Students in the Career and Technical Education Digital Media program have been getting hands-on experience by taking on a number of projects for real-world clients.
The projects involve a variety of disciplines taught in the program, including graphic design, web design, video production or 3D modeling. The clients include local businesses or organizations as well as individuals who request the service of students in the Digital Media class.
“The most exciting part about doing client work is the range of things it could be; the work is so unique depending on the client, nobody ever wants the exact same thing,” said Digital Media student Avery Koekebacker. “Working on a client project is beneficial to me because it gives a sense as to how to work with people. Client work requires communication between designers and clients no matter what, and doing it repeatedly gives you experience that you can use in other projects or even your personal life.”
Class instructor Mike Blegen facilitates which students take on the projects and how they will fit into the curriculum. Depending on the size of the request, they will serve as class projects or as an internship opportunity.
To complete the projects, students utilize professional tools including a 3D printer, CNC mill, laser cutter, vinyl printing and the Adobe Creative Suite.
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