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06.18.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Interior Designers Create More Than Just A Pretty Place

Interior Designers Create More Than Just A Pretty Place

These Interior Design students from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire helped the ABC network television show Extreme Makeover transform a home in Phelan, including the dream bedroom of the owners’ teen-age daughter.
Marissa Louden, Jamie Young and Paige Petersen, now graduates of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, created emergency shelters as part of a second-year class project in the Interior Design program.

Interior Design students from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire volunteered with Habitat for Humanity of Riverside to build a home there.

Students at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire create plans for fantasy clients in a t.second-year class project.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) They have helped transform a dull old kitchen for the Boys & Girls Club into a cheerful place where kids can learn about food and nutrition. They have built small, portable shelters that can keep everyone from a homeless person to a firefighter safe from the elements of weather. And they’ve helped several non-profit organizations build dream homes. All of this, and more, before graduating from college.

By the end of their studies, students in the Interior Design program at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will be capable of designing any kind of interior space, from floor to ceiling. They will do it with a lot more than cosmetic touches.

“We’re not teaching HGTV (Home and Garden Television) here,” said Sara Sandoval, academic director for the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire. “Designers have an education and must be state certified.”

The education offered at the Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is a bachelor’s degree program that will qualify graduates to work with architects or other designers to create aesthetically pleasing yet efficient places for people to work and live, Sandoval said.

“Interior designers change lives,” Sandoval said. “They affect change in a positive way by changing interiors.”

For instance, if an office employee must work in a small, windowless room, he or she may feel depressed, and productivity will suffer, Sandoval said. An interior designer can transform that small, windowless office into a place where the worker likes to be.

At the Art Institute, the curriculum begins with basics. First-quarter students, regardless of major, take “foundation” courses in art and design. Interior designers also take two courses in drafting.

In their first Interior Design course, 3D Design Basics, students get an opportunity to build cardboard furniture. Some of these Spartan but functional pieces occupy a corner of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s lobby, just as comfortable and almost as attractive as the rest of the sofas and chairs

That course not only gives students an early opportunity to design something practical (office furniture), but also teaches them many design principals. One is the lesson that just as layers of cardboard are weak individually but strong when working together, people are stronger when they work as a team.

Another lesson Interior Design students learn in their 3D Design Basics course is that environments without color or texture are boring. The Art Institute staff will readily admit that while it adds character to the school’s lobby, the first year students’ durable but Spartan furniture isn’t likely to ever show up in fine home furnishings stores.

On the other hand, the talents and creations of more than 100 students who are well on their way to completing the program are highly marketable. In fact, the most advanced students already have designed projects for their campus, the Riverside Habitat for Humanity, the San Bernardino Boys & Girls Club and local businesses.

Last year, the advanced Interior Design students built temporary emergency shelters as a class project. These look and function so well the school’s administration invited community leaders, media, emergency service workers and homeless advocates to the school, to view the shelters that might actually be put to good use off campus.

These students have already studied courses in construction, architecture and computer-assisted drafting. They have learned how to create interior spaces, and how to present their concepts to clients.

They have become familiar with all necessary documents for a building project, studied business management, art history and environmental science. The most advanced students are now writing theses, and finishing preparation of the detailed portfolios they were working on throughout their education at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

Usually, interior designers create spaces for commercial or industrial use, according to Sandoval. This could include, among others, schools, government buildings, offices, health care facilities, and places offering hospitality services, such as hotels and restaurants. Interior designers also help create or remodel large public places like Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

Homeowners, even if they have the budget to do so, aren’t often inclined to pay interior designers a sustainable living wage, Sandoval said. However, both contemporary residential design and historical restoration are specializations within interior design.

Interior designers who work within these residential specialties will most likely work with an architect, Sandoval said. So, if a homebuilder hires an architect to help with the design phase, chances are good an interior designer will also have an influence on the project.

The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire Interior Design program began in 2006 when the school opened, and its first graduates completed their bachelor’s degrees in March 2009. A year-round schedule allows students to finish what would normally be a four-year program in just three years.

