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Last week, Harrington Admissions contact Jennifer Griffith shared what sets prospective students apart: their creativity, their drive, their research and their dedication. Today, Jennifer helps explains the more quantitative aspects of the admissions requirements…

“One of the best things about Harrington is that we teach from the ground up. Students come here with a varying degree of design experience and many without any at all. We teach from the ground up from design fundamentals, handskills, software, technology, industry knowledge and we believe it’s our job to help students create their professional portfolio from learning these skills.

For Interior Design Associate of Applied Science (ID AAS), Interior Design Bachelor of Fine Art (ID BFA), Digital Photography Associate of Applied Science (DP AAS), Commercial Photography Bachelor of Fine Art  (CP BFA), Communication Design Bachelor of Fine Art (CD BFA), and Master of Art in Interior Design (MAID), no portfolio is required. For our Master in Interior Design a portfolio is required, as candidates already have a four year education in Interior Design or Architecture and have accomplished their book of work in the initial four year program.

Our admissions requirements are published in the Catalog… currently, we require a 2.0 GPA, a Personal Statement Intent (equivalent to a college essay but challenging students to consider what they want to do with their education, why they have chosen to apply, and why they are a good fit for the program), and proof of graduation (from high school or college, we require the official transcript).

We challenge students to exceed our minimum requirement of a 2.0 and put full effort into all of the basic or general courses – we know students are creative and hands on, and we know they may not have had a lot of creative coursework in the past but just as any other college in Chicago, we are proud to be a selective admissions program. We are looking for the best possible candidate to carry on the 80 year design reputation we have built in this city and design community!”

Many thanks to Jennifer for your insight!

If you’re interested in Harrington or know someone who may be, please contact us to find out more!

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This feature is continued from yesterdayHarrington College Admissions Advisors, Jennifer Griffith shares what sets prospective students apart when being considered for Harrington!

“In addition to being motivated, creative and having done their research, a great prospective student has talked to their friends, families, spouses and loved ones – the people who are going to be supporting them through college morally, emotionally, and sometimes even financially. College is a tough transition for any type of student, whether they are coming right out of high school or an adult returning to school after some time, and the best candidates not only have the passion for their industry but someone to support them while they do it!

Also, they know they are ready to live in Chicago, the nation’s capitol for Interior Design, the world’s 3rd largest market for Digital Photographers, and a main hub for agencies, firms, and advertising. They know our program is here and they want to see their education through to its fullest potential by attending school in an area that offers opportunities for students, interns, practical experience and employment after graduation. Our candidates aren’t just waiting to find a school that’s the right fit, they are making it happen and are ready to change their lives and career path TODAY.

Last but not least, the design industry, regardless of major, thrives on communication and the ability to meet deadlines. Our best candidates are organized and on top of meeting deadlines from the start of the admissions process and as they are working towards acceptance. This best prepares our candidates for the class style, completing assignments, and getting prepared for the professional world.”

Does this sound like you? Then it’s time to give us a call!  Keep reading Monday when I’ll share more insight from Jennifer on what professionals essentials help you get in to each of the programs!

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We often get questions from prospective students on what we’re looking for in our potential students… To get some info from those who know best, I spoke with Jennifer Griffith, one of our wonderful Admissions Advisors who actually has a background and education in clinical psychology! Jennifer works with students coming in from out of state or the country to attend Harrington, as well as local students entering college for the first time directly from high school. This is what she shared…

“Ideally, a candidate for Harrington is both motivated and creative. Professional design schools can be tough to find, so these students are dedicated to their passion in Interior Design, Communication Design and Photography and they know how to do their research. Typically, my best candidates have been checking out professional organizations and groups, following blogs, reading popular magazines and articles, and finding ways to outlet their interest until they have formal training. For example, many interior design candidates are already re-designing their own spaces or doing so for friends and family. Photography students are out taking photos: even if they don’t have professional equipment, they may have taken some photo courses in high school or have a natural talent. Communication Design students also outlet their interest in a number of ways…painting, drawing, using Adobe Suite, etc., and they are ready to learn how to make an impact with design. Some of them have also done some job-shadowing, sought out internships, or connected with someone already in the industry.

