It’s the end of my second week at college and I’ve already got homework projects to keep me busy. The running spiel from the teachers in pretty much all my classes was: “Get ready, because we are going to give you lots and lots to do at home and in class”
What reading and studying is to university, project making is to college. I don’t mind though, because most of the work is pretty fun!
In the second week of classes, people in the program were also starting to chat with one-another, as opposed to just sticking like glue to their friends. I now talk every class with a girl who was in the Pre-Animation program, but decided to switch to Graphic Design, instead of continuing on with the regular Animation program. She’s also a furry and showed me her costumes. Furries-for those who think they’re just crazy-are actually just regular people who enjoy dressing up and making people happy and getting lots of attention. You’d never catch me dressed up in a big sweaty panda/cat/dog/etc costume, but whatever flots your boat. There’s another girl who introduced herself and mentioned that she was working full-time for awhile too before quitting and going back to school. One of her previous jobs consisted of tax collection, so I could see why she quit.
Anyways, other recent events were buying a laptop-essential for the program-and finally finding my way around campus. Algonquin is the only school whose buildings are letters instead of names. Why? I have no idea, but I can now use the tunnels like a pro and am no longer wandering around in circles.
For those who are curious, these are the classes and my impression of them, for first semester:
Graphic Design 1-Gives a general outline of the field of graphic design and it’s fundamentals and techniques, as well as opens the floor to discussion on various related topics.
Typography-The study and creation of type. The instructor LOVES type and you never really think much about it until you take a few of these classes and realize how influential it can be.
Computer Graphics-Discusses computers, namely Apple laptops, and their functions as well as essential software used by graphic designer, namely Adobe Creative Suite.
Creative Thinking-A class that tries to get your imagination flowing by various exercises. It sounds a bit flaky, but the exercises do work!
Photography-Using our cameras, we wander around taking pictures according to the teachers specifications. We’ve already covered composition.
Visual Dynamics-An intensive illustration class where basics like shading and proportion are covered. In our last class, we had to make some boxes and they had to be a specific size and centered right in the middle of the page. I can’t remember the last time I measured something with a ruler on a page, so that proved a bit more frustrating than the rest of the assignment. But correct measurement is important in this program, so I’ll just keep at it until I get it.
So that’s it for now, but next time, I’ll post some pictures around campus!