Local students discover graphic design through the University of New Haven’s Summer Studio

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – A world of graphic design is offered to a group of local students this summer.

The Summer Studio is in its second year and sponsored by the University of New Haven in conjunction with the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Haddad & Partners.

“These are children of art schools passionate about drawing, passionate about painting. We want to teach them that graphic design is a viable career option for them,” said DJ Haddad, founder and creative director of Haddad & Partners.

Ten high school students from New Haven and West Haven participate in the free four-week program.

“I love coming up with ideas and concepts for characters. So, I thought this would help me come up with banners and mascots,” said Amistad High School student Gabrielle Dolly.

Hands-on experience allows students to build a portfolio and be taught by some of the best in the graphic design industry.

“The benefit of this program is that they come away with three college credits from the University of New Haven that can be transferred anywhere, or if they want to come here in the future, those credits will also be accepted” , said Guy-Serge. Emmanuel, chair of arts and design at the University of New Haven.

It’s also a chance for this industry to meet its next generation of potential leaders.

“You need an eye for design, you have a sense of color, you have a sense of composition,” Haddad said. “These kids are going to come and they’re going to naturally have that.”

Students will take classes three days a week for the next four weeks. They will be provided with a Microsoft laptop to record assignments.

The program is priced at around $5,500, but in many ways it’s priceless.

Abdul J. Gaspar