When It's Time To Actively Disengage

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

May 22, 2015 9:00:00 AM


"What is your design process?"

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Topics: Graphic Design, Photography, Burlington

Portfolio Review Day 2015

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

May 13, 2015 11:01:00 AM

Knowing 15 design professionals were going to show up at the College to look at their portfolios really got our graphic design students motivated — nervous, but motivated. We call it Portfolio Review Day and this year I decided participation was going to be a requirement for all Burlington College students in the Graphic Design program.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Events, Career Services

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search — Part 5

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Apr 29, 2015 10:04:00 AM



You’ve worked hard at searching for your first graphic design job. You’ve honed your portfolio, refined your resume, written a persuasive cover letter, tightened up your online presence, produced a stunning leave behind piece, and applied for dozens of jobs. Suddenly all your hard work pays off — you get an offer for a job interview! It doesn’t matter what the job is, you accept. Good job, so-so job, job of your dreams, you take the interview. It will be a learning experience no matter what the result. Here’s a few tips before you head out the door with portfolio in hand.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search — Part 4

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Apr 6, 2015 2:29:00 PM



The Bureau of Labor Statistics at the U.S. Department of Labor predicts employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13 percent through 2018, as demand for graphic design continues to increase. That means there are jobs out there. To get one right out of school you will need patience, persistence and a plan. Here's some help with a plan — persistence and patience have to come from within you.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

Student Spotlight: Kaci Cotter-Sacala ’15

Posted by Elora Malama West '16

Mar 24, 2015 10:28:00 AM

About Kaci
Kaci Cotter-Sacala ’15, from Saratoga Springs, is studying Graphic Design here at Burlington College. We sat down with Kaci and asked her to reflect on her time here at BC before her graduation at the end of Spring semester.

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Topics: Graphic Design

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search — Part 3

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Mar 20, 2015 9:24:00 AM

As a college student, you are already very familiar with having an online presence. Current studies show that about 90% of college students use Facebook, about 85% use YouTube, 50% use Instagram and about 40% use Twitter. Other popular social media networks that continue to gain ground with college students are Pinterest, Tumblr, Snapchat and Vine. The social media networks you use will continually evolve, but being online is here to stay. Therefore, managing your online presence is an important skill to learn and employ — especially during your job search. You will want prospective employers to see you at your best on all the social media networks you use.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search — Part 2

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Mar 3, 2015 11:04:00 AM



In part one of this series I gave 5 steps to creating a standout student portfolio. Now let's look at some other basic tools you will need to market yourself in the design arena. These materials can help you stand out among your peers, but more importantly they can show that you know how to create well conceived, well executed, and effective visual communication materials. The very thing you will be called upon to do as a professional graphic designer. The four things I recommend being a part of your basic marketing materials toolkit are a resume, cover letter, a mini-portfolio PDF, and leave behind piece.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

How to Prepare for Your Graphic Design Job Search — Part 1

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Feb 3, 2015 5:31:00 PM



Our B.F.A. in Graphic Design students spend four or more years immersed in the world of graphic design. In their junior and senior years they eat, sleep, and breathe it. They have been honing their craft with the goal of entering a field they love. They can’t wait to contribute their creative energy and ideas to make a difference in the world. They have a 3TB hard drive and room full of class projects they have poured themselves into. This will soon be molded into their portfolio — one of the most valuable tools they possess to get a graphic design job, second only to their personality.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Career Services

Creating Your B.F.A. Portfolio

Posted by StaciAnne Grove, Marketing Coordinator

Oct 21, 2014 8:59:00 AM

Passion for creativity and a love of the fine arts are very much a part of the Burlington College culture. Our small college setting in Burlington, Vermont has much to offer our creative arts students in the way of inspiration, exploration and cultural venues. If you are considering applying for one of our Bachelor of Fine Arts programs, detailed guidelines of how to submit your portfolio are on the website.

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Topics: Graphic Design, Woodworking, Fine Arts, Film, Transfer Students, Admissions

Poster Designs Fight Hunger

Posted by Robert C. Kirk, Creative Director

Nov 23, 2013 6:24:00 PM

Recently I participated in an event where the Vermont graphic design community got engaged in helping relieve hunger in Vermont. The AIGA of Vermont and Hunger Free Vermont teamed up to raise funds Vermont households that are food insecure with hunger. AIGA asked Vermont designers to create a poster design based on the theme of abundance and scarcity. The top 25 designs were then be reproduced and sold at a modest price to event attedees. It was a great sucess with a wide variety of creative design solutions being submitted.

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Topics: Community Engagement, Graphic Design

Burlington College

Burlington College is a small, creative, private liberal arts institution located in Burlington, Vermont. Located on the shore of Lake Champlain, the College has been recognized as having the most free-spirited students in one of the healthiest states in the country.

The College offers Associate, Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as an Individualized Master’s degree program, and several professional certificate programs.

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