New school offers courses on visual design for summer

BEFORE the school year opens, a local university with a special department for design hopes those with creative inclinations will spend the summer with them.

The University of the Visayas School of New Media and Design (UVNS) announced a lineup of summer programs for those who wish to know more about visual design.

School director Genesis Raña assured that even if they have only one student they will continue with that class. They prefer to have just 20 students to a class, adding that they have a lean faculty, most of whom are mentors who do work professionally.

This summer, they are offering courses to be taught by professionals that have had experience abroad.

These include a comic book illustrator and cinematographer.

Illustrator Harvey Tolibao, who has done work for both DC and Marvel Comics, will hold a three-day workshop on comic book illustration. The course will be for P5,000, including art materials. The course will tackle the human anatomy, perspective, technical aspects, costumes and the difference between heroes and villains. The course will run from May 24 until 26.

The basic cinematography workshop will be taught by New York-based cinematographer Don Frasco. Raña said Frasco first studied at the International Academy of Film and Television before moving to the New York Film Academy in 2011.

The course will run from May 10 to 14 for P3,000.

Production designer Kaloy Uypuangco who worked on films like My Paranormal Romance will teach a production design course from April 22 to May 3. At P3,000, the course includes materials needed for make-up and basic prosthetics. Uypuangco said many cinematography awards are credited to the production design.

Students will complete the course by creating their own set of an actual screenplay.

UVNS will also offer an intensive month-long course on visual design, the school’s flagship program. Raña said this course is for those who want to get into the world of visual design and immerse themselves in the environment.

Raña added that they have no age requirements in offering these courses and that even those in high school who can grasp basic design principles can enroll in their programs.

Since soft-opening in October, the school has had six students enrolled in their three-month visual design program.

They hope to add more students when the school year formally opens in June, where the one-year visual design course will be offered. It is the equivalent of the three-month intensive course.

Raña said he expected other institutions to offer similar programs, saying the industry was was in need of graduates equipped with these skills.

Uypuangco added that the industry today judges professionals by their skills and not their diplomas.

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