Choosing a Career in Art and Design

05/05/2018   
 

We’ve all heard it: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Indeed, choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. But let’s be honest. When it comes down to it, people tend to choose a career based on pay, not because they’re passionate about the work.

In recent years, however, more people are turning to art and design careers. Service members and veterans are discovering that they can follow their dreams by pursuing degrees in art and design — and still get paid. Transitioning from military service to higher education doesn’t mean your military experience is a thing of the past. A 21st century art and design education provides military students with the tools and entrepreneurial knowledge needed to establish a successful career in the arts.

image

A thriving, well-paid career in creative fields such as visual arts, game development, web design, or communications may seem difficult to achieve, but for motivated individuals, all it often takes is a school that can nourish that passion and equip students with the necessary skills. Elisa Stephens, President of the Academy of Art University, says, “What we believe in is that anyone with commitment and passion can learn the skills necessary and that the creative class that we are training here are the problem-solvers and visionaries of tomorrow.”

So if you have the passion and commitment, then Academy of Art University is a good fit for you. To us, the qualities required in the military such as determination, dedication, and drive are precisely what our students need to thrive and succeed.

Academy of Art University isn’t your typical art and design school. Over the past 90 years, the Academy has evolved to meet the needs of a wide array of students in various industries and professions. With over 30 creative programs, the Academy has been very successful in building the artists of tomorrow — artists who have gone on to create Super Bowl commercials, win Emmy and Oscar® awards, engineer some of the hottest videos games, produce blockbuster movies, establish their own companies and more.

As one of the top art schools in the country, the Academy has created an environment that supports learning and builds successful careers by excelling in three key areas:

  • Equipment and Facilities: We offer some of the best and newest technologies, such as soundstages, voiceover studios, high-end PC and MAC workstations, robotics labs, metal shops, fully-equipped woodshops, industry-level anchor desks and teleprompters, the latest cameras (robotic, 4K, and 360-degree immersive), and the largest green screen in Northern California — unmatched when compared to other schools around the country.
  • Working Instructors: Learn from instructors, job coaches, and mentors armed with years of experience in their respective fields and regarded as some of the best industry professionals.
  • Innovative Curriculum: We are always looking ahead and incorporating new technologies — such as drone flying, virtual reality, and augmented reality — into our degree programs.

The Academy is also the only art and design school in the country with an athletics department in the NCAA Division II. We are extremely proud of our student athletes regularly competing and winning on the national stage. Just recently, Academy junior and 2016 Rio Olympics Olympic Bronze Medalist Mobolade Ajomale won his 6th NCAA Division II National Title.

A Student Journey

“A scout has to do three things: shoot, move, and communicate,” says former US Army recon scout Daryn LaBier. “I feel this is also appropriate as a photographer.” After graduating with an MFA in Photography from the Academy, LaBier found a niche in commissioned work for companies that create apparel for hunters, extreme campers and the military. LaBier urges other vets to explore their artistic side: “Take all the things that made you a soldier, all the skills to be mission-oriented. You can apply those toward a degree in the arts.”

A former botanist, Eden Slezin jumped from one career to the next, touring twice overseas during his six years in the United States Marine Corps as captain and aviation intelligence officer. One day, inspiration struck, and he started a small company making men’s vacation clothing. “Very quickly, I knew this was the path for me,” he says. “Once I found my passion, I set out to master the craft by enrolling in the Fashion Design MFA degree program at Academy of Art University.”

Immersing himself in the craft at the Academy was hard work, but following his passion revealed endless opportunities. Slezin’s skill and dedication caught the attention of department faculty, earning him and eight fellow student designers the chance to debut their collections at New York Fashion Week. In September 2017, he presented his first clothing line on the highly coveted runway.

