The Interactive Media Arts Program

The Interactive Media Arts program is a course at Assiniboine Community College. It covers a wide array of material so taking this course gives you a large list of selections for potential career paths to pursue.

There are classes for audio editing, writing skills, coding, art history, video editing, and creating digital images all using the latest software available from Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

In audio, you don’t just learn about editing it. You’ll learn how to professionally record audio and about the many tricks using Adobe Audition, while learning the history and techniques of sounds used in movies, video games, and other entertainment industries. Such as Foley sounds. Foley sounds are when you recreate a sound using easier to manage means. For example, bacon while it’s sizzling sounds incredibly similar to pouring rain.

In writing skills, you learn the proper way to write business emails, emails, and how to conduct yourself during an interview in this industry. As well as how to properly fill in an accident form. The business world is sophisticated and complicated but in writing skills we learn how to decipher all that and how to use it ourselves.

In coding, you learn how to create websites. Everything from just the simple text to the search and form boxes that users will fill out. There are many ways to reach each solution and never just one right path to follow.

In art history, you learn how art became what it is and how vast and varied each form of art can be. And how it tied in with current political drama or important events in each time period. As well as many important artists, their works, and how they impacted artists around them and the art community as a whole.

In video editing we also learned about photography and industry level filming techniques as well as how to put together footage using Premiere Pro. Lighting techniques, how to set up and use a camera, what each setting in a camera means and how to tweak it to reach your desired effect.

In digital design you will create all sorts of projects using all sorts of Adobe programs. Pamphlets in Photoshop, logos and icons in Illustrator, animations in After Effects, and company cards in Indesign. By far, the most creative and artistic class.

The variety of classes is amazing and each class itself gives so many creative outlets in its projects.


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How AirPods Changed the Game

Remember the days before you would spot your fellow friends and acquaintances walking about their day with their ears stuffed with what looked like cotton balls?

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Wireless Headphones Are A Thing!?

Or perhaps you’re one of the new additions to the club of wireless headphones falling out of your ears as you meander through life.  Whether you’re in the club or not, you’ve definitely noticed how Airpods have not only dominated the market but also make it a lot harder for you to tell if your friends are actually listening to you when you’re speaking to them. 😉

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I Feel So Fresh With These In!

Obnoxious looking but perhaps one of the most useful pieces of tech to change in recent years, if you have wireless headphones, you’re most likely never going back to the wired versions.  Airpods in particular by Apple have really taken off with their design and style. Not only did they dominate the market and set the standard, they’ve created a whole new market with their Airpods.  

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A Market Within Itself

These AirPod cases are basically a whole new market that came out of the wireless headphones craze!  Even if you don’t own a pair of the coveted headphones, there’s a good chance you’ve seen many advertisements for the cases that store them.  From trendy and fashionable cases to the tacky and weird, there is a case out there that suits everyone or a case out there for every situation a person might want one for.  Essentially, you’re not just walking around with your hearing tools plugged in like you’re on a mission, you’re now accessorizing the handbag for your ear plugs to show off your style and give your little ear buddies a place to nestle in and call home.

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Hmm.. How Much & Is It Worth It?

Now as cool as the Airpods are, the cost price has them at a place where not everyone can have easy accessibility to owning them.  At a price tag starting at $200, an average Joe may have to budget away a little in order to own a pair. Essentially as much as everyone who has ever tried them would want them, they aren’t a typical $40 pair of headphones that you can just shovel out some cash on and call it a day.  They are costly and there is no guarantee they’re going to last forever or you’re not going to break them (luckily you won’t have to worry about snagging a cord and ruining them anymore) but most owners will tell you they’re well worth the investment.

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Wear ‘Em Like A Champion.

Whether it’s going to the gym, participating in some sports event, toiling away at work, lounging around or just walking from one place to the other, you’ll notice just how comfortable the Airpods are.  They give the user a sense of satisfaction within themselves, an elite status feeling to some. So now there is another way to look dialed in to your friends and family while still giving off the sense you’re listening…  multitasking is cool.😎 

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6 New and Emerging Tech Highlights Pt. 1.

When it comes to technology, there’s a lot going on. From new tech that is helping to personalize online business to customer interactions, to tech that helps to make your devices more secure, to the always present virtual reality. We’re going to take a quick look at some relatively new and emerging tech, as well as tech that’s been around for a while and is getting progressively better.

