Career Services

Career Services

The ultimate goal of Platt College San Diego is for graduates to be employed in their field of training.  The school maintains a career services program designed to assist qualified students and graduates in obtaining career goals. Contacts for full or part-time job opportunities are solicited from a variety of industry sources and networking opportunities.  Graduates and students are encouraged to utilize these employment opportunities as they become available.  The career services department advises students on interviewing skills, resume writing and job search techniques

Although the College cannot guarantee employment, most graduates who actively seek employment with the assistance of the career services department secure jobs in their field of training.  A statistical report indicating placement percentages for each program is provided to each prospective student by the admissions department prior to enrollment.

The importance of regular attendance and satisfactory academic progress is emphasized as qualities that influence potential employers.

Students

Career Services assist in bridging the gap from being a student to being employed.  Platt San Diego graduates have worked for high profile companies such as: DreamWorks, Pixar, Sony, and more.

The career service department meets with each current student and alumni to match their goals with potential employers. We provide additional resources through daily job postings, portfolio workshops, design exhibits, and  guest speakers. To learn more about past events, be sure to visit the Platt blog page regularly.

To facilitate students in their career goals, Platt implements several career services:

  1. Day One Program – Helping students explore goals.
  2. Ongoing Goal Development – Further exploration of skills and goals.
  3. Resume Workshops – Learning about the industry from professionals.
  4. Portfolio Development – Showcasing proficient design skills and talents.
  5. Interview Preparation – Know how to present oneself and portfolio to a potential employer.

1) Day One Program: The exciting journey to fulfill a career goal begins day one at Platt. During the college orientation students are introduced to the Career Services Department and the available services. Next a meeting is arranged between each student and a career service representative to explore goals and encourage participation in the services.  Our goal is to assist the student in reaching his or her full potential and be prepared to interview by graduation.  We found working with students early in their educational journey,  results in a better education to career transition, improved interviewing techniques, networking skills and overall career goal fulfillment.

2) Ongoing Goal Development: The Career Service department is available for walk in and scheduled appointments for both current students and alumni.  Additionally, various meetings are scheduled with students throughout their education to further explore their skill set and career goals.  As the student’s interest develop and talents progress, we are able to better match their skill level with the appropriate prospective employer’s requirements.

3)  Resume Development and Workshops:  Career Service representatives perform individual resume guidance as well as arrange resume workshops throughout the year.  Resume workshops allow students to hear from a panel of alumni or business owners within each industry.  During a workshop vital industry trends, realistic expectations, candid and straight forward resume feedback and interview advice is provided from a panel of experts.  In addition, students may meet with a Career Service representative to create a resume that reflects their unique skill set, experience and goal.  Emphasis is placed on creativity, excellence and professionalism.

4) Portfolio Development: One of the vital components in preparing for a job interview is to complete a portfolio, which is aimed to showcase the student’s best digital media design work.  At Platt, students are required to develop a portfolio with the guidance of a professor; however, beyond the classroom Career Services seeks opportunities to expand portfolio development, critique and exposure. Occasionally a guest speaker may participate in a one-on-one portfolio meeting with a student, who is developing or has completed their portfolio.  During this type of workshop and depending on a company’s availability, Platt designers may receive candid expert opinions regarding their portfolio from a local or high profile company representative. The feedback and direction prove to be invaluable. Designers are encouraged to focus on their best work and showcase their most proficient skills.

5) Interview Preparation: While preparing for a job interview, students have access to receive individual coaching, role play scenarios, and suggestions for becoming a business professional. For those students who request additional coaching, we offer various practice sessions. The practice sessions boost student’s confidence in tackling an interview.  Different job opportunities require distinct skills, therefore, based on an individual’s strength, we structure a plan to best suit them.

In today’s ever changing digital media industry, Career Services strives to bridge the gap between the student’s education at Platt College and their future success. By providing a pipeline to invaluable industry professionals, each student at Platt College is given the opportunity to excel in their field of study and stand out among other candidates when applying for their dream jobs!

Students who are motivated and willing to be flexible in terms of location and entry level positions often find opportunities that may act as stepping stones to their desired digital media career. Furthermore, students who keep in close contact, network and take advantage of services offered by Career Services may well find success and continued opportunity.

Although the College cannot guarantee employment, most graduates who actively seek employment with the assistance of the career services department secure jobs in their field of training.  A statistical report indicating placement percentages for each program is provided to each prospective student by the admissions department prior to enrollment. The importance of regular class attendance and satisfactory academic progress are emphasized as qualities that influence potential employers.

