Selkirk College digital arts graduates connect community to creativity – Nelson Star
Finding tangible connection through creative ability and new skills returns to Selkirk College’s Tenth Street Campus for the annual year-end Digital Arts Showcase.
After a two-year pandemic hiatus, students graduating from the two-year Digital Arts program will showcase the best in illustration, photography, film and animation on the evening of Saturday, April 9. The community is invited to a transformed banquet hall in Mary Hall to soak up the budding talents of learners who are on the cusp of a diversity of career paths.
“It’s one of the best ways to share our work and the accomplishments we’ve made by completing the program, to prove to ourselves that we’ve succeeded,” says graduate student Marina Nagibina. “The show also represents our class as a group of highly skilled and talented people who are ready to take on any challenge and opportunity.”
An important part of the experiential learning element of the program, students are required to plan, brand, market and set up the event. As learners work their way through the final weeks of lessons, projects and exams, they prepare to welcome the public to a three-hour eye candy.
“The end of year show is a celebration of the end of two years of hard work for the students,” says instructor Kevin Corbett. “For many, this will be their first opportunity to showcase artwork publicly and it’s a good opportunity to network locally with some of the show attendees. Every year, at least two students find work simply by exhibiting art at the fair.
The journey beyond creativity
Nagibina is an international student from Vladivostok, Russia. A multidisciplinary artist who has always expressed herself through art and photography, Nagibina’s first post-secondary experience was earning a degree in economics. She taught herself design software and took her first steps in the industry as a desktop editor and graphic designer.
When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Nagibina was working as a desktop editor on a cruise ship. The pandemic-related job uncertainty prompted her to seek more specialized training to gain additional skills. It was then that she discovered Selkirk College’s famous digital arts program.
“I really appreciate our instructors and how they supported us, understood what we are up against as students, their knowledge and experience. Without them, the program would have been completely different,” Nagibina tells about his two years at Selkirk College “I also really liked the wide range of courses available for you to experiment and find what really excites you.”
After graduating at the end of April, Nagibina plans to start small as a graphic or web designer where she can continue to develop her skills. Ultimately, she wants to work independently and create a collective of talented artists with different skill sets who can take on any project that comes her way. For now, she’s part of the student team putting on the end-of-year show.
“It’s interesting to see how everything is planned step by step in the creation of the event”, explains Nagibina. “Our main goal is to represent what we feel as digital artists, and how we create and visualize our ideas. We wanted to express how some people might think spending so much time in front of a computer is boring, but for us it’s part of an exciting and creative process.
Help guide the future of the industry
In his first year as a faculty member of the program, Corbett is also an alumnus of Selkirk College who graduated with the class of 2015. When he’s not teaching, he runs his own writing business. clothing/podcast/social media account called Lifeform and is a screenprinter at Nelson’s Great Skull Design.
Bringing industry veteran knowledge and skills to the classroom is Corbett’s goal, but his days as a full-time learner are still fresh, helping to add depth as he mentors the Class of 2022 through the year-end show process.
“I really enjoyed my studies at Selkirk College and it is great to be able to give back to the school by contributing to the education of current students now. Helping plan the show feels like I’ve almost come full circle. Corbett said.
“One thing that hasn’t changed is the stress of planning the show. But the hard work is worth it when students have fun with each other, celebrate their accomplishments, and tell the public about their art. The show has always been something I look forward to every year and I’m thrilled to have helped bring it to life in 2022.”
The Digital Arts Showcase year-end show runs from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. Admission is free and all members of the community are welcome to come see it. More information at: https://selkirk.ca/digital-arts-year-end-show