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AACS 2013 Fall Newsletter

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Pro Prac Recap: Transferable Skills with Dimensional Innovations

Professional Practice got a makeover for the 2013-2014 academic year!
Presentations now cover core competencies for BFA candidates in a workshop format, so all students will be better prepared for life after KCAI.
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The first topic of the semester for juniors was Transferable Skills. Dimensional Innovations lead the topic discussion. DI is an award-winning design/fabrication studio interested in working with our students and alumni. Sculpture alumnus and DI fabricator, Nathan Shay, spoke about the materials studies knowledge he gained as a student that prepared him for his career. You can see more of Nathan’s progress from student to professional by downloading his presentation.
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Megan Turner, DI’s talent recruiter, also briefed students on the hiring process and how she quickly makes a decision on an applicants qualifications, here’s how.
  1. Megan encourages all interested parties to contact her at any time with an email stating their interest in DI and attaching a resume. This shows her you have interest in the company and she will contact you when a position becomes available.
  2. Human Resources staff and recruiters look at an applicant’s resume for 7 seconds before making a decision! 7 SECONDS! Make sure it is one page, consistent, and proofed.
  3. If the candidate has potential, Megan will google them. She looks to see how serious a candidate is about their professional web presence.
  • She looks for a website
  • She looks for an updated Linkedin
  • and your Facebook, but not the content of your Facebook, just to see if you have the privacy settings on and that you consider your personal life, PERSONAL, and do not need it to be seen by the public at large.

4.  If an applicant passes those tests, Megan will conduct a phone interview. She asks the first two same questions to every candidate.

  • What do you know about their company?
  • Have you visited the site?

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If you are serious about a position, you have to do your research! If you would like to know more about Dimensional Innovations check out their great introduction video!

So what are transferable skills?
Transferable skills are the skills and expertise you gained from your previous jobs and time at school. This knowledge can be applied towards future employment. Remember, even your student-worker position provides you with office management experience, something almost all employers look for. Below are some examples of various skills from the different KCAI majors that employers are looking for in a potential employee.
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Proficiency in Maya and Dragonframe
Extensive knowledge with computer software
Goal setting/ meeting deadlines
Classical and experimental animation experience
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
Problem Solving/analysis skills
Research and planning
Material studies
Mold making and casting experience
Digital Film
Film editing
Film production
Knowledge in lighting
Project development and management skills
Sound design
Video production
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Marketing  and communication experience
Design knowledge
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
Goal setting/ meeting deadlines
Knowledge in garment construction and alterations
Co-operating/ managing conflict
Design knowledge
Material studies
Pattern making
Graphic Design
Extensive knowledge with computer software
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Marketing  and communication experience
Design knowledge
Mastery in web design
Letterpress experience
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
Goal setting/ meeting deadlines
Material studies
Digital Media
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Proficiency in Maya
Extensive knowledge with computer software
Goal setting/ meeting deadlines
Problem solving 
Research and planning
Material studies
Conceptual thinking
Interpersonal skills
Analytical and critical abilities
Gallery preparatory knowledge
Proficiency in Adobe Suit
Image editing
Portrait, landscape, and action Photography
Lighting design
Working in a team
Material studies
Design knowledge
Letterpress experience
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
Silk-screening expertise
Material studies
Problem solving
Research and planning
Gallery preparatory knowledge
Working in a team/ co-operating/ managing conflict
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Job Postings for May 2013


Barnstorming Inc in downtown Kansas City, has an opening for an entry level filmer and editor

The Kemper Museum of Art has an opening for a Part-time Docent Educator and Volunteer Coordinator http://www.kemperart.org/general/employment.asp

The Nelson Atkins has an opening for The Head, Imaging Services oversees and manages the Imaging Services Department function.

St. Therese Early Education Center in Parkville is seeking full-time and part-time staff members to join our team of early educators to work in our NAEYC accredited center.

Saint Luke’s Foundation has an opening for a Graphic Designer and Web Manager, Salary: 38-45K http://www.npconnect.org/jobs?cl_v=ra&cl_cid=12151&cl_aid=830422

KCAI is seeking an Academic secretary – academic year position

Starlight Theatre’s Ovation Gift Store has an opening for a manager.

DeCloud Studios, an Overland Park, KS based School Yearbook & Senior Photography company is currently accepting applications from talented, responsible and highly motivated individuals to join our team as a Staff Photographer. http://kansascity.craigslist.org/med/3749600000.html

Full-time Graphic Designer and Media Relations Director  for St. James Academy

Standard Beverage Corporation has an opening for a Graphic Designer

Johnson County Community College seeks a Graphic Design Instructor with a BFA

Immediate opening for graphic designer in the Creative Services Department of Sosland Publishing Company 4800 Main Street, Suite 100, Kansas City MO, 64112

The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art seeks a Program Coordinator / Assistance Curator
Contact the KCJMCA Board President at lynn@indiancrk.com for more information. No phone calls.

Dimensional Innovations (DI) is a group of Designers, Makers and Innovators working together to create world-class experiences, places, and products. DI is looking to add a Graphic Designers and a Project Coordinator (Contract-to-Hire Position) to our award-winning team. The Project Coordinator is an entry level, project support position within the Project Management Team.
Contact Megan Turner for more information: http://www.dimin.com/people/megan-turner/

Ultramax Sports is excited to bring the popular Go Girl Run to Olathe on May 18th. We are looking for a finish line photographer for this event who can be available to shoot images at the from 6:30-11:30am. Here is a link to more information about the event http://www.ultramaxtri.com/gogirlrun//kansascity/home.html. Please contact stacey@ultramaxsports.com for more information.

The Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City seeks an experienced fund-raising professional with a demonstrated track record to fill the full-time position of Director of Development.


New York art gallery is seeking an Art Preparator to work in Warehouse location.

An established paper conservation studio is seeking an experienced paper conservator for full-time employment in NYC. http://www.nyfa.org/opp_detail.asp?type=Job&id=94&fid=6&sid=17&oppid=46136

Multnomah Arts Center, a program of Portland Parks & Recreation, is looking for a qualified energetic and outgoing individual to teach hand and wheel in our youth art ceramics program.

The Portland Art Museum Northwest Film Center invites applications for temporary Education Program Assistants for our summer camp.

An established paper conservation studio is seeking an experienced paper conservator for full-time employment.

The Vermont Studio Center has openings for an Admissions Assistant/Salesforce Database Administrator and President

Several openings are available at the Houston Museum of Fine Art

Opus Creative, a Portland, Oregon based marketing agency, is looking to hire a Creative Director.


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Job Postings for October 2012

Local Calls


The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art has an opening for a Senior Curator of American Art
Deadline: ASAP

The Nelson Atkins Museum of Arts seeks an evaluator for their education department
Deadline: ASAP

Arabia Steamboat Museum seeks a tour guide to work 4 to 5 days per week
Weekend availability is required. This position involves conducting guided tours of the exhibit to the general public, as well as leading school field trips and tour bus groups. Apply in person at 400 Grand Blvd. Kansas City, MO between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. $ 8 per hour.

Education and programming

Assistant Professor of Studio Art- Print Media Full-time Tenure Track at UMKC
Deadline: December 1

Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri need a Part-time Program Leader
Deadline: ASAP

National Calls for applicants

The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art seeks a new Executive Director
Deadline: ASAP
Send resumes and inquires to jobs@bemiscenter.org

Special Assistant to the Director at Philadelphia Museum of Art. USA, PA, Philadelphia.
Deadline: ASAP

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC): Full-time Faculty in Fiber and Material Studies. USA.
Deadline: January 7, 2013

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC): Full-time Faculty in Painting and Drawing. USA.
Deadline: January 7, 2013

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC): Full-time Faculty in Sculpture. USA.
Deadline: December 14, 2012

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Announcing the 2012-2013 Access Alumni Events Exhibition Alumni Juror Panel

Access Alumni Events exhibition at Cara Y Cabezas deadline is one month away!

Application guidelines:

  • Submit your name, studio major, grade level and phone number
  • A brief bio and an artist statement
  • Up to five images of available work to be juried for the exhibition (images must be sized 1000 pixels wide -high res required if accepted)
  • Image list including the title, date, materials, dimensions and photo credit.
  • Email application to CKAMIN@KCAI.EDU by 5pm October 12, 2012.

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On the Hunt! Job Search Tips for BFA’s

Graduating seniors this one is for you! Here are a few tips on how to hunt down your career.

Know someone on the inside.

Sick of hearing that you have to know someone to get a chance at an opportunity? Well it turns out it most certainly helps. How else do you plan to distinguish yourself, as an entry-level candidate, from the dozens of other resumes?  Knowing a face to accompany the resume gives you an enormous advantage.

  • If it’s a public business, organization or institution, frequent the space and attend the organization’s events. Be sure to introduce yourself to the staff. Let them know you are seeking opportunities with their organization.
  • Request an informational interview with the open position’s supervisor or their supervisor. Informational interviews can happen even if their isn’t an opportunity available at the time. Let them know you are someone to consider if something becomes available in the future.
  • Deliver your resume in person, but be sure to look professional when you do.

Be prepared to sell yourself.

  • No matter what your profession, role or industry, you’re a marketer and a sales pro during the job search. You need to understand each job and company you’re targeting and be able to sell your ability to be successful in that role. Visit their site, find out what they are doing and who is already on staff.

Courtesy is Key.

  • Have you had an interview? Have you had a second interview? Still waiting to hear back? Write a thank you note for the interviewing staff’s time. Who doesn’t like a nice letter? It’s a simple gesture that definitely sticks.  Remind them about your enthusiasm for the job and to always keep you in mind if they select another candidate.

Try try again.

  • So maybe you got an interview but not the job? Sometimes you never hear anything. Bummer. Well cheer up, at least they now know a little more about you and will possibly remember you the next time something becomes available. It’s still a good time to write a note if you think you will continue to pursue a position with that particular organization. Who knows, the staff may leave and end up someplace you will approach in the future.

Where to look online.

  • Since I am interested in working in administration, especially with a not-for-profit, I frequently visit npconnect.org to see all non-profit organization listings in the Kansas City area.
  • Always remember to check out KCAI’s employment page. You have already jumped through the biggest hoop (knowing people on the inside) by attending the program. KCAI has a great track record of employing its alumni.

Current postings online for creatives:

Kansas City

Assistant conservator in photography at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art

KCAI Admissions Counselor 

KCAI Fiber technician 

Executive Director for Paul Mesner Puppets

Curator of Global Indigenous Art, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas. USA.

Visual Merchandising assistant at Halls on the Plaza

National Calls

YBCA Exhibition Designer, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco CA)

Curatorial Assistant to the Chief Curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC

Sculpture Studio Manager at the Maryland Institute College of Art

Visual Arts Director, Oklahoma Arts Council, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Let us know if this posting helps you, and if you would like to see more postings of job opportunities. Remember, KCAI Career Services is always ready to assist you with resumes, cover letters and networking.

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