RIVERSIDE - Applied Digital Media student Iris Calderon was surprised when she received news that she was the winner of the Graphic Arts Education and Research Foundation’s (GAERF) 2012 Student Design Competition. “I didn’t think I could win,” said Calderon, who decided to take digital media courses in college after enjoying a high school graphic design class. “I was in complete shock and disbelief.”
The theme of the contest was “Why Hire Me?” Entrants were required to produce a postcard with a personalized logo. Calderon decided to use a sequence of images that were part of a project she had done in class. “I made them look like a film strip,” she said. “It makes me extremely proud to know that our program produces students of this caliber. Iris just confirms the success of RCC’s Applied Digital Media and Printing,” said Professor Rich Finner.
Calderon, the oldest of three children and a graduate of Centennial High School in Corona, wants to be an entrepreneur/developer/inventor. She plans to transfer to Cal Poly Pomona to pursue computer engineering and is eager to learn computer programming and integrate the artistic and technical elements of graphic design. The GAERF award includes a trip to GRAPH EXPO 2012 in Chicago and a $2,000 cash prize, which she plans to use to buy new computer equipment.
For more information about Riverside City College’s Digital Media program, log on to http://www.academic.rcc.edu/applieddigitalmedia/.
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