Wow, I can’t believe the semester is already over. Spring semester always seems to go by so much faster than fall semester, maybe it’s because we know the nice weather is coming.
Anyways, of all the fun classes I had this semester, this was by far my most favorite. I’ve always had a love for graphic design and I just recently got to put it into real use with my job at IMG. I’ve been working with design and creation media for a while but have always been looking for way to improve, this course helped with that immensely.
I have always worked primarily in graphics, making posters, video board slides, etc. That being said, I have always wanted to learn audio and video editing. Those two components of the class are why I signed up, and I would have to say the audio and video projects were by far my favorite. I had an incredible amount of fun learning Audition and Premiere and when I saw my perfect grade on my audio story final it just made it all that much more awesome. My video story turned out amazing, at least I think it did. It was exactly what I was hoping to learn how to do.
The two most useful skills I learned in this course, and that I’m most likely to use down the road in my career, would probably have to be video editing and vector image creation on Illustrator. I’ve been around the graphic design community for a while and I’ve found that knowing how to use Illustrator is highly useful; I hope to expand my knowledge now that this class is over now that I know the basics of the program.
I see my career path definitely being in the sport management industry, an area where lots of graphic design work is utilized. I do not see my ultimate career path being in graphic design but I do know that having graphic design knowledge is always helpful when applying to jobs, it’s a skill many employers value highly.
The only thing missing from this class that I had hoped would be covered, and maybe could be covered in future versions of this class, would be basic website design and/or Flash. I feel like those two aspects of design are hugely important to have knowledge, seeing the rapid expansion of technology use across all industries.
Overall, I think this course was incredibly well organized and put-together. I had fun learning all the programs and teaching myself new skills. If I had one suggestion it would be to have more tutorials available that go beyond what is graded. Tutorials that students can do if they are looking for more knowledge in each individual section. I know there were extra tutorials in the Illustrator section, but having those available in each section would be really nice.
Have a great summer, everyone!