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Staff Spotlight: Student Affairs Advisor Suzanne Sheppard

How long have you been the Student Affairs Advisor for the Arc+ID program?

I’ve been here for almost 29 years and before that I attended the Certificate program for 7 years, graduating in 1987.  I’ve seen thousands of students pass through my doors and when I see graduates working in the field I am just so proud of their success!

What does your typical day look like?

Email, telephone calls, in person meetings with prospective and ongoing students for both the Certificate program and for the Master’s program. I also do transcript and portfolio evaluations, review resumes, and assist with connecting students with internships and jobs.

What is one big change you’ve seen within the industry over the years?

The importance of an Interior Design education! At one time, anyone with good taste could become an interior designer. But in today’s world, more concrete skills are needed. Knowledge of building codes, surface materials, environmental standards, computer design software, and proper lighting just to name a few examples. A good education prepares designers for what today’s industry is seeking in a professional- it separates an “interior designer” from an “interior decorator”.

 What are some qualities that you believe make for a successful student in the program?

Most students know within their first few classes if this program is the right fit for them. In the long run cutting corners never works so being prepared to study and invest enough time in the program will lead to success. When it comes to students who are changing careers, I would say being open to new ideas and learning different ways of doing things is key.

How important are internships for students?

Internships are career builders and the hands-on experience that it delivers is very important, especially since it may be the first time that many students will be in a design office setting. And sometimes, it’s not what they expect! Internships can really shape what a student would like to do in the industry. It can also lead to a job!

What are your job search tips for students just entering the field?

If you are new to interior design you should start compiling a portfolio of your work from the beginning of the program. You never know when an opportunity could come along! For more advanced students, we offer an Advanced Portfolio Design & Graphic Storytelling course. By the end of the course students have a personal portfolio, résumé, and sample work. In addition, students learn techniques on presentations, interviews, and client meetings. This type of course can really help polish the edges and give you the confidence for a worthy job search.  Lastly, do your research. Check out what firms big and small are seeking in candidates and focus on learning any of the skills you are lacking.

What are helpful design resources you can recommend to students?

Build a professional design network, i.e., belong to a design organization(s), like ASID and attend industry events at design hubs like the Pacific Design Center. Build and maintain your relationships from UCLA!

If you could recommend one book to students, what would it be?

I have so many, I could never pick just one! But I have to say, I still enjoy looking at hard copies of interior design magazines. Old or new, there’s just something about the striking images and the way magazines are laid out. It’s more tangible and something the internet can’t capture.

Typical, how do you spend your time away from the office?

I go to the theater, new restaurants, art exhibits, book readings and the movies. Anything that keeps me engaged and inspired! Lately, I’ve also been playing Spelling Bee, a New York Times word puzzle with my grandchildren. They’re whip smart and beat me every week!

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Thank you for your time Suzanne! The Arc+ID program is lucky to have you!

Suzanne’s office is located in the 1010 Westwood building and if you have not met Suzanne, or have any unanswered questions about the program, don’t hesitate to setup an appointment by calling (310) 794-3747.

Alumni Spotlight: Susan McIntyre-Young Interior Design Graduate

Are you a current student or alumni?

Alumni, Certificate of Interior Design graduate June 2019

Can you tell us a little about your background and how you became interested in interior design?

My career path began as a graphic designer in Austin, Texas where I worked for the notable and global Pentagram Design Studio. I received an offer to move to Los Angeles and work in the consumer product graphics division of Hanna-Barbera, where I spent the next 20 years working my way up to the level of a Senior Creative Executive. Throughout my graphic design career, I always had an affinity toward human built structures and interior design. In the summer of 2015, I discovered the UCLA Arc+ID program and enrolled with the goal of seeing where interior architecture would take me.

How do you think going through the Arc+ID certificate program was beneficial to you as someone who was changing careers?

I found the Arc+ID department staff and many of the instructors to be very supportive and encouraging to career “transitioners” like myself, especially in the early part of the program. The pacing and content of the courses allowed me to get a broad understanding of the discipline and details needed to work in the industry. Since many of the instructors are working professionally in the field, they were able to share their career path and some hard-learned experiences which I completely absorbed.

