Posted in Responsive Web Design, Training, Uncategorized, Web Centric, Web Content, Web Designing

GWDD curriculum is best for us

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“His ambition is to be the spider in the World Wide Web……”

John McCarthy

Hi there…..We met in my previous blogs before. Today I want to discuss my experience as a GWDD (Graphics, Web Design & Development) Student at Arena Animation Park Street. What I think about Web is…..It is the best thing that ever happened to me. When I got admitted in APS as a graphics and web student, I knew least about the vast world of Web. Gradually I got the unique taste of web and I really felt that nowadays we are all along dependent on it. We are living in the Web! Ok now let’s get deep and start with a simple poll. How many of your friends do you text daily? I know keeping that in mind is hard. Do you have more conversations through web than you do in person? It seems that more and more people are moving away from face-to-face interactions but instead moving towards a more web-driven way of life, myself included!

I got to know the basics of web like how to make a static webpage and turning it into dynamic website. It felt so wonderful knowing the facts behind the webpages we are going through every single day, hours, minutes…….. Trust me coding, developing sounds so heavy for the freshers like us but you can fell in love with it if you have a passion for web.

The GWDD course curriculum provides the best subjects and upto date study material that the students will be benefited in all the ways.

The GWDD course makes you upto the trend, updated and builds your skill in the World Wide Web. Beside the course we all were involved in extra-curricular activities like- Agomoni, Rakhi such events. “Only work and no play makes jack a dull boy” ……. never faced such situation!

At the end of the day  I would definitely like to say that GWDD is the best carrier option according to me because Web is now the real conqueror and to know web more you have to go for this course-The best curriculum till now.

 

 

Posted in Arena Park Street, Graphic Design, Training, Web Designing

Why I Choose Graphics & Web Design & Development?

Chandan Sah explains why:

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Choosing a career has always been one of the hardest decision a student takes in his life, but that one decision crafts our future. As an Accounts Graduate it’s been even harder for me, because taking web as my profession means changing my entire career from Accounts to Web.

What I personally think about this course is, it’s one of the most interesting and flexible professions one can choose. But the negative point about this course is it’s not for everyone, if you want to succeed you need to have a keen interest in its subject matter. The web is a huge and complex network and you need to be updated every second if you want to succeed.

I have been using Computer and Internet since I was in class 8 and since then I have had an interest in how these things works and it led me into choosing this professional and hopefully I will achieve my ultimate dream of becoming a web developer.

I never had much interest in Graphics but I gradually started learning much more under the guidelines of Saptarshi Sir and I am still learning every day. Joining Arena Park Street has been my first step in achieving my dream, it’s a longer and harder than I expected, but to achieve something as large we have to pay a price.

I will conclude by quoting words of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam – “Never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place – that is, the unique you. Have an aim in life, continuously acquire knowledge, work hard, and have perseverance to realize the great life.”

Posted in Alumni Success Story, Arena Park Street, Graphic Design, Kolkata, Student Success Stories, Training, Web Designing

Vinay Jason Haridas’s Story

Hi, my name is Vinay Jason Haridas and I am a Graphic and Web designer. I specialize in logo design / brand identity/web template designing etc. From a young age I have been fascinated by art and design and by my teen years started following Japanese style of ate i.e Anime / Manga.

After passing my class 12, I enrolled myself in Academy of Fine Arts and followed that up by learning designing software’s like Photoshop, Illustrator, Corel Draw & Flash from Arena Animation Park Street. A year later in 2010 I was living my dream when I got my first job as a designer in Dream Infotech Gangtok, Sikkim. This is where I improved my skills as a designer for Web & Graphics

In 2012 I got my big break by landing a job in Dubai U.A.E as a lead designer for Graphic International Centre where I gained knowledge about print media, it was a completely new experience for me here with the change in life, people, culture and so on. The biggest challenge here was to learn what happens next once we design that poster or brochure, the different printing technologies, media, inks etc.

Graphic/Web design has broadened its reach dramatically over the past decade, expanding from a specialized profession to a widely deployed skill. More designers are becoming producers, authors, publishers, and entrepreneurs actively employing their creative skills as makers of content and shapers of experiences.

Today, graphic design has become second nature. In fact, most people do not
even realize that every day they are viewing thousands of visuals from the
label on their tea in the morning, to the hoarding on the way to work, to when we open our phones or computers, to watching TV, or the advertisement on public transport, to the toothpaste packaging before they go to sleep.

Being a web or graphic designer is always about being at par with the latest trends and software’s, to improve yourself in all aspects and give yourself that edge from others and not just another face in this world of designs. That is why I have come back to where it all started here in Arena Park Street to improve myself once again and start a new chapter in my life.

