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Events & Workshops: SPRING 2014

The Office of Career Development hosts programs and workshops each semester. These programs are designed to support students and alumni in their professional development and provide opportunities to network and interview with recruiters and other industry professionals. To register for these events, SVA students and alumni should log on to the SVA Job Board unless otherwise specified.

SVA STUDENT LEADERSHIP SERIES: THE PROFESSIONAL YOU
Tuesday, January 28, 6:30PM - 7:30PM
George Washington Residence
23 Lexington Avenue, Mezzanine

Join the Career Development Office for a discussion on how to present yourself as a professional and launch your career as an artist.  Guest speaker will be SVA Director of Career Development Angie Wojak, author of "Starting Your Career as an Artist" and SVA alumna.  Light refreshments and food will be served.  Registration not required.

ALUMNI CAREER FORUM: CREATE A POWERFUL ONLINE PRESENCE
Thursday, January 30, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, Room 631F

In this forum, we will discuss the importance of having a professional and cohesive online presence, making your profiles match across platforms and using each platform in the best way possible.  Some examples will be presented, and there will be time for discussion and individual questions.

The overall purpose of the forums is to offer ongoing career support to alumni who may be seeking employment, building a freelance or studio practice, transitioning into a new career, exploring entrepreneurship and more.
*This event is open to alumni only.

TAX STRATEGIES FOR ARTISTS
Thursday, February 6, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
209 E. 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheatre

This workshop with CPA and attorney Michael Goldberg focuses on tax planning and compliance issues for freelancers and artists to consider.  Topics will include choice of business entity (corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship), worker classification (employee vs. independent contractor), tax filing requirements, tax deductions, expense deductions for home office and equipment purchases, IRS recordkeeping requirements, sales tax considerations relating to sales of art work and purchases of art supplies, so-called 'hobby loss rules' and deductions for retirement plan contributions.  The focus will be practical applications of tax rules to specific situations.  Active participation will be encouraged to make the workshop as interactive as possible.

Michael Goldberg is a tax partner in a CPA firm and has been the tax accountant for SVA for many years.  He has published numerous articles on corporate and individual income taxation focusing on small and medium sized businesses.
*This event is open to all students and alumni.

PIXAR COMPANY OVERVIEW
Tuesday, February 11, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd Street

Join Pixar's University Relations team as they discuss Pixar's internship program and what they look for in animation reels when selecting interns.  Space is limited; register now at http://pixaratsva.eventbrite.com
*This event is free and open to the public.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE WHITE BOX: HOW TO GET INTO GALLERIES AND ALTERNATIVE VENUES
Tuesday, February 18, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
136 West 21st Street, 8th Floor, 830F

This workshop for artists will help students determine the right creative path for exhibiting their work.  The art world is a mysterious and opaque place, and we will seek to bring transparancy to the process of showing your work.  We will discuss how to get your work exhibited, what to expect from a gallery, alternative venues such as artist-run spaces, and art world Do's and Don't's.  This will be an open forum for discussion, and all undergraduates and graduates interested in exhibiting their creative work may attend.
*This event is open to all students and alumni.

CONTRACT BASICS FOR ARTISTS
Thursday, February 20, 3:30PM - 5:00PM
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, Room 631F

This workshop will provide an overview of contract basics including the essential elements of a contract and standard provisions for artists.  Topics such as creative control, copyright, compensation and credit will be addressed.  How to negotiate favorable contract terms will be discussed, and handouts will be provided.

Presented by attorney and SVA faculty member Carol Steinberg, in association with the Entertainment Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
*This event is open to all students and alumni.

GET READY FOR THE CAREER FAIR
Tuesday, February 25, 12:30PM - 2:30PM
209 E. 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheatre

Learn how to successfully prepare for and navigate the upcoming SVA 2014 Career Fair on March 28th!  We will discuss the format of the day, what to expect, how to research companies in advance, what to bring with you, how to dress, and how to make the most of your time with employers.  The second hour will be devoted to resume basics, so please bring a draft copy of your resume as a starting point.
*This event is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and alumni for the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

RESUME BASICS
Wednesday, February 26, 1:30PM - 2:30PM
209 E. 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheatre

Your resume, cover letter, portfolio and/or reel are your primary tools in convincing an employer that you deserve an interview.  Learn how to showcase your professional qualifications.  Please bring a draft of your resume to the workshop.

PROPOSAL WRITING FOR ARTISTS AND CREATIVES
*Rescheduled from Thursday, February 13 due to SVA closing*
Thursday, February 27, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, Room 631F

This workshop will address some key writing techniques for fine artists, freelancers, small business owners, and all creatives.  The presentation will be an overview of the essentials of writing effective proposals for grants, residencies, project submissions and statements of work.  Handouts will include resource lists, proposal guidelines and tips to generate overall project support.
*This event is open to all students and alumni.

