Academic Portfolio.
This outlines the course work that exemplifies my B.S. Degree in Individualized Studies: Creative Digital Therapeutic Support

Academic Portfolio.
This outlines the course work that exemplifies my B.S. Degree in Individualized Studies: Creative Digital Therapeutic Support

I returned to higher education at DSU in 2009. Prior to that my lifework and educational interests had been in the fields of medicine, art, and photography. I have more than 12 years experience in various medical capacities, which include Medical Assistant, Nurse Tech, Unit Secretary, and Clinic Manager. I started a photography business in 1988. By 2008, I was in my 20th and final year as a full time wedding photographer.

The mission statement for this degree program

To prepare student entrepreneurs with a variety of design and technology skills for the development of aesthetic and sensory therapies to improve quality of life, comfort, and communication for the increasing at-need population of aging adults.

Visit this link to view my Individual Academic Plan (IAP) in its entirety.

Individual Academic Plan
My Coursework.
This outlines the course work that exemplifies my B.S. Degree in Individualized Studies: Creative Digital Therapeutic Support

My Coursework.
This outlines the course work that exemplifies my B.S. Degree in Individualized Studies: Creative Digital Therapeutic Support

Senior care

C.N.A.
My first area of study at DSU was the Certified Nursing Assistant certification program.
(NURS 1005, 1006 and 1007)

CNA Syllabus CNA Certificate CNA State License
Psychology
In my earlier Associate of Arts degree program in Professional Photography I completed classes in Psychology.
(PSYCH 1010)

De Anza Psych Catalog
Communication
In my earlier Associate of Arts degree program in Professional Photography I completed classes in Interpersonal Communication
(COMM 2110)
CPR/AED
I have completed the First Aid/CPR/AED certification class at DSU as a refresher in emergency care.
(PEHR 1543)
AID/CPR/AED License

These classes combined with my wealth of real world experience in the field, have well prepared me to understand, empathize, interact with, support, and care for aging adults. It was the work that I did in the Individual Studies Seminar class (INDS 3800) that opened my mind to the prospect of coalescing my interest in art, photography, visual technology and senior care into a great career/service opportunity.

THE ASSOCIATED LEARNING OUTCOME

#2 The student will be able to apply specialized skills required of a caregiver to aging adults in homecare, sub-acute care, or long-term care.

Art and Visual Technology

When I completed my CNA training at DSU, I had hopes of getting into the nursing program. At that time there were more applicants with a 4.0, than there were openings in the school. I had a greater GPA than was required but it was not 4.0. I was told that I would not get into nursing that year, or the following year. At that juncture, I opted to take some art classes. It was what I always wanted to do, but had never had any formal training. In 2011, I learned of the Integrated Studies program and decided to pursue Art and Visual Tech as a degree program. I thought it to be a direction I could integrate with my strong photography skillset and hoped I could incorporate some graphic design work, (prior to the Graphic Design Degree at DSU.

The art and design classes were instrumental in developing my vision and perception as an artist. I have always had a good sense of composition, with 40 years behind a lens, but now it is more intentional, as I understand what makes art compelling. The Visual Technology classes in Communication Design (VT 1300), Computer Illustration (VT 2500), Creative Imaging (VT 2600), and Typography (VT 2700), laid the foundation for my understanding of, and ability to utilize contemporary software in the creation process.
Corporate Identity (DES 3800), infused my skillset with a comprehension of the needs of the business community.

Advertising/Annual Report Graphic Standards Manual

Internet/eCommerce Marketing (Web 3550) provided an in-depth understanding of Search Engine Optimization and Marketing. My team worked with a local company and increased traffic to their website, and raised their search position from #5 to #1 by the end of the class. Introduction to Web Development (VT 1400) was necessary for me to learn to speak the language of web developers. It opened doors for me to the local experts in the industry, and allowed me to see clearly that I don’t wish to do that work, but would prefer to collaborate with them and bring my skills to the table.

DUB’S BBQ SEO/SEM

THE ASSOCIATED LEARNING OUTCOMES:

#1 The student will be able to demonstrate technical ability to design visually compelling art, graphic promotional products, and media projects.

#4 The student will be able to discover and illustrate the design, image, and content needs of web developers or business entrepreneurs.

#5 Produce relevant video for use in marketing and social media.

Video & Media

Once I had discovered how much I enjoyed the process of creating digital video, I began to re-think my degree path which was still the Integrated Studies Degree in Art and Visual Technology. I had a chance meeting with Dr. Matt Morin in the Integrated Studies Advisement Center, and that encounter left me with the feeling that there was more I could do with my degree. I enrolled in the Individual Studies Seminar (INDS 3800) to further explore the possibilities. It was there, through the self discovery process that I connected with an intense desire to work with dementia and Alzheimer patients. I had recently lost my mother, (who had Alzheimer’s) and had been her caregiver for three years preceding that period. During one of these exploration exercises I had the idea that video could be created as a tool for dementia patients. When my mother was placed in a care center, she would repeatedly watch the same movie over and over. She also carried a picture book with her at all times. She had lost the ability to communicate, but if anyone stopped to talk to her, she would simply hand them her book as an explanation of who she was. I was also aware of the profound effect that music had on these people. I could imagine a video containing still images of ones family, possibly some video footage of currently involved family members with the patient, a repetition of names and faces that may assist in triggering the memory. Using their favorite music from their era could also be both stimulating and comforting. At the very least it could be of comfort to watch a beautifully laid out collection of imagery and music from ones life. Introduction to Video Editing (DES 3300) was enough for me to get started in that creative process.

This video was to be an example of my idea. It was not created for class, but outside of class. The woman in the video had dementia and had several strokes. She could not speak but a few simple words. We had one session together to create the content. The family had very few photographs for me to add to the project. We had planned a second session for additional footage and content, but sadly, she passed away four days after this footage was created. The family was delighted to have this as a tribute to her, even though it was not what I had hoped to be able to create.

This video was a class project, which was to be a trailer for a film that would never be made. I intended it to be a take-off on the movie Hotel for Dogs.

This video was a class project to be made with still photographs only in the style of Ken Burns.

THE ASSOCIATED LEARNING OUTCOMES

#3 Integrate photos, video, music, and other creative elements for development of supportive sensory therapies.

#5 Produce relevant video for use in marketing and social media.

The Business of Art

When my portrait and wedding photography business took a downward turn, I concentrated on creating art. As I was studying art, design, and software application, I was applying it to my work and becoming an artist. I got lucky and was able to get some work into local galleries. Digital photography (ART 2060), and Intermediate Digital Photography (ART 3040) were extremely influential in bringing my photography to a whole new level. The Impossible Photograph, SELF PORTRAIT/PROMO (the selfie was originally created for ART 3040, and later developed as a promo piece for ART 3800)

The Business of Art (ART 3800) was an awakening to me as an artist. I never understood why I was so inclined to be creative. I now see the process as therapeutic, and I just have to create. It is my gift, and my medicine, at the same time. Writing in the Professions (ENG 3010) was a requirement for the Individualized Studies Degree program, but it has been very influential in my ability to communicate in a business setting. The final writing project gave me an invaluable opportunity to research the needs of Alzheimer’s patients in our community.

The Impossible Photograph Self Portrait Promo The Long Report

THE ASSOCIATED LEARNING OUTCOMES

#6) Synthesize skills for small business development, with emphasis on the business of art.

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