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Loyola University New Orleans Hosts Regionís First High School Design Program

Loyola press release - June 23, 2017

More than 60 students from around the area gaining exposure to design, new career possibilities

This summer, Loyola University New Orleans is hosting the first High School Design Program in the greater New Orleans area. More than 60 students from area high schools are taking experiential learning classes in game design, 3-D printing, animation, illustration, sound design and other on-trend topics taught by faculty from Loyola’s undergraduate design degree program — the only four-year design degree program in the city.

“Design is typically not taught in high schools, and the idea is to give these students exposure to the field of design and to the career opportunities they may want to pursue in the future,” said design department chair Daniela Marx. “The first day of the program I shared portfolio work and news articles highlighting our alumni working in local or national design firms where they specialize in branding, typography, visual communication, game design, video, and animation. The goal is to show high school students that design can be a creative career path where there are lots of job opportunities.”

The High School Design Program, hosted at Loyola, is a chance for high school students to discover the different areas of design. Students are challenged to explore a variety of methods and media, while engaging in a process that is collaborative, thought-provoking and imaginative. A core skill instilled in students is problem-solving, Marx said. Working together with peers and faculty, students learn not only to design, but to critique their own work and that of others.

The camp has morning and afternoon sessions and offers coursework in game design, 3D printing, fashion, sound design, animation, illustration, jewelry, writing and design, creative coding, and photography.

“The work every student puts into the program will result in them taking home their creations — animating a character, learning how to make sound effects, 3D-printing something useful for their room — every class is focused on creating,” Marx said. “The three goals for the week are: to have fun, make something awesome, and have a better understanding of design.”

Loyola University New Orleans is the only university within the 28 AJCU colleges and universities to have a College of Music and Fine Arts — and the only Jesuit university that offers a Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design, a professional degree equivalent to the Bachelor of Fine Arts. Recently, the University approved an Interaction Design Degree (IxD), beginning in Fall 2018, which is the practice of designing interactive digital products, environments, systems, and services. Interaction design includes the areas of game design, web design, and app design.

The High School Design Program runs for two weeks (June 19-23 and June 26-30), and on Fridays (June 23 and June 30) students will exhibit the work created from each class from 12 to 12:30 p.m. and 4 to 4:30 p.m. in Monroe 151 and in the hallway in front of Monroe 506. Media are invited to attend. Please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448.