editor, event producer, and publicist. In 2007, I launched Nicole Stewart PR and have been creating a buzz and lifestyle events ever since. I enjoy imparting knowledge on students and sharing real-world experiences with the theoretical knowledge we teach in the classroom. I try to inspire my students by encouraging out-of-the-box thinking that prepares and excites them for the professional world.
My instructors are always there for me and happy to answer my questions. My instructors are very experienced in the industry which helps a lot. The classrooms are small and personal, making it easier to ask questions from my instructor. My overall experience on campus is good. The staff are very helpful, especially in student services and financial services. Financial services helped me to understand my student loads a lot better. At Reeves I feel like I am learning a lot! My instructors push me and I obtaining many skills from them and the rest of the program.
I have a background in traditional 2D animation, and have been working as an animator for 10 years. I pursued teaching because students remind me of the passion and joy this career grows from. Working with young people that are as enthusiastic as I am about animation makes teaching so much fun! I inspire my students by showing them great work, especially if it is not well known so they can see the breadth of animation as an art form. I also have a lot of fun creating things, so I hope my energy rubs off on the students.
In 1970 - Self-taught illustrator (portraiture/fashion/commercial). I did TV/Film - costume illustration. In 1974 I got my Fashion Design College Diploma. And 1976 I became a Canadian Jr. Designer and was featured in the Miss Canada Pageant. I pursued teaching because I was always naturally drawn to teaching and sharing my skills and helping students develop their own skills. My passion is for fashion. With a extensive and varied background, I am able to provide students with my knowledge of the industry. I inspire students with real life experiences, sharing my own passion and excitement of new/past knowledge and developments, and encouraging and validating their successes.
I have a background in fashion-textiles, post-production and psychology as well as art. I love teaching people. I inspire my students by encouraging them to share their stories.
I have 23 years of experience in the Animation industry. I was inspired to pursue a teaching career because I have a desire to impart my knowledge onto those who want to learn about the industry. I also have a joy for teaching. I inspire students by teaching through visual-aid (images, videos, demonstrations), orally (share stories from my previous experiences, pep-talks), and encouragement (comparing earlier work to later work --to show progression).
The instructors make sure that I understand the class material and make it clear on what is expected of me to succeed. The instructors are friendly yet business oriented. Some of the instructors are in the industry, which makes them very resourceful for the students. My experience on campus has been very nice. The staff is always nice and helpful.
The instructors at VCAD are well aware of the industry for graphic design, which makes a big difference. They will push you to your limits and help you accomplish what you thought was impossible. We have access to the Macs in the lab from 8-10 6 days a week, which is of big help to us. Overall Experience: The campus will help you with a lot, and you can always count on someone to give you helpful criticism and help you find creative ways to solve problems.
I was 15 years old when I decided I want to become a fashion designer. After high school I went to Kwantlen Polytechnic University and completed a degree in Fashion Design and Technology. Upon graduation I spent most of my energy developing my collection of clothing and accessories for my line, Flaming Angels. Flaming Angels is just about to turn 13 years old. My speciality is alternative street-wear and custom special occasion apparel. I have always enjoyed working in a team environment. While I was getting established in the local industry, I took on many interns as assistants. Teaching seemed like a natural transition from training others in my field. I also really enjoy the learning and school environment. I continued to study and develop my skills, learning new techniques to make clothing. I encourage my students and create a nurturing learning environment by being patient, knowledgeable and ready to share. We keep the discussion going in class, encouraging a dedication and passion for fashion. I tell students about the research I am doing, projects I am participating in and encourage them to get out into the world and experience the industry for themselves. I feel it is essential to the learning environment to show your own passion for your field, and your area of expertise. The energy is contagious, focusing and positive. And productive energy output creates a fun learning experience for everyone.
I have been teaching graphic and web design for 12 years now -- working as a graphic designer for over 22 years. I have worked as an art director for advertising agencies and individual companies, and as a contract/freelance graphic designer, providing everything from corporate and product identity systems to promotion for performance industries to package and web design. I also did a 4 year program in visual communications at Alberta College of Art, as well as studying computing science for most of my life. I began teaching part-time as a way of supplementing my income as a designer, thinking that it would not only provide steady work but also provide an opportunity to hone my own skills and share the wealth of knowledge I have learned over my career as a designer. From there, I simply fell into teaching as if it were second nature, discovering that it brings to bear everything I have learned. There is a natural result of teaching to bring together cumulative knowledge and provide real insight that can be passed on to the next generation of designers. My inspiration comes from the infectious excitement for curiosity and creativity that is built into every fiber of the human condition. The trick to inspiring students is to unabashedly demonstrate your own zeal for discovery and the wonder for the creative process. Fun is the very definition of finding something you truly love and enjoy anew every day -- it is also the essential ingredient in learning. When students are having fun discovering, exploring and experimenting, I know I have done my job.
I have 18 years of experience in Architecture/Interior Design and Exhibition Design. I pursued a teaching career because I want to share my global experience with students, and show different kinds of designs from abroad. I inspire my students by showing them my work, allowing my boss to speak and motivate them, and by showing all the short-cuts ad effective ways of 3D commands.
I, Marion Webber, have been in the creative industries for over 30 years. I built a successful graphics/advertising firm, winning awards for corporate collateral campaigns. I also have a management consulting background. Over the last decade I have resurrected my fine arts background. With this trio of training and experience, I teach practical, useable and relevant learning to applied arts students. Since I was 7 years old, I have taught or informed others in creative and business disciplines. I love helping people understand and encourage them to express their unique gifts in whatever creative vocation suites them. I inspire my students by bringing a wealth of real world experience in both creative thinking for the arts and business needs. I am also very compassionate and mentor to help students overcome fear and insecurity.