Creativity, Education, Graphic Design, Student achievements

Student “Selections” Celebration

I have taught design for a good many years. Much of that time has been with the suc­cess­ful one-year inten­sive pro­grams at LaSalle Col­lege Van­cou­ver. They were espe­cial­ly ben­e­fi­cial for work­ers who need­ed quick retrain­ing in a cre­ative field and for those who want­ed a good overview of the dis­ci­pline.

In March, LCV announced it was phas­ing out these pro­grams. This was euphem­ized as “inte­grat­ing” with the new­ly-acquired Art Insti­tute Van­cou­ver. Inte­gra­tion implies com­bin­ing and build­ing, per­haps col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly and inclu­sive­ly. Not so in this case.

So amid the con­fu­sion and melan­choly, I have been reflect­ing on stu­dent suc­cess­es over the years. There has been much to cel­e­brate. Here is one exam­ple:

LCV’s par­ent com­pa­ny, LCI, has 22 cam­pus­es world-wide, serv­ing thou­sands of stu­dents. Sev­er­al years ago they intro­duced a web port­fo­lio por­tal for stu­dents. It has been a very use­ful tool with which stu­dents can show­case their work. In our case, it shows also that they can achieve a lot in a year.

Every few weeks, one project earns the dis­tinc­tion of “Net­work Selec­tion.” Of the 61 net­work selec­tions across the net­work, 7 projects were by my stu­dents. Con­grat­u­la­tions to all. It has been an hon­our to help bring out your tal­ents.

– Daryl