The Graphic Communications Open House on Oct. 24 showcased the department’s diverse capabilities. The open house invited students and faculty to enjoy snacks and lemonade while admiring students’ art from this semester.
Mark Bealo is the head of Palomar College’s graphic communications department. He said he hosts an open house to display his students’ work because he noticed that many students are not aware of the variety of platforms and programs available to them.
“It’s print, it’s design, apps, websites, all that kind of stuff,” Bealo said.
The purpose of the event is to make students aware of all the options beyond Photoshop. The graphic communications program has state of the art multimedia equipment as well.
“We have the green-screen production room in the back where we do a lot of our audio stuff,” Bealo said. “In one of our rooms you will be watching video projects, motion graphics projects, visual effects projects, and then audio stuff all tied together.”
The classes focus on real world application of skills. The screen printing class makes shirts, and the web design class creates websites and digital sign design.
Bealo said Palomar students learn the latest technology because its program is able to adapt faster to change.
“Universities respond slower to changes in technology because programs in place have been designed from a ways back,” Bealo said.
Chelsea Davenport, a third-semester Photoshop student, said, “We have really advanced equipment that helps us do our work.”
Along with the green screen room and adjacent audio studio, the program has high resolution camera capabilities. They work in 4k resolution for video, and do sign work for businesses.
“If you go into a store we might’ve done the sign,” Bealo said.
Bealo said he wants to give students a chance to showcase their work to the rest of the school and potential employers.
Graphic communications student Patrick Nuzum said he hopes to recruit new people to the program by showing his work.
“It would be really cool to get new studnets coming in a chance to see what they can do and learn in this department,” Nuzum said.