Employers

When Companies are looking for talented individuals to join their innovated teams, they think Platt College!

Platt welcomes the opportunity to work with employers and learn how the Career Service department may introduce them to talented Digital Media Designers! Assisting employers within the digital media design fields with qualified prescreened candidates is our specialty. We encourage companies to contact us so that we may assist with posting part-time, full-time positions or freelance assignments on the Platt job board and hiring a graduate.

In addition to posting job opportunities, employers are invited to participate in Career Workshops. During this intimate setting guests may discuss the current trends, cutting edge technologies, and focus on the where and how, of finding a job, and keeping it. This is a perfect time for guest and our students to engage in question and answer sessions, portfolio reviews and begin networking.

If you or your company would like to participate, please click here to contact us!

Alumni

Alumni are an important part of the Platt College Community. Graduates are encouraged to stay in touch long after they have graduated and joined the professional world. By keeping in touch with Career Services, graduates continue to build upon their skills as they continue to receive support, guidance, and resources for the entire journey ahead. Platt Alumni are invited to further network, showcase work, and continue to participate in Platt’s workshops, design exhibits, cultural trips and all of our extracurricular events.

Since the digital media design industry is one that is constantly progressing, we know it is important to keep up-to-date skills and latest industry trends.  With that in mind, further opportunity to continue learning or skill development may be achieved through professional development courses, diploma programs or auditing a previous class. Professional Development classes are offered year round. Graduates may audit within five years of their graduation date any class previously completed, as determined by current course description.  A Graduate interested in auditing a class must discuss seat availability with the Registrar prior to entering the classroom.

Alumni, share your success story!

Remember your time at Platt College as a student and all the wonderful guest speakers that presented projects, job accomplishments and latest industry trends that you wished to be a part of? Recall the inspiration and knowledge you gained from a professional in the field reviewing your portfolio? Now is your chance as a Platt Alumni to inspire others as they did for you. We encourage our graduates to share their experiences as an industry professional.

Excited about a new project or client you’ve been working for, or received an award for something you have created? Share these exciting moments and inspire others! We enjoy seeing graduates return to celebrate these moments with us. To share your story, click here.

Alumni, participate in a workshop!

Alumni are invited to be an active Platt Community member on and off campus. There are several opportunities to get involved:  return as a guest speaker, participate as a panel guest for a resume & portfolio workshop, join the Platt advisory board, or host a behind the scene field trip.  Have another idea? We would love to hear from you.  Please contact Career Services at: 866.752.8826

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Graphic Design

Graduates obtained positions in:

  • Creative Director – Manages all creative projects and staff.
  • Graphic Artist – Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
  • Graphic Designer – Graphic Designers provide visual solutions to communicate specific messages. Depending on the job, a Graphic Designer may be required to know varying software applications or production techniques. Yet it is universally essential that Graphic Designers have a strong sense of concept development, layout composition, color theory and typography. A Graphic Designer may be responsible for developing presentations, brochures, advertisements, catalogs, direct mail pieces, logos, packaging, web sites or other multimedia materials.
  • Graphic/Web Designer – The Graphic / Web Designer is responsible for the concept and execution of visual layouts, web pages, and various print and electronic design projects.
  • Marketing Representative – Creates and designs marketing materials such as catalogs, brochures, flyers and program and media guides.
  • Production Artist – Production Artists must be highly organized and able to work efficiently on multiple projects to meet tight deadlines. They need to implement quick revisions to match a client’s, Art Director’s or Senior Designer’s requests. Print-oriented Production Artists are often required to have software training in QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. Experience proofing, preflighting, preparing and press checking files are also extremely beneficial for print Production Artists. Multimedia and Web savvy Production Artists should have extensive knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Image Ready and Flash. They should be familiar with image compression, file correction, and optimization techniques.
  • Web Designer Instructor – Teaches basic HTML/CSS

List of Overall Possible positions:

