2018 Student Portfolio Review
Saturday, April 14, 2018 
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM 

York College of Pennsylvania
Willman Business Center
441 Country Club Road, York, PA

The AIGA Central PA Annual Student Portfolio Review will be held at York College of Pennsylvania, Williman Business Center, 5th Floor. 

The AIGA portfolio review is open to all design students at the undergraduate and MFA levels. The review is designed to give you advice on how to present yourself and your work. This is your chance to: 
  • Have a professional look at your portfolio 
  • Distribute your resume 
  • Practice your interview skills
  • Receive honest feedback about your work

To reduce the time students have had to wait for their review, we will be conducting two sessions – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. When you are completing your online registration, please let us know what session you prefer. We will do our best to accommodate the time you select. We may ask you to be flexible so that we can balance the number of students between the morning and afternoon sessions. Please arrive at your session’s check-in time so that we can begin reviews on time. Lunch will not be provided for students, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat before or after your session. Feel free to bring you lunch and eat during our Guest Speaker's talk.  

Guest Speaker Nancy Stamatopoulos
Over the lunch break AIGA Central PA will be having our guest speaker, Art Director and Instructor Nancy Stamatopoulos,  to address the students.

Morning Session: 10:00 to Noon
Check In: 9:00 AM

Lunch Break with Guest Speaker – Noon to 1:00

Afternoon Session: 1:00 to 3:00PM
Check In: Noon

If you have questions, contact Jim Castanzo, our Education Chair at jim@centralpa.aiga.org

How does it work?
Review sessions will be conducted like speed dating. This format maximizes the number of reviewers you meet with during your assigned review session. One-to-one time with reviewers is limited to 15 minutes, so be prepared to present your portfolio and receive feedback within this time constraint. 

This event is designed to model the interview process; so be early, be prepared, and be mindful of how you present yourself and your work. Professional attire is recommended.

How to Prepare:
  • Present 8 to 12 of your best portfolio pieces.
  • Have 6 to 10 copies of your resume.
  • A fully charged laptop / device if you plan on showing screen-based work.
  • We cannot guarantee wireless internet, so have back-up files saved locally.

To be announced.

More about Nancy Stamatopoulos:

Nancy Stamatopoulos

The AIGA of Central PA is happy to announce Nancy Stamatopoulos as our Keynote Speaker for the 2018 Student Portfolio Review. Nancy will be speaking at 12:00 PM 

Nancy is an experienced art director, instructor and student. Yes, you read that correctly. Nancy is a constant learner and is wrapping up her MFA in Communication Design at Kutztown University. 

At the same time, Nancy is an adjunct instructor at Messiah College and Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. Before moving to Lancaster, she was an instructor at Pratt Institute.

Nancy started her career in publication design at WBMG in NYC. She says that experience — being mentored by icons Walter Bernard and Milton Glaser — was the crossroads of her career.  It’s what led her into editorial design.

After WBMG she held associate art director positions in the insanely fast-paced weekly magazine business including the titles: TIME, and BusinessWeek. She also reveled in more sensibly-paced monthly magazines such as Outdoor Life, Woman’s Day and Psychology Today. Nancy’s first art director job was at the publication Supermarket News — a weekly B2B magazine publishing 52 issues annually including quarterly supplements and special issues. While at Supermarket News, Nancy spearheaded the magazine’s successful redesign and new cross-platform design initiative.

The digital age caused a significant number of magazines to consolidate and even end print publication. Nancy saw the writing on the wall and decided that she needed to explore options outside the publishing industry. To do that, she knew she needed to reinvent herself which led her back to school — a pretty gutsy move. That is what brought her to Lancaster and Kutztown University. 

Nancy will describe her journey in the design business and reinforce to the students that their learning doesn’t end the day they graduate — successful designers are ALWAYS LEARNING.

Nancy is a member of the AIGA, Graphic Artists Guild, University & College Designers Association as well as a  current member and past board member of the Society of Publication Designers.

Event sponsors:

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Interested in being a reviewer? 
We are looking to recruit 30 to 40 passionate, dedicated, and candid volunteers who serve as portfolio reviewers. This is a great opportunity to help support and shape Central PA’s next generation of professional designers.

We ask that reviewers arrive at 9:00 AM to register. A light breakfast will be provided – with plenty of coffee. Just prior to starting our first sessions, brief welcome comments and instructions will be given. Between sessions, we will provide lunch. Coffee, water and soft drinks will be available during both sessions. 

If you have questions, contact Jim Castanzo, our Education Chair at jim@centralpa.aiga.org. Thank you!


When & Where
Sat, Apr 14, 2018 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM EDT
York College of Pennsylvania: Willman Business Center
441 Country Club Road
York, PA 17403