Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Art Students Offer Complimentary Design Services to Local Nonprofits

SANTA ANA, Calif. — The Art Institute of California — Orange County is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations for pro bono graphic design, Web and interactive media design, animation and culinary services.

In the last five years, students at The Art Institute have completed nearly 100 projects for local nonprofits through the school’s Community Arts Resource Exchange Program (CARE). CARE is part of the school’s community service initiative to benefit the local community and give students opportunities to develop their skills in art, design and culinary, while reaping the rewards of charitable giving.

“The CARE program allows students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to professional projects,” said graphic design and advertising academic director Catherine Stickel. “It’s real-world experience that gives students fully-produced work for their portfolios.”

Organizations may apply for student assistance in areas such as logo development, poster design, creation of brochures, flyers, postcards and other marketing collateral material, as well as interactive media projects, computer animation sequences, Web sites and other projects that fit into the school’s curriculum.

To apply for project assistance from the school, local nonprofit groups may request an application from Veronica Orozco by calling 714.830.0221. Applications must be received by Thursday, Dec. 13 to be considered for the winter 2008 quarter.

The Art Institute of California — Orange County is a design, media and culinary arts school providing bachelor’s and associate’s degrees in culinary arts, game art & design, graphic design, industrial design, interior design, media arts & animation, visual & game programming and Web design & interactive media. The school is one of The Art Institutes with over 35 education institutions located throughout North America.

Students at the Art Institute have delivered nearly 100 projects for local nonprofits. It's a win-win for the students and the nonprofits and teaches the students the importance of giving back to the community. In-kind donations are often overlooked, but they are important facets of giving.

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