Graduates are highly sought-after in the industry and can be found in many top studios and agencies, both in Vancouver and around the world. Others form start-up companies or enjoy their own freelance practices. Vancouver companies that employ our grads include: 123w, Rethink, St. Bernadine, Hangar 18 Creative, Will Creative Inc., DDB, Spring Advertising, Clou, Toolbox Design, Taxi Advertising, Camp Pacific Advertising, BrandFX, Rainmaker, Town Hall Brands, BAM Communications, Wasserman + Partners Advertising, Elevator Strategy, Advertising & Design, Kaldor, Lululemon Athletica / Kit & Ace, Carter Hales Design Lab, Cossette, Idea Rebel, A Thinking Ape, and Brandever.
Making lifelong friends through the IDEA program is a huge highlight for Amanda. She originally graduated from the three year diploma program in 2015. After two years of working at a signage company, she wanted to switch gears and focus more on branding so she decided to go back to school to revamp her portfolio, brush up on her skills, and earn a degree. Amanda returned in fall 2017 to complete the fourth and final year of the new degree program. IDEA School of Design was one of the most challenging things she’s ever done, filled with lots of work and many late nights, but Amanda says it was so worth it and that she loved every minute of it! She encourages anyone who is interested to apply. Early Applications for Fall 2019 open on November 2, 2018. Catch up with Amanda!
Surrounded by a healthy serving of IDEA grads (Briony Crane, Allison Chambers, Rory O’Sullivan, Will Erickson, and Jenn Hicks), the transition from school to agency has not been too overwhelming for Pamella Pinard. Quiet by nature, her biggest challenge has been being more vocal as there is always someone laughing about something or at someone at Will. She's worked on an infographic, event posters, presentation materials, brand guidelines, assisted Creative Director Lisa Lebedovich on concept preparation for a project, supported others, and did some moodboarding for a project with a flower company. She's found herself sketching faster and more efficiently by the end of it all. Read her story.
“With discomfort and change come new opportunities, connections, and learning experiences” writes Alex Maertz who is in practicum at Danica Imports. Her first day was overwhelming but she knew that she was in the right place. In her first month she has explored server files and Basecamp discussions, went through client lists, converted artwork into JPEGS, worked on Instagram Stories, pattern creation, organizing, sat in on a 3 hour design meeting and helped them move their studio! Read her story.
IDEA18 student, Danielle Vallée has been blogging about her practicum at Tealeaves, a luxury tea company with offices in Seattle, London, Guadalajara, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Vancouver. She's been working on new product dielines, planning the company Instagram, sketching illustration concepts, research, moodboarding, a "nerve-racking" presentation, planning product photoshoots and editing some images. Read her practicum story.
IDEA18 student, Max Littledale has been blogging about his practicum at Carter Hales. He's been working on a website redesign, email layout, an annual report layout, sat in on a client conference call and is enjoying learning Sketch. Read his practicum story.
Check out the Instagram stories from our fourth-year students on their eight-week full-time placements in local Vancouver companies. @ideaeighteen will have one person storying per day at their practicum place starting starting Monday, Feb 26, 2018. Photos: Shanene Lau at Cossette (left); Max Littledale at Carter Hales (right). Highlights will be added here as a permanent archive.
Students have been placed in a wide range of Vancouver companies including branding-focussed firms, digital firms, motion graphics and animation firms, publishing firms and retail in-house environments. Oooh, how lovely to spend your days in such a colourful environment!