Metro’s After Work Spring Art Tour

Tomorrow, April 3, 2014 5:30 pm -
7:00 pm

Union Station

800 N Alameda St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 683-6875

Official Website
Metro’s free spring art tours, Metro Art Moves, will depart Union Station at 5:30 p.m. on the first Thursdays of February, March and April 2014. The first tour will take place Thursday, February 6. Focused on three downtown stations, the guided, artist-led tours provide unique experiences with Metro’s diverse art collection.The spring tours will meet at the Union Station information kiosk just inside the Alameda Street entrance. Tours will end at 7th St/Metro Center Station, near several 213 Nightlife dining destinations. Tour participants can save 15% on food at Casey’s Irish Pub, Cole’s French Dip and Ebanos Crossing by showing their valid TAP cards to the server when ordering.General InformationTours take place on the first Thursdays of the month: February 6, March 6 and April 3, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.Tours begin at Union Station and end at 7th St/Metro Center Station.The tours are approximately 90% walking; there are elevators and escalators in all of the stations.Public restrooms are available at Union Station.

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Rails Girls LA March 15 and 16th

“Hello, Los Angeles!
Rails Girls is happening again. 
During this two day workshop we’ll dive into the magical world of Ruby & Ruby on Rails. YOU will build a web application with the support of a friendly coach.”

Expand your horizons.

Even if you do not have any programing desires:-) you will learn the basics through associations such as Rail Girls and be more effective as a visual designer.
Girls and guys should go and check out their web site with all of it’s wonderful informative materials and links!

Want to put your GCC Graphic Design skills to work?

AIGA Los Angeles

I often get questions from students about what resources are available for networking with other Graphic Designers so that they can find jobs.
One of the all time best resources for any Graphic Designer, not just students, is AIGA. AIGA also has a chapter right here in Los Angeles that is an Amazing resource for anyone working or wanting to work in the field of Graphic Design:-).

Open Seats in Graphic Design @ GCC! 2/12/14

Still looking for a class? Sign up NOW to ensure your spot!

List of classes that have open seats still available as of February 12, 2014:

ART 132 – 3.00 – TYPOGRAPHY I

Description: Art 132 is an introduction to basic composition and principles of typography. The course includes a survey of type from its origins to current technology and an introduction to typographic nomenclature and type specification. Using hand skills and the Macintosh computer, projects focus on typographic design, resonance and composition. Students develop skills regarding visually interesting letter forms and their uses in typographic design. Critiques of final art projects focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest, and craftsmanship. Transfer Credit: CSU
Prerequisite: ART 130 or equivalent.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
4004 LEC TTH 01:40pm-02:40pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - View
ST TTH 02:40pm-03:45pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - -


Description: Art 133 is a beginning level digital illustration course. Students explore illustration style, problem solving, and the creative use of Adobe Illustrator on the Macintosh computer. Students create projects using course information. The course covers various problem-solving methods, appropriate solutions for spot illustrations, and basic Illustrator tools: palettes, creating and converting anchor points, creating and reshaping paths, basic coloring, gradients, layers, and creating, styling, and editing type.
Recommended preparation: ART 130 or equivalent.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
2795 LEC TTH 06:55pm-07:55pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - View
ST TTH 07:55pm-09:00pm HS119 HILLQUIST , REBECCA - -


Description: Art 135 focuses on the principles of graphic design using the computer to create layouts that would be used in print media. Emphasis is placed on industry standard software such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress on the Macintosh platform. Students integrate typography and graphics to create a variety of projects that explore the technical and aesthetic nature of graphic design. The creation of portfolio level work is stressed throughout the course. Verbal and visual presentation skills necessary to communicate with future clients are emphasized. Critiques focus on appropriate solutions, visual interest and craftsmanship. Transfer Credit: CSU
Recommended preparation: ART 134 or equivalent.
Ticket Type Days Hours Room Instructor Note Books
2485 LEC TTH 01:40pm-02:40pm HS120 MAIDEN , DANA - View
ST TTH 02:40pm-03:45pm HS120 MAIDEN , DANA - -
2797 LEC MW 06:55pm-07:55pm HS120 ROSENBLOOM-TANAKA , BONNIE - View
ST MW 07:55pm-09:00pm HS120 ROSENBLOOM-TANAKA , BONNIE - -

You got your class! What’s Next?

