On Tuesday, August 3, 2010, University of Houston Digital Media
students and invited guests gathered for the first-ever Digital Media
Senior Show. The event, which was held in the UH University Center and
hosted by the College of Technology, featured a virtual who's who of
graphics-industry and academic representatives, including Patty Eldridge
(Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast), Stephen Metts (CGX Solutions),
April Showers (Continental Airlines), Seth Stokes (Xerox), and Dr.
Elizabeth Chapman (LoneStar College). Digital Media seniors displayed
their hardcopy and on-line portfolios to the VIPs, explained the
objective of each piece, and answered questions. After viewing
portfolios and chatting with students, each guest evaluated and ranked
the students' work. Both
students and guests found the event to be very beneficial: guests were
impressed with the quality and breadth of the students' work as well as
their ability to explain each piece while students got to meet industry
leaders and share their knowledge—as well as resumes and business cards.
The Senior Show is an integral part of the Digital Media Program's
assessment. Results of the students' evaluations will be used as part of
the University of Houston's Assessment Plan as well as for the
program's accreditation through the Accreditation Council for Collegiate
Graphic Communications (www.accgc.org).
The Digital Media program, which is an expansion of the former
Graphic Communications Technology area of emphasis, is a four-year
bachelor of science degree plan that seeks to prepare leaders for the
digital media industry. Students learn print (including prepress,
presswork, and bindery), web design, computer graphics, digital
photography, digital videography, multimedia, and costing/estimating in
well-equipped laboratories as well as in-depth project management
skills. To learn more about the program, please visit www.digitalmedia.tech.uh.edu.