Thursday, September 27, 2018

Do you like to express your ideas visually? If so, you have found the right place!

Welcome to the Visual and Digital Arts at American International College.  We invite you to scroll down for news about recent events and click on the menu tabs above to learn about the program's core courses and degree offerings.

Come join the fun!

Self-Portrait by Jorangeliz Bermudez-Martinez

                                                                                                                                                                                                VDA Major Jessie Darnell made this video about our major for a class project in Digital Storytelling.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

3D Printed Cultural Objects Designed by AIC Students to be Exhibited at Construct 3D in Atlanta

Students in the VDA course Art and Culture: A Global Look received a two-part assignment:

Part 1. Design a cultural object.

Part 2. Go to and create a 3D model of the cultural object you designed.

After assigning these projects, Professor John Nordell learned that in response to the absolute lack of cultural objects found on major online sites for 3D designs, the #0Things project was launched. The initiative encourages students to design artifacts that represent who they are and where they are from.

The #0Things cultural objects will be 3D printed and exhibited at Construct 3D 2018 in Atlanta, GA

Alli Gavin with the Celtic Cross pendant she designed.

A 3D print, designed with details to look ancient, honors Alli's Irish roots.

Of Pacific Islander heritage, Kayla Clark designed this Shark Tooth pendant.  Click on the triangle to view in three dimensions.  Then, click and drag with your mouse to see various angles. Scroll to zoom in and out.

Shark Tooth Pendant by Kayla Clark

Ethan Murray designed this object in order represent two aspects of his culture: baseball and the 2nd Amendment.

America's Pastimes by Ethan Murray

Love is in the Air - VDA Major Katelynn Leclerc Turns Pro

Visual & Digital Arts major and rising junior Katelynn Leclerc sees professional photography in her future after graduation.  The dream has begun to manifest as she recently completed paid photo and video shoots for members of the AIC community.  If you have photography needs, she can be reached via email:

Aubera Allyssa and Peter Walsh get engaged!

Congratulations to Courtney and Ryan Albee!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Donated Student Art will Raise Money to Aid Springfield's Homeless

This is the third year that American International College students have created artwork to donate to Springfield's Friends of the Homeless benefit art auction.  Friends of the Homeless provides shelter and meals to people in need.  They work to find permanent housing for shelter guests and operate 100 units of low-income housing.

Last year, donated AIC student artwork raised a total of $1,025.  Please join us for the fundraising auction on June 18, from 5-8pm, at Hadley Farms Meeting House, 41 Russell Street Rt. 9, Hadley, MA  01035

Here is a selection of student work that will be on display:

3D digital design and text by Ethan Murray

These 3D printed wine glasses represent home because a home is a place where people gather.  Whether it is for a family gathering, a party, a holiday dinner, or just a place where you and your friends can be to have a good time.  Gatherings represent home because it brings people together.  It allows people to reconnect, rekindle, and strengthen current and past relationships.

Digital photograph and text by Kelly Shea

When thinking about the idea of home, I don’t necessarily think of a physical place. For many people, home is an object or a repeated action that creates a sense of comfort.  When taking this photo, I gained inspiration from my mom who drinks a cup of tea every morning before work and at night before she goes to bed.  To her, home is the comfort and sense of security in having that cup of tea before she conquers her day as well as closing off her day with the same action.  For her, it invokes a sense of comfort in the morning and closure at night.  To me, this is what home is.  Home is something that creates a feeling of security within a person and provides and outlet from the stresses of everyday life.

Watercolor painting and text by Katelynn Leclerc

I strongly believe that culture and home have a very strong relationship.  To me home means family.  I come from a very Irish family.  For this assignment I drew the Irish Celtic knot, which is a symbol for family.  In the background I used watercolor to create a light green and dark green mixture, to capture the Irish feel.  Culture is a big part of my family’s life and when we celebrate Irish holidays I feel at home.

Digital photograph and text by Regine Winifred

To me family means togetherness, through thick and thin.  The feelings I feel when I think of home are happiness and warmth.  In my opinion home does not have a look.  No matter where you are, as long as you are with family, you are home.  If I had to give “home” a look it would be never ending smiling faces of my family members.  My photo connects to the theme by showing that togetherness is all you need.

Digital aerial drone image and text by Zach Bednarcyzk

Home is not necessarily a single place. Some people prefer to stay in one place for long periods of time. I like to travel whenever I can, even if its a short distance for a short time. The world is a fascinating place, and that alone is my home.

Digital Photograph by Nadia Ciubotaru

When I come back to the Black Sea in Odessa, Ukraine, I know that I am home.  Although I call the United States my permanent home, the Black Sea will always be my birthplace, as I was born just a mile away from the sea.  This door represents the entrance to the Black Sea, and that is what greets me every time I come back to visit.  The door “Domus Solis” in two centuries old and was designed by Odessa's famed sculptor Mikhail Reva.

In 2001,  just before getting on the plane to New York for the first time, my mom stopped the car and rushed to the shore of the port while pulling my hand.  We arrived at the crashing waves where the water met the concrete slab of the port and my mom put a coin in my hand and told me to throw it in the Black Sea and wish that one day I can come back to the Black Sea and that it will always be my home.  I left the Black Sea at 9 years old and started a new life in the States which is now my home, but I will always have a place in my heart for my birthplace “the Black Sea.”

The door is always open and that to me means that Black Sea’s doors are always open for me and are happy to see me home.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

AIC Athletes from the Sky!

Students in Advanced Photography piloted a drone to capture aerial imagery of student-athletes using the athletic complex.  Each student shot footage for the collaborative project.  Each student then made a video by compiling the clips.  You can see all the videos on this Pinterest board.

Student Nadia Ciubotaru used tight edits and crisp sequencing with her video:

Professor Nordell made a behind the scenes video of the students using the drone:

Big thanks to FAA Pilot and student Zach Bednarczyk who taught his classmates how to use the drone.  And, huge thanks to all the participating student-athletes!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Building Postive Community by Sharing Traveling Tokens

Students created different Traveling Tokens that represent positive social ideas.  The tokens are shared from person to person to spread messages such as peace, infinite love, happiness or calm.  If you receive a token, keep it for a day, take a photo and post it with #aictt, and then pass it on the next day to build community!

A big thank you to arts educator Jessica Lazarus who developed this Traveling Tokens concept.

Happiness, 3D Prints, by Darcy
Infinite Love, Cut Branch, by Ryan
Relax and Stay Tropical, Clay, by Kayla

Saturday, April 28, 2018

VDA Major Kelly Shea Creates Powerful Film About Resilience

VDA major Kelly Shea took top honors this year for Video Production at the Academic Awards Ceremony.  She wrote, directed, filmed and edited this emotionally charged film as one of her final projects.  We invite you to watch her mastery.   Oh, and by the way, Kelly is just finishing her Freshman year!