BLUE SKY ANIMATION PRESENTATION
Wednesday, March 12, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Join studio artists and talent development from Blue Sky Studios as they discuss what they look for in a job or internship applicant and what it's like to animate with the studio that brought us the Ice Age films and many more.  Space is limited; please register at http://blueskysva2014.eventbrite.com

Presented by SVA Career Development; BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation & Visual Effects; and MFA Computer Art.
*This event is open to all students and alumni.

GET READY FOR THE CAREER FAIR
Thursday, March 20, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, Room 631F

Learn how to successfully prepare for and navigate the upcoming SVA 2014 Career Fair on March 28th!  We will discuss the format of the day, what to expect, how to research companies in advance, what to bring with you, how to dress, and how to make the most of your time with employers.  The second hour will be devoted to resume basics, so please bring a draft copy of your resume as a starting point.
*This event is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and alumni for the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

APPLE INFORMATION SESSION AND RECRUITING VISIT
Friday, March 21, 10:00AM
MFA Interaction Design Department
136 West 21st St., 3rd Fl 

Representatives from Apple Inc. will visit SVA on Friday, March 21 to give a presentation about their internship program and to interview pre-selected students for paid summer internships at Apple in Cupertino, California.

The summer internship listings will be on the SVA job board by mid-February.  More details to follow about time, place and format of the Apple information session and recruiting visit to SVA on March 21.
*This event is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors and first-year graduate students only.

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS CAREER FAIR
Friday, March 28, 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Metropolitan Pavilion, 123 West 18th Street, 4th Floor

Students and recent alumni are invited to meet with industry professionals, show portfolios and resumes, and discuss career opportunities.  Employers from a wide variety of fields will be on hand to discuss internships, jobs, freelance work, and other opportunities.

Participants should bring their portfolios and numerous resumes.  While not a requirement to participate, we encourage students to bring their own iPads and laptops, preloaded with their portfolios or websites.  Please note that internet access is not guaranteed.

The Office of Career Development will provide a full list of companies attending and opportunities available on sva.edu/career and collegecentral.com/sva prior to the fair.  This event is available to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni from classes of 2011, 2012, and 2013 only. 

Space is limited; register at http://svacareerfair2014.eventbrite.com

If this is your first career fair, we recommend that you attend one of our Get Ready for the Career Fair workshops to be held on Tuesday, February 25 at 12:30PM and Thursday, March 20 at 3:00PM.

STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONISTS: PANEL DISCUSSION FEATURING WOMEN IN COMICS
Tuesday, April 1, 7:00PM - 8:30PM
209 East 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheatre

This event brings together a diverse group of internationally recognized creators and editors for a discussion of the history and dynamics of women working as both creators and behind the scenes in American comics.  The panel will feature women creators and editors of different generations, including Raina Telgemeier, creator of Smile and Drama, Diane Noomin, creator of Glitz-2-Go and editor of the seminal Twisted Sisters anthologies, Shelly Bond, Executive Editor of Vertigo comics and more! Panelists will discuss the role of women in comic narratives, career advice, and personal history, followed by audience Q&A.  The event is presented in conjunction with the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art/Society of Illustrator's MoCCA Fest 2014, and is organized by SVA Career Development and Keith Mayerson, Cartooning Coordinator.  Space is limited; please register at http://womenincomics.eventbrite.com
*This event is free and open to the public.

SUMMER 2014 INTERNSHIP INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, April 10, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, Room 631F

Find out how to land a great internship and jump start your career now!  Learn how you can qualify for the SVA Internship-for-Credit program.  This overview will cover student enrollment criteria, the responsibilities of both students and employers during an internship, how to find and apply for an internship, SVA procedures and application forms, special requirements for international students, and deadlines for the summer semester.  (Please note that students with a 3.25 cumulative GPA become eligible for for-credit internship the summer after sophomore year.)
*This event is open to rising Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students only.

FREELANCING BASICS
Thursday, April 17, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, Room 631F

This workshop will provide an overview of the crucial elements of successful freelancing.  Get a jumpstart on your first big freelance gig and learn how to define your services, negotiate fees and payment schedules, use your online portfolio to get the work you want, as well as gain tips for marketing and managing your business.  The workshop will provide resources and general information relevant to all majors.
*This event is open to all students and alumni.