Ten instructors who have a rich and varied experience in the industry teach the courses. Some own their own interior design firms, others work for prominent design firms or architects.
The Interior Design program shares some of its faculty with other departments. These instructors might have industry experience in architecture or interior design, but also have worked in fine arts, animation and graphic design.

In addition to their interior design studies, they will have a well-rounded general education, studying electives in the other design-oriented majors offered by the Arts Institute, and will likely have completed internships in the trade.

“Our goal is for them to be hired immediately after they graduate,” Sandoval said, “so they have a seamless transition between the school and the profession of interior design.

After graduation, these students will be required to work under close supervision for three years. After this they’re required to pass an exam on California building codes, and three other exams on design issues, before they can work on their own as a certified interior designer.

After that, they will be revolutionizing interior design in the Inland Empire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion and Retail Management and Media Arts & Animation. A Bachelor of Fine Arts is offered in Fashion Design. There are also Associate of Science degrees in Graphic Design. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to enroll at The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13, with offerings in the days, evenings and on weekends for new and reentry students. For details or a tour of the campus call (909) 915-2100, or go on line to artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (artinstitutes.edu) a system of over 40 education institutions throughout North America providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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06.15.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Art Insitute Grads to Display Portfolios

Art Insitute Grads to Display Portfolios

Cesar Bahena of Hesperia, a March graduate of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, displays his art projects at the March 2009 Graduate Portfolio Review. The June graduates of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will be featured in the June 2009 Graduate Portfolio Review, taking place June 16, 2009 at the Riverside Art Museum.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Students nearing graduation from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will showcase the best of their work when the school hosts its Graduate Portfolio Show on Tuesday, June 16 at the Riverside Art Museum.

“This is our third show, and the second time we have showcased it in the historic building that encompasses the Riverside Art Museum. Now that many of our students are soon becoming alumni, we hope that area employers will come and enjoy a display of commercial art in a great art venue, but also consider bringing these talented artists with new college degrees into their workplace,” said Cindy Jones, director of Career Services for The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

“We also celebrate this important milestone with our students and honor them as they begin their journey into professional lives.”

Employers looking for talented, newly graduated professionals in the fields of Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Culinary Arts and Media Arts & Animation are invited to attend this reception from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside. They’re asked to RSVP with Brenda Medina at (909) 915-2192.

From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., the party continues its focus on the graduates, but the guests joining them during this portion of the event will be their own friends and family. These three hours are also open to the public

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will serve hors d’ouvres and beverages, some of which are being created by the new graduates of the Culinary Arts program.

The Graduate Portfolio Show is now a quarterly tradition for The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. It began holding this event last December, and has had a growing number of students complete their degrees in the two quarters since then.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/), a system of over 40 education locations throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, and culinary arts professionals.

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06.03.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Students Learn How To Produce A Fashion Show

Students Learn How To Produce A Fashion Show


Before a model takes the runway in a fashion show, much work is done behind the scenes. One of the last steps is making sure the model’s hair is beautiful, which an Art Institute of California – Inland Empire student does in a previous fashion show. Models take to the runway again when The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire fashion programs host Mood Indigo at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday, June 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) In every fashion show, the public sees beautiful models marching down a runway in trendy new clothes. But the models are simply the “finale.” Executing a successful fashion show takes months of planning and the work of a team of people behind the scene.

For Mood Indigo, a fashion show coming to the Inland Empire on Saturday, June 6 the driving force is Q.Zi Media, a professional fashion show production company owned by Quyenzi Pham.

Q.Zi Media is relying on the help of its beneficiary, The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. That’s because while Mood Indigo is as much about beautiful fashions as any other show, it also serves as a training ground for men and women who are learning more about the fashion industry through bachelor’s degree programs offered by The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

The two programs are Fashion & Retail Marketing, which began in March 2008 and Fashion Design, which began two months later. Since most students still have less than one years’ experience in the three-year programs, most of them are taking on more of an observer role in this fashion show.

“We have about 70 students in the two programs,” said Sherry West, academic director for fashion at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “They’re watching how a professional fashion show is put together, so they can learn from the experience.”