Veteran Support

For service members and veterans, the Academy of Art offers a unique blend of benefits and resources:

All G.I. Bill® benefits are welcome at the Academy. Each benefit depends on the student’s VA-determined status, but according to Kenneth Ortiz, associate director of financial aid, a majority of current students utilize Chapter 33 Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. Additionally, the Academy is enrolled in other aid programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program, which helps with any veteran expenses exceeding the VA’s GI Bill annual cap. “The school will cover 50 percent of [the eligible student’s] tuition and fees to match what the VA will pay,” says Ortiz. “Not all schools are Yellow Ribbon schools and if they are, sometimes they’ll have a program limit. At the Academy, any veteran who the VA determines is eligible for the Yellow Ribbon program will receive the Yellow Program match.”

Veteran Resources

The Academy’s 79 New Montgomery campus houses the Veterans Resource Center (VRC). Here, veterans can enroll for their U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) identification card and healthcare, as well as enjoy amenities like the lounge area and multiple workstations. For Marine combat veteran, School of Illustration student, and Veterans Club President Austin Coulter, “having a [veterans] resource center like this helps us better connect with the services we need.”

With the demand for and value of creativity rising, the skills that veterans and service members learn at an art and design school like the Academy can make a career in the creative arts possible. Whether you are looking to study on-site or online, as long as you have the passion and commitment, then the Academy has the tools to help you create your own legacy.

Comments & Ratings
rating
  Comments

There is no comment.

   

Choosing a Career in Art and Design
Choosing a Career in Art and Design

| 05/05/2018

We’ve all heard it: “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Indeed, choosing a career is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. But let’s be honest. When it comes down to it, people tend to choose a career based on pay, not because they’re passionate about the work. In recent years, however, more people are turning to art and design careers. Service members and veterans are discovering that they can follow their dreams by pursuing degrees in art and design — and still get paid. Transitioning from military service to higher education doesn’t mean your military experience is a thing of the past. A 21st... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Griffon108,

224 YEARS OF SERVICE
224 YEARS OF SERVICE
108th TC Bids Farewell to Retirees

By SPC Tynisha Daniel | 01/28/2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C . — On November 4, 2017, family, friends, and colleagues of six U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers came together at 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training), for a ceremonial expression of appreciation and gratitude for their combined years of federal service to the U.S. Army and the nation. The 108th celebration of service ceremony recognizes Soldiers for their distinguished service to U.S. Army and the Nation as they prepare to transition into civilian careers or fully retire. This was the second celebration held to honor service members during fiscal year 2017. “Physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually ch... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Griffon108,

108th Training Command (IET) Celebrates, Honors 10 Retirees

By Sgt. Christina Dion | 01/28/2018

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Retiring from any career field is a monumental accomplishment. They all have ups and downs, but serving in the military for more than 20 years not only affects the Soldier, but their Families. Soldiers endure many sacrifices such as deployments, training events, and changing where their family calls home often but still choose to serve in the Army Reserve while holding civilian careers and managing families. This distinguished accomplishment of service was recognized by the 108th Training Command (Initial Entry Training) at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police and Fire Training Academy June 10, 2017. Read More...

Relevant Tags: Griffon108,

MISSION 2017
MISSION 2017

| 01/28/2018

Charged with supporting two of TRADOC's five core function leads: the Center for Initial Military Training and Cadet Command, the 108th Training Command provides professionally trained and ready drill sergeants, instructors, leader trainers, and command expertise to Initial Entry Training, Cade Training, and Theater Security Cooperation Training. Our missions in 2017 included but were not limited to Task Force Marshall, Conus Replacement Center, Initial Entry Training, Cadet Training, ROTC, Ministry of the Interior, and various support missions. We held Senior leadership huddles, reorganized our formations to meet Reformation goals... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Griffon108,

DSOY 2017
DSOY 2017

| 01/28/2018

FORT LEONARD WOOD Mo. — After a week of intense competition, the 2017 TRADOC Drill Sergeant and AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year has come to an end. As one the Army’s most physical and mentally demanding competitions, the five day event gives opportunity to some of the Army’s leading non-commissioned officers (NCO) to compete for the titles of Drill Sergeant and AIT Platoon Sergeant of the Year at Fort Leonard Wood Missouri, Sept. 12-15 2017.  “It’s a chance for the Army’s best trainers to showcase what they know , but what really makes it important is the comradery that this builds, the teamwork,” said Sgt 1st Class Brandon Lasp... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Griffon108,

