The University of Greenville prepares its students well to enter the workforce. GU’s digital media program does a great job of asking students to design a digital media portfolio in their senior year. Seniors can view a range of different media on the DM Portfolio website. This variety of media includes video, photography, graphic design, audio, programming, and more.
As indicated in the course description, GU believes that by following this course, students will be better prepared for entry into the job market or doctoral school: “This course will give the student the opportunity to demonstrate his talent in the field of digital content. Each portfolio will include interactive design (including visual design, navigation and information), creative arts and various technical projects. The student will demonstrate the level of expertise acquired in digital media courses, such as graphic design, web design, computer programming, digital video, digital photography, digital multimedia, and studio recording. This portfolio is intended to prepare students for entering the job market or for doctoral school.
By browsing the DM portfolio website one can venture through semesters of student portfolios. There is a list of all seniors who have completed portfolios for a specific semester, with each individual’s portfolio website hyperlinked to their name. Once you click on a senior citizen’s name, you can browse their amazing artwork on a website created by the senior themselves.
Reaghan Lesh, current Senior DM, said, “We build our websites through WordPress. This is the opportunity to make the website consistent with your work and your brand ”. Lesh is enrolled in the Digital Media Portfolio (DMDA 401) course this semester. She’s at the start of her portfolio. She will be working on her portfolio week after week, collecting and organizing her projects, and putting them together on the website. Each senior is required to have four categories of media in their portfolio. From now on, her collection will include photography, videography, graphic design, and animation, consisting of work she has done in and out of school. Lesh has added content to her portfolio over the years by getting involved in things to use her digital media skills.
“What helped me prepare was getting involved in activities where I could use my digital media skills. I was on GSGA as Vice President of Media and Communications for two years, and I also did internships which helped me produce a lot of content for my portfolio, ”Lesh said.
As the semester ends, seniors will begin to advertise their portfolios on campus using posters and other forms of media. Reaghan Lesh, along with fellow digital media seniors in Greenville, will have the chance to show off their work and kick off their careers with a DM portfolio presentation later in the year.
Written by Desirae Yost, Adam Fike, Yutong Nan and Isaac Green.