ALUMNI CAREER FORUM: EARN HIGHER RATES AS A CREATIVE OR FREELANCER
Thursday, April 24, 3:00PM - 4:30PM
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, Room 631F

This forum examines various techniques to increase your rates and creative ways to list add-ons to your services to boost your income as a freelancer or small business owner.  The format is a brief presentation by counselors followed by discussion and Q&A.  Come to share questions and advice with your fellow alumni.

The overall purpose of the forum is to offer ongoing career support to alumni who may be seeking employment, building a freelance or studio practice, transitioning into a new career, exploring entrepreneurship and more.
*This event is open to all alumni.

CARTOONING & ILLUSTRATION PORTFOLIO REVIEW
Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:00PM - 3:00PM
Art Directors Club, 106 West 29th St. 

The School of Visual Arts Departments of Illustration and Cartooning and the Office of Career Development will host our 2014 Illustration and Cartooning Portfolio Review for graduating seniors.  The review offers industry professionals the opportunity to meet some of the hottest emerging talent in illustration, cartooning, comics and fine arts, while providing invaluable feedback and critique to our 2014 graduates.  Graduating seniors in Illustration and Cartooning have the opportunity to gather feedback from, make connections with, and show their work to top creative companies and artists, and industry professionals are invited to scout new talent and offer feedback.  Space is limited; please register at http://sva-illustration-cartooning-review2014.eventbrite.com/

UNDERSTANDING THE VALUE OF YOUR WORK WITHIN MULTIPLE MARKETS:  
A SEMINAR FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH MARY VIRGINIA SWANSON
Monday, May 12, 6:30PM - 8:30PM
209 E. 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheater

One of the most exciting recent developments for photographers is the growth of new markets for their work.  Whether a fine print is shown in a museum or in a corporate office, reproduced as book cover illustration, or featured within product advertising, the value of that photograph is different for each buyer.  In this seminar, Mary Virginia Swanson will provide an overview of the value of your work within today's diverse photography marketplace.   Space is limited; please register at http://mvsatsva.eventbrite.com/
*This event is open to all SVA students, alumni, faculty and staff. 


past events & workshops

FALL 2013

MOVING INNOVATION: A HISTORY OF COMPUTER ANIMATION
A LECTURE AND BOOK SIGNING WITH TOM SITO

Monday, September 16, 7:00 pm
SVA Theatre, 333 W. 23rd Street

In his recent book Moving Innovation (The MIT Press, 2013), SVA alumnus Tom Sito (BFA 1977 Animation)—an animator and industry insider for more than thirty years—describes the evolution of computer graphics. With a cast of characters including math nerds, avant-garde artists, cold warriors, hippies, video game enthusiasts, and studio executives, the book captures both the motley crew and common vision that made movies like Toy Story and Avatar possible. Presented by the Office of External Relations.
*This event is free and open to the public; no registration required. 

IFP FILMMAKER CONFERENCE WRAP-UP
Thursday, October 3, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631F

The future economy of independent film, the art of pitching, web and video distribution opportunities, crowdfunding and marketing strategies were all topics examined by panels at this conference that took place in NYC in mid-September. Learn more about the state of the industry and how great projects can connect with audiences and stand out in a crowded marketplace in this wrap-up exploring the art and business of 21st century storytelling. Come listen to the top tips and takeaways from this year’s Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP) event.

Presented by Patty Romeu, Assistant Director of Career Development at SVA and Co-Producer of the Peabody Award-winning film The Loving Story.

COPYRIGHT AND CREATIVITY: LEGAL BASICS FOR ALL ARTISTS
Monday, October 7, 2013, 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
209 East 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheater

This talk with artist and arts lawyer, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, presents an overview of copyright and fair use. Whether you’re a filmmaker, writer, photographer, designer, illustrator, painter or sculptor, chances are copyright laws apply to you. What is and is not protected by copyright? What is infringement? What is fair use? How can artists protect their own creative works? How does the internet affect copyright laws? How does copyright affect appropriation? Attend this talk and find out.
*This event is open to all SVA students, alumni, faculty and staff.

FACEBOOK DESIGN PANEL
Monday, October 14, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
136 W. 21st Street, 3rd Floor

Designers from Facebook will visit SVA to present a panel discussion about their design process, how they collaborate and how they bring a product to market. They will also discuss job roles, how they work together and what Facebook looks for in new hires. Panelists include Nate Bolt, Design Research Manager and Russ Maschmeyer, Product Designer (and MFA IXD 2011 grad) and Amy Thibodeau, Content Strategist. Moderated by Jenae Repogle, University Design Recruiter at Facebook. Panel discussion to be followed by light breakfast and networking. Hosted by Career Development in partnership with MFA Interaction Design. Space is limited and registration is required, so register soon.
*This event is open to all SVA students, alumni, faculty and staff.

