1.08.2011

My very last college semester

Well the time is fast approaching for me to leave the good ol' BYU. I have quite the exciting line-up for my last few months. My schedule includes:

  • entrepreneurship lecture series 
  • intro to film
  • business practices of graphic design
  • social entrepreneurship
  • motion graphics
  • individual directed study with the head of the art department 

It has taken quite awhile to finalize, but I am pumped. On facebook a few months ago, I put up the status update: "Best class taken at BYU?" Several of my friends mentioned intro to film so I thought I would check it out. I decided that I am way influenced by the shows I love.


Oh Kathleen

For example, everyone knows that I secretly (and not so secretly) want to be Kathleen Kelly from You've Got Mail and that I thought my college experience could look somewhat like Rory's in Gilmore Girls.

Lorelai II
So even though I am not Kathleen or Rory, I figure that my life will always include movies and series of some kind, so I might as well take a class to know how to analyze the things I watch.
My entrepreneurship lecture series is just 1 credit to finish off my business minor. I wanted to take the women's entrepreneurship class but it conflicted with my schedule. Tragic.

I am already loving my business practices class. It is nice to talk about real life and planning instead of just the fluff of design. It will also be rather convenient to be talking about how to get a job while I am beginning the search to find something awesome.

The social entrepreneurship class is going to be so awesome. The teacher is Warner Woodworth, who has created several groups to help educate people in third world countries. He is a professor of organizational behavior and so he uses business principles to apply to the "social sector" the area of the economy that is not taken care of by either the private or public sector. The first time he did this class, they created Help International- which is a program that 2 of my dear roommates joined. Kelli went to Guatemala and completed an internship teaching women about hygiene. At the same time Aly went to Uganda and helped build sun ovens and teach about hygiene.
I know next to nothing about any of this stuff, but I think it is going to be great. How can it not be when this is our textbook:
How to Change the World by David Bornstein
Last class is motion graphics. This is going to be suh-weet. I am not totally sure how to even define motion graphics but it is a combo between print design and animation. It is more about giving life to text. For example, if you have been to the Carl Bloch exhibit at the MOA, you may recall a room of moving text and images in the first room as you enter. Well my teacher created all that goodness. He is a design professor but he knows oh so much about technology, motion, and interactive media. He is pretty much the best, not to mention my favorite design teacher. Here is a little sample of what he did with some BYU students before:


Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.


And this is something he created on his own:


F is for FAIL from Brent Barson on Vimeo.


Beautiful right? I am so going to love Winter 2011!
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