Students design and create their own career paths
April 27, 2012

Georgian College’s School of Design and Visual Arts could very well be home to the next Claude Monet, Steve McCurry, Louis-Francois Cartier or Nada Debs. Students have been busy showcasing their original work this month – everything from digital photography, fine art and web animation to jewellery, metalwork and interior design.

This unique design stretched down the halls of the Barrie Campus and was part of a site-specific art project on April 18.

“I am amazed by the incredible talent we have at Georgian College,” says Linda Love, Vice President, Academic.

“The current School of Design and Visual Arts has expanded from the original Design Arts department in 1968 and has continued to thrive since, training new generations of artists in fields as diverse as photography, fine art, graphic design, jewellery and metals. This month has been dedicated to celebrating our students’ accomplishments and seeing the culmination of learning that has happened over the year come to life in truly unique and creative ways.”


Goldsmithing students will present their jewellery and metalwork designs at Lustre. The show runs April 28 to May 16. The opening is on April 28 from 7 to 10 p.m. in Room H121, Barrie Campus. The show then relocates to Room D107 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily).

The School of Design and Visual Arts is hosting its annual Scholarship Show from April 27 to May 17 in the Campus Gallery. At stake is more than $30,000 in awards donated by industry partners. Work will be judged by a panel of experts from various industries just prior to the show. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, with an official opening on April 27 from 7 to 10 p.m. Work from top students from the following programs is on display:

  • Art and Design Fundamentals
  • Digital Photography and Imaging
  • Fine Arts
  • Interior Decorating
  • Interior Design
  • Jewellery and Metals
  • Web Animation and Design

Emma Partland recently showcased her work at Georgian’s Graphic Design Grad Show – a four-day event that provided students with the opportunity to network with potential employers locally and regionally. She handed out business cards at the event, connected with employers and was thrilled to land an interview the next day. That interview led to a full-time job with a sporting goods company where Emma now works as a full-time graphic designer.

“I am thrilled to have acquired a full-time job this quickly out of school,” she says. “Georgian really prepared me for my future. The Graphic Design program is very hands-on and relevant to the industry today. I am very proud to be a Georgian grad!”


  • Digital Photography and Imaging students had the chance to connect with employers at a portfolio review on April 16 at S1 Studios in Toronto.
  • As part of a second-year drawing class, students covered the Barrie Campus in site-specific art on April 18 with pieces that mimicked stained glass and included intricate drawings and figures.
  • Fine Arts students held a raffle to raise funds for the Printmaking Peer Award of Merit – a scholarship awarded to a student based on a closed ballot submission by their peers. The winner took home a portfolio of original prints donated by students and faculty.
  • Graduating Fine Art students held exhibitions throughout the community this month as part of the curriculum.