This month I had my media designer assistant test (mediegrafiker assistentprøve) – which is a test we need to take as a part of our media designer education. The test takes place 1 year before we are done, and it is similar to our graduation exam. During the test we need to solve a web, print and photo assignments, plus show various examples of design work we made. After the assignments are done we continue to oral presentation where we have to explain and defend why we did what and explain our designs and ideas behind them.
The print assignment was pretty easy – we needed to make 2 magazine spreads, which was cake. I didn’t have time to make the smallest typography editing like adding hairspace in proper areas. Later I found out I made small mistake of aligning images to grid and not text x-height. Grrr… Otherwise no other big mistakes.
Photo assignment – we had to photomanipulate 2 photos together. We has to “cut out” image of apples from one photo and take a hand, then make it look like a hand is picking apple from branch on photo one, and then put it all on yellow background… Yeh, cake.
Web assignment… Ok… We got a sheet with some of the code, and then with that code we needed to make a website just as it was on the paper we got. Its quite annoying to work with someone else’ code… Luckily I finished the 2 pages we did, even though I had to do some things my way, cause I had no idea how they wanted me to do it.. and I forgot that “.” in css was class… so I was raging a bit cause i forgot to put class type in html where it had to be – so some stuff didn’t work.
During the oral presentation I talked to save my life. The examiners were like “oh god, you talk so much!” haha
But it payed off. When they called me back after they discussed with each other what grade to give me I was about to die of anxiety, because 3 people before me failed the exam completely. They call me in and they say “Congratulations Natasha, you got a 12“. *
So yeh… awesome stuff!
*highest grade in Danish grading system, don’t ask me why and how…