I was awarded a technology grant spring semester 2007 to integrate the Otis Library portfolio program into my spring semester Studio Visits Class.
The Studio Visits class is offered to sophomores in the Digital Media Program. The class focuses on careers in the entertainment industries and tools that will assist students in gaining meaningful employment. The class introduces the different types of careers through visits to over 20 professional studios during the course of the semester. The tools developed during the class are a professional looking resume, cards and letterhead, interviews with leaders in the field, researching of media companies, and the creation of a professional looking reel to use in obtaining an internship or employment.
I have noticed over the last two years that in addition to the reels more companies were starting to view websites as a method of seeing a prospective employee’s body of work. So it was not unusual for a studio dept head to e-mail other players to look at a web site instead of calling a meeting to review a reel. In the industry this saves both time and money.
The building of a website by students is becoming more essential in today’s working environment. This is where the portfolio program stepped into the spotlight. Both my classes were required to do websites. The students found these positive features using the program.
- The introduction of the portfolio program was very easy…the program is template driven and very easy for the student to learn and setup.
- It gives each student a site that will represent them to the world, that is flexible in terms of change and growth. Each of my students will have a site by the end of there sophomore year that can change and grow as they do.
- It really motivated students to create and finish work in other classes so they had work to show on their site.
- This site is free to the student and will remain so after they complete their education here at Otis.
- It gives everyone of my students an invaluable tool for their career early in their educational experience that allows them to show their work to the world.
Several of my students presented their work to the Academic Assembly on April 25 2007 at the end of the meeting. It was a twenty-minute presentation presented in 10 minutes. At the end of most of these meetings people are up and headed for the doors. In this case although the meeting had ended, they sat mesmerized by what they were seeing of the screen. I believe after that after this presentation of the excellent student web sites created with the portfolio program many instructors will now include building a web presence will be come part of their curriculum.
Portfolios of other Digital Media Students are available through O-Space Spots.