  • 2D/3D Graphic Artist – Designs detailed graphic artwork for web, print, and other media use.
  • Art Director – Strategizes and manages creative solutions for clients.
  • Book Designer – Designs and produces book covers and inner page layouts, creating the look and feel of a printed volume.
  • Brand Identity Designer – Creates the message for a company and/or its clients, including logos and advertising materials.
  • Creative Director – Manages all creative projects and staff.
  • Desktop Publisher – Desktop Publishers electronically design and produce printed materials such as advertisements, brochures and newsletters. Consults with clients or supervisor to evaluate individual project needs; prepares cost and time estimates for projects; and reviews printed material to ensure quality control. Requires basic design ability and knowledge of word processing and desktop publishing programs.
  • Digital Artist – Creates and modifies print and web images, including photographs, using software tools. May have basic drawing skills combined with knowledge of design programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Freehand, Fireworks and Dreamweaver. Requires strong artistic ability and technical skills.
  • Digital Imaging Specialist – Digital Imaging Specialists are also known as Modern Day Darkroom Assistants. These individuals know how to correct color balance, set shadows, and “clean-up” an image at the professional photographic level within the digital environment. Digital Imaging Specialists are often required to know a great deal about cameras, scanners, and other digital photography equipment. They should also possess digital illustration skills, creative problem solving skills, and an acute eye for color, tonal levels, and graphic composition. Working knowledge of Photography, studio lighting and grip work is highly beneficial. Strong Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop Skills are usually imperative.
  • DVD Author – Manages the graphics, art assets, and digital video content to create the infrastructure necessary for interactive media productions on DVD.
  • Graphic Artist – Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
  • Graphic Designer – Graphic Designers provide visual solutions to communicate specific messages. Depending on the job, a Graphic Designer may be required to know varying software applications or production techniques. Yet it is universally essential that Graphic Designers have a strong sense of concept development, layout composition, color theory and typography. A Graphic Designer may be responsible for developing presentations, brochures, advertisements, catalogs, direct mail pieces, logos, packaging, web sites or other multimedia materials.
  • Graphics Marketing Coordinator – Graphics marketing coordinators create, design, and organize graphics representations that visually communicate data. Set up marketing pitches, create catalogs displaying products, and be able to show the consumer what you are offering.
  • Graphic/Web Designer – The Graphic / Web Designer is responsible for the concept and execution of visual layouts, web pages, and various print and electronic design projects.
  • Illustrator – Illustrators conceptualize, paint and draw new images used in a variety of materials and publications. Specialized illustrators may possess expertise in areas such as technical, medical, architectural, scientific and cartoon illustrations. Requires artistic talent and knowledge of design programs such as Illustrator or Freehand and Photoshop.
  • Logo Designer – A Logo designer captures the essence of a company in a single icon. Good icons should possess scalability. Proficiency using vector applications is an absolute must. Most employers require that logo designers know Adobe Illustrator and/or Macromedia Freehand. Logos should also be built so that they can be saved in several different file formats and manipulated easily. A solid Logo Design communicates a company identity – simply, clearly, powerfully. A good logo designer should be detailed-oriented, flexible, have strong design, illustration and creative problem solving skills.
  • Marketing Manager – Marketing Managers are responsible for conducting and evaluating market research for a product or service. Reports are usually then generated and prepared for presentation. Marketing managers are usually in charge of designing, writing, and overseeing the production of printed promotional materials including catalogs, brochures, flyers, and program and media guides. Negotiating with vendors and contractors to coordinate media costs, placement, and scheduling can often be a part of a Marketing Manager’s job requirements. They are also often in charge of developing advertising campaigns for various media; may design layouts and prepare copy.
  • Marketing Representative – Creates and designs marketing materials such as catalogs, brochures, flyers and program and media guides.
  • Multimedia Artist – Uses computers to create the art, graphic design, animated images, or special effects seen in a variety of media productions, including movies, television, and computer games.
  • Multimedia Designer – Multimedia Designers often work as part of a team to create rich web sites, CD-Roms, DVDs or exhibition materials. Regardless of the medium they work in, they should be familiar with a variety of story telling tools, such as graphics, sound, video and animation. Some Multimedia Designer positions include creating interactive learning modules, games, advertising campaigns, marketing materials, online communities and intranet systems. Strong creative skills combined with extensive knowledge of design software and programming languages such as ActionScript and dynamic (D) HTML are essential.
  • New Media Specialist – New media specialists often create graphic effects that enrich multimedia products, including narration, 3D animation, sound effects and progress reporting. Expert knowledge in Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Flash and Dreamweaver is usually required. An ability to produce for various media channels such as web, print, and multimedia is beneficial. New Media Specialists should also have a great understanding of html, dynamic html, and Actionscript.
  • Packaging Designer – Packaging Designers create effective packaging which promotes brand integrity and helps ensure premium product positioning in the marketplace. They must have a strong understanding of package-oriented production and printing processes. They are often required to have keen presentation and managerial skills and should be familiar with Quark X-Press or Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator.
  • Prepress Specialist – Prepress specialists are able to verify the preparedness of a document before going to a vendor for printing. Includes checking colors, gathering fonts, color finishes, as well as other print industry foundations.
  • Production Artist – Production Artists must be highly organized and able to work efficiently on multiple projects to meet tight deadlines. They need to implement quick revisions to match a client’s, Art Director’s or Senior Designer’s requests. Print-oriented Production Artists are often required to have software training in QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. Experience proofing, preflighting, preparing and press checking files are also extremely beneficial for print Production Artists. Multimedia and Web savvy Production Artists should have extensive knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Image Ready and Flash. They should be familiar with image compression, file correction, and optimization techniques.
  • Production Coordinator – Production Coordinators provide logistical support to production department. Duties may include tracking and scheduling projects; filing summary reports; archiving and pre-flight formatting of collateral; and invoice management. Requires strong organizational skills and keen eye for detail, as well as knowledge of Quark or InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator or Freehand and project management software.
  • Production Director – Production Directors oversee production within an advertising agency or company. Duties include those listed for Production Managers, but require more work experience for each function. Manages staff and systems of production departments; oversees information and cost management; and develops, maintains and enables foundations processes and policies consistent with company interests. The Production Director is also responsible for both short and long term production strategy planning, ensuring that the most current and efficient production strategies are in place. Software skills and work flow familiarity requirements may range, depending on the job.
  • Production Manager – Production Managers supervise the production of a variety of projects. Their duties can include project planning, workflow management, vendor negotiations, print buying, cost control, quality control, press checks, and logistical coordination. They often supervise traffic coordinators and print buyers; may manage small design studio. Expertise in both analog and digital technologies, familiarity with design software applications and project management experience is required. Software skills and work flow familiarity requirements may range, depending on the job.
  • Storyboard Artist – Sketches director’s ideas for shots, camera angles, camera placement, and action into a series of scenes similar to a comic strip layout.
  • Type Designer -Type Designers create unique fonts so that words will have a strong visual impact in addition to their implied meanings. Responsibilities include setting and changing type foundations and helping clients to stand out by using “one of a kind” fonts in their designs. Type Designers have invented everything from “bread & butter” fonts like Helvetica, which spurred the san serif revolution, to the most esoteric and unique font creations.
  • Web Designer Instructor –  Teaches basic HTML/CSS

