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Digital Media (Certificate)

Graduates Talk About the Digital Media Certificate Program

Jared Schafer, Class of 2012, Digital Media Certificate
(Interviewed Fall 2013)

Can you talk about why you first wanted to go into the field of digital media / digital design?
I feel like I'm fairly balanced between the left and right brain. I love art, but also love the math and logic of good design. It seemed like a natural fit.

Why was Hudson Valley Community College's Digital Media program a good fit for you?
I had never even opened Photoshop, or any other visual design programs, until my first day at Hudson Valley. It was a great place to see if this was going to be a viable career for me, and with the help of my professors, they gave me the tools I needed to realize my passions. I know that may sound cheesy, but it's true.

Is there any class or classes that stood out as really exceptional?
My video and Flash classes, taught by professors Garrigue, Baker and Tack, laid the foundation for the animation work that may be my niche, at least right now (my artistic endeavors seem to jump a lot).

What are you doing now and what are your ultimate goals in the field?
I am a senior at Sage College of Albany and will be receiving my BFA in Graphic & Media Design in May of 2014. My ultimate goal is to get hired doing what I love … designing and making visual art. And, who knows, maybe be a partner is a design firm someday.

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Eliot Ambrosio, Class of 2013, Digital Media Certificate
(Interviewed Fall 2013)

Can you talk about why you first wanted to go into the field of digital media / digital design?
Photography and film have always intrigued me. When I found out Hudson Valley offered courses in them, I figured why not sign up and try them out?

Why was Hudson Valley Community College's Digital Media program a good fit for you?
Excellent staff and the online portion of the degree worked around my time schedule. I suppose it was just different compared to most curriculums.

Is there any class or classes that stood out as really exceptional?
Photography I with Mr. Jaeger and Video Art with Mr. Baker. Both went hand in hand and taught me one of the most important aspects of art: composition.

What are you doing now and what are your ultimate goals in the field?
I recently got accepted to SUNY Purchase for a B.F.A. in Film. I was one of 20 people to be selected out of a pool of a hundred applicants. I'm anticipating what's to come next and I have to thank Hudson Valley Community College for pushing me and helping me strive to become a better filmmaker.

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Abby Kizer, Class of 2012, Digital Media Certificate
(Interviewed Fall 2013)

Can you talk about why you first wanted to go into the field of digital media / digital design?
When I was in high school, I really enjoyed photography and art classes, when I heard about Hudson Valley offering a digital media certificate I decided that it would be the perfect way to further my education and enhance my abilities in photography and art. 

Why was Hudson Valley Community College's Digital Media program a good fit for you?
I was really into art, photography and animation, and this program offered all of that and other things I was interested in learning about!

Is there any class or classes that stood out as really exceptional?
My favorite classes were animation, photography, graphic design, electronic arts and video art. Some of them surprised me because I wasn't sure I was going to be interested in the class, but once I took it I really ended up loving it! 

What are you doing now?
Right now I'm working at Fancy Schmancy, a boutique in Latham where I created their web site, make ads for Times Union, and pretty much do all digital media for them. I'm also a photographer at Walt Disney World in Orlando and every few months I go down and work. Soon, I will be moving down there full time because I love it so much!

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Jason Carnegie, Class of 2012, Digital Media Certificate
(Interviewed Fall 2013)

Can you talk about why you first wanted to go into the field of digital media / digital design?
I remember the day my middle school first opened a computer lab with the brand new colored iMacs and I became completely fascinated with the graphic design programs. My interest in digital media and graphic design has been growing ever since.

Why was Hudson Valley Community College's Digital Media program a good fit for you?
The cost and location of the college were the most important factors in my interest in Hudson Valley. Once I heard about the Digital Media program I was eager to enroll and begin classes. The class size and curriculum aided in my success and enjoyment of the program.

Is there any class or classes that stood out as really exceptional?
The Video Art class really stood out to me. It wasn't like a traditional cinematography class where you learn just the fundamentals. We explored video artists who look at video differently. It was interesting to see this different side of video and it allowed for a more creative atmosphere with a slightly different way of thinking.

What are you doing now and what are your ultimate goals in the field?
I have another year left at Sage and I am involved with the Sage AIGA student chapter as well as the Sage Vernacular. The Vernacular is the student-run publication that contains works created in all of the creative fields and compiled into a book.  Down the line, I'd like to either have a design firm with a group of friends or be involved with a well-established design firm.  At the very least, I'd like to have a design job in a field I enjoy while still having some time to freelance or just create work on the side.  The only goal I really have set in stone at this moment, besides getting a job at a design firm, is to publish a children's book.

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Drew Suto, Class of 2012, Digital Media Certificate
(Interviewed Fall 2013)

Can you talk about why you first wanted to go into the field of digital media / digital design?
For most of my life I have been drawing and painting. Digital media/design was something I had not been familiar with. I was starting to work in the northeast music scene as a visual artist and felt that this program could really help me grow. 

Why was Hudson Valley Community College's Digital Media program a good fit for you?
I felt comfortable there. It had been 14 years since I had been in school and was a little nervous going back. The instructors in the Digital Media program made me feel right at home among people who wanted to learn about art. I enjoyed being around those people and seeing what they would create from week to week. It served as inspiration as well many times. 

Is there any class or classes that stood out as really exceptional?
I have to say that all of the classes stood out together. One was not better than the other. I was able to take something from each class and apply it to what it was that I was working on at the time. 

What are you doing now and what are your ultimate goals in the field?
I am currently working nationally as a visual projectionist for a band called Conspirator. Every night I set up my laptop and projector to a new room/canvas. It is like I am drawing and painting up there on stage while the music is leading me in my designs. As for my ultimate goal in the field, I feel I have reached that already. I create a visual experience that people truly enjoy seeing night after night, and that makes me feel great. (Drew works under company name Dutch Masterson Designs)

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