November 30, 2006: RBC donation benefits Capilano College IDEA students

      Thursday, November 30, 2006
      Contact: Jessica Thoms at 604.984.1765

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.) – A $10,000 donation presented November 24 by RBC Financial Group to Capilano College will enable students in the College’s Illustration/Design: Elements and Applications (IDEA) program to showcase their talents through more gallery exhibitions and to develop necessary business skills.

      “We are extremely appreciative of RBC’s financial support to the IDEA program,” said Dorothy Jantzen, dean of Fine and Applied Arts at Capilano College. “This generous funding will allow our students the opportunity to engage in the kind of relevant hands-on experience that is essential for them to move their art careers forward.”

      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. The funding from RBC will allow the students to showcase the popular series of original works for an extended period of time at North Vancouver’s Ferry Building Art Gallery.

      “Capilano College's IDEA program helps young artists develop their careers and expand their talents,” said Candace Dennis, senior account manager, RBC Royal Bank. “At RBC, we believe in the power of the arts to enrich lives and enhance communities, and we are proud to support this professional education program.”

      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.

      “Real-life initiatives, such as the Westcoast Impressions project, can make all the difference to our students once they’ve graduated,” Jantzen added. “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.”

      Known for its innovative programs‚ some of which are unique in Canada‚ Capilano College is committed to enabling the success of its students. The College’s three campuses, located in North Vancouver, Squamish and Sechelt, serve 7,500 credit and 7,000 non-credit students annually.