April 10, 2007: IDEA grad show sure to captivate

      Tuesday, April 10, 2007
      Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – They’ve put in grueling 12-hour days over the past three years, had many a sleepless night, countless sugar highs and even more sugar lows. But now the 2007 graduating class of Capilano College’s three-year Illustration and Design/Elements and Applications (IDEA) program is ready to put their work to the test at their annual grad show April 15 to 22 at the Harbour Centre, 555 West Hastings Street in Vancouver from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

      Over the years, the city’s creative community has made this show a must-attend event because Capilano College graduates have consistently shown that they are among the most talented and best trained new designers and illustrators in the country. Many previous program graduates have gone on to become industry leaders. This year’s graduating class promises to uphold the tradition.

      The intensive and versatile three-year Capilano College IDEA diploma program trains students in both illustration and graphic design. The dual focus makes the program unique and its graduates highly employable in fields such as graphic design, illustration, multimedia, website production, book and editorial design, publishing, corporate communications, fine art and environmental design. Program instructors are working professionals who bring real-life experiences into the classroom.

      “The small class size creates a total community feel,” said one second-year student. “It’s like working in a mini design studio.”

      Each year for the past four years, IDEA students have been creating a series of original paintings depicting scenes of British Columbia’s West Coast. These images have been transferred to a calendar that is sold, along with the paintings, as an annual fundraising project for the program. Every aspect of the venture, called Westcoast Impressions, is handled by the students – from producing the art, designing and laying out the calendar, handling budgets, to marketing and selling the products.

      “Real-life initiatives, such as the Westcoast Impressions project, can make all the difference to our students once they’ve graduated,” says Dorothy Jantzen, dean of Fine and Applied Arts at Capilano College. “It’s a terrific learning experience that will provide them with an impressive portfolio that is sure to make a strong impact upon prospective employers.”

      An upcoming show of this year’s artwork will be shown at West Vancouver’s Ferry Building Art Gallery, located at 1414 Argyle Avenue, beginning April 16. Students will also be holding a show at CityScape Community Art Space, 335 Lonsdale Avenue, North Vancouver, starting May 24.

      For more information about the Capilano College IDEA program, please visit www.capilanou.ca/programs/idea, or call 604.990.7820.

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