Some Fashion Design students will have the ultimate experience of seeing their work modeled on the runway at Mood Indigo. Another group will have their work on display in a fashion gallery before and during the show. And yet another group of students, these in the Fashion & Retail Marketing program, are creating the display gallery.

Since Mood Indigo also serves to build public awareness of the two fashion programs, still other students serve as a “Hospitality Committee.” They will greet and help seat all guests, and give potential students a gift bag that includes more information about The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

VIP guests, such as elected officials, members of the media and fashion industry professionals, will also receive special hospitality. Besides receiving gift bags, the students will escort the guests to a special “hospitality suite” where they can enjoy refreshments and meet with members of the Q.Zi Media team, as well as faculty and staff from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire.

As the students progress in their education, it is likely they will have even greater involvement in future fashion shows.

“We’re inviting all of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire Fashion students to attend to experience the event this year,” she said. “They will have the opportunity to participate further in the next one.”

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire <http://www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire> .

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu <http://www.artinstitutes.edu> /), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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06.02.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Denim Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Denim Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Sunset by LaTasha Wilson, a Fashion Design student at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, will be on display along with the works of other students during Mood Indigo, which is coming to the Inland Empire on Saturday, June 6. Photo by Shane Sato

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) It’s all about denim when The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire hosts “Mood Indigo” its first major fashion show.

Mood Indigo takes place Saturday, June 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga. There is no admission charge.

Seven student designers from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will have their work included in the show.

“The fact that the fashion programs are barely one year old has not stopped the eager students from wanting to showcase their talent,” said Emam El-Hout, president of The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire. “It has been an amazing journey for students and faculty alike.”

The students’ designs are made of denim, and show that it’s way more versatile than for making blue jeans.

“Denim is the focus of this fashion show,” said Sherry West, academic director for fashion at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “I wanted something that would be easy for our first-year students to work with, yet would be fun. Everyone loves denim!”

Seven students’ work will be worn by the professional models in the fashion show. These fashion designs are:

• Denim goes 3-D with “Bubble Couture” by Isidore “Baltazar, a sculpted dress with “red-hot” accents.

• Adriana Diaz has created “Vueltas de Amor,” which translates to “Twisted Love.” This dress features a colorful cascade of denim ruffles.

• Jennifer Hernandez has created “Ode to Holland.” Hand-painted angel wings adorn the back of this hooded denim jumper, a tribute to her best friend, Holland.

• Denim takes a militant look with Erica Jennings’ “Militant Tux,” a military-inspired creation.

• Rock on with Michele Sotelo’s “Superstar!” This black and pink design is inspired by rock music and its own unique fashions.

• “Midnknight Samurai,” created by Joseph Yoshimura, gives a new twist on denim with a Japanese-inspired dress.

• Sara Vigil’s “Mademoiselle Coco” pays tribute to Coco Chanel, one of the most well-known professional designers. Full black denim trousers accompany a silky white crop top.

Other students have also created work that will be on display in a specially-designed gallery before and during the fashion show. These students are Heather Branham’s “Tinkerbell Galactica,” Dawn Harley’s “Go Go Green,” Christal McPhan’s “24 Karats,” Ashley Stanfield’s “Denim Elegrance,” LaTasha Wilson’s “Sunset” and Joseph Yoshimura’s “Wandering Nite.”

Students in The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s Fashion & Retail Marketing program will create a gallery for this display.

Corporate sponsor Miss Me Jeans will bring a cache of jeans, ranging from basic styles to its most highly embellished.

Corporate sponsor Bebe will bring its take on contemporary elegance, with some of the latest fashions in its lines, and corporate sponsor Soulful Commando will bring trendy fashions for men.

Students in both Fashion Design and Fashion & Retail Marketing are making behind the scenes preparations as well. Although this show relies mainly on the work of producer Quyenzi Pham and her staff. students are helping by creating gift bags for VIP guests and potential students, and seating all guests before the show.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire .

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu /), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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05.26.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on ART INSTITUTE CREATES DESIGNS FOR SAN BERNARDINO’S BICENTENNIAL

ART INSTITUTE CREATES DESIGNS FOR SAN BERNARDINO’S BICENTENNIAL

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire created this cake for San Bernardino’s 199th birthday, which it celebrated May 20, 2009. On the cake and the banner above it, is a logo created by Graphic Design students from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. It commemorates San Bernardino’s Bicentennial, which the city will celebrate throughout 2010. Photo by Chris Sloan.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire is partnering to work with the City of San Bernardino to create the graphic design and website campaign for the 2010 Bicentennial Celebration in San Bernardino.

“We are excited to announce this partnership with The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire,” said Erin Brinker, chair of the Public Relations Committee for the city’s Bicentennial Celebration.  “The college has been in operation for three years here in the city, but the level of excellence in creative design and artistic talent is truly remarkable.”

Student design teams and faculty from The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire are working closely with a committee of community volunteers to plan the Bicentennial Celebration, which begins in January and will last throughout 2010.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire specializes in creative academic degree programs such as graphic design, Web design & interactive media, game art & design, media arts and animation, fashion design, fashion & retail marketing, and interior design.  The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire also operates its International Culinary School and Seasons Restaurant on campus, which is open to the public and operated entirely by culinary students.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire has a strong commitment to the community and has participated in Route 66 Rendezvous, Habitat for Humanity, Extreme Home Makeover, Bikes & Blues, the Joe Baca Scholarship Foundation, Taste of Korea, National Night Out, gingerbread houses at Children’s Hospital, Loma Linda and other community events.

“It is a pleasure working with the students, faculty and staff at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire” Brinker said. “We are very fortunate to have this level of talent involved in the city’s Bicentennial Celebration.”

Web and graphic design students created a design proposal to support the bicentennial theme “A Rich History, A Bright Future.”

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 education institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

 

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05.18.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Cirque USA to Perform in Inland Empire

Cirque USA to Perform in Inland Empire

Cirque USA will perform at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center on Saturday, June 6 as part of Mood Indigo, The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire’s first major fashion show.

(RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.) Cirque USA will dazzle the Inland Empire with a choreographed display of balance and high wire artistry when it performs Saturday, June 6 as part of the Mood Indigo Fashion Show at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center.

“Cirque USA shows are visually stunning, original and creative,” said Quyenzi Pham, who is producing Mood Indigo on behalf of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “They boldly blend physical and emotional energies to change how the audience views and experiences movement.”

“The cast features world-class dances, top-notch circque performers and world-champion gymnasts, who use trapezes, bungee cords, rings and countless other breathtaking ways to suspend themselves in mid-air,” she said.

Cirque USA, based in several United States cities including Los Angeles, New York and Las Vegas, formed 25 years ago. It has performed with John Travolta, Carmen Electra, Kim Kardashian and Kevin Costner. Performances have taken place at an NFL Super Bowl and on the stages of Las Vegas casinos.

“Because this is The Art Institute of California-Inland Empire’s first major fashion show, I wanted to offer a colorful and visually stunning element to Mood Indigo. So I secured Cirque USA’s top performers,” Pham said, adding she had seen performances in Las Vegas. “I wanted to do something unique and powerful that would leave a lasting impression.”

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/), a system of over 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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05.12.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Corporate Sponsors Allow Students to Showcase Fashion’s Hottest Looks

Corporate Sponsors Allow Students to Showcase Fashion’s Hottest Looks


Beautifully embellished blue jeans, formal evening wear and a range of fashions in between, all focusing on the theme “Mood Indigo,” take the runway Saturday, June 6 at Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga when The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire hosts its first major fashion show. Photos courtesy of Miss Me.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Some of fashions hottest looks are coming to the Inland Empire for  “Mood Indigo,” The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire’s first major fashion show.

 It takes place Saturday, June 6 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m at the Victoria Gardens Cultural Center in Rancho Cucamonga. There is no admission charge.

Corporate sponsors for this show include Miss Me Jeans (www.missme.com), which is part of Los Angeles-based fashion company Miss Me and Bebe (www.bebe.com), also based in Los Angeles.

