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Assignment to find fieldwork/study situations of 120 hours over the course of the semester at an internship site approved by the Department Internship instructor such as an advertising agency, graphic design firm, corporate design office, publications art department, photography or illustration studio, TV or multimedia production company. Students will be required to keep a journal of their internship in the form of a blog using Openlab. A portion of the class will be devoted to presenting and sharing experiences with classmates. Students will learn how to assess their talents, update their resume, and promote themselves and their work through social networks such as: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
3 Credits, 3 hours (2 lecture)
Below is the course outline as found on the City Tech Communication Department’s website:
This course will enable students to:
• Work with a supervisor and take direction at regularly scheduled meetings to produce professional design work in accordance
with the internship employer’s requirements and guidelines.
• Collaborate effectively with colleagues at the internship site and learn about workflows, professional roles & responsibilities
• Develop professional working relationships with the organization’s customers or clients
• Keep a written blog documenting the student’s experience at the internship site
• Begin to buiild a network of Professional contacts, within the CityTech community and with industry professional associations
General Education Goals
• Oral Communication: In discussions and presentations, you will improve your skills in expressing ideas and information verbally.
• This is a Writing Intensive Class and you will develop the writing skills required of a design professional.
• Academic and Professional Reading: Throughout the class, you will be assigned readings from industry and design publications.
• LifeLong Learning: Throughout the semester, we will be discussing resources for continuing professional education
A sample syllabus of this class is attached below as a PDF.
Below is the required text for this class.
How to Eat, Greet and Tweet your way to Success © 2013 by Barbara Pachter
This is a practical etiquette guide by career coach Barbara Pachter. Her blog can be found at http://www.barbarapachtersblog.com/ and the text is for sale on amazon.
A few other suggested texts for this class are:
Creative Strategy and the Business of Design by Douglas Davis © 2016 by How Publications.
Burn Your Portfolio: Stuff They Don’t Teach you in Design School but Should by Michael Janda
Design is Job by Mike Monteiro
And the class job hunting Guide for many years, What Color is Your Parachute, 2018. We will be the first chapter from this for class and I recommend you buy a copy of yourself or check it out of your local library or read it at your local bookstore.
Readings are also taken from industry and business publications such as AdAge, Creativity Online, Print, Crain’s Business, the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, Wired, Fast Company Design. Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and others.
Learning is a group activity. The behavior of each person in class affects the overall learning environment. As a COMD student you are expected to act in a professional manner; to be respectful of the learning process, your instructor, and your fellow students. And hopefully have fun!
- Learning on the OpenLab
- OpenLab Community Guidelines
- Netiquette Guide (CUNY School of Professional Studies)
Attendance is taken and is important to success in this class. Both absences and arrival more than 15 minutes after the start of class will be marked. If excessive, the instructor will alert the student that they may be in danger of not meeting the course objectives and participation expectations, which could lead to a lower or failing grade.
Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting and citation of sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the college recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion. More information about the College’s policy on Academic Integrity may be found in the College Catalog.Print this page