Mickey Ackerman is the department head. What year did you graduate?
Well, I do feel that the ID program, now anyway, makes a big effort to prepare us for a job, almost too much in a way. We have presentation classes, where we learn photoshop, illustrator, and indesign, and basic layout and visual communication skills that i think are really useful. The faculty often talk about, "in the industry", trying to prepare us for the "real" world. We can take CAD, and are always required at the end of the semester to submit images of our work, hoping that that means we are working on our portfolio. I've been trained to think in terms of my portfolio (i'm not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing) My biggest challenge is indeed drawing. I just need to build up the confidence, let loose, and let the ideas flow on to paper. When I think too much, it shows and the drawings become uptight. I've been taking an architectre studio though this semester, and this seems to be coming in handy for the drawings.
there's a lot of pressure on us to get jobs and internships. which is both good and bad. i find it hard, because I don't feel I relate to the majority of corporations. I'm interested in sustainable design (though always appreciate and enjoy good design), and that doesn't really seem like much of a focus for a lot of companies in the US (europe is much better). any advice?