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Useful tips for artists, makers, students, career changers, and anyone interested in pursuing a life in art and design.

Noel Dahl

Noel Dahl is director of graduate admissions at California College of the Arts, where he oversees the recruitment, admissions, and enrollment functions of the school's graduate programs. He received his MFA in Fine Arts and has worked in higher education for the past 15 years.

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Portfolio | For Undergraduates

How to choose which examples to include in your art portfolio

By: Noel Dahl
June 27th, 2017

For most prospective art students, one of the hardest parts of applying to school is choosing portfolio selections. We've heard many applicants worry that they don't have enough samples because they didn't focus on art in high school, or they haven't decided on one specific field of art to study.

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Choosing A College

Can Art College Help You Make a Difference? One Grad’s Story

By: Noel Dahl
May 11th, 2017

What can an art college graduate possibly have to offer citizens of war-ravaged Sierra Leone, former child soldiers and child prostitutes, some homeless and some living with polio?

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For Undergraduates | Graphic Design | illustration

Illustration vs. Graphic Design: Which one is the best major for you?

By: Noel Dahl
April 20th, 2017

Every student comes to art school with different abilities, perspectives, and passions. No single course of study could be considered "the best" for everyone, but there are some popular programs that have common appeal to the artistically inclined. Two of the more popular art school concentrations are illustration and graphic design. While these majors have some similarities, they also have differences in their curriculum and job prospects. To help those trying to choose between these distinct art school programs, we've compared them in a few key areas to see how they stack up against each other.

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San Francisco | College Locations

3 best cities for art school graduates

By: Noel Dahl
March 16th, 2017

You've put in four or more years of work, walked the stage in your cap & gown, and celebrated with friends and family. College graduates have much to be proud of, but they also have long professional journeys ahead filled with tough decisions.

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Careers | Internships

3 Truly Amazing Internships for Art Students

By: Noel Dahl
March 6th, 2017

What does it really take to vault your resume onto the desks of America’s top creative employers? Here’s what the senior art director of a Fortune 500 company said recently in a Quora post: “The portfolio is what everyone looks at, hands down...The portfolio is the great and ultimate equalizer...Heck, for a designer job, I'd hire someone with a knockout portfolio and a high school education before I'd hire an MFA with a mediocre one and not think twice about it.” In other words, in your job hunt, your art school degree and even your grades probably won’t single-handedly get you the job of your dreams. What will help a lot, however, is a great internship. The Benefits of Internships for Art Students Landing an internship is a proven way to get your foot in the door with an otherwise hard-to-impress employer. According to an Internships.com poll, you have a 7 in ten chance of being hired by the company you intern for. But whether or not your internship leads to a job offer, the right internship will give you the work experience and portfolio firepower to get noticed in the creative field. Here are 3 examples of internships for art students that will help you: Build a network of industry contacts. Bolster your resume Apply your college lessons to solving real-world problems.

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