THE ART OF HORROR: THE GORY DETAILS OF GRAPHIC NOVELS with Scott Snyder, Sean Murphy, Rafael Albuquerque, Nathan Fox and Mark Doyle
Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm 
209 E. 23rd Street, 3rd-floor amphitheater

Join us for this all-star panel featuring some of the hottest talents in comics today as they discuss their careers, creative process, and collaborations. Panelists will talk about what inspires and informs their approach to telling tales of horror in the realm of graphic novels and sequential art. 
Featuring:
-Scott Snyder (American Vampire, The Wake, Batman)
-Sean Murphy (American Vampire, The Wake, Punk Rock Jesus)
-Rafael Albuquerque (American Vampire, Uncanny X-Force)
-Nathan Fox, Chair, MFA Visual Narrative at SVA (Dogs of War, DMZ)
-Mark Doyle, Editor, DC Comics/Vertigo
-Moderator: Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, X-Men)
This event is hosted by the SVA Office of Career Development and MFA Visual Narrative program.
*This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.
Watch the video of this event on iTunes U: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/art-horror-gory-details-graphic/id660438479?i=169540765&mt=2

ALUMNI CAREER FORUM: MIND-MAPPING TECHNIQUES FOR CREATIVES
Thursday, October 17 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631F

Join us in this special forum just for alumni! In this workshop, we will demonstrate the technique of mind-mapping, a visual tool popular with creatives for structuring information.  If you can use some help brainstorming about your job search, a special project or your career strategy and want an alternative to a "To Do" list, mind-mapping can help.  The format is a brief presentation by career counselors to show how mind-mapping works using an example from an attendee.  Or just come to mingle with other alumni as an act of community building.
*This event is open to all alumni.

SPRING 2014 INTERNSHIP INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, November 7, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631F

Find out how to land a great internship and jump start your career now!  Learn how you can qualify for the SVA Internship-for-Credit program.  This overview will cover student enrollment criteria, the responsibilities of both students and employers during an internship, how to find and apply for an internship, SVA procedures and application forms, special requirements for international students, and deadlines for the spring semester.
*This event is open to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students only.

ALUMNI CAREER FORUM: CREATE, COLLABORATE, INCUBATE: RESOURCES FOR CREATIVES
Thursday, November 14, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631F

Introducing the concept of the "incubator," this forum presents a model for creative collaboration, innovation and co-working.  First developed by the tech industry, and now exapnding into many other creative arenas, co-working spaces and incubators are developing rapidly in New York City.  Designers, graphic artists, filmmakers, writers, curators, fine artists and entrepeneurs all benefit from such a multidisciplinary mix of talents.  Come to the forum to hear all about the New Museum incubator, Made in NY Media Center, opportunities for collaboration and the many co-working spaces throughout the city.  A list of resources will be provided.
*This event is open to all alumni.

DESIGNING YOUR WEBSITE AND AN ONLINE PRESENCE
Wednesday, December 4, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
136 West 21st Street, 8th Floor, Room 830-F

As an artist or designer, two of the most important tools for success are a strong online social media presence and website.  In this workshop, we will cover the basic functions of a website's appearance.  The workshop will include tips on what should and should not be included, and ways in which you can link the website to your other personal social media sites.  Social media sites should work in conjunction with one another and should deliver a coherent voice as they support your primary website.  The workshop will provide resources and steps for creating a dynamic website and advice on how to maintain them.
*This event is open to current students and alumni.

ALUMNI CAREER FORUM: OPEN DISCUSSION
Thursday, December 12, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631F

Join your peers in an open discussion on a goal that you are working on for the New Year.  This might consist of your job search, launching a new business or a creative pursuit.  Take advantage of this forum to brainstorm with fellow alumni to help you gain clarity about your intended project.
*This event is open to all alumni.

SUMMER 2013

EARN WHAT YOU DESERVE: SETTING YOUR RATES AS A FREELANCER
Thursday, August 8, 3:00-4:30 pm
136 W. 21st Street, Classroom 631F

Many freelancers, especially when just starting out, struggle with how to price their services. This workshop will cover pricing your services and provide you with simple steps to follow in negotiating rates, protecting your intellectual property, accepting, completing and invoicing a freelance job. The workshop will provide resources and general information relevant to all majors.
This event is open only to SVA current rising seniors and alumni.