“Miss Me’s denim jeans are highly embellished with studs and beautiful embroidery on the pockets,” explained Sherry West, academic director for fashion at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. “And Bebe is all about combining sophistication and elegance with sporty fashion.”

Bebe first opened in 1976 as one San Francisco boutique. CEO Manny Mashouf has now expanded the chain to 213 stores in 35 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Canada. Bebe.com launched in 1998.

Bebe, with southern California stores in Victoria Gardens, Los Angeles’ Century Plaza and Beverly Hills’ Beverly Center, targets young women who are assertive, sexy and stylish. Its fashions are hip, sophisticated and body conscious.

“The Bebe woman is not defined by how she looks, but by her attitude,” said Mashouf.  “She is confident and cutting edge and demands the same from her clothing.”

Miss Me’s lines include Miss Me Jeans, Sweet Miss Me and Miss Me Couture. It also has a children’s line, Miss Me Girls.

 “Our single purpose is to dress the modern girl who is no longer definable, but multi-dimensional in character and style,” said Dorothy Kim, brand manager. “With this recognition and appreciation, Miss Me designs for those who hold a multitude of passions, personas and cultures.

“Successfully capturing the many identities of a woman, Miss Me lines provide versatile pieces that represent every facet of the Miss Me woman – from casual wear, formal wear to nightlife styles. Miss Me has grown to be everyone’s favorite piece in the closet, never compromising comfort for style.”

Mood Indigo, a name West developed, capitalizes on both indigo, the color of most denim products and “Mood Indigo,” a composition by the legendary jazz musician Duke Ellington.

For both of the fashion sponsors, it is their first fashion show in The Inland Empire. Mood Indigo’s professional producer, Quyenzi Pham of Q.Z. Productions, contacted members of the sponsors’ executive teams. Upon learning more about The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire from Pham, they decided Mood Indigo, with its focus on training future fashion industry professionals, is a venture worthy of support.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call Richard Green at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of the Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu/), a system of over 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

 

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05.12.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Mobile Devices Drive Future of Internet

Mobile Devices Drive Future of Internet


Jason Diehl, Academic Director for Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire and keynote speaker at the Inland Empire Software Summit on Friday, May 15 in Riverside. Chris Sloan photo

 (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) As an instructor at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, Jason Diehl has a close-up view of how generation wired youngsters who grew up with high-speed Internet and smart phones, are reshaping the future of business, education and entertainment.

Diehl, academic director for Web Design & Interactive Media, speaks about buy twitter followers “Getting Ready for the Smart Phone: How to make your websites ready for Smart Phones, PDAs and iPhones,” at the Inland Empire Software Summit Friday, May 15, at Grier Pavilion, Riverside City Hall, 3900 Main Street, 7th Floor Patio, Riverside. Admission cost is $35 per person, $15 for students.

The IE Software Summit is sponsored by the Inland Empire African Chamber of Commerce, Mixergy, Dameron Communications, The Art Institute of California- Inland Empire, SmartRiverside, Riverside County Auditor Controller Robert Byrd’s Office and Inland Empire Weekly.

The summit is part of IE Tech Week, from May 11-15, which is five days of events bringing together technology companies, entrepreneurs and government and business leaders. The goal of IE Tech Week is to promote the Inland Empire as a region for technology companies to relocate and grow.

“The future of the Internet is going to be through mobile devices,” Diehl said. ComScore, a global Internet information provider, said that 63.2 million Americans accessed news and information on mobile devices in January 2009, compared to 36.8 million in January 2008.

 “The always-on aspect of mobile devices spurs Internet usage,” Diehl said. “For many developing nations like Sub-Sahara Africa and remote regions of China and India, the mobile device is the only way to connect to the Internet.”

Diehl’s presentation is on how mobile device applications are shaping the next mainstream digital industry. 

“Mobile devices offer an incredibly freeing way to develop information services.  Mobile applications can be simple, single-function focused or extremely complex, rich Internet tools,” Diehl said. “They can be produced quickly, often with less coding than desktop applications and web browser-based apps.”

Mobile applications can be used for a host of activities such as tracking politicians voting records, ordering airline tickets, finding directions and ordering music.  