Congratulations! You are officially registered in a GCC Graphic Design course.

A few suggestions:

1. Don’t miss a single class meeting, especially week 1 when there are so many students looking for empty seats. If you leave an empty space there is a very good possibility someone will take your place.

2. Stay in contact with your instructor throughout the entire length of the course. Show up the first day and make sure that you have a least two ways of contacting your instructor (email, telephone extension, Moodle, and or on campus mail box).

3. Know the expectations for the course. The course syllabus, Moodle (not a male poodle:-), it’s the online system that some instructors use to stay in touch with their students), or ask in class (best).

4. Feeling overwhelmed? Speak to your instructor. They have a wealth of experience, and they will have suggestions to get you on solid footing.  If they don’t have the entire answer, they can put you in touch with resources on campus to facilitate a positive learning experience.

5. When is the Final Examinations? Know from day One when your Final Examination will be,

New Adjunct Instructor

Meet Mark Harvey 
Teaching Digital Illustration on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:40-3:45 in HS 119
Mark Harvey is a graphic designer, photographer, and self-publishing artist living in Los Angeles. 
In addition to editing, designing and publishing the Fluxion art journal, Harvey is currently working as a freelance graphic designer and teaches Graphic Design at Pasadena City College, in Pasadena California; as well as a series of digital photography workshops for Glendale Community College, and starting in February a digital Illustration course for Glendale College.
He also maintains a studio at the Keystone Art Space in Glassell Park and is contributing member of Create LA– a youth arts educational organization. Harvey is among the founding members of Pasadena Photography arts, who are dedicated to the promotion of photographic arts in the Pasadena environs; encouraging and supporting established and emerging fine art, documentary and conceptual photographers through promotion, exhibitions, publications and educational programs.
He also belong to numerous professional associations such as AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts), College Arts Association, and the Society of Photographic Educators.
Harvey, originally from Hopewell, Virginia, studied Communication Arts and Design at Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond VA from 1983 to 1987 under the direction of Phillip Meggs, and received an MFA in photography from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, under the direction of Will Larson, from 1993 to 1995.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1995, Harvey has worked in editorial publishing, fine art publishing, entertainment design for the motion picture industry, corporate branding and advertising design, as well as a photographer, gallery directer and content developer.

Welcome Back for Spring 2014

Important Dates:
Don’t say you didn’t know:-) 

Jan 13 – 31 . . . . . . . . . .Priority registration for Spring 2014

Feb 3 – 13 . . . . . . . . . . .Open registration for the spring semester

February 13 . . . . . . . . .Walk through registration for the spring semester

February 17 . . . . . . . . .Washington’s Day Observed – Campus Closed

Residence determination date for the spring semester

February 18 . . . . . . . . .Instruction begins for the spring semester

16-week classes begin – First 8-week classes begin

Feb 18 – Mar 1 . . . . . .Late registration for spring semester

February 22 . . . . . . . . .Deadline to add open classes without the permission of the instructor

Deadline to add fi rst 8-week classes

Deadline to drop fi rst 8-week classes without a “W” notation and receive a refund

February 25 . . . . . . . . .Last day to apply for Pass/No Pass in fi rst fi rst 8-week classes

March 1 . . . . . . . . . . . .Deadline to add 16-week classes

Deadline to drop 16-week classes without a “W” and receive a refund

March 3 . . . . . . . . . . . .First 6-week classes begin

March 3 – 7 . . . . . . . . .Deadline to drop fi rst 6-week classes without a “W” and receive a refund

Refunds are automatic for those students who dropped by the appropriate due date

Requests for parking fee refunds must be initiated by the student when returning the

parking permit to the Student Fees Offi ce

March 7 . . . . . . . . . . . .Last day to apply for Pass/No Pass in 16 week classes

March 8 . . . . . . . . . . . .Deadline to add fi rst 6-week classes

March 10 . . . . . . . . . . .Begin processing applications for Summer and Fall 2014

March 11 . . . . . . . . . . .Last day to apply for Pass/No Pass in fi rst 6-week classes.

