Category Archives: Students

Knight News is looking for graphic designers

The Knight News (Queens College newspaper since 1937) is looking for graphic designers to assist in the layout of the paper. The work will be done every two weeks, graphic designer is needed either Mondays and/or Tuesdays. Graphic designer will work with InDesign on provided computers. We are looking for students who can start by next Monday/Tuesday. It’s a fun work environment, and looks great on your resume!

Skills needed: proficiency working with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop.

To apply send resume to

Alumni Interview: Freddy Japa

Below are excerpts from a conversation between Queens College Design graduate Freddy Japa (Class of 2017), and Assistant Professor Ryan Hartley Smith about entering the job market after graduation, and advise for students considering a major and career in Design.

Freddy Japa

RHS: Hi Freddy! What have you been up to since graduation?

FJ: I‘ve been keeping myself busy on personal projects for my portfolio. Professionally I have been doing freelance work for clients thanks to social media. I am also currently applying to internships to obtain more experience and hopping to soon be part of a well-known agency.

(c) Freddy Japa

RHS: Entering into the professional field of design is extremely competitive and it can be difficult for recent graduates to balance supporting themselves, making new work for their portfolio, and networking / applying for jobs. How has this process been going for you?

FJ: Entering into the professional field has been competitive. There are many talented individuals in the field. Using the social media platform like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Behance have helped me a lot in exposing my work and networking. Throughout the social media platform I have been able to obtain many clients since I am currently a freelancer. LinkedIn has also become a great resource for me right now, as I am applying for both jobs and internships. For me exposing my work on every social media has really helped me a lot, I believe the more you expose your work the more individuals get to see it and could be a potential client.

RHS: How would you describe the work you’re making now, (both professional and personal work)?

FJ: Lately I have been focusing more on logo design and character design for clothing brands that are both small and large businesses. A recent project I worked on was creating a logo for a new restaurant called the “Kings of Tacos”. It was a nice experience and pretty awesome to see a restaurant use a logo I created.

King of Tacos branding (c) Freddy Japa

RHS: You’ve done an amazing job at developing a huge social media following for your work. How did you make this happen and how is it useful for your career?

FJ: At the beginning I was very scared to put my work on social media. My fear was that my work would not be good enough and that people would dislike it. I ignored my fears and gave it a try, posting all my work on social media. The outcome was amazing! I was surprised to see how many people loved my work.  I was completely over my fear and posted kept posting more of my work. People did not only like my stuff but started to contact me for design work ( logos. T-shirt designs, business cards etc.). I would definitely recommend using social media, it’s free so take advantage of it to expose your work to the world.

RHS: What are your professional goals for the near future? How do you plan on achieving them?

FJ: My professional goals for the near future is to create more work and try to develop my style more, so agencies can see what I am capable of creating. I would also like to work on getting more people to know about my work and expose my work more. I recently started a YouTube channel with videos of how my work is done in time-lapse.

Twelve Clothing T-Shirt Design (c) Freddy Japa

RHS: Did you participate in an internship while at Queens College? If so, what was it? How did you get it? And what was the experience like?

FJ: I did participate in an internship while I was at QC. It was at an advertising agency J. Walter Thompson. I did this internship with other fellow friends from QC. The [Winter Semester] One Club program guided us into getting the internship.  The experience was really amazing because it gave me an glimpse of how a agency actually functions and we had the opportunity to work alongside with head of art/ design to develop concepts for advertising campaigns.

RHS: What was your favorite Design course at QC and why?

FJ: The course that I enjoyed in QC was poster design. The instructor was Natalya Balnovaa, and I enjoyed her way of teaching the course. I also loved how she would challenge us and push us to work harder. She helped me develop my style eve more. I learned a lot and enjoyed creating poster designs and other projects.

Felix the Cat Poster Project (c) Freddy Japa

RHS: What advice do you have for students who are considering pursuing a major in design?

FJ: The advice that I have for QC design major who are considering into pursuing a major in design is to work super hard all the time and to never be shy in asking for advice or help. I use to be shy and that held me behind a lot. The second I stopped being shy I started to ask help into building my portfolio. Thanks to all the feedback from great instructors I was able to build a strong portfolio. My last advice would be to get many internships because experience is very important.

RHS: What advice do you have for QC design majors who are beginning to search for internship and their first design industry jobs after graduation?

FJ: The advice that I have for QC design major who are beginning to search for internship and their first design industry jobs after graduation is to have a really solid portfolio. Have a lot of variation of projects from school and personal projects.

JL Carpentry Interior Branding (c) Freddy Japa

RHS: If you had to go through the QC design program again, what would you do differently?

FJ: If I had to go through the design program again, I would work even harder to create better projects for my portfolio, but most of all work on my typography.

RHS: Where can we see your portfolio?

FJ: You can all check out my work on my website www.japadesigns.com. I am also on various social media which are all listed on my website. I also have a YouTube channel- japadesigns, which you can subscribe to and watch some speed art videos of my work.

