Round Rock High School | Dragon Print Shop

Round Rock High School | Dragon Print Shop


[MUSIC]>>Tiffany: Dragon Print Shop is a collaboration between the graphic design courses and a technically marketing course called Printing and Imaging Technology. So I work in concert with Sarah Sherrill, who’s the graphic design teacher. Her kids design and then my kids do everything from the taking orders to the finishing, to the follow-up and in kind of client relations. Our goal was to try to create a real world environment. A real world opportunity for the students and so what we do here is, every work order that comes through the designers get the work order and it’s much like the real world where they email clients, they show them their proofs and sometimes they have to rework it. So it’s also kind of bringing in those communication skills and those soft skills. But it’s all about teaching them, as a designer, you’re not just creating work that you like but you’re actually working with a client and your kind of collaborating together.>>Tiffany: So graphic designs does have some certifications, for my class it’s mostly the experience that they gain and the knowledge and expertise that they gain. It’s huge. Not only that but we do some consulting with real clients on an individual level, so because of the skills the kids have here, they have internships out in industry which is really amazing and really exciting. The opportunities that I’ve had here, this year I actually had an internship. I had an opportunity from Ms. Harrison to work at one of the advertising agencies in downtown Austin. So I got to have, you know- Get to see the business side of the advertising agency and put my design work into that. So that’s pretty cool to, you know, all the stuff that I’ve learned in these four years to put that into one kind of final project my senior year was pretty cool. I’m not under any delusion that every student in this class is going to grow up to be a printer. That’s probably not what’s going to happen. But they’ll learn the business skills that they need to run their own business or to be successful in someone elses business.

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