‘New Kids on the Block’
‘New Kids on the Block’

By Terrence E. Miles and Kameika Jones | 01/28/2018

Charlotte , N.C.  — The 108th Training Command has some new faces aiding in the fight of Army Readiness in combat of Substance Abuse. Ms. Kameika Jones, (SAPC) and Mr. Terrence Miles (EAPC) join Ms. Samoa Brown, (ADCO) in completing the second and third leg of the Army Substance Abuse Program. Terrence Miles, your Employee Assistance Program Coordinator (EAPC) aims to serve the Soldiers who test positive for illegal substance and/or have an alcohol issue. He is also committed to serving the Family members in whatever capacity he can to ensure their Soldier is combat ready. These programs include employment services, educational progr... Read More...

Relevant Tags: Griffon108,

Skip Navigation Links.
Choosing a Career in Art and Design
224 YEARS OF SERVICE
108th Training Command (IET) Celebrates, Honors...
MISSION 2017
DSOY 2017
‘New Kids on the Block’
SOLDIERS PROMOTIONED IN 2017 ~ HOOAH!
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OFFICERS & ENLISTED
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
First Brigade Honors Veterans with Flights to W...
Not Just a Badge
A Solid ‘ASIST’
1st Brigades Evening of Legacy and Tradition
From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander
Training Mission Transfers to New Leadership
Reserve and Active Drill Sergeants Work Togethe...
Camp Blanding Welcomes New Commander
Gold is the Goal
From the 104th Training Division (LT) Commander
104th Providing Support
COC Joint Base Lewis
The Road Less Traveled
U.S. Army Reserve Talent Magnet:
108th Training Command Celebrates Newly Promote...
SHARP
Integrated Personnel and Pay System - Army
The USAR Minute Man Scholarship
Echo Mission Helps Train Ft. Jackson Recruits
‘The Tip of the Spear’
The Force of the Future
Female DS Team Up With ‘Girls Who Rule th...
108th Summer Training
Follow the Leader: Cadets Learn What’s Ri...
From the 95th Command Sergeant Major
A New Star for the 108th Training Command
Devoted Chaplain Supports Trainees
From the 95th Training Division (IET) Commander
Wounded Warrior Adapts and Overcomes
Fort Leonard Wood Welcomes a New Basic Combat T...
From the 98th Training Division (IET) Commander
98th Training Division Drill Sergeants Become F...
98th Training Division (IET) Inactivates 8 Unit...
Soldiers Compete in Timberwolf Challenge
JOB WELL DONE!
Brig. Gen. Joseph A. Edwards Assumes Command of...
New Cadets Learn from the best in the Army Rese...
Task Force Wolf Instructors Assist Individual M...
U.S. Army Reserve Soldier Leads the Way
Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey and Distinguished Vi...
Family Programs Youth Track Combats Teen Stress
52-Year-Old Drill Sergeant Inspires Millennials...
Around the Command
Suicide Prevention
The Stigma of Mental Health
Anonymous Group Chat Sessions Offer Male Milita...
108th Griffon Assoc. Continues to March
Workshops for Warriors Nonprofit School Is the ...
A path to leadership – WOC Pre-course
Dean College School of Continuing Studies Now O...
Study skills for the online adult learner
Your Top 4 education benefits
5 Tips for Testing Your Way to a Degree
How to develop good study habits
Personal significance and legacy — a high...
The making of a new nurse
How to get hired in 80 days or less
From the farm to the cloud
Online and On Point
Army Leadership
Utilizing Your Military Education Benefits
Education in America: Homeschooling on the Rise
Why study the Bible?
Liberty University honors service members
Commentary:  Air Assault Training
Put Your Post 9-11 GI Bill to Work for You R...
Army meets recruiting goals for quantity, quali...

Published By    -  Other Publications: SouthEast Education Network   |   Carolina Fire Rescue EMS Journal