What was one of your most memorable experiences going through the program?

I had several “ah-ha!” moments while taking the Design Communication classes, especially when learning drafting details and tricks from my instructors-who were all excellent draftsmen! My most memorable moment was seeing Axonometric drawing examples and trying to get my head around the possibility of drafting one! David Alvarez was a wonderful instructor and taught the entire class how to draft an Axo in one class session.

Now that you have finished the program, what are you currently working on?

I am self-employed and I currently have three residential projects at various stages of development – a young family in a new modern build that is more than double the size of their previous home, a family investing in furnishings and finishes in their “forever” home, and a retiree that is updating her home after many years of living with the same interior design aesthetic.

What are some helpful tips that you would recommend to students still in the program?

Get to know your fellow students, instructors, and join ASID! Networking is beneficial to anyone changing careers because the more experiences you can share and learn about, and events you attend the better off you will be in finding your path.

What is your favorite place in Los Angeles to go for creative inspiration?

Los Angeles is such a diverse and rich place to live and work, I have no one favorite place for creative inspiration. I love what is going on in DTLA from the new construction, to the renovations, and restorations, especially in the Arts District. The Pacific Design Center and the retailers along La Cienega and Beverly/Roberston provide a wealth of inspiration. I think a lot of students may feel intimidated to go into those retailers, but my experiences have always been to feel very welcomed.

 

 

UCLA Extension Master of Interior Architecture CIDA Ranked #3 in the Nation

We are pleased to report that for the second year in a row the Master of Interior Architecture program has been ranked by Design Intelligence in the Top 10 Graduate Programs in the Nation. We moved up to position #3 CIDA Ranked. Thank you for your continued support of our terrific program!

Join us for a free Information Session Open House tomorrow! Thursday Nov 17, 2016.

The Architecture & Interior Design Program offers high-quality courses to help you reach your professional and personal goals. Attend our informative Open House to learn about the curriculum, career opportunities, and the benefits of enrollment. Speakers include the program director, program advisor, instructors, and current and former students.

The next Architecture & Interior Design Open House will be held on November 17, 2016 from 7:00-8:30PM.

Where:
Extension Lindbrook Center, Room 204, 10920 Lindbrook Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Highlights of the Open House include:
– Overview of the Certificate of Interior Design and the Masters of Interior Architecture Degree
– Curriculum presentation
– Careers in the field
– Question-and-Answer session
– Drawing for a free course!

New Student Discount:
New certificate program students are eligible for 15% off each class they enroll in at the Open House. Discount enrollment forms will be provided at the event. This discount is only for students entering the program for the first time and can only be redeemed at the open house event. If you’re a new student who already enrolled in Winter 2017 classes, you are still eligible for this discount (by way of retroactive refund) if you attend the Open House. More information about the discount will be discussed at the event.

To RSVP please call (310) 206-2879 or fill out the form below:

Also, click here to Join the Facebook Event for important updates!

New Job and Internship Openings Listed!

Instructors and Students Working Together art2One of the great benefits of being an Arc+ID Certificate or Master’s student is having free access to jobs and internships specific to your field of study. The Arc+ID website features a Job + Internship Opportunity page which lists a variety of available job and internship positions submitted directly from firms looking to hire our talented students.

To gain access to the listing, simply fill out and submit the New User Registration form. Once your information is received, we will verify your eligibility and grant you access. Accounts are valid for 4 years after access is granted, but eligible students may renew their expired account by contacting the Arc+ID office.

This benefit is only available to Candidate students pursuing the Certificate of Interior Design or Master’s students in the MIA Program. To establish candidacy, click here and select “Enroll Now” or call the Registration office at (310) 825-9971. The Candidacy Reg# is CF573.

Are you part of a firm looking to hire? Fill out our Job + Internship Announcement Form to have the open position added to the list!

Get ready for the 2016 UCLA Extension Certificate Graduation Ceremony!