Work Study Opportunity at The Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding at Queens College (CERRU)

The Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious Understanding at Queens College (CERRU) is looking someone to be responsible for creating our flyers, programs, brochures, and all other promotional material. We expect to have at least one event per week which means minimally one flyer a week. This positions always proves to be an excellent learning opportunity and a way to build a strong portfolio as there is a wide range of programs and events we offer.
Students should email Associate Director Yael Rosenstock about their interest (yrosenstock@cerru.org) and contact work study through the job description. Applicants are considered on a rolling basis. Decisions will likely be made mid August.Undergrads make $13 and grad students $14/hour through the work study office.

SPD-U Presents: Student Portfolio Reviews – Summer 2017

WHO: For all student levels and recent grads.
WHAT: Bring your portfolio whether it’s finished or still in the works…you’ll get one-on-one reviews with some of our best pros! Please note, your work has to be in print form or as a PDF on a laptop/iPad. We won’t have the ability to look at online portfolios. No flash drives or disks please.
WHEN: Thursday, June 15, 2017 / 6:00 – 8:00pm | Registration closes on Wednesday, June 14th at 5PM EST.
WHERE: Inc. Magazine Offices, Downtown NYC (Exact address will be given to you in your confirmation email)
HOW MUCH:
• If you’re an SPD student member, your entry is free! However, you must reserve your spot by using the form below.
• If you’re not a current member, join now and you can come for free too. Use the form below to become a member and reserve your spot for the reviews.
• $20 for all other students

Design Major Receives Prestigious Honor for Illustration

Congrats to recent QC Design Alumnus Jiemin Yang, who is a winner in one of the most prestigious student illustration competitions in the country!

Every year since 1981 the Society of Illustrators holds the annual Student Scholarship Competition. This year, a little over 200 works were chosen from more than 8,000 entries submitted by professors of college-level students nationwide. The work is judged by professional illustrators and art directors. Pieces are accepted based on the quality of technique, concept and skill of medium used.

(C) Jiemin Yang, 2016

Jiemin’s piece “Foodie Town,” which he created in Assistant Professor Ryan Hartley Smith’s Illustration II course, is now on display at the Society of Illustrators along with the other winning entries. The exhibition is up now through June 3rd. More information here.

Illustration Students Featured on Author’s Social Media

Five Queens College Studio Art & Illustration students were featured on the author Jane Lindskold’s
Facebook page.  Ms. Lindskold is the author of many fantasy books including “Thirteen Orphans” Last semester, in Professor Elizabeth Sayles’  Illustration 2 class, the students created illustrations for Chapter One of  “Thrteen Orphans”.
The students are: Carolyn Balcom, Shakayla Brown, Daizha Fergus, Kevin Osorio, and Xufei Zhou. Below are their illustrations:

Why Join…The Knight News

Why Join…The Knight News

1) It looks good on your resume
It’s one thing to list “writing” under your skills, it’s another thing when you’ve got the portfolio to show for it!
2) There are so many positions 
We offer more than just writing. Our staff consists of graphic designers, photographers, social media enthusiasts, public relations people, and more!
3) We benefit all majors and minors 
Whether you’re an English, Media Studies, Accounting, or Computer Science major, concise writing is an important skill to have. We help students with their writing, while they help contribute to the paper!
4) We work with you
Come to us with a story, picture, or idea, and we’ll work with you to make it happen!
5) No commitments 
Try writing for us for one issue. If you don’t like us (which would be crazy!) you don’t have to continue. But we think you’ll want to!
6) We’ll have food
Does this one need an explanation?
Email us to schedule a visit! Info@theknightnews.com 
Located in the Student Union, LL 35

Kingsborough Animation festival–Submit your work!

Submit your animations!
Animation festival this Spring at Kingsborough for CUNY animation students/faculty. No fees to submit.

Our entry form is here:
We’re calling it the Rarebit Animation Festival, as a tribute to former Sheepshead Bay legend Winsor McCay.  It’s open to work created in the past few years (2015) up through this Spring semester. Entry deadline is April 28th, and the festival will be Thursday June 1st, 7-9pm here at the Kingsborough Art Museum.
Questions: email: thomas.eaton@kbcc.cuny.edu, or call 718.368.5934.

Remember to Vote Tomorrow!

Hey QC Design Students,

Don’t forget to vote tomorrow! Polls are open from 6:00AM – 9:00Pm.

Here are some illustrated posters by QC students in Professor Sayles’ Illustration 2/3 course that remind us about the importance of voting.

Priscilla Yecora

Priscilla Yecora

Carolyn Balcom

Carolyn Balcom

Kevin Osorio

Kevin Osorio

New Elective Course: ARTS-250 Design Thinking – Spring 2017

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Learn to think and make strategically. Apply your design skills in ways that are truly innovative.

Students interested in creative direction, social innovation, tech entrepreneurship, and solving the world’s big, important problems are encouraged to enroll.

ARTS-250
Design Thinking
Wednesdays, 8:10am-12pm in Klapper 107
Fall 2016
Professor Andrew DeRosa

Course Description
This course will explore a variety of research, strategy, and design methods used by industry leaders to create innovative design solutions. Students will use these methods to create their own fully-formed brands to launch new products, services, and experiences based on real insights.

Pre-req: ARTS 241 or consent of instructor: andrew.derosa@qc.cuny.edu