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August 20, 2013

NECC redesigns art program, offers new courses


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Northern Essex Community College redesigned its art program and has added new courses to the curriculum including video, typography, studio lighting, digital imaging II, 3D modeling and rendering, and motion graphics.

Art students will now major in General Studies: Art with a choice of four focus areas including fine arts, visual communication (formerly graphic design), multimedia and, for the first time, photography.

The new curriculum will make it easier for students to transfer and graduate with fully developed portfolios which is the standard when looking for jobs, according to Shar Wolff, assistant dean of technology, arts and professional studies.

As a result of the redesign, the college hired its first full-time multimedia faculty member and purchased new equipment and software. New multimedia faculty member Brian Matthew Knoth has a master’s in Media Arts from Emerson College and a master’s and Ph.D. from Brown University. He currently teaches at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, Bridgewater State University and Emerson College. At Northern Essex, Knoth will be teaching new multimedia courses such as video, motion graphics, and advanced image editing.

A third MAC lab was added on the Haverhill campus and these labs will be equipped with industry standard software such as Maya, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as professional series ink jet printers. The college also purchased new equipment including video and digital cameras. For more information, contact Wolff at swolff@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3863.

New graphic design courses offered

Three new, noncredit graphic design courses will be offered this fall at Northern Essex Community College’s Riverwalk campus, 360 Merrimack St., Lawrence.

Each three-week course will be offered Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The cost per course is $189, plus a $10 capital fee.

Award-winning graphic designer Susan Stehfest will teach Basic Page Layout using Adobe InDesign beginning Nov. 6. This class will review using basic tools and features of this popular software, while creating and designing a professional-quality brochure. Participants should bring a flash drive. Veteran graphic designer Stacy Sawyer will teach Adobe Illustrator Part One, beginning Sept. 25, and Adobe Illustrator Part Two – Advertisement beginning Oct. 23. For more information or to register, call 978-659-1200. Visit online at necc.mass.edu.

Council on Aging offers workshops

The Council on Aging is offering a variety of programs in September.

Here is a schedule of events: Rose McGarry, director of the Elder Services Nursing Home Ombudsman Program will discuss volunteer opportunities on Sept. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center, 10 Welcome St.

Ombudsman volunteers visit residents and advocate for those in need.

Gerald Lodge of the Tufts Health Plan Medicare Preferred Plan will be at the Citizens Center on Sept. 16 from 9 to 11 a.m to speak with current Tufts members as well as new members. The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, and during this period you may change your plans.

Miklos Jakos will present a program on using computers titled “How To Do 10 Basic Procedures” on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center. Jako will provide information on working with pictures, music and video, backing up your files, emailing, the internet and more.

Darcey Adams, vice president of Community Programs and Care Transitions for Lahey Health Senior Care, will present “When to Worry About Memory Loss – Normal Aging vs. Dementia”on Sept. 24 at 10 a.m. at the Citizens Center. Learn how aging changes the brain and discover strategies for managing challenging behaviors.

Join Digital Hearing Healthcare of Bradford, Georgetown and Newburyport on Sept. 25 at 10:30 a.m. for a talk on the persistent noise of Tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a disease, but it is a symptom of an underlying health condition such as an ear infection or injury. Learn to take control of your tinnitus and rediscover life without the constant buzzing, hissing or pulsing in your ears. Complimentary lunch will be provided, but reservations are requested. For more information, contact Kathy Bresnahan or Rita LaBella at 978-374-2390.