Graduation Countdown: Meet the FIDM Outstanding Digital Media & Graphic Design Student Award Nominees

With FIDM’s Graduation ceremony less than two weeks away, students earning their Graphic Design degree or Digital Media degree are working hard perfect their digital media reels and graphic design portfolios.

Every year, one student from each major at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is recognized for their outstanding achievement with outstanding Student of the Year Awards. Get to know the 2013 outstanding Graphic Design Student of the Year and Digital Media Student of the Year Award nominees below, and make sure to check back in a few weeks when we feature the FIDM Student of the Year Award winners along with samples of their work.

Digital Media Student of the Year Nominees:

Miracle Caoili

Miracle Caoili, 2013 FIDM Digital Media Student of the Year Award nominee

Miracle Caoili, 2013 FIDM Digital Media Student of the Year Award nominee

Current Job Title: FIDM Productions Intern
High School: Carson High School (Carson, CA)
Dream Job: Working for Columbia Pictures, Warner Bros., or Paramount. “Eventually I want to travel around the world and learn about the different way filmmakers in other countries work.”
Most rewarding part of your FIDM experience: “The colleagues I met and teachers are the most rewarding parts of my FIDM experience. I learned a lot from them, not just about the industry, but about life as well.”
What is it like working for FIDM Productions? “It is a wonderful experience because I get to learn more. I want to be able to keep learning and being hands-on in real-world projects.”
Advice for future FIDM Digital Media Students: Keep at it. Regardless of how hard things may seem, just push through. You’ll find it most rewarding when you are finally graduating and walking that aisle with your mentors and friends.”

Jassamine Domino

Jassamine Domino, 2013 outstanding FIDM Digital Media Student of the Year Award nominee

Jassamine Domino, 2013 outstanding FIDM Digital Media Student of the Year Award nominee

Current Job Title: ChannelAustin Intern
High School: Keene High School (Keene, TX)
Dream Job: A career in 3D modeling. “To pick just one is very difficult, but if I had to it would be a career in 3D.  When I was at FIDM, that was the one thing I didn’t mind staying up until 4:00 in the morning working on.”
Most rewarding part of your FIDM experience: “Not only gaining the knowledge of the many programs, but being able to be around students and make friends who have the same passions as me. I really loved that the classrooms were small and we that we had one-on-one time with the instructors.”
Advice for future FIDM Digital Media Students:  Get involved as much as possible and take advantage of what FIDM offers: the studio hours, library, resources like the Career Center, etc. I was able to be involved with Student Council, then later with Phi Theta Kappa. When we volunteered at the Food Bank and things like that, I got to meet a lot of students and had a great time.”
How has your education at FIDM helped you in your career thus far? “I  now understand the terminology that people who are in the production field use. I understand the correct settings to use when setting up files. Now more than ever I am able to use multiple programs within one another. When I was at FIDM I learned that deadlines are everything. I can plan out how long it will take me to finish something and am able to meet deadlines.”

Graphic Design Student of the Year Nominees:

Jon Ezell

Jon Ezell, 2013 FIDM Graphic Design Student of the Year Award nominee

Jon Ezell, 2013 FIDM Graphic Design Student of the Year Award nominee

Current Job Title: Apprentice Designer/Developer, Neudesic
High School: Calvary Chapel High School (Santa Ana, CA)
Dream Job: To be a creative director and/or launch my own studio with a group of designers.
Most rewarding part of your FIDM experience: “The teachers who are in the industry currently. They pass on a lot of relevant advice and insight. Also being able to be involved with [FIDM Student magazine] MODE taught me a lot about leading a team and publication production.”
Advice for future FIDM Graphic Design Students: “Get plugged in and involved with everything on day one. Time flew by way to quickly. You wake up one day and realize it’s all over.”
How has your education at FIDM helped you in your career thus far? “My education has helped shape me to create more meaningful design. Every class has a very intensive workload if you take it seriously. It pushed me to become a greater designer, and develop  time management [skills], and a dedicated work ethic.”

Helen Truong

Helen Truong, 2013 FIDM Graphic Design Student of the Year Award nominee

Helen Truong, 2013 FIDM Graphic Design Student of the Year Award nominee

Current Job Title: Freelance Graphic Designer
High School: Mark Keppel High, (Monterey Park, CA)
Dream Job: Packaging design or web design. “My  career goal after I graduate is to find a job related to web design. I want to get involved with more web design and user-interface because the Internet has a huge presence on society these days that I find very interesting and challenging. Perhaps in 10 years or so, I would ultimately wish to work in a packaging firm, and get involved with packaging design. I adore packaging and I would love to see the things I create up on shelves of stores worldwide.
Most rewarding part of your FIDM experience: “The most rewarding experience I’ve had at FIDM was going through nine-to-11 weeks stressing of about my project and at the last week, watching it all come to life [from] the mock ups, presentation, and end product. I really loved experiencing this and it was great to have it five times a quarter for two years straight.”
Advice for future FIDM Graphic Design Students: “You’re going to meet a lot of great talent here and that should motivate you to push yourself further with your designs. Don’t get discouraged and don’t slack off, because every ounce of sweat and hard work truly pays off at the end.”

Angelica Villegas

Angelica Villegas, 2013 FIDM Graphic Design Student of the Year Award nominee

Angelica Villegas, 2013 FIDM Graphic Design Student of the Year Award nominee

Current Job Title: Photography Intern, Publications Department and Graphic Design Intern, Exchange L.A.
High School: Escondido High School (Escondido, CA)
Dream Job: Graphic designer and eventually Creative Director. “I also want to become well-versed in interaction and user-centered design in which I would assist in designing not only the visual aspect of a project, but also the usability and how the end user will experience it. Some companies whose team I would be greatly humbled to become a part of are Landor Associates, Google, SapientNitro, frog, Pentagram and fuseProject.”
What attracted you to FIDM: “During my sophomore year of high school, I participated in a field trip to see the FIDM San Diego campus with my Sewing/Fashion & Garment Construction class. I had already known that I wanted to pursue graphic design, but it was then, on that field trip, that I fell in love with the creative atmosphere and industry-driven curriculum that FIDM offered. 
Most rewarding part of your FIDM experience: There are many rewarding aspects of attending FIDM. In order to accurately touch upon everything, I would have to say that the sheer number of opportunities that the school offers to its students is the most rewarding part. Because I chose to attend FIDM, I was able to make  invaluable connections that allowed me to meet creative directors and designers from all over Los Angeles, learn about and become a part of the AIGA, participate in guest speaking events, work with the designers and creatives behind FIDM’s successful print marketing– and so much more. In less than two years, FIDM has provided me the rungs with which to climb ahead and reach my career goals.”

Editor’s note: The FIDMDigitalArts Blog would also like to recognize FIDM Digital Media Students Amber Addington and Michael De Avila who are nominated for the outstanding Digital Media Student of the Year Award and FIDM Graphic Design Student Joshua Donovan who is nominated for the the outstanding Graphic Design Student of the Year Award.

Questions/comments? Email the editor, Mani O’Brien at mobrien@fidm.edu

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Author: Mani O'Brien

Mani O’Brien is the Online Editor for the FIDMDigitalArts Blog and the Social Media Marketing Manager for FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in print journalism from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications at Arizona State University in 2006, and Associate of Arts degree in Graphic Design (Professional Designation) at FIDM in 2010. When she’s not brainstorming social media marketing ideas or writing about the graphic design and digital media, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading magazines, and hanging out with friends and family in Los Angeles.

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