Virtual Reality

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Let’s start with one that’s been around for some time and has been progressively getting better. We all know what virtual reality is. You put on a funny little headset, swing your arms around wildly trying to hit a monster, slash a block for points, or pick up an object just because you can. All the while you are more than likely going to run into something or someone because, well, you can’t see anything outside the game. That’s all virtual reality is right? Really janky controls that barely work and the possibility of real world hurt. Honestly, you’re not completely wrong. You’ll run the risk of running into things due to your lack of real-world spatial awareness once that headset is on. On the flip side, virtual reality has come a long way in so much as the design of the games is at the point where the team at vrgluv.com have created haptic gloves which use precision hand-tracking to help control your movements in-game, making it all the more realistic of an experience.

Biometrics

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Biometrics (think sensors that are able to read what’s happening in your body, fingerprint scanners, etc.) is an interesting branch of technology. It has been around for some time, but is getting to the point where it’s usable for more than just scanning your fingerprint to unlock your phone. There are iris scanners for more secure protection on your devices, as well as special sensors that can measure your heart rate, blood glucose levels, body temperature, and more. This technology is making it easier for individuals to help regulate and track their “stats” if you will. It can be used by fitness buffs looking to stay healthy, people who don’t like inputting passwords to unlock their devices, and most importantly, can be used in the healthcare field, helping doctors and nurses regulate and track their patients’ vitals.

Voice Activation

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Voice activation is a technology that we’ve had access to for some time as well. From the ability to text using your voice, to virtual assistants on your devices (Google Assistant & Siri), to your Amazon Alexa or Google Home for activating things around the house easier. This technology has progressed to the point where you can more confidently ask your phone to call your best friend by name and not have it dial a random number. This tech keeps getting more precise and accurate.

This post will carry on next week with the continuation of this interesting and emerging tech list.

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The Top Five Things A Graphic Designer Needs!

Whether you are at the start of your career, or you are designing for fun, it can be hard to find a starting point to get into the proper work flow to excel and impress the people that you are doing it for. Below are the ‘Top 5 Things’ you should consider using if you are interested in becoming a Graphic Designer.

1. Sketchbook and Pencil

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If you are considering doing any sort of design work, you should have a sketchbook with you. If you’re anything like me, and can’t draw for the life of you, don’t panic. A sketch book lets jot down those ideas that would take too long for you to do on a computer. This is important because if you are working with clients or are limited on time, you shouldn’t waste time waiting too long to come up with a concept that will work.

2. A Computer and Mouse

Having a device that is strong enough to handle your working tasks is always nice to have. Whether you are creating catalogues for your client or drawing new designs for a clothing brand, having a computer to be able to create these media files will be well worth it. The mouse controls your movement through the designs so that you can do them precisely.

3. System Software

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As simple as it may seem, having software that enables you to create your designs. In terms of software that is out there, I personally suggest using Adobe Creative Cloud. The reasoning for this, is due to its simplicity but the functionality of what it provides for the user is incomparable to other software that are available. Some programs that may sound familiar are Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere Pro.

4. A Thinking Space

With life as it is, being creative can have its hardships if it isn’t always practiced or is interrupted by others. So at number 4, having a thinking space allows for you to have time and pull 100% of your thoughts to achieving what you are wanting. The space doesn’t have to be large either, whether it’s your bedroom, in your living room, or if you do your best thinking in the shower, it’s all up to you, and that’s the best part of it. Once you do happen to find this space, make sure to use it. Actively practicing creative skills will help you in the long run!

5. Headphones

Having headphones allows you to focus on your work, and can have your own headspace in a busy environment. This is fantastic for designers because a lot of our work happens in our head and having that clear space to think about it allows for better efficiency when you work, which could eventually allow you to get more jobs.

Experiencing Interactive Media Arts

When it started for me, I wasn’t sure if this course was something I was going to be interested in for the rest of my two year student life.

I was out of the province and a days drive away when I received the text, followed by what felt like hundreds of emails confirming I had been enrolled in the Interactive Media Arts course at Assiniboine Community College. But once I had found a place to live, I realized it was too late to go into hiding and pretend post-secondary education didn’t exist.

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The Start

Despite my doubt and anxiety I still decided to show up on the first day of classes (the orientation the week before didn’t really count). While getting to know my teachers was pretty simple, the people considered classmates took a bit longer to break the ice with.

The days quickly became weeks, and then evolved further more into months. As it stands I have now spent around 6 months in this program. While the coding work is a bit of a drag and struggle, the other courses have interested me enough to keep me invested and trying to succeed.