CV WRITING AND JOB SEARCH FOR COLLEGE TEACHING POSITIONS
Thursday, August 1, 3-4:30pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631-F

This workshop will give an overview of the job search process for college art teaching positions, as well as the components of your teaching packet, including your CV, cover letter, teaching philosophy, and artist statement. This workshop for MFA students and alumni will give an overview of these elements and then focus primarily on the CV, and how this is different for artists seeking teaching positions. It will help you write, organize, and fine-tune your materials. If you have a CV, please bring it on a laptop or in hard copy. Bring any job postings you would like to apply to, as well. 
*This event is open to SVA MFA students and alumni only.

ALUMNI CAREER FORUM
Thursday, July 18, 3-4:30pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631-F

Join us in this special forum just for alumni. Perhaps you are conducting a job search or trying to build your freelance career or professional practice. In this career forum, we will explore some simple strategies and practices relevant to all forms of career building whether you are a recent graduate searching for your first full-time job, an experienced worker looking for that next position or a freelancer looking to gain new clients. Techniques for goal-setting, breaking down goals into action steps, creating deadlines, recruiting support and building community will be addressed. The format is a brief presentation by a career counselor followed by a Q&A, and if time permits, working in pairs to establish personal goals. Come to the forum with your concerns and questions.
*This event is open to SVA alumni only.

JOB SEARCH TIPS FOR RECENT GRADUATES
Thursday, July 11, 3-4:30PM
136 West 21st St, Room 631-F

This workshop for recent graduates will help you focus your job search. We will discuss a general timeline for the job search process and tips to improve your resume and highlight your accomplishments. Bring a draft of your resume to work on, and a notebook. If you need help with your resume, visit the Career Document Library in www.collegecentral.com/sva. Space is limited and registration is required, 
*This event is open to 2013 SVA alumni only.

TWITTER 101
Thursday, June 20, 1-3pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 418-F

From choosing a Twitter handle to writing your Twitter bio, this introductory Twitter workshop will teach you how to launch an account, write a top-notch tweet, and cut through the noise to showcase your portfolio and skills -- all in an effort to separate you from the pack. The seminar will explore how to target jobs, galleries, and publications that will strengthen your personal brand and expand your network. We will be using the hashtag #svasm.
*This event is open to all SVA students, alumni, and staff.


SPRING 2013

TAX STRATEGIES FOR ARTISTS

Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 – 8pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631-F

This workshop with CPA and attorney Michael Goldberg focuses on tax planning and compliance issues for freelancers and artists. Topics will include choice of business entity (corporation, LLC, sole proprietorship), worker classification (employee vs. independent contractor), tax filing requirements, tax deductions, expense deductions for home office and equipment purchases, IRS recordkeeping requirements, sales tax considerations relating to sales of art work and purchases of art supplies, so-called 'hobby loss rules' and deductions for retirement plan contributions.  The focus will be practical applications of tax rules to specific situations.  Active participation will be encouraged to make the workshop as interactive as possible.  

Michael Goldberg is a tax partner in a CPA firm and has been the tax accountant for SVA for many years.  He has published numerous articles on corporate and individual income taxation focusing on small and medium sized businesses.
*This event is open to graduate students, seniors and alumni.

THE FUNDING ECOSYSTEM: WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW BEFORE YOU START FUNDRAISING
Thursday, February 28, 6:30 – 8pm
133 West 21st Street, Room 301-C

This workshop reviews basic information that artists need as they begin to research and apply for grants. The session will review types of funding sources; frequently used terms in fundraising; what happens once your application is submitted, and processes to follow and understand from the initial inquiry through receipt of a grant. The goal of this workshop is to prepare artists to understand and better navigate the range of funding resources available to the field. Presented by Kay Takeda, Director of Grants & Services, at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.

Hosted by SVA Office of Career Development; BFA Computer Art; and Computer Animation and Visual Effects departments
*This event is open to current undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.

GET READY FOR THE CAREER FAIR!
Wednesday, February 27 and Wednesday,  March 13, 3 – 5pm
Location: 136 West 21st Street, Room 631F

Learn how to successfully prepare for and navigate the upcoming SVA 2013 Career Fair on March 22 by attending either one of these information sessions! We will discuss the format of the day, what to expect, how to research companies in advance, what to bring with you, how to dress, and how to make the most of your time with employers.
*This event is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni from classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 only.

ALUMNI CAREER DEVELOPMENT FORUM
Wednesday, March 6, 3 – 4:30pm
136 West 21st Street, Classroom 631F

Join us in this special forum just for alumni! The workshop will focus on some simple strategies to advance your career, whether you are conducting a job search or building your freelance business or professional practice. Tips for smarter networking, presenting oneself, building community, and staying calm and energized during challenging times will be addressed. The format is a brief presentation by career counselors followed by a Q&A. The time remaining will be spent working in pairs to practice presenting yourself professionally or to discuss your action plan for current career goals. Come to the forum ready to describe what you do (this is your "elevator pitch" or how you answer when someone asks what you do) and with one career goal on which you are currently focusing.
*This event is open to all alumni.