Alumni

  • Vicki Gordon
  • DJ Grimes
  • Robert McFarlane
  • Cynthia Nieto

Web Design

Graduates obtained positions in:

  • Creative Director – Responsible for quality of work produced while overseeing all creative projects and staff.
  • Flash Designer – Responsible for creating interactive online content, including games, advertisements, dynamic website intros and rich internet applications.
  • Front End Designer – The production, modification and maintenance of websites and web application’s user interfaces.
  • Graphic Designer – Graphic Designers provide visual solutions to communicate specific messages. Depending on the job, a Graphic Designer may be required to know varying software applications or production techniques. Yet it is universally essential that Graphic Designers have a strong sense of concept development, layout composition, color theory and typography. A Graphic Designer may be responsible for developing presentations, brochures, advertisements, catalogs, direct mail pieces, logos, packaging, web sites or other multimedia materials.
  • Web Content Specialist – Responsible for the production and repurposing of text/graphic/audio content on sites.
  • Web Designer – Design, create, and modify Web sites.
  • Web Developer – Produces and designs the invisible mechanics (or server-side applications) that run many of the sophisticated functions on a website.
  • Web/Graphic Designer – The Graphic / Web Designer is responsible for the concept and execution of visual layouts, web pages, and various print and electronic design projects.
  • Web Master – Builds and maintains websites, operating it differently for different types of websites.

Possible positions:

