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Northwest students tour Mother New York, a major design and advertising agency, as part of a spring travel course offered by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Christopher Graves, assistant professor of graphic design, annually leads the course and travels to New York City with the students.

Northwest students tour Mother New York, a major design and advertising agency, as part of a spring travel course offered by the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Christopher Graves, assistant professor of graphic design, annually leads the course and travels to New York City with the students. (Submitted photos)

June 4, 2013

Students travel to New York City for design studies course

By Elisa Lanter, media relations assistant

Students who participated in the recent design studies course spent some time at Rockefeller Center.

Students who participated in the recent design studies course spent some time at Rockefeller Center.

Ten Northwest Missouri State University students broadened their knowledge of design and varied media while visiting New York City, May 5-12.

The trip exposed the students to leading advertising agencies, design firms, publishing houses, broadcast media and interactive firms. The experience spotlighted potential career choices in each area of study, how to prepare for career searches, portfolio preparation tips and ideas of what is expected once hired.

Students received three academic credits by participating on the trip and completing a related project.

“This experience has changed me in a way that almost puts me at ease,” senior graphic design major Kaitlyn Amberson said. “At this time in my life when I'm about to be out in the ‘real world’ it really helps knowing that all of the people I met have been in my position. It excites me to see what my future has in store.”

Students were also exposed to artistic expression during museum tours as well as observations of the surrounding architecture, advertising and pop art that defines New York City.

Christopher Graves, assistant professor of graphic design, led the course and traveled to New York City with the students. Graves has led the travel course each of the last four springs.

“It is critically important for design students to be exposed to some of the world’s best creative agencies, to learn from them first-hand and learn how to be successful,” Graves said.

The trip itinerary also included morning and afternoon studio, agency and museum visits, as well as time to explore the city.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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