HOW TO CREATE A KNOCKOUT PORTFOLIO WITH BEHANCE
Thursday, March 14, 3 – 5pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 418F

Jenn Godbout, a Partnership Manager from Behance, will discuss what makes an online portfolio successful, why self-curation is so important, and how to build a following for your work. This workshop will include step-by-step instructions for SVA’s Behance Portfolio Network, live demos,  and a Q&A to address any individual questions.    

Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Creatives from across industries use Behance to gain exposure, attribution, and opportunity. Behance also powers portfolio display for thousands of other websites around the web, including AdWeek, SVA, and the National Design Awards. Companies and enthusiasts around the globe use Behance to track and engage top talent.
*This event is open to current undergraduate and graduate students and alumni.

SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS CAREER FAIR
Date: Friday, March 22, 1 – 4pm
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, 4th Fl.

Students and recent alumni are invited to meet with industry professionals, show portfolios and resumes, and discuss career opportunities. Employers from a wide variety of fields will be on hand to discuss internships, jobs, freelance work, and other opportunities.

Participants should bring their portfolios and numerous resumes. While not a requirement to participate, we encourage students to bring their own iPads and laptops, preloaded with their portfolios or websites.  Please note that internet access is not guaranteed.

The Office of Career Development will provide a full list of companies attending and opportunities available on sva.edu/career and collegecentral.com/sva prior to the fair.  This event is available to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni from classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 only. If this is your first career fair, we recommend that you attend one of our Get Ready for the Career Fair workshops to be held on Wednesday, February 27 and Wednesday, March 13 at 3pm.
*This event is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students, and alumni from classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 only.

SUMMER 2013 INTERNSHIP INFORMATION SESSION
Wednesday, March 27, 3 – 4:30pm
136 West 21st Street, Classroom 631F

Find out how to land a great internship and jump start your career now! Learn how you can qualify for the SVA Internship-for-Credit program.  This overview will cover student enrollment criteria, the responsibilities of both students and employers during an internship, how to find and apply for an internship, SVA procedures and application forms, special requirements for international students, and deadlines for the spring semester.
*This event is open to students who will have 60 credits after completing spring semester, Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students only.

SOCIAL MEDIA 101
Thursday, April 4, 3 – 5pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 418F

At any stage of your creative career, you can take basic steps to build a wider network online. This workshop will examine how to use your online presence to network and promote your work to a larger audience. The presentation will also break down the logistics of blogging, Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, and how to incorporate them as a dynamic, social marketing platform worthy of your limited time.
*This event is open current undergraduate and graduate students and all alumni.

BEST OF PIXAR SHORT FILMS AND COMPANY OVERVIEW
Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 - 8:30pm
SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Join Pixar's Jennifer Dunlap (Recruiter, University Relations) and Andy Beall (Senior Manager for Animation) as they discuss Pixar's internship program and what they look for in animation reels when selecting interns and staff. A selection of Pixar's best short films will be screened.
*This event is open to all SVA students, staff, and faculty. Space is limited. Please RSVP on this site. For more information, contact Career Development at 212-592-2370 or cd@sva.edu.

Presented by the Office of Career Development and the BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects and MFA Computer Art departments at the School of Visual Arts.

Internship Program:
On Tuesday, April 9th, PIXAR will schedule INTERVIEWS with students interested in animation internships for this Summer. ALL students (Freshman through Seniors and Masters students) currently enrolled in SVA BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects and MFA Computer Art program are eligible to apply.
ONLY students who have completed their applications to PIXAR via the link below will be eligible for in person interviews. Note, the deadline to apply is April 1 for SVA students. PIXAR will review applicants to determine who they will interview at SVA. See the attached document for details on the Pixar internship program and application process.
3 Steps to Apply:
1. Review the attached FAQ sheets on the Pixar internship program.
2. Go to Pixar's internship career site and apply directly and follow the instructions on how to upload your reel into slide room: http://www.pixar.com/careers/Available-Internships.
3. After you have applied, email SVA Career Development at cd@sva.edu to tell us you have applied. Please include in the subject heading: Pixar Application, your name.
*Also note, if you would like additional tips on how to prepare your demo reel, see this link: http://www.pixar.com/careers/Creating-a-Demo-Reel

FREELANCING BASICS
Wednesday, April 17, 3 – 5pm
136 West 21st Street, 631F

This workshop will provide an overview of the crucial elements of successful freelancing.  Get a
jumpstart on your first big freelance gig and learn how to define your services, negotiate fees and payment schedules, use your online portfolio to get the work you want, as well as gain tips for  marketing and managing your business.  The workshop will provide resources and general information relevant to all majors.
*This event is open current juniors, seniors, graduate students and all alumni.