  • Art Director – Determines the look-and-feel of the entire site. Creates original graphics and icons for use on the site. Implements the web design parameters, style guides and visual standards. Establishes and produces graphic material for use in advertising and promotion of online services and products. Requires a bachelor’s degree with at least 4 years of experience in the field. Generally manages a group of exempt and nonexempt employees. Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals. Typically reports to a senior manager.
  • Creative Director – Responsible for quality of work produced while overseeing all creative projects and staff.
  • E-commerce Site Developer – E-commerce Web Site Developers focus on the commercial application of a website; how will it be used to generate business and conduct transactions. E-commerce web designers and developers should be highly skilled in creating transaction-oriented web sites, online catalogs, shopping cart software, web site search capabilities, and forms. A strong knowledge of HTML, familiarity with Dreamweaver, and solid project management skills are essential, while knowledge of ASP, Cold Fusion, or Microsoft SQL Server is often also required.
  • Flash Designer – Responsible for creating interactive online content, including games, advertisements, dynamic website intros and rich internet applications.
  • Flash Developer – Designs interactive applications for the web using Macromedia Flash with ActionScripting.
  • Flash Media Designer -Flash Media Designers orchestrate web and cd-rom experiences using Flash. Flash is used to create interactive components to enrich web sites, cd-roms, dynamic banner advertisements, introductions to web sites and visual presentations. Flash jobs can range in tasks depending on company size and structure. A Flash Designer’s tasks can include anything from illustration and animation, to file optimization and compression, to Action Script Coding, video editing, and audio manipulation.
  • Front End Designer – The production, modification and maintenance of websites and web application’s user interfaces.
  • Game Designer – Game designers use graphic design, animation, and coding techniques to bring interactive games to life. They are often required to have strong leadership and communications skills as well as a great sense of what makes a game fun to play. They may be asked to design, program, document, tune, and balance games. Software skill requirements may vary depending on the job, but talent and experience for hip game trends is a universal necessity.
  • Interactive Production Artist – Interactive Production Artists bring the flat designs of the Art Director to life, re-creating them using Flash, Director and web programming languages such as dynamic HTML and Flash ActionScript. Expert knowledge of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, as well as familiarity with file optimization and compression techniques, is often required. Interactive Production Artists have an important job. They are usually the people implementing the animation that powers intros, banners, menus, games, and buttons.
  • Motion Graphics Artist – Handles compositing, design, and animation of various types of media content for advertising productions, including TV commercials, movie titles, and Flash content.
  • Motion Graphics Designer – A Motion Graphics Designer creates animated artwork for a variety of mediums: the internet, television, and movie are a few. Motion Graphics can be seen in commercials, web movie clips, stand-alone presentations, trailers, intros, and post production work for television and movies. An accessible online Reel of edited motion graphics work and /or professional Flash movie clips is usually required. Photoshop is one of the best applications to master if you want to excel as a Motion Graphics Designer. Other applications such as Flash, After Effects, Adobe Premier, Final Cut Pro and sometimes Avid training is required.
  • Multimedia Designer – Multimedia Designers often work as part of a team to create rich web sites, CD-Roms, DVDs or exhibition materials. Regardless of the medium they work in, they should be familiar with a variety of story telling tools, such as graphics, sound, video and animation. Some Multimedia Designer positions include creating interactive learning modules, games, advertising campaigns, marketing materials, online communities and intranet systems. Strong creative skills combined with extensive knowledge of design software and programming languages such as ActionScript and dynamic (D) HTML are essential.
  • New Media Specialist – New media specialists often create graphic effects that enrich multimedia products, including narration, 3D animation, sound effects and progress reporting. Expert knowledge in Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Flash and Dreamweaver is usually required. An ability to produce for various media channels such as web, print, and multimedia is beneficial. New Media Specialists should also have a great understanding of html, dynamic html, and Actionscript.
  • Production Artist – Production Artists must be highly organized and able to work efficiently on multiple projects to meet tight deadlines. They need to implement quick revisions to match a client’s, Art Director’s or Senior Designer’s requests. Print-oriented Production Artists are often required to have software training in QuarkXPress, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop. Experience proofing, preflighting, preparing and press checking files are also extremely beneficial for print Production Artists. Multimedia and Web savvy Production Artists should have extensive knowledge of Photoshop, Illustrator, Image Ready and Flash. They should be familiar with image compression, file correction, and optimization techniques.
  • Web Content Specialist – Responsible for the production and repurposing of text/graphic/audio content on sites.
  • Web Designer – Design, create, and modify Web sites.
  • Web Developer – Produces and designs the invisible mechanics (or server-side applications) that run many of the sophisticated functions on a website.
  • Web/Graphic Designer – The Graphic / Web Designer is responsible for the concept and execution of visual layouts, web pages, and various print and electronic design projects.
  • Web Master – Builds and maintains websites, operating it differently for different types of websites.
  • Web Media Designer – Web Media Designers utilize all of the media possibilities of the web: Flash animation, Java applications, streaming and downloadable video, streaming and downloadable audio, etc.

Alumni

  • Sebastian Macias
  • Aaron Nabus
  • Morgan Self
  • Dave Shepard
  • Drew Stauffer