March 28 . . . . . . . . . . .Petitions for spring graduation due in the Offi ce of Admissions and Records

March 29 . . . . . . . . . . .Deadline to withdraw from fi rst 6- & 8-week classes with a “W” notation

April 12 . . . . . . . . . . . .First 6- & 8-week classes end

April 14 – 19 . . . . . . . .Spring Vacation

April 18 . . . . . . . . . . . .Deadline to apply for admission and be eligible for priority registration for Summer 2014

April 21 . . . . . . . . . . . .Second 6- & 8-week classes begin

April 26 . . . . . . . . . . . .Deadline to add second 6- & 8-week classes

Deadline to drop second 6- & 8-week classes without a “W” and receive a refund

April 28 – May 2 . . . . .Second 6- & 8-week session refunds are automatic for students who dropped by the appropriate due date. Requests for parking fee refunds are initiated by student when returning parking permit to the Student Fees Office

April 28 – May 9 . . . .Check your Priority Registration Appointment Date and Time for Summer 2014

• Online at

April 29 . . . . . . . . . . . .Last day to apply for Pass/No Pass in second 6- & 8-week classes

May 12 – 16 . . . . . . . . .Priority registration for Summer 2014

May 17 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deadline to withdraw from 16-week & second 6-week classes with a “W” notation

May 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Memorial Day Observed- Campus Closed

May 31 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Deadline to withdraw from second 8-week classes with a “W” notation

Second 6-week classes end

June 4 – 11 . . . . . . . . . .Final Examinations for the spring semester

June 11 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Commencement exercises

16-week and Second 8-week classes end

End of spring semester

June 23 . . . . . . . . . . . .Instruction begins for the Summer 2014 session.

June 20 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Last day to apply for admission and be eligible for priority registration for Fall 2014

Spring grades available on the Internet at

June 30 – July 26 . . . . .Check your Priority Registration Appointment Date and Time for Fall 2014  Online at

July 14 – Aug. 1. . . . . .Priority registration for Fall 2014

September 2 . . . . . . . .Instruction begins for the Fall 2014 semester

And it all happens just that fast!

Graphic Design Jobs Projected to Increase by 13%


Five dead-end jobs

Feeling like you’re in the rut of a dying career? Consider one of these five alternatives that are growing by at least 10 percent between 2010 and 2020.

By Andrea Duchon

Look, we get it. As a kid, no one sets out to get stuck in a dead-end job or envisions themselves slaving away in a career they hate day in and day out. But somewhere along the line, life happens, and we might end up falling into a less than desirable career path.

Fortunately, if you find yourself in a dead-end career, there are alternatives for you to consider that could provide a brighter outlook for your professional life.

“I’ve worked with many people who describe their career path less like a chosen path and more like ‘falling into a career,’ says Wendy Nolin, professional career coach at Change Agent Careers, a career coaching agency in Texas. “And because they’ve ‘fallen’ a few times, they’ve started to believe they can’t get back up. This is just not true!” says Nolin.

Want to find out what bigger and better alternatives exist for you to consider? Keep reading to learn about five jobs that lead to nowhere – and five growing careers that you should pursue.

Dead-End Job #1: 
Desktop Publisher

Desktop publishers saw their career peak in the heyday of newspapers and printed news. But according to the U.S. Department of Labor, their days are numbered due to the rise in digital publications. In fact, the Department of Labor says careers as desktop publishers are projected to decline by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Why Avoid It: “Careers become obsolete as our technologically oriented society continues to improve and evolve at an ever-increasing speed,” Nolin says. “With the advent of streaming and online news reporting, blog feeds, and instantaneous delivery of information via Twitter, texting, etc., this occupation is dying a slow painful death along with the few remaining newspapers in print circulation.”

Alternative Career: 
Graphic Designer

It makes sense that the need for digital design is growing, since everything seems to be going digital these days. Graphic designers are responsible for the look and feel of a visual concept and for creating designs – either by hand or computer software – according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Plus, this career is slated to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, reports the Department of Labor.

Why It’s A Better Choice: ”This career marries the creative mindset with the mind-blowing sophistication of technology,” says Nolin. “Graphic designers have the ability to work across every industry, organization size, and geographic location. Their services are in demand across the spectrum, allowing for self-employment or traditional employment.”

Education Options: A bachelor’s degree in graphic design or a related subject is usually required for graphic designer positions, according the Department. If you have a bachelor’s in another field, the Department says you may pursue “technical training” to meet most hiring qualifications.