Students completing the Multimedia AAS-T degrees participate in the quarterly Portfolio Defenses, an event that culminates the end of the Portfolio / Job Search class, MMDP 190. At this free public event, students showcase a few of their best portfolio pieces to a panel of industry professionals. Past panelists have ranged from art directors and creative directors from Bungie, Bullseye Creative, BDA and 5th Cell to seasoned freelance designers and illustrators. Panelists lend an expert eye to student work and give constructive criticism on each student’s presentation skills, quality of selected pieces, and suggestions for improving his or her competitive edge. This event is widely anticipated by the entire department as a learning experience for those presenting as well as for audience members preparing portfolios for employment.
Evening Hybrid Degree Program
The evening hybrid program in Multimedia Design & Production is a flexible evening program for students who are pursuing their AAS-T degree while continuing to work during the day. The "hybrid" format simply means part of the course is face-to-face, and part of it is online, decreasing commute time and increasing convenience for busy schedules. Students who enroll for Fall Quarter can complete an AAS-T degree in just eight quarters attending evening hybrid program classes. For more information about the evening hybrid program, visit MMDP at Night.
"In order for me to stay current as a graphic designer, I like to take classes every now and then to catch me up on the latest programs. I found the evening hybrid course fit perfectly into my busy schedule. The course, my instructor and my class projects pushed me to look at photography in a new light, something an online tutorial wouldn't be able to do. I highly recommend trying an evening hybrid course!" - Lynn Anselmi, L.A. Design
"The format of the evening hybrid program worked extremely well for me. I learn best when I can interact with my instructor and get to know them. However, I am limited with my time. My choices were usually classes during the day, or a full on-line course. The evening hybrid program offered the best of both....it fit my interests perfectly and worked with my schedule and the education I already had." - MMDP Night Student
"I am so glad that LWIT created the evening hybrid program. I am stay-at-home home mom and I really appreciate the flexibility." - MMDP Night Student
MMDP 297, the Multimedia Internship class, allows students to receive academic credit for hours worked at a college-approved internship. The course is designed to expand student learning outside the classroom through internship or work experiences in the multimedia industry. Students work with a designated faculty member and internship site supervisor to formalize the academic component of the experience by setting learning objectives, customizing resumes, maintaining timesheets and writing self-evaluations. MMDP 297 can count as elective credits towards the AAS-T degree.
"I have gained valuable experience using the Adobe Creative Suite software, and feel confident in my abilities to create a myriad of designs/layouts while adhering to customer demands and timelines." - MMDP Student Intern, 2012
"My internship gave me the opportunity to get real-world experience and challenged me to find where my strengths and interests really are. It also helped me gauge areas that I can improve, and helped prepare me for explaining my ideas at Portfolio Defenses. It is truly an invaluable opportunity and looks great on a resume!." - MMDP Student Intern, 2012
"Having an internship has really helped me get real world experience....most employers want to see experience coupled with education, and it's kind of hard to get the work experience while in school. However, by having this internship, I have been able to do both." - MMDP Student Intern, 2012