RESUME BASICS
Friday, April 26, 2 - 3:30pm
136 West 21st Street, 631F

This resume workshop details efficient step-by-step processes for creating an effective resume in your creative field. Whether you are graduating and preparing your resume for a job search, or are applying for a summer internship, this workshop will help you showcase your skills and accomplishments. Please bring a printed out draft of your resume to the workshop.
*This event is open all current students.

SENIOR WEEK: HOW TO SURVIVE AND THRIVE IN THE FREELANCE WORLD
Wednesday, May 1, 3 - 5pm
SVA Theater, 333 West 23rd Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues

This two-part Senior Week program focuses on building your freelance career with the aid of a Behance portfolio. Jenn Godbout, Behance Partnership Manager, will first discuss tips to create a knockout online portfolio. She'll cover the highlights of a successful online portfolio and self-curation along with building an audience for your work. Following the Behance presentation, an alumni panel featuring successful freelancers will discuss their experiences using online portfolios and talk about how they sustain freelance careers.

Behance is the leading online platform to showcase and discover creative work. Creatives from across industries use Behance to gain exposure, attribution, and opportunity. Behance also powers portfolio display for thousands of other websites around the web, including AdWeek, SVA, and the National Design Awards. Companies and enthusiasts around the globe use Behance to track and engage top talent.
*This event is open only to SVA juniors, seniors, grad students, and recent alumni. RSVP is required. 

FALL 2012

Introduction to Lucasfilm
Friday, September 28
12:30 - 1:30pm
133 West 21st Street, Room 301-C

The Jedi Academy Program is a summer internship that Lucasfilm runs between 12-16 weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lucasfilm is looking for currently enrolled junior undergraduate, Masters and Ph.D students to work across divisions. Internship positions include game programming and engineering, game art, information systems and technology, web development, marketing, licensing, and production and project management. All internship positions are paid. This event is co-hosted by the SVA Computer Art, Computer Animation and VFX Department and Office of Career Development.
*This event is open to SVA students and faculty
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DreamWorks: Company Overview
Thursday, October 4
5 - 6pm
Beatrice Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

This presentation will give an overview of how DreamWorks Animation makes its movies and the skills and experiences necessary to work in the CG Animation field. The Outreach Supervisor will show clips from some of the upcoming films, explain the DreamWorks Animation production workflow and talk about how to present oneself in resumes and demo reels to grab the attention of employers. They will also show examples of successful demo reels so students can see what will land them a job in the CG Animation, Visual Effects and Gaming industry. Hosted by BFA Computer Art; Computer Animation; and Visual Effects departments in collaboration with the MFA Computer Art Department and Office of Career Development at the School of Visual Arts.
*This event is open to SVA students and faculty.

DreamWorks: Creating an Epic
Thursday, October 4
7 - 8pm
Beatrice Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street

Join Patrick Hanenberger, Production Designer for Rise of the Guardians, for a behind the scenes look at the art and design of DreamWorks Animation's next upcoming  feature. Presented by the Office of Career Development; BFA Computer Art; Computer Animation and Visual Effects; and MFA Computer Art departments at the School of Visual Arts.
*This event is open to all SVA students and faculty, and other institutions by invitation.

Copyright and Creativity: Legal Basics for all Artists

Monday, October 8
6:30 - 8pm
209 E. 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheatre

Regardless of your artistic medium, the hot topics today are copyright and fair use. Whether you're a filmmaker, photographer, painter, sculptor, musician, designer, or thespian, chances are copyright laws apply to you. Digital media and the internet have only heightened our need to know how one may appropriate and use copyrighted works while simultaneously increasing our need to know how best to protect our creative works. What is and is not protected by copyright? What is infringement? What is fair use? And what recourse do artists have against allegations of infringement? How can artists protect their own creative works? Attend this talk with artist and arts lawyer, Sergio Munoz Sarmiento, and find out.
*This event is open to all SVA students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) On-campus Recruiting Event and Information Session
Thursday, October 18
10 - 11am
136 West 21st Street, 3rd Floor

The Central Intelligence Agency is hiring print, interactive, graphic, and  web designers and developers to join their team. They will be on campus recruiting SVA seniors, graduate students and alumni. CIA print, interactive graphic designers, and web designers and developers create compelling visual products that inform, educate, and engage policymakers. **Interviews will be scheduled for October 18, 11am - 6 pm. To apply, send your portfolio and resume to MPGrecruiting@gmail.com. Be sure to look at the basic requirements for employment at the CIA found online at https://www.cia.gov/careers/opportunities/support-professional/view-jobs.html#IPSPubDesign.
*This event is open to graduate students, seniors and alumni.

Rhythm & Hues Recruiting Information Session: Animation & Visual FX
UPDATE: Recently opened to Juniors
Friday, October 26
3 - 4:30pm
136 West 21st Street, Room 631-F

Don't miss this unique opportunity to get the inside scoop on a top-tier West Coast animation and visual effects studio. Rhythm & Hues will be presenting a recruiting information session via video tele-conference at SVA. Representatives will provide a general overview of their company, creative work, and hiring process including sample projects and their sizzle reel. They will show examples of reels by students accepted into their apprenticeship program as well as a junior artist reel. Reel examples will include character animation, texturing, modeling, lighting, compositing, and FX.
*This event is open to graduate students, seniors and 2012 graduates only.

Career Development Walk-In Forum for Alumni
Thursday, November 15
3:00 - 4:30pm
136 W. 21 Street, Classroom 631F

Join us in this special forum just for alumni. Perhaps you are looking to reinvigorate your job search, build your freelance career or professional practice or set up a small business in the New Year. In this walk-in career forum we will explore some simple strategies and practices relevant to all forms of career building. Techniques for goal-setting, breaking down goals into action steps, creating deadlines, recruiting support and building community will be addressed. The format is a brief presentation by a career counselor followed by a Q&A, and if time permits, working in pairs to establish personal goals for the New Year. Come to the forum with your concerns and questions.
*This event is open to SVA alumni only.

Spring 2013 Internship Information Session
Friday, November 16
3 - 4:30pm
136 W. 21st Street, Classroom 631

Find out how to land a great internship and jump start your career now! Learn how you can qualify for the SVA Internship-for-Credit program.  This overview will cover student enrollment criteria, the responsibilities of both students and employers during an internship, how to find and apply for an internship, SVA procedures and application forms, special requirements for international students, and deadlines for the spring semester.
*This event is open to SVA Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students only.

Artists as Educators: A Panel Discussion on Teaching Careers in the Arts
Thursday, November 29
6:30 - 8:30pm
133 West 21st Street, Room 301-C

Curious about teaching art but not sure where to begin? What options are there for artist educators? This panel discussion will feature several professional artists who are also teaching in the arts within: K-12, college level, museums, and non-profits. Find out if teaching is the right path for you, and learn how to navigate the world of art education. Also hear from an expert on how to best navigate and utilize the College Art Association's Annual Conference. Panelists include: Alexi Brock (BFA Fine Art & Art Ed. '91), artist, independent curator, and art teacher at New Rochelle High School; Danielle Durchslag, artist and K-12 teacher through organizations such as The Jewish Museum, BAM, and BRIC Arts; Jessica Miller (MFA Photo '12), artist and adjunct faculty at Montclair State University, CUNY College of Staten Island, Parsons The New School for Design and others. Moderated by Dr. Stacy Miller, Ed.D. Dr. Miller was the director of art and design education at and currently teaches in the photography department at Parsons The New School for Design, and is the co-author of the book Starting Your Career As An Artist

*This event is open to all SVA students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Ask the Arts Lawyer
Thursday, December 6
6:30 - 8:30pm
209 East 23rd Street, 3rd Floor Amphitheatre

This talk with artist and arts lawyer, Sergio Munoz Sarmiento, presents a brief overview of key legal issues that impact artists including contracts, intellectual property, business entities and employment classifications. Following the talk, there will be a Q&A to give attendees the opportunity to obtain more legal information regarding their art practice, freelance careers and small businesses.
*This event is open to all SVA students, faculty, staff and alumni.

More Fall 2012 Events will be posted soon! For more details, students and SVA alumni should log on to the SVA Job Board.

GET READY FOR THE CAREER FAIR
Thursday, February 27, 3:00PM - 5:00PM
136 West 21st Street, 6th Floor, Room 631F

Learn how to successfully prepare for and navigate the upcoming SVA 2014 Career Fair on March 28th!  We will discuss the format of the day, what to expect, how to research companies in advance, what to bring with you, how to dress, and how to make the most of your time with employers.  The second hour will be devoted to resume basics, so please bring a draft copy of your resume as a starting point.
*This event is open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and alumni for the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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