NCCCS Conference 2012: Annual Graphic Design Portfolio Day: Preparing Graduates for Employment Success

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Monday, Oct 8: 4:15-5:15

Annual Graphic Portfolio Day: Preparing graduates for employment success was presented by Margaret Reid of Central Piedmont Community College in Greensboro.

This presentation did a good job of demonstrating their department’s annual Portfolio Day, to which local employers are invited. The annual portfolio day was seen as an effective platform for preparing program graduates for successful employment in the graphic design industry as well as an opportunity for creating contacts within the local graphic design community.
The portfolio content to be presented was specifically designed and tailored for the advertising and graphic design curriculum, but the overall concepts could easily be adapted to other disciplines.
In days past, our own  school presented an event: Design your future, in which local design companies came and met with our designers, getting a chance to see their work. For a while it worked out, but budget constraints hand in hand with low turn out and limited job offerings closed that portion of our curriculum set to be dissolved. I’d be interested to see how this system will hold up over time.