Spring Portfolio Review – Day 2

June 18, 2009 at 6:39 pm (Art, Art Event, Design, Design Events, Education, Florida, Fort Lauderdale, free, networking, South Florida) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

From left to right: Event Flier, Fondant Monkeys, James Vincent, Sarah Tarbett, Mike Gaitan, Dan Burgos

Today I visited my alma mater, The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, for their portfolio review. The work was good as usual. The Industrial Design department had a fairly good showing of design for manufacturing, design process, rapid prototyping, etc. Graphic’s print portfolios were executed with technical skill, and Animation had a good mix of 2D & 3D work. Unfortunately I did not have time to visit every major, or look deeply through many portfolios. What I did see was presented professionally and beautifully. One of the aspects that stood out was the display of cakes that lined the entry wall to presentation room. Though not created by graduates, these fondant-decorated creations from the Advance Pastry & Display Class led by Chef Peter R. Babcock were a welcome addition to the day. Congratulations to the all of the Spring 2009 graduates!


  1. shizumataka said,

    oh wow… these are really great

    I go to The Art Institute of Charlotte and i swear that school needs help. lol.

    • WhereIsBartleby said,

      Get involved then, If your in school fight for change. When I started at Ai Fort Lauderdale my program was going through some growing pains, Now that program has strong work coming out of it fairly consistently. I was also highly involved in our student government – we brought about change like yearly (instead of quarterly) parking passes, got speakers hooked up in the outside common areas – so the school radio station could be piped through – and even worked to get a student union built – which has since been turned into a classroom.

      If you graduated see about getting on the Professional Advisory Committee. I’m on the PAC at Miami International University of Art & Design in the Visual Arts program. The program has come a long way in the last few years, and, in my opinion, is very strong now. I am proud of the faculty, staff, and students for their work to improve the program.

      The point is, if you see a need, see what you can do about it.

      Good luck in school – remember you get out what you put into it.

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