Diehl’s background makes him uniquely qualified to speak about the future of mobile Internet. Before he became an instructor at The Art Institute of California, Orange County, Diehl worked as a Web applications developer focusing on e-commerce, distance education technology and game design. His clients included the Lexus Motor Corporation, Warner Bros. Studios and Roadrunner Cable.

Over the last decade, Diehl has witnessed how the Internet has radically reshaped the academic world. “Five years ago, the primary format for class communication was e-mail, phone calls and the traditional face-to-face class. Teachers at all levels must now blend many different avenues of communication.”

“My students can stay connected to me through all of the traditional methods, but now they also find me on Facebook, follow my Twitter tweets, text message me at all hours of the day, and connect to all of it either through a mobile device or on a computer. Switching between a computer or a mobile Internet device for communication is as easy to them as breathing.”

In addition to Diehl’s presentation on mobile e-commerce, the Inland Empire Software Summit also features a presentation on how to secure $20,000 from SmartRiverside.

The Meet the Funders panel, featuring representatives from California Capital Partners, iBank and Tech Coast Angels, introduces software writers to angel investors, lenders and venture capitalists.

For more information about the IE Software Summit call Brenda Erickson at (909) 888-0017 or e-mail her at Brenda@DameronCommunications.com.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management.

Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin July 13 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information, or to arrange a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100 or go on line to www.artinstitutes.edu/InlandEmpire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), a system of over 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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05.05.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on INTERIOR DESIGN INSTRUCTOR RESTORES RIVERSIDE FOUNDER’S VICTORIAN HOME

INTERIOR DESIGN INSTRUCTOR RESTORES RIVERSIDE FOUNDER’S VICTORIAN HOME

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) – Restoring vintage homes is one way an interior designer can make a living. Designing commercial buildings is another. And teaching others how to do it is a third.

Riverside’s Tony Burton, an Interior Design instructor at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire and a former designer of the new Los Angeles County Medical Center at University of Southern California, does all three.

As a hobby, he loves to restore vintage homes. This passion has recently made him a bit of a celebrity, as a Victorian home he and wife Wilma restored and now live in appears on the March 2009 cover of Victorian Homes magazine.

 “Wilma, and I had an agent looking for a house for my mother-in-law. He found the perfect challenge for me – an 1893 actual city landmark.” David Gilson, one of the five founders of the city of Riverside, and its first treasurer, was the original owner. “But, when we saw it, it had been abandoned for five years,” Burton continues, “and vandals had taken about anything that could be moved.”

And a “challenge” it was. “I worked closely with the contractor at every step, having already designed health care facilities through my former company, Gene Burton and Associates.

“Wilma, an Emmy-winning television writer/producer, took on the task of Project Coordinator. I had to travel to my projects all the time, and left much of the job to her. What was especially good was that since we agree on design issues 99 percent of the time she didn’t have to wait for us to talk before making a decision. She monitored everything that had to be done, and kept the restoration on schedule.”

That schedule targeted one year to get the entire project finished. And they made it. Among numerous other tasks, Tony Burton took on the design and lighting, with the contractor responsible for the plumbing and re-wiring. “Also, my wife and I had been scouring auctions to find over-mantel pieces and period furniture then I do the restoration of it all,” he says.

The most difficult part of this difficult job? “Permits! There were permits for everything, and they seemed to take forever for the necessary approvals. Just a big pain.”

The Gilson home originally had five bedrooms, but the Burtons converted it into three upstairs for themselves. The first floor has been both restored and redecorated, to makeit a fully period showcase. The Burtons have lived in the home for the past five years.

“We often make the house and the first floor available to non-profit organizations,” he adds. “It’s perfect for fund raisers, parties, annual meetings. That sort of thing.”

The house may be seen at 3209 Mulberry and 2nd Street in Riverside. It’s easy to spot, with its colorfully restored paint job, echoing what David Gilson boasted more than a century ago. And the March issue of Victorian Homes magazine features this painted lady on the cover.

