The blog posts and information on this site are written to promote unique colleges and universities. More specifically, the blog is designed to highlight academic and student life programs people may never learn about unless they read about them here. Enjoy!
I know it has been some time since my last post, and I do apologize for the delay. I must also apologize for my slight bias as I post this recommendation, because my Irish heritage may be getting the best of me. However, this is a unique certificate program and one I cannot overlook.
At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the History Department houses a Certificate in Celtic Studies. The catalog states, “Celtic studies is a multidisciplinary field encompassing the history and culture of those peoples who presently inhabit the northwestern perimeter of Europe, including Ireland (both north and south), Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and the Isle of Man, as well as their diaspora communities.” Students pursuing a baccalaureate degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison may also pursue this certificate which requires at least 18 credit hours.
Do you love Apple products? Do you love the crisp, clean look of the packaging that contains your new iPad or MacBook? You should like it, because it was done on purpose.
Written before Steve Jobs died, Adam Lashinsky’s book “Inside Apple” discusses how Steve Jobs and Apple Inc. methodically, and often painfully, approached the design of their new products. Furthermore, Lashinsky wisely captures how much time Steve Jobs and his staff spent on the design and presentation of the packaging that contained the newly developed products. The process of opening the packaging and the ease of use were some of the critical components that have inevitably helped Apple’s products become so successful today.
There is no doubt this is a unique program, and one that is critical to the success of many products. There is no doubt Steve Jobs took packaging seriously, and I think Michigan State University’s School of Packaging does as well. To check out their video, click below.
Do you enjoy working on the computer? Do you enjoy watching films, animated films, or animated television programs? Are you artistic? If so, you may want to read about Edinboro University’sCinema program, with tracks in traditional and computer animation.
Very often, prospective students and their parents had no idea such program existed in the Northeast. They were often under the false impression a student had to go to New York or LA to have any chance of studying cinema and/or animation. However, students and parents were pleasantly surprised by the curriculum, resources, and opportunities presented to students graduating from Edinboro’s animation programs. Some of the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Major of Applied Media Arts courses include the following:
Dimensional design (I, II, & III)
Animation (beginning, intermediate, and advanced)
Film and Video Production (I, intermediate, and advanced)
Other courses include Documentary Film, Experimental Film, Computer Animation I & II
Edinboro’s Cinema faculty has great experience in the film industry; they are keenly aware of the knowledge and skills a student must possess upon graduation to be competitive in the industry. They are also aware of the technology students must have experience using, and push to obtain such technology for their labs. Some of their successful graduates have worked on such films as:
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe
The beauty of this unique program is that it is affordable and it is located in area that does not have a high cost of living. For parents and students, the affordability of this program and the successful outcomes produced by the faculty, hands-on experiences, and the curriculum are worth a look!
When I worked in Mercyhurst’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, we’d often tell students and parents this was not the program for students who were afraid to learn. It’s not a program for students interested in bursting through a door, with guns ready to fire, prepared to kill any “bad” person in the room. Instead, the undergraduate and graduate programs maintain a curriculum designed to prepare students who enjoy learning and thinking critically about the world around them.
More posts and great information will be coming soon!
I’ve started this blog to promote various college and universities. My goal is to highlight unique offerings that students might find interesting. For example, some posts may be about academic programs yet others may be student life programs.
Please let me know your thoughts or if you have any recommendations for a unique program!