Extra-Curricular Bucket List: ComD Edition

Pratt has a lot to offer Communications Design Students, but plenty of other important resources lay waiting off-campus. Here are some things to consider checking out — beyond Pratt — before you leave.  

Bookmark organizations related to your field and interests, and keep tabs on the events they host and the opportunities they might offer for you now or in the future. AIGA is one of the best-known graphic design organizations, hosting events nationwide. Pratt has their own AIGA chapter, found here. The ComD department also has their own student-run organization, called ComD Agency, which hosts Canvas, an event to showcase student work. The One Club for Creativity also hosts portfolio events, creative boot camps, competitions, and lists job postings. The Graphic Artist’s Guild is directed more towards the illustration industry, giving opportunities to connect with other members, finding jobs, and giving information on copyright laws, contracts, and licensing.

As for events in the not-too-distant future, The One Club is hosting a portfolio night on Wednesday, May 22. This portfolio review is hosted in 70 different countries, so if you have to leave the NYC area, they have both nationwide and international locations.

NYCxDESIGN is also hosted each year in May, this year between May 10th to the 22nd. If you have any time, this is a great resource to check out events that may inspire or excite. Part of the NYCxDESIGN program is BROOKLYN DESIGNS, from 5/10 – 5/12 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Other Pratt events are included in association with the NYCxDESIGN program as well, such as Pratt Shows 2019 and the Best of DDA Animation Screening on May 13 and the Film/Video Senior Showcase at BAM on May 20.

It’s also worth checking out what museums have to offer, especially in regards to events. Here are a couple of events happening soon:

On May 8, the Cooper Hewitt is hosting DesignPrep: Type as Character.

MoMA is hosting a discussion called Gallery Sessions: Let’s Talk about Good Design, on Saturday, April 20, at 1:30.

— Angela Hall