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UCLA Extension Certificate Graduation Ceremony is just around the corner! If you’re planning to participate in the graduation ceremony, please make sure to do these two tasks before graduation day:

1.  RSVP via email by Monday, June 6, 2016. Ticketing will continue to remain open for as long as tickets are still available (see ticket information below). NOTE: The deadline to “opt-in” to participate in the graduation ceremony has already passed. If you have yet to indicate your intent to be invited to graduation and would like to receive an invitation, then please send an e-mail to graduation@unex.ucla.edu with your complete contact information, as well as the certificate program you are completing.

2.  If you haven’t already done so, you must fill out the Intent to Graduate Form and e-mail it to Nicholas Sitter (nsitter@uclaextension.edu).

GRADUATION TICKET INFORMATION

Student Tickets

Tickets are required to attend the graduation ceremony, and are available for purchase at the UCLA Central Ticket Office. Each student is given one (1) complimentary ticket.

The UCLA Central Ticket Office website is the only way for students to RSVP to attend graduation. There will be a ticket window on the day of graduation at Royce Hall, which will open at 3:30 p.m. for students to purchase guest tickets and receive their complimentary ticket should they not have done it in advance, and as long as tickets are available.

Guest Tickets

Students may purchase up to four (4) additional tickets at $20 each. Graduates and guests must have tickets to be admitted to Royce Hall. Please note that seating capacity at Royce Hall is limited (1800 seats).

GRADUATION DAY INFORMATION

Friday, June 24, 2016 at Royce Hall, UCLA Campus

Ceremony begins at 4:30pm. Royce Hall doors open at 4:00pm. Please arrive early to make sure you have enough time to get your tickets, check-in, and find a seat. Ceremony scheduled to end around 6:30pm

Parking & Accommodations

Parking is available for students and guests for $13 in UCLA Parking Structures 4 & 5. A UCLA parking attendant will be present beginning at 3:00pm to sell permits to students and guests.   From the parking structures, proceed to Royce/Powell Quad Area. Map of parking & directions as well as information about guest lodging can be found here: Parking & Guest Lodging.

Certificates

Certificates are mailed to the graduate’s permanent address by the UCLA Extension Student Services. Check your permanent address on MyExtension.edu. For further information regarding certificates, contact Student Services at (310) 825-9971 or email enroll@uclaextension.edu. Graduates will not receive their actual certificate at the graduation ceremony.

Invite Your Friends to Watch LIVE on YouTube

The UCLA Extension Certificate Graduation Ceremony will be live streamed on YouTube.

More Questions?

Email us at graduation@uclaextension.edu, or call (310) 825-2674. Also, be sure to check out the official UCLA Extension Certificate Graduation website for more info.

 

ASID UCLA Extension Presents Its 10th Annual Mix It Up!

Mix It Up_Apr 24, 2016

Don’t miss out on the biggest night of the year! Join the ASID UCLA Extension Student Chapter in celebrating a decade of coming together at the annual Mix-It-Up! Step into the glamorous era of the Roaring 20’s in the breathtaking Art Deco mezzanine of Le Petit Paris for an unforgettable evening of glamour and cutting-edge design! Take this wonderful spring evening off to mingle with fellow students, UCLA faculty, industry partners, and professional interior designers while you enjoy complimentary appetizers, and sip on beverages from the cash bar.

Mix It Up! is more than just a glamorous night – it’s where design and philanthropy collide. It takes as little as $1 to enter to win custom furnishings, accessories, gift certificates, free classes and much more! Proceeds of the event support the PATH Gramercy Center, a shelter for homeless and low-income families, especially young single-parent families in Los Angeles.

DATE & TIME OF EVENT: Sunday, April 24, 2016 @ 6PM

THEME: Roaring 20’s – think Great Gatsby cocktail attire!

LOCATION: In downtown’s historic core, Let Petit Paris is housed in the former El Dorado Hotel (originally built in 1913), a stunning space by New Theme features two bars, a mezzanine level, outdoor patio, and main dining room. During the evenings, the upstairs will turn into a DJ-tuned lounge space that’ll be perfect for mingling.

Tickets include:

  • Complimentary champagne toast upon arrival
  • Complimentary assortment of food
  • Complimentary Photo Booth
  • Live DJ
  • Cash Bar
  • Chance to win amazing designer prizes

Tickets for this event sell out every year, so don’t wait! Purchase your ticket today!

Click Here to Purchase Tickets!