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The Work

Aside from some minor classes such as video editing and audio recording/manipulation, the main attraction of this course for anyone with an interest in design, would be the Adobe classes. Several classes are dedicated to teaching and experimenting with the Adobe suite of design tools, including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects and InDesign.

As stated above, this courses work load can be a bit of a struggle. Due to my lack of research into the materials and the workload, I had no idea this would involve as heavy work as coding. Coding is what I would describe as the bane of my courses workload. However, if it’s something that someone would want to pursue then I would recommend it, I personally know successful graduates of this program who excelled at it.

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The Outcome

Still enrolled, 6 months later, the doubts completely absent from the thoughts in my head, actually thinking I fit in for once in the education aspects of my life.

As someone who never sought out post-secondary I will wholeheartedly say it’s worth the experience, and you may end up enjoying yourself and the work given.

And best of all, you might get lucky like me and meet the friends you finally feel are worth keeping.

A Story from an IMA student

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Incredible Black & White Typography

Adobe Software Photoshop and illustrators are frequently employed by advertising companies, editorials and graphic design firms. Typical duties of an Adobe Photoshop & illustrator include ideas for brainstorming, sketches, creation of draft illustrations, discussion of ideas with co-workers and completion of illustrations.

If you are still learning the basics of design or want some quick and easy text ideas to improve your printed designs, these beginner tutorials will be very useful. In your lessons you will learn how to apply 3D textures and effects, create logos, use masks and other simple techniques to improve your text.

Creating art with words will never die, no matter how advanced our image-taking capabilities bring us. When paper with moving images such as a computer screen becomes common, designers will continue to use text to convey their message and create visual interest. Challenge yourself to design with impressive text and see where your creativity takes you.

The Movie Story page below features a nice layout with only one font, colors and two font sizes. Although only font faces are used, it’s harder to read, and the hierarchy is achieved using size and color.

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Research incredible typography posters.

Sketch out my ideas.

Think about the colour and layout. 

Review my files against the requirements.

There is no simple answer to this, but a good rule of thumb to use font selection is to stick to Impossible-500, Ebrima and Palace Script MT, all regular fonts or fonts by design. And the title of the title is used layer with mask, and I created the background within the white flow lines and color used Black and White. When it comes to font restrictions it is a good thing. Earn interest by choosing two contrasting fonts. For example, in my 11×17 paper, the Illustrator file uses a script or a dirty font for its headings and contrasts them with a sans-serif font for body text.

The contrast makes the text interesting and can help you communicate with ideas you want to emphasize. Variable size, typography, weight, color and style can give your designs a great impact and organize your ideas. Next, you can see how contrast helps you give your text an interesting, striking and even more meaningful appearance.

We couldn’t imagine anything better than to perceive what you can consider, so share instances of your best content impacts in the remarks beneath. Furthermore, on the off chance that you know other helpful Photoshop content instructional exercises or have made your very own instructional exercises, presently is your opportunity to impart them to the world.

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How To Find Inspiration

You walk into your first day of Interactive Media Arts, everything’s great, you meet new people, learn new things, it’s all a piece of cake. Then the assignments start coming and the inspiration and ideas don’t follow. I’ve compiled a list of my tried and true methods that I look to when my ideas just aren’t flowing.

Exploration To Ease Frustration

Go for a walk. Being in the same place for a long time can make it difficult to be creative. A fresh environment can help stimulate new thinking.

Observation is Key

Look at what others are doing, I find looking at designs can help as people have such varying perceptions of the world and they notice different things. Be careful not to copy someone’s ideas. Sites like designinspiration have a lot of great content. Another place I like to go to for inspiration is Pinterest, you can organize your different thoughts into boards, it’s a great resource for anyone.

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Change Your Tune

Listen to music, and if you’re already doing that, listen to something completely different. According to Jill Suttie, music helps diversify your thinking, regardless of if you like what you’re listening to or not.

Speak is the New Chic

Talk to someone. Get their view on the task at hand, they might have an insight you never would have come up with. Sometimes just explaining the project to a friend may help, especially if they have less knowledge in the subject and you have to describe it in a more simplistic way.

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Don’t Forget It, You’ll Regret It

When creativity does hit write it down, NOW. It doesn’t matter if it’s a few keywords or a sketch, just get your idea onto something. I can almost guarantee you won’t remember it or at least not to its full capacity. Carry a little notebook with you or keep notes on your phone, make it as accessible as possible to store ideas.

