Abington High School graduate and Eastern Center for Arts and Technology 2009 commercial art student Corrine Koelle is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in graphic design at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts.
VCU’s graphic design program in currently ranked as fourth in the country … and the art school is ranked as number one in the country. In August, Koelle will begin her fourth year. While in school, Koelle works as a freelance graphic designer.
Koelle said she was interested in art from a young age, and the programs offered at her high school helped solidify her decision to enroll in the commercial art program at Eastern. At Eastern, Koelle said she found that her career passion lies in advertising and graphic design.
In Eastern’s commercial art program, Koelle said she developed an impressive professional portfolio that helped her gain acceptance into the VCU program. She transferred into VCU’s program from Arcadia University.
“VCU’s prestigious art program is extremely selective,” Koelle said. “I was elated when I was accepted. My time at Eastern really prepared me for college and made the transition from high school to college easier for me. I am still in touch with my instructors, Ms. Mohrey and Mr. Steinbacher, and can count on them for guidance and artistic advice.”
Eastern’s commercial art program covers everything from conceptual drawing and design to a professional portfolio. Students learn the value and application of their unique styles in both design and illustration. Students use industry-standard software on the Macintosh platform. Software includes QuarkXpress, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Flash.
Information and photo courtesy of Eastern Center for Arts and Technology