Posted in Arena Park Street, Graphic Design, Responsive Web Design, Students, Training, Uncategorized, Web Centric, Web Designing

Web Designing & Development as Career

An Article by Ankita Bhattacharya (Web Student at Arena Multimedia – Park Street)

The 21st Century saw an explosion in commodities and services. Our growing economy has created millions of buyers. In today’s hectic and complex lifestyle websites provide one of the most powerful tool to connect buyers with sellers. This is more relevant in light of our PM Narendra Modi’s “Digital India” programme and Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s vision of connecting every Indian village with internet by 2020.

As per Google survey of 2013 only 45% of small business houses in India has their own website. Hence smaller businesses are not maximizing the benefit of their internet presence, but it should be pointed out that those taking advantage of it are really experiencing significant gains. So why are so many still missing the boat? The main reason that it is important for business to have a website is how people are likely to find one. These days most people will go online search for a product or a company before they make a purchase. The points above justify the selection of web designing and development as a profession of today as well as tomorrow.

The World Wide Web was introduced by Tim Berner’s Lee in the year of 1989. Sir Tim Berners Lee is a British Computer Scientist. The different areas of Web design include Web Graphic Design, Interface Design, Authoring, including Standardised Code and proprietary software, User Experience design and Search Engine Optimization. On the other hand, Web Development involves in developing a website for hosting via internet or intranet.

This unique profession which calls for-

  • Graphic Design Theory
  • Communicative Skill
  • Business Sense
  • Creativity

is taught at- Arena Animation, Park Street.

One may take up the course considering both job opportunity as well as satisfaction of a creative soul.

Posted in Animation, Arena Park Street, Kolkata, Students, Training

Why Animation & Why APS?

Rajkumar Pan’s thoughts on the subject.

I choose Arena Animation Park Street because it has been producing the best animators. I am an entrepreneur (An Interior Designer). Working for many years, establishing myself. Now, I decided to make my dream come true.

Animation……A totally different culture. Culture that help us learn together, work together and finally to be together. When I decided to learn this subject, my first thought was that it is another computer based subject, working with software; but today after one and a half years my opinion has totally changed. Now I have learnt the value of working together, and the bonding in life.

Animation……An ocean of knowledge. When you are learning animation you have to gather knowledge about each and every single details of this universe i.e. Architecture, Interior Designer, Engineering, Space, Physics, Underwater, Nature, Sports and so on. So studying animation would be a great opportunity for those who really want to earn knowledge. It’s a world where perfection of your work makes you learn more and appeals to your audience.

Animation……It helps to discover the aesthetic value of everyday human life and togetherness. Not only these, it also helps you to grow and start up your career with a great opportunity in the up-growing Animation Industry.

So, if you are ready to fly with the leaders then fasten your seat belt with the leader to be a leader.

-RAJKUMAR PAN

Posted in Activities, Arena Park Street, Graphic Design, Kolkata, Students, Training, Web Centric, Web Designing, Workshops & Seminars at APS

SURPRISE PROJECT ON DIGITAL MARKETING

Kamlesh Patel writes about a Surprise Project that he participated in at APS

On 20th November 2015, as we entered the Pinocchio Lab for our normal class, instantly a surprise test was taken and we were divided into two teams Team A and Team B. I was a member of Team B. We were then assigned with a surprise group project by our respected Somnath Sir.

The topics were as follows :

  • Team A – Peace Foundation.
  • Team B – Digital Marketing.

I was representing Team B and the project which we received was Digital Marketing. We were assign to create :

  1. Web Template for a company.
  2. Logo for the company.
  3. Visiting Card for the company.
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My Team Members

None of us had any proper knowledge on how to present and promote a product or a service digitally to the consumer. Then as a group we conducted a thorough research on what is Digital Marketing and how to promote a product or a service digitally.

We found that Digital Marketing is very innovative and wonderful concept in today’s world. It helps to promote the product and services with the help of Digital Marketing Channels to reach the consumer in an appropriate manner. Digital Marketing has become a powerful network of advertisement. With the help of Digital Marketing promoting any product through internet has become convenient and cost-effective.

I think that with such technology, marketing of any kind of products has become a lot more easier, the consumer’s conveniences has become possible.

At this point more or less we all had a concept on how to promote a product digitally through Digital Marketing Channel i.e Web. And we started our project Digital Marketing on Coco Café Restaurant. We wanted to promote Coco Café Restaurant by the services it provides the customers such as:

  • HAPPY HOURS
  • HIGHLIGHTS
  • CLAIM OFFERS
  • HOME DELIVERY
  • ADVANCE BOOKING
  • UPDATION OF LATEST OFFERS.

Now it was time to implement the ideas . We distributed the work. So while some were making the Web Template for the company, others were making the logo and the visiting card for the company. And finally we succeeded in our given task.

Following are the works:

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The Logo that we designed
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The Visiting Card
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The Web Template

After completion of the project we were instructed to upload it to the social media like facebook etc. to get a positive or negative feedback from the audience point of view to