Service: Effective Student Advisement

Summary

Putting students goals first means looking to the industry and how it can inform their educational needs. I find entertaining ways of teaching and allowing the whole student to be successful beyond the classroom through structured events. I work with my team to dig into the details of program plans to help students pursue individual goals.

  • Consistent encouragement to students for creative and academic achievement
  • Drawing with Industry Pros
  • Proof through alumni success
  • Enthusiastic teacher/student interaction
  • Advising Sessions
  • Wait List Management
  • Sophomore Reviews

Consistent encouragement to students for creative and academic achievement:

Drawing with Industry Pros

The Digital Media program’s Video Conference Lab was used in 2017 to communicate with James Suhr from Disney Animation Studios. He collaborated with the Open Digital Life Drawing Sessions I ran which impacted the other courses specifically Digital Character Drawing. These drawing sessions are recorded and archived so students can see the way that a Disney story boarder draws.

Facebook Post on the Skyping with James Suhr – Industry Pro Skype Drawing with us from California – this continued alumni relationship helps to connect students to animation industry. 6 Recent alum went to visit James Suhr to transition to the West Coast Entertainment Industry. Chloe Stewart has now moved out there and is connected to the Animation Industry Life Drawing Sessions.

Comic Podcasting - Audrey and Kaitlynne

See the Going Overboard! Comic

I encourage students in several ways: through classroom consultations and through career support on the Digital Art and Design Facebook Group. I also encourage mentorship with professionals in the field so that students understand what will be expected of them beyond the classroom. I bring in experts from their fields to encourage this interaction. This year included visits from 3 game artists and 1 concept artist discussed in Course Integration.

Past : Disney Story-boarder and Kendall Alum, James Suhr, he has now developed continued mentorship with students pursuing that line of work.

I bring in experts from their fields to encourage this interaction, this year that included Disney Story-boarder and Kendall Alum, James Suhr, he has now developed continued mentorship with students pursuing that line of work.

Proof through alumni success:

New Bedford, A game of Historic Whaling and Town Building - Art by Nolan Nasser - KCAD Alum
Nolan Nasser at Gand Con Convention

Further evidence of Effective Student Advisement is the students pursuing jobs in the Entertainment Industry both as freelancers and as full time employees at game companies. Nolan Nasser did the artwork for the game above, New Bedford a game of Historic Whaling and Town Building. He now is running his own game publishing business, Deep Water Games. He hires our KCAD students and alum to work on the art for his games.

Super Dungeon Tactics – a game that my students helped to develop goes live and several recent alum become full time employees of Underbite Games, others start internships during school. This was a multisemester collaboration between Underbite Games and the Professional Studio Courses and Concept and Production Design courses that I teach.

Digital Media Students collaborated with UnderBite Games on Super Dungeon Tactics. The students that have been getting training in concept and development for Games have been able to procure internships and then jobs in the industry. In 2016 5 students out of 9 interfacing with Underbite received internships from my Concept and Production Course.

Super Dungeon Tactics being shown at Conference - PAX West – for User Testing and Marketing
Characters that my students helped to model for Underbite as interns

Enthusiastic teacher/student interaction:

DM Grads -So Animated!
Wade Leppien at his exhibition
Lindsay Poulos at her exhibition
Chloe Stewart at her exhibition

This is evident by the filled class sections for my courses and the growth within the Imaging focus of the Digital Media program. Students seek me out to serve on their Thesis committee. It is also evident from the enrollment growth in the Digital Media Program, there are enthusiastic students that help to attract incoming students.

Bill Fischer was the mentor on the planetarium project. I went to the national opening and connected with Museum School People on future science project collaborations for KCAD.

Supporting students who created the Planetarium Show - Subatomic- Detecting the Unseen for the Grand Rapids Public Museum Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium

Brian - Scientist that worked with the Higgs Bosan at the CERN Haldron Colider talks at the Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium.

Donna St John Lectured in my Pro Studio course on Brain anatomy and how to incorporate layers of learning into education.

By connecting students to other programs and teachers in the college, my students have the opportunity to expand their learning. Here DAD students learn about brain anatomy from Donna St John and on the creation of Lesson Plans using her 3 tier approach to learning and the multiple learning styles approach to bring students in from different methods. We incorporated this into their Educational Game Project, Miner Madness.

Pro Studio Students brainstorming box art for Miner Madness.

Collaborated with Donna St. John on the creation of Lesson Plans using her 3 tier approach to learning and the multiple learning styles approach to bring students in from different methods.

KCAD grad Cory Excited to enter the Concept Art Industry - he took advantage of mentorship with me and connections in the industry.

KCAD Grad Shawna Riser - a student I mentored through transferring to KCAD and throughout her time as a student.

24 Hour Animation Challenge Support

Advising Sessions:

Every advising session, I work with the Digital Art and Design students who are focusing on Visual Development. Out of five specializations in Digital Art and Design, this is the largest segment of the Digital Media population of 159 students.

Making sure we have each student accounted for and that the group of us have reviewed program plans and student goals after graduation to match their course set to their career goals.

This year we held 2 advising sessions and extended the hours to 11-2:00 to ensure that we could cover the change in the program curriculum from Digital Media to Digital Art and Design.

Wait List Management:

With the growth in our program we are experiencing trouble finding slots for students, creating a wait list this year has been a way to track who needs courses and to know when we should open courses up to more sections. This is something that I feel registrars should be doing, there is a tab for it on myFSU Banner but it is not something that our college is using, leaving it up to faculty to track and manage. I have started to work with Carol Sloan our general advising counselor to help with this process.

By gathering the list of students needing courses we are able to help through individual advising to ensure students are getting courses they need towards graduation.

Digital Art and Design Wait Lists

Sophomore Reviews

As program we started Sophomore Reviews in 2015 to help students understand the best fit focus with in the Digital Media Program.

Sophomore Reviews are a part of advising where we do portfolio reviews, the student fills our career goal survey and we work to help the student meet those goals. Impact is that students feel better connected to curriculum, confident they can pursue their chosen industry and a deeper connection with faculty that they may have not have yet.

Advising in the KCAD Digital Media office

Making sure we have each student accounted for and that the group of us have reviewed program plans and student goals after graduation to match their course set to their career goals.