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Farewell for now SCAD.

“If you want to be happy set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” ~Andrew Carnegie This past year has been tough. That’s no surprise. Over the last week I made another incredibly tough decision…but one that I know in my heart is right. I’ve elected to discontinue my […]

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March 12, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Rachel Jolly - I just now stumbled upon your blog. I find you to be so inspiring! I saw that you completed your bachelors completely online, if I am not mistaken. Was that through SCAD’s eLearning? Can you tell me about your eLearning personal experience? I am considering enrolling in it and want to make sure I enjoy the online experience. Thank you. (:

July 22, 2014 - 1:14 am

erica - hi,I stumbled upon your blog and its inforative :)
I saw that you completed your bachelors completely online through SCAD. May i know how long you took to complete the BA?
I am considering elearning too.
Thanks alot

August 24, 2014 - 7:46 am

Amanda Kern - Erica I completed my BA completely online in 2 years – I had transferred after having 3 associates degrees.

What it looks like to fail a masters candidacy review

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ W. Churchill After spending an incredible amount of time last week finishing all preparations and submitting all of my work for my masters candidacy review I learned last evening that after the hundreds of hours I have spend […]

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September 25, 2010 - 5:16 pm

Lily - That can’t be right! you are one of the most talented and accomplished woman I know. A real inspiration to all of us. What that review board doesn’t know is how you bend over backwards to help your students, no matter how busy you are. Also they don’t know how passionate you are about everything you do. I think that’s one of the problems with an online program. You are so much more than the sum of your projects (although they do stand by themselves). Where do you go from here? Will you be able to tweak a few things for those extra points?

September 25, 2010 - 5:50 pm

Amanda Kern - Lily I really don’t know “where” I go from here. I have only one more opportunity to submit my work for review to continue with my MFA. We can do this at either week 7 of this quarter (just over 5 weeks away) or during the next quarter I’m enrolled, which given the fact that I will take time off to have the baby that will not be until the summer. I will take the advise of my faculty adviser, review committee and any other faculty who care to offer me insight that will assist me in being better prepared next time around. Though to be honest, the subjective nature of this entire process has left me questioning if I truly need to further my design education knowing that I have proven myself in the industry and as an educator. Perhaps there is some other plan that God has that I am still unaware of. But to be truthful I just wish to finish this chapter in my life in order to continue to passionately pursue my career and also my photography & non-profit endeavors. Who knows there may be other big opportunities ahead that will follow once my education is behind me. More importantly I just truly wish to give all this time I’ve been spending in school back to my family. They are the ones who make the ultimate sacrifice in supporting my educational and career goals and as I experience this failure I am reminded and also fearful of how much time slips away from us and before I know it the kids will be grown and I begin to wonder how much I or they will have to remember beyond my time immersed in either books or my computer pursuing my studies.

January 9, 2011 - 12:05 pm

Meg - Dear Amanda,
I found your site today, and could not help but to comment. I failed my 45 hr review last March, and have been working non-stop at improving my skills via any mode possible. The crazy thing is, you are not the first person I have discovered failed just like myself after no indication from professors or advisers. I contacted my adviser asap and explained my situation. I was basically told that I should have known that even though I received As on EVERY project I submitted, I should be better.

So- know that there are others out there that have gone through the exact same thing. I wish you good luck in your future endeavors, and cross your fingers I pass my second time around (next friday). Keep On Keeping On- You can do it.

October 31, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Michele - Hi Amanda,

I came across your blog today after failing my graduate review this morning and feeling a lot like you described. I was told that I lack most of the basic fundamentals of graphic design, though I do have a great work ethic and passion for learning – and despite receiving all As and Bs thus far in my studies. I am feeling extremely discouraged and feeling like I want to just give up on the program all together. I know this was a few years ago now and just wanted to see if you had better luck your second go-around with the review and if you had any helpful words to share with someone going through it right now. Hopefully you still check this and are able to see this comment, but I’m certainly glad to know I’m not alone. Thanks for sharing!

100 logo sketches!

The new year is well underway and I find myself immersed in staying busy, as usual. I’m about two weeks into teaching courses at Valencia, 3 weeks into a new quarter full of new classes at SCAD while I continue to make up 2 courses from last quarter too. In one of the courses I’m […]

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January 22, 2010 - 12:43 pm

David Wood - 18. The Logo, possibly with different text.
73. Elegance.
83. Good form, could be built upon.
3. Good form, could be built upon.
1. Looks like your logo, and is good but maybe too similar?

My favorite would have to be 57′s “h” and I would look at more ways to incorporate that style, but that’s just me and my opinions. Good stuff, glad I could sneak a peek at your process. Good luck on the assignment.

January 22, 2010 - 12:52 pm

K. Mascarello Simari - wow! great ideas!!! thats tough to come up with 100 different ideas! wow! i got to say, i am loving number 38.

January 22, 2010 - 12:56 pm

K. Mascarello Simari - if you made #38 more into kufi style calligraphy with symmetrical and even design, i think it will look awesome!! google kufi calligraphy, you will see what I mean, youre like almost there with that sketch.

February 27, 2011 - 2:33 am

Douglas Bonneville - Do you have an example of the finished logo online? I’d love to see were this ended up!

December 9, 2012 - 8:31 pm

Jim Rush - Hey Amanda, I just recently found an interest in font sketches, and this collection really thought me a lot about the creations of fonts and logos.

Thanks!

a stinky fish + some artsy moments

I wanted to finally share my final project for my photography course at SCAD. Many of you have heard me chattering about my “fishy” project on campus or in facebook and twitter and finally I have my project to share with you so you all can stop wondering why in the world I was taking […]

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A sense of place + an update

I thought I’d share a little good news to start. Some of you may have heard through twitter or facebook, but I know many don’t follow either so I wanted to be sure I updated everyone. Last Friday I receive a call from the doctor and my HCG levels are officially at zero! That’s awesome […]

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November 20, 2009 - 1:53 am

joleen - great job!!

November 20, 2009 - 2:52 am

Nando - Your collage is beautiful. I love the sincerity of it. I like the rough edges as well.

November 20, 2009 - 9:07 am

katie mascarello simari - awwww beautiful! i love this project! it is always nice to have the ability to express yourself creatively it is very therapeutic… congratulations it looks awesome. the collage is cool, i was like woah. you can not tell!!

November 20, 2009 - 11:50 am

Aunt Deb - Both of your projects are simply wonderful Amanda – you should make an A in the course. You hae a gift girl!!!

November 20, 2009 - 5:38 pm

Rebecca - This is amazing work. Wonderful!

November 20, 2009 - 9:45 pm

Mandy Bee - Love the montage! I decided to look first, read later and I was thinking “Those other women in the photo look just like Amanda.” Yeah – duh. :) Awesome work!

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