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Specs Howard Grad: Mark McKenzie

Posted on Wed, Sep 4, 2013

Mark McKenzie, Specs Howard School RadioMark McKenzie could be called the hardest working man in radio. He has not missed a day of work in his nine years of radio. Mark got his start at Specs Howard School of Media Arts. He went from washing vans at his first station to becoming a program director in Canada and back down to board op. Now, Mark is starting over at 89x, the station he grew up listening to. 

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Topics: detroit radio, 89x, Specs Howard, Broadcasting

The Interview - The dos and don'ts to help you land the job

Posted on Fri, Aug 16, 2013

You've submitted your resume, and you just got off the phone with a recruiter. Congratulations, you've made it to the interview stage - now what? Preparing for the interview is the next step in the job search process, and depending on your experience and how comfortable or nerve racking interviewuncomfortable you are in these types of situations, this step can be pretty intense, or pretty simple. Either way, interviews can be nerve-racking, and rightfully so - your next step in life could be determined by one conversation! The best way to land that job is to be prepared. We've put together some dos and don'ts to help you get there.

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Topics: Interview, Career Service, Job search, Specs Howard, Digital Media

4 Best Digital Video Editing Apps for Android

Posted on Thu, Aug 15, 2013

Mobile, Digital VideoWith apps like Vine and Instagram more people are fully realizing the potential of mobile digital video. We would never suggest shooting for a professional video on your phone, but if that is the way you want to go you will need a good video editor. Now with the Samsung Galaxy overtaking Apple's iPhone we decided to gather our top four video editing apps for Android. 

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Topics: Video, Video Content, Specs Howard School, digital media industry, Digital Media Arts, Tutorials, Specs Howard

Specs Howard Graphic Design Grad: Bryan Boedeker

Posted on Mon, Jul 29, 2013

Bryan Boedeker has always been a creative person, something he attributes to his creativeBryan Boedeker, Specs Howard, Graphic Design, Fathead parents.  While working in a nursing home he felt unfulfilled. He began creating flyers for friends and always had various music projects going for fun. He still felt like he needed more. That's when he took the plunge and entered into Specs Howard's Graphic Design program. "It was a test, like do I really want to do this?" Bryan said of the course. It turns out he did, and he was able to use his creative drive to help him land a job at Fathead in Detroit. 

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Topics: Career Service, Specs Howard, Specs Grads, Graphic Design, graphic design industry

HTML 5: The Future of Web Design

Posted on Tue, Jun 4, 2013

By Dara Harper Years ago, people accessed web sites from dial-up modems and online video consisted of short Quicktime movies. Most people only went online to check their emails and the connection was so slow that it took a long time to even do that. Now, the web is an interactive place where everything is within reach... from full-length movies to social mediaHTML 5, Web Design, Specs Howard to eCommerce!

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Topics: Digital Media Arts, graphic design workshop, web design, Specs Howard

Dropbox: A Web Design lifesaver

Posted on Wed, May 22, 2013

By Cally McIntyre  Dropbox is my lifesaver. My whole world opened up considerably when I found Dropbox.  I can’t actually remember how I found it or if a friend recommended it toDropbox, web designer tools me, but it is a lifesaver.  Have you ever forgotten your flash drive at home, when you need a certain file on it for a web design project due that day?  How annoying is that? You would have to drive home to get it and be late for your meeting. 

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Topics: Digital Media Arts, graphic design apps, web design, Specs Howard, Graphic Design

So You Want to be a Digital Media YouTube Star?

Posted on Thu, May 16, 2013

By Jeremy Browe   Imagine this scenario: You have an amazing idea for a video in your head. You have spent weeks (perhaps even months) planning, shooting and editing your masterpiece. You upload it to YouTube, share it on your Facebook wall and go to sleep. You wake up the next morning to find that you ONLY HAVE 3 VIEWS! “Why isn’t my video as popular as (insert very

Youtube, making money on youtube, digital video
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Topics: Video Content, digital media industry, Youtube, Digital Media Arts, Specs Howard

Creating Digital Media with the Adobe Creative Cloud

Posted on Wed, May 1, 2013

Adobe Creative CLoud, Specs Howard, Digital Media ArtsSpecs Howard is pleased to announce exciting updates to the Digital Media Arts Program. Beginning this month, the Digital Media Arts Program will include the use Adobe's Creative Cloud. This mean that students will be given access to industry standard applications like Adobe Premiere and After Effects. Digital Media Arts Program Supervisor, Christin Russman created a guided tour of what Adobe's Creative Cloud offers. 

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Topics: Farmington Hills, Adobe Creative Cloud, CS6, Christin Russman, Digital Media Arts, Specs Howard

What to know to start Shooting with DSLR Cameras

Posted on Mon, Apr 29, 2013

By Christin Russman A new trend in the video industry is shooting video with HDSLR (or sometimes just referredDSLP Clip to as “DSLR”) cameras. HDSLRs (Hybrid Digital Single Lens Reflex) are cameras predominately used by photographers. The popularity of these cameras is that not only do they take amazing photographs, but they also shoot incredible video. We researched the pros and cons of using these tools and wanted to share what we found. 

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Topics: Digital Media Arts, Tutorials, workshops, Specs Howard, Broadcast Media Arts

What is ‘Responsive Web Design’

Posted on Thu, Apr 25, 2013

By Dylan Mierzwinski    These days we have loads of different devices: laptops, computers, iPhones, iPads, Nexus tablets, Smart TVs, Android phones, Kindles, Nooks, Netbooks, (Google glasses?) and so on and so forth. What do all of these devices have in common? They connect to the internet. With the myriad of screen sizes, resolutions, browsers, and need for information comes the need for responsive web design.

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Topics: Dylan Meirwinski, graphic design workshop, web design, Specs Howard, Digital Media

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