Tried and True

This final tip is something I’m sure you’ve heard a million times but I included it because it’s true: find what works for you, there isn’t going to be any one-size-fits-all solution. Sometimes your go-tos will change as you get older or work on different types of projects.

As Einstein once said, “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” This is applicable to more than just physics. I get it, sometimes you’re stressed and time constraints don’t help. Just take it one step at a time and break the task into more attainable chunks. If you still are coming up with nothing, take a short break and start fresh.

If new ideas still feel like finding a needle in a haystack I’ve included some links to alternative sites with a different perspective that may help get the inspiration flowing for you. 

I hope you enjoyed my blog. Thanks for reading!

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The IMA switch: what it’s like to leave Media for Interactive

When you start college, you enter armed with a bunch of expectations, future plans, a vision for yourself. At least these were the things I was supposed to have to convince my parents it’s a good idea to send their child from a small village in Poland to the other side of the globe. So when the program started, I went all in, overlooking along the way every single thing telling me that I might actually be more of an “Interactive” than I’d thought.

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“But why would you even switch?”

“And what about coding?” Yes, coding is supposedly the biggest reason not to switch programs. The fact that you barely do any web design on the Media side makes it harder to keep up with this big part of the Interactive program. Unless you’re the kind of person who’d learn this “excruciating” content in their own time just for fun…

For a long time that was the way I played this game: learning Media by day and coding by night (here, insert the rest of Fiona’s curse from Shrek). That was until I heard that, best-case scenario, I would end up working in the news anyway. It took some time, fear, thinking, research, and a good piece of advice about following my gut, but the decision was made: no more worries about ending up in the news (unless I’m the star of the news story) – I’m switching.

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First days as an “Interactive”

It was really weird at the beginning – really, really weird. And scary. I jumped from a talkative group of movie enthusiasts, who’d managed to become my new family, to a quiet bunch of strangers who already had their inside jokes and friend groups. The only comfort was that at least the instructors stayed the same. Mostly.

I got through the first weeks, spending every moment of free time with my old Media group. Until one day they didn’t show up for lunch. So I had my first lunch with the Interactive people and everything else is, probably, history. It took that and a few more group projects to realize that those strangers are actually not as scary and strange as they seemed the first day.

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How it all turned out

The most important thing was that I was finally able to do what I enjoyed instead of something that just “looked cool.” Since the first coding class, I had no more doubts. It was still scary, it was, but I was reminded every day why I knew it was the right decision.

Looking back, I’d say you can’t always know what’s going to happen with your life and you can’t always be sure if you’re making the right decision. But then, you should probably follow your gut. Unless it leads you to the fridge at 1AM. Then maybe don’t.

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IMA Beginning Experience

The Interactive Media Arts program is different than what I imagined in a lot of ways. There is a lot more writing, coding, and frustration than I had expected. If you come from a background of taking design or art classes in high school, a thought that might come up is should I be here? The first month was mostly for me was review for design principles, colour theory, and learning Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. It felt like a waste of time, and I was an angsty teen in high school. But I am glad all of our projects quickly kicked up, and honestly kicked my butt at the end of the semester. 

Coding requires a lot of effort. Luckily our teacher Malena had patience with us. It’s a lot of problem-solving. I see how it can easily irritate people when you try and fix something, and it just spirals, but it’s quite cool to create imagery from text to communicate with the computer. Figuring out a problem feels like a great achievement. It is quite a cool process that can be fun once you understand things.

Design is mostly what I came into the Interactive Media Arts program for. On top of the things I knew before I entered this program, I have gained so much more knowledge. From little bits in Adobe programs, to appreciating photography.  Taking photography for a design project and producing everything yourself makes it feel like much more of an extra accomplishment than grabbing royalty-free images. By taking the images yourself, you can capture the exact direction you want to go in. Not that there’s anything wrong with using free images, but it just adds to the project a lot more from what I’ve found; and it’s instantly more personal to the creator. One of the pieces I’ve created so far with photography, was a project creating a postcard with a picture taken of my cat for Halloween.

Halloween Postcard I photographed and edited for Derek Ford’s class, semester 1.

After Effects and Premiere Pro were two completely new programs to me. Once you grasp the concept of one, it’s easy to see how some elements are similar, and make understanding the other one easier. They’re both programs you learn in the IMA program that make it easier to create video content. Even though it is not what I came here for, I am glad to have learned Premiere Pro because it has already opened new direction I can go in with projects.

I have gained so much good experience so far and I find myself excited to learn when I show up. All of the teachers know how to make this program as enjoyable as can be and work hard to achieve that while still producing results in their students. That is why I decided to stick with it.

Your First Year of IMA

Coming into my first year of Interactive Media Arts isn’t anything I thought it would be, though I wasn’t even sure what to expect.

In the summer family and friends would always ask me what I was going to school for in the fall. When I told them I was taking a program called Interactive Media Arts, it was usually followed by a confused look and questioning what it was. I couldn’t actually give anyone a straight answer on what I was getting myself into because I honestly didn’t even know myself. My default answer would always be “It’s web design stuff…” while not knowing exactly what that was or what it could mean.

This is the “web design stuff” to expect your first term in IMA.

If you’ve grown up with or at least know who the Ninja Turtles are, you’re already one step ahead in visual communications. The visual communications course mostly focuses on different art styles, art history and the elements and principles of design. Coming into this program I didn’t have any background in art since I took band all throughout highschool. Having to really dig deep into what an artist was thinking while creating a piece is very challenging to do when you’ve had no experience with it. But you learn, and teach your eye to really look deeper into the meaning of things and to distinguish different art styles.

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You’ll never listen to a movie the same again after learning how to create foley sounds. Digital Audio teaches you how to record and edit voice overs, commercials, soundscapes, sound sfx and music montages with Adobe Audition. Writing skills and Media writing are two classes that teach you different styles and techniques of writing while the Digital Design class explores the many tools of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and After Effects. And lastly in the Digital Video class, we learnt how to operate a DSLR camera, capture video and photography stills, set up 3 point lighting and to edit in Premier Pro.

Every class led down to one big final project at the end of the term that took about a month to complete. It was interesting to finally see how all of the different classes came together in the end with all of the different tools I had used and learnt throughout.

The Interactive Media Arts Experience

The Interactive Media Arts is a fun and exciting program for students attending the Assiniboine Community. It’s the perfect program for people who are looking to create and design.

check it out here!

https://assiniboine.net/programs/interactive-media-arts

Things You Might Need

The classes involve a lot of creating and designing, like A LOT. Some of the main projects have you sketch out your ideas on a sketchbook, which is always good to have because going straight into designing on your laptop or computer isn’t always the best idea, I would know because I always did that, then I would have a little bit of a struggle trying to perfect my ideas on my laptop because I had already went diving straight into digital. So take my advice and “BRING A SKETCHBOOK!”. It’s probably recommended that you bring your own personal laptop for some software programs to download so that you can work on assignments and projects. Some of the Applications that you might need are Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Audition, and Premiere Pro, basically all of Adobe’s applications. It’s crazy how much Adobe Software we use in this program. This Program is very tech related so you can expect a lot of electronic devices and equipment. you’ll be spending most of the time using the Mac computers to hone your digital craft.

Adobe Applications that are used in this program

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My Time With The Instructors and Classmates

The Instructors are very educational people. The Instructors really know their stuff when it comes to teaching and guiding the students especially someone like me who is always confused when we learn something new. If you’re ever having trouble don’t be afraid to ask your classmates, after all we are all in the same group taking this program.

Working with your classmates in this program was very helpful for getting feedback and comparing your assignment and projects, being able to see your classmates work is very interesting to see their design process and how they went from a sketch on on a book to a digital design on the Mac computers or windows computers depending on which you prefer to use. Being in the same class and program, you will likely become friends with the amount of time you spend in class.

With all the classmates you have, they are more than willing to help you if you have a problem on a assignment or project and if your like me who is terrible at coding, there are others who are leagues better. And if you aren’t sure about design layout or picture you are creating, by all means ask a classmate and be sure to ask which design they would prefer if you’re having a tough time deciding from two or multiple designs. Of course the Instructors are ALWAYS more than willing to critique and give feedback on your work and fix the small or big mistakes you might make along the way.


What’s So Great About the IMA Program?

The Interactive Media Arts program at Assiniboine Community College is a wonderful program for those looking to expand their horizons and make a name for themselves in the interactive media business. From audio editing and media writing to video editing and graphic design, the Interactive Media Arts program provides students with the vital skills that they’ll need if they want to become successful moving forward in an electronic media career.

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The future of business is online, so the IMA program is the perfect way to secure an important set of skills in order to give yourself a prosperous future. Throughout the course you will learn essential skills such as writing professional emails, filling out incident reports, and creating an in depth resume to help you secure jobs in the future. You also learn job specific skills such as video editing and capturing, audio editing and capturing, website design standards and coding, and understanding as well as making art. The skills you are taught are industry standard skills and will prove to be very useful assets to anybody looking for a future job in interactive media.

Throughout the course you will also learn how to use industry standard tools and programs to create your online media such as, but not limited to:

  • Adobe Photoshop – used for professionally editing visual digital media using various tools to achieve the desired outcome when making flyers, posters, advertisements, various other marketing materials, and essentially any other content that could use a touch up. Photoshop is useful for miniscule edits to make your media more appealing as well as large scale projects where you create your own masterpiece.
  • Adobe Illustrator – useful for creating your own assets and designs for anything ranging from icons and logos to full on works of art. If you are particularly fond of creating your own personalized art in a digital medium it is one of the best tools that you can have in your repertoire.
  • Adobe InDesign – InDesign is a perfect tool if you want to design a layout for an article or other form of print or online text, it does one job, but it does it very well.
  • Sublime Text – it is one of many tools used for website design and coding, allowing the user to input their code and test it out online, it doesn’t do anything special, but it is a very useful program nonetheless.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro – an extremely useful tool for video editing that provides you with everything that you need to create an amazing video masterpiece. Premiere Pro allows the user to cut, combine, add effects to your videos, and export your videos to a whole bunch of different formats.

The IMA program is a fun and informative way to gain knowledge on different media making techniques and strategies and I would highly recommend it to anybody looking to get into a job in anything related to interactive media.

Great things about Assiniboine Community College’s Interactive Media Arts program.

This is the official logo for the Interactive media arts program.

The Interactive media arts program is a great choice for graduating high school students that want to attend Assiniboine community college if your interests include:

  • Gaming – 3D, VR (Virtual Reality) or Game developer
  • Art – Logo and Icon design, digital art.
  • Coding – Website development, website coding in html and java script.
  • Video: editing-capturing
  • Music – audio editing
  • Website Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • here are some of the Adobe Creative Cloud apps you will be familiar within the Interactive media arts program.
  • Acrobat DC – for reliably viewing, printing, and commenting on PDF documents.
  • After Effects – for creating motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, & the web. 
  • Audition – is used for Mixing, editing, and creating audio content.
  • Bridge –  asset management app
  • Dreamweaver – is for Designing , coding, and publishing websites.
  • Flash Builder – an eclipse platform that speeds development of rich Internet applications and cross-platform desktop applications
  • Flash – for using content created on the Adobe Flash platform, including viewing multimedia contents.
  • Illustrator – used for creating logos and icons
  • Incopy – It works with Adobe InDesign. When InDesign is used to publish printed material, including newspapers and magazines.
  • Lightroom -image organization and image manipulation.
  • Muse – is an offline website builder that allows to create fixed, fluid, or adaptive websites without having to write the code. 
  • InDesign – used to create posters, flyers, brochures, magazines, newspapers, presentations, books and ebooks.
  • Photoshop –  raster graphics editing and image editing
  • Premiere Pro – Video editing
  • Speed Grade – is a colour grading application that delivers layer-based colour correction, mostly for editors, filmmakers and after effect designers.
  • Stock – royalty-free stock images, photos, graphics, vectors, video footage, illustrations, templates.

The Interactive media arts program changes frequently to better reflect the Interactive media industry to help better prepare the students for Assiniboine Community College.

Here is some reasons why the IMA program is helpful for finding a career.

  • A chance to indulge your creativity and help your designs stand out to gain industry attention – assisting you on fulfilling your full potential.
  • Connecting you to the industry – helping you get familiar with how the industry works for future employment.
  • To help excel in multimedia career – gets you familiar with skills in the Interactive media industry.
  • To become a content creator – gives you the necessary skills to create your own online content and get revenue.
  • Learning how to make your art leave an impact in the industry – learning how to make meaningful and impactful art.
  • Opportunities for a job in the work field – the practicum that comes in the second year of the program helps you gain industry knowledge.
  • Preparing you for your future – helping you get the skills that help you get employed.
  • Finding out what you wanna excel at in the IMA program – helps you find your strong suit for the Interactive media arts program and increases your proficiency.

The Interactive media arts program is a great way to gain industry knowledge and for your future employment in the career you choose.

The battle between blog and magazine

In this second part of my posts, I’ll be comparing the blog from the first post to a magazine. The magazine that I’ve chosen to compare it to is a video maker magazine. 

With this magazine, I feel like it trying to talk to multiple people and in a more neutral tone and just trying to give the info in the quickest way possible. One thing that I like about the magazine to Matt Scott’s blog is the fact that the font of the magazine is big enough for you to read even with zooming in or having to go into the post.  Something that is really nice about the magazine is that it doesn’t take long to read something from it. Another nice thing about the magazine is that they only use things that they have made so that when it comes to giving credits they don’t have to do anything but the blog has to tell everything that they used and give credit to the original poster or creator.

A downside to the magazine over the blog is that there is no video that can accompany the text to show something that the writer is writing about but have to tell you to check out a video or not have any. One thing I didn’t like about this magazine is the fact that the images that went with the post were only in black and white and they were made like drawings instead of pictures taken to show what they were talking about. The magazine felt like it was written by multiple people and was speaking to a group of people instead of just one person and trying to make a connection with that person. It was also just trying to tell you the facts and doesn’t seem to really have a personality to it. This can be taken both ways because if you just looking for facts then the magazine is better but if you want a person to use analogies the blog would be a better pick. The magazine does use some multimedia elements but only at the end of the article just to send you to their social media like Youtube, Instagram and Twitter, but it tries to keep you to the magazine and what it’s trying to say 

In my personal opinion, I think that the blog is better because it has more of a character but the magazine is just trying to tell you the facts, the quickest way and no alternatives. Thank you for reading this post.

Searching for blogs

In this post, I will be talking about Matt Scott’s [Hobart Based Cinematographer] (http://mattscottvisuals.com/) blog. His blog talks about things that are based around cinematography. The tutorials help be a better cinematographer. He writes about how he feels about a topic like what it’s like to watch anything that was filmed. He tries to figure out what they used and has fun doing it.

I’m not the biggest fan of the front page because there is a lot of text and it is really small and it seems to be really long even when it isn’t that much.  Also, the picture and video are really big in comparison to the text but that is also really nice because you can just watch the video without going fullscreen.  The theme of the blog isn’t that eye checking and is very boring combined with the small text. One problem I have with the main page it the fact that the sidebar is more eye-catching than the main posts. There is also the fact that although the title to the post is big enough to read, you have to go into the post to read the full post.

His blog is also really nice because if you are more interested in him, he has links to other websites where you can view some of his work. There is also a sidebar which if you want to see the older posts you can view them by month with the year besides it. He has posts from May 2012 up to October 2018. His tutorials are also really helpful for the information he provides and the wide array of things like lighting and also finding videos of others who he thinks are good for any cinematographer.  The sidebar also has a lot of things besides the months and years to see posts. You can subscribe to the blog by putting your email in and get notified when he posts. There is a link to see videos that he has for download and if you’re looking for a certain post you can use the search bar. Then there is a list of the newest post after the search bar. One thing I find interesting about the blog is that he has a big banner as soon as you open the blog.  

Overall, I think his blog looks really professional and is put together really well. 

Thank you for reading. 

Is Media Ruining Body Image?: Interview with Ryan Sturgeon

Desiree Brightnose: So do you feel that media, as in advertising and social media, affect individual’s body image?

 

Ryan Sturgeon: Yeah, I believe that it has a huge impact on the way that we see ourself. And it’s a loaded question, I think I’ll answer it in a couple different ways.

 

With body image, a lot of times you see things in the media that don’t portray typical people. It’s very over representative looking at the kind of “perfect body”.

 

What everybody should inspire to be. And they don’t show a lot of imagery with people with disability, people with different body sizes and shapes, people even of colour sometimes.

 

And so you see a certain image and they try to sell products too, and they are kind of saying inexplicitly in their advertising, that if you look this way, you will be a better person in a certain way. So if you look this way, then you’ll have money, you’ll have love, you’ll have all the things in life that all the people want to have in life.

 

And so, in advertising, you have somebody that already comes into the situation where they look a certain way and then, of course, they have photoshop and various things like that. They spend hours and hours and hours trying to make this person look a certain way.

 

And after their many hours of trying – then they take their pictures that are all stage. And then afterward they photoshop for another few hours. And so, the outcome is very, very unrealistic. It’s not an image of a person, its an image of an ideal. And when you’re comparing ourselves to an ideal, obviously we are gonna fall short.

 

So I think that its a real problem is telling us that we are not good enough. If you want to have an adolescent to become depressed, give them a beauty magazine.

 

So I think it does hugely affect our self-image. I’ll give you a statistic, one in two teen girls according to Canadian Pediatrics Society. And one in four teenage boys have tried dieting to change the shape of their body. And so for girl, it’s a little bit different. Often times it’s to look slimmer, to look sexier and so on and so forth.

 

But for boys its to beef up to look more masculine. And so it’s that stereotypical masculinity and femininity thing, where a boy has to look big and muscular. And this all comes at a time when teenagers – there bodies are changing a lot. 

 

And they look out of proportion because of all these changes. So I think it’s even more harmful for the adolescent population for sure.

 

Brightnose: Thank you so much for your time, Ryan. I really appreciate it.

 

Sturgeon: No problem, thanks for coming by.

Is Media Ruining Body Image?


The images of perfect bodies and gleaming smiles that fill social media are being blamed for causing profound insecurities among many young people.

 

Adolescents has always been a time for feeling awkward and unattractive, a problem made even worse when social media posts suggest everyone else has the perfect figure.

 

Zachary Cullen is a student finishing his freshman year in high school, “I feel like there’s a lot of things you you feel like you need to do and need to be, I feel those things too. ” Cullen says. “In high school, it really changed because there’s a lot more people and a lot more peer pressure to look the best way you can.”

 

And social media isn’t helping those who struggle with body image.

 

 

On the other side of town, counsellor Ryan Sturgeon works with teens who are struggling with body issues, “One in four teenage boys have tried dieting to change the shape of their body.” Sturgeon says. “[And] one in two teen girls, according to Canadian Pediatrics Society.”

 


Though men are typically not the target of beauty campaigns, they are also victims to media’s portrayal of what men should be.

 

Todd M. Wysocki, a professor of Psychology has conducted research in his article, Male Body Image: The Best Kept Secret , “215 college men completed a body image questionnaire developed specifically for this study.” Wysocki says. “More than half indicated some level of body dissatisfaction and 86% identified a desire to change parts of their body.”

 

But are body positive campaigns really aiming to help those who are struggling with body image, or are they a simply a target for advertising agencies?

 

Campaign Backlash

 

Dove, a beauty company that has a well known background in promoting heart felt body acceptance campaigns – received negative backlash when they decided the create shampoo with different “body shapes” to represent the diversity of shapes.

 

Some consumers are not please with Dove’s philosophy behind their new product. (Photo taken from www.Dove.com).


“Our six exclusive bottle designs represent this diversity: just like women, we wanted to show that our iconic bottle can come in all shapes and sizes, too.” Dove said on
its website.

 

Though on the consumer side of things, Nicolle Neulist is not impressed with the product. “I don’t want fat representation in soap bottle form.” Neulist says, “I’d prefer it in a form of fat people not being systematically treated poorly.”

 

It seems that she is not alone, many people have taken to twitter to voice their opinion.

 

Photo taken from www.twitter.com.

 

Photo taken from www.twitter.com.


Beauty companies that campaign for body positive isn’t fighting the real problem that alot who struggle with their body image: eating disorders.

 

The University of Pittsburgh has researched the correlation between eating disorders and social media. “[The] subjects who spent the most time engaged with social media each day had 2.2 times the risk of developing eating disorders.” The report continues, “ [Additionally,] those who most frequently checked their social media feeds weekly carried 2.6 times the risk.”

 

Back in the city, Cullen is taking a more healthy approach – he has been boxing for almost a year now. “It’s not really how my body looks now,” Cullen says. “It’s how boxing makes me feel. I am more confident in myself.”  

Courtesy: Brandon Police Service

News for April 27th, 2019

Break & Enter

Brandon Police are still looking for a break & enter suspect who fled from a residence in Juniper Bay.

The incident happened this morning at 4:24am.  The owner of the residence was woken to a man rummaging through the room.

Courtesy of shutterstock

Courtesy of shutterstock

The man entered the home through the patio door and fled out the front door of the house when he was confronted.

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Assiniboine Community College

News for April 26th, 2019

New Facility for ACC

A new training facility is underway at Assiniboine Community College’s Victoria East Campus.

The announcement was made this morning.  A total of $640 000 was funded to ACC from industry partners and the federal & provincial government.

Photo courtesy of ACC

The program, Food Processing Centre for Animal Proteins (FPC), will commence next month.  FPC is an eleven month course. Read More