They also research their industry and career possibilities to have an idea of what they may want to do after graduation. Our candidates didn’t just wake up and decide that design was for them-they live it every day and they are coming to Harrington to be best prepared for the professional world (and we are ready to provide that preparation!)

Keep reading tomorrow to find out more!

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From November of 2006 to December of 2008, Constantine D. Vasilios and Associates, Ltd and architecture is fun inc. had the opportunity to design a Ronald McDonald House that would provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at a nearby hospital.

The idea for the house was centered around the concept of two stretched arms welcoming the guests inside, with a dream staircase hugging them upon arrival in the center of the house. Bridging and twisting vertically around a three story fireplace, the stairway quickly became a symbol for the interior of the building. Blown glass lights partially donated by an artist were hung according to positions of planets in the sky and represented the four seasons. Likewise, each of the interiors of the sixteen suites surrounding the staircase were designed with the four seasons in mind.

While working on the project, Constantine commented, “When I was a student in Architecture School I dreamed of working on a project such as this. I wanted to contribute to people and have the contribution matter for others in terms of design. The Ronald McDonald House provided this opportunity.”

The effect of the house became quickly evident from the reactions of those who stayed there. As taken from an excerpt from a Sun Times article published in June 2009 a mother describes her experience of her stay. “The McDonald house in Oak Lawn …is not an antiseptic institution or an impersonal hotel. It is beautiful, well-appointed and inviting. There are two wings of the house facing the street, which the architect designed to look like arms stretching out, I was told…I started to get teary.”

She goes on to say that when her son was released from the hospital and they took him to the house for the first time, he squealed “Oh Beautiful!”, while pointing at the fireplace and the tall spiral staircase that formed the hearth and the heart of the house.

After reading about the reactions that guests had while staying in the Ronald McDonald House, Constantine said, “I felt the three years spent on the project, the meetings, and the turns and twists to stay on the committed course were more than worth it. The emotional roller coaster of getting things ‘just right’ for the guests was communicating. I was touched, moved and inspired like the young man who started the profession 30 years ago committed to making a difference for people through design. Dreams do come true, you know.”

Constantine D. Vasilios serves on the Faculty of Harrington College of Design as an Interior Design instructor, and is Principal of Constantine D. Vasilios & Associates, Ltd.

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Today I am honored to feature the involvement of Harrington College of Design’s Interior Design Instructor Constantine Vasilio’s recent involvement with the Ronald McDonald House program in Oak Lawn, Illinois.

The Ronald McDonald House program began in 1974 based upon a simple idea: provide a home away from home for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.

In November of 2006, two Chicago based firms, Constantine D. Vasilios and Associates, Ltd and architecture is fun inc., were selected to provide Architectural services and Interior Design services for a new building funded by the Ronald McDonald Charities in Oak Lawn, Illinois. The building site for the Ronald McDonald House was adjacent to a grove of trees, and across the street from the Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital. The two firms had just over a year to design and build the Oak Lawn Ronald McDonald House, with the opening scheduled just 13 months later in Christmas of 2008.

From the start, the project presented several challenges. In addition to the short timeline, the project had a moderate budget donated entirely by individuals, the goal to preserve as many trees on the site as possible, and also many site restrictions given the large size of the building. However, work quickly commenced.

The design for the new building took shape to include 16 suites, several living areas, kitchen areas, dining areas, and other spaces for a total area of approximately 24,000 square feet. Inside, collective and individual spaces were created to support families’ physical and emotional needs during their children’s hospital treatments. Features included niches for relaxation, a computer center, a teen space, experiential play spaces, a dream staircase, communal dining room, administrative areas, and a contemplative landscape which seemed to connect the building to the hospital across the street.

Check back in tomorrow to read more about Constantine D. Vasilios and Associates, Ltd and architecture is fun inc.’s concept for the house!

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