When Tony Burton isn’t captivated by another restoration, or running his clothing and art boutique, Citrus Punch Designs in Riverside, he’s on the faculty of the Interior Design Department at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire, a position he’s held since the fall quarter of 2008, under the guidance of Academic Director Sara Sandoval. His classes are Introduction to AutoCAD, Intermediate AutoCAD and Institutional Design. Burton is a graduate of O’More College of Design in Franklin, TN, with a bachelor’s degree in interior design.

Sandoval recalls, “We met at the FHA-HERO design competition in Riverside in 2008. We worked together as judges for the high school interior design section. I realized that Tony’s natural ability to work with aspiring young designers, his critical eye and his keen sense of the latest design trends would make him an excellent addition to our Interior Design team at the school.”

Even though his background encompassed the field of health care facilities design, this made a perfect experiential paring, explains Sandoval. “Part of our curricula includes competencies in health care planning and design.” His vast experience designing health care facilities with computer aided design (CAD) software was a major “plus,” too.

Burton clicked in the classroom right away. “With the first classes he taught,” Sandoval adds, “students were drawn to his professional expertise and his great sense of humor. What a marvelous addition Tony has become.”

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate of Science degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate of Science degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start a new term at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin May 18 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a tour, call The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire at (909) 915-2100.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with more than 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals. 

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04.30.2009 The Art Institute Comments Off on Animation Students Learn From Two of Industry’s Best

Animation Students Learn From Two of Industry’s Best

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Upper class animation students at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire will learn from two of the animation industry’s most talented veterans during the term now taking place.

Brian Wells, lead animator at Rhythm and Hues, is teaching a weekly course, Portfolio Animation, during the winter term. And Jason Ryan a supervising animator at Dreamworks, will offer seniors Web-based critiques on a monthly basis.

“Wells came here as a visiting artist and agreed to teach her for a term to help our upper class students,” said Santosh Oommen, academic director for the Media Arts & Animation program. “He will be pushing the students to create quality animation.”

“Ryan’s monthly critiques of our students’ character animation projects will be Web-based,” Oommen explained. “While sitting at an Art Institute of California – Inland Empire computer specially equipped with a microphone, students will be able to upload their animated videos and receive the highest level of critique on them from Ryan.”

In addition, Ryan will share videos he has created with the students, and they will be able to save these videos for use outside of class, Oomen said.

Ryan was a supervising animator at Disney Feature Animation for 12 years. He graduated from the European School of Animation at Senior College in Ballyfermot, Ireland in 1993 as a Student of the Year. He started his career directly after college as a two-dimensional animator in London working on various German feature productions. After a brief stint in London working as an animator in computer games, he was hired by Disney Animation Studios. His first project was an animator on Fantasia 2000. Other projects included Dinosaur, Magic Lamp, Philarmagic, and Chicken Little (where he supervised the animation of the Chicken Little character). Currently he is a supervising animator on the movie Monsters Versus Aliens from Dreamworks Animation Studios.

Wells has worked in animation with Rhythm and Hues on The Golden Compass, Evan Almighthy, Garfield: Tale of Two Kitties, The Chronicles of Narnia (The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe), Ring Two, and Garfield. He has also worked on Charlotte’s Web, Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed The Cat in the Hat, Daredevil, Stuart Little 2, Men in Black II, Scooby-Doo, The Sum of All Fears and Cats & Dogs.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Game Art & Design, Graphic Design, Web Design & Interactive Media, Interior Design, Fashion & Retail Management, and Media Arts & Animation. It offers an Associate degree in Graphic Design, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design.

The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire offers an Associate degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Culinary Management. Each program is offered on a year-round basis, allowing students to work uninterrupted toward their degrees.

It’s not too late to start the new year at The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire. Courses begin Feb. 19 and classes are offered in the day, evening and on weekends for new and reentry students.

For more information or a free tour of The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire call (909) 915-2100 or go on line to artinstitutes.edu/inlandempire.

The Art Institute of California – Inland Empire is one of The Art Institutes (www.artinstitutes.edu), with more than 40 educational institutions located throughout North America, providing an important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts professionals.

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