The University of Greenville prepares its students well to enter the workforce. GU’s Digital Media Program does a great job of having students design a digital media portfolio in their senior year. Seniors can view a range of different media on the DM Portfolio website. This variety of media includes video, photography, graphic design, audio, programming and much more.
As stated in the course description, GU believes that by taking this course, students will be better prepared to enter the job market or graduate school: “This course will give the student a chance to demonstrate their talent in the area of digital content. Each portfolio will include interactive design (including visual, navigation and information design), creative arts and various projects of technical value. The student will demonstrate the level of expertise acquired through coursework digital media, such as graphic design, web design, computer programming, digital video, digital photography, digital multimedia, and studio recording.This portfolio is intended to prepare students for entry into the job market or higher education.
Browsing through the DM Portfolio website, one can venture through semesters of student portfolios. There is a list of all seniors who have completed portfolios for a specific semester, with each individual’s portfolio website linked to their name. Once clicking on a senior’s name, one can browse their stunning works of art on a website created by the senior themselves.
Reaghan Lesh, a current senior DM, said, “We build our websites through WordPress. This is an opportunity to make the website consistent with your work and your brand image”. Lesh is enrolled in the Digital Media Portfolio (DMDA 401) course this semester. She is in the early stages of her portfolio. She will be working on her portfolio week by week, collecting and organizing her projects and putting them together on the website. Every senior should have four categories of media in their portfolio. From now on, her collection will include photography, videography, graphic design and animation, made up of work she has done in school and outside of school. Lesh has added content to his portfolio over the years by getting involved in things to use his digital media skills.
“Something that helped prepare me was getting involved in things where I could use my digital media skills. I was at GSGA as VP of Media and Communications for two years , and I also did internships which helped me produce a lot of content for my portfolio,” Lesh said.
As the end of the semester approaches, seniors will begin advertising their portfolios on campus using posters and other forms of media. Reaghan Lesh, along with Greenville’s other digital media seniors, will have the chance to show off their works and jump-start their careers with a DM portfolio showcase later this year.
Written by Desirae Yost, Adam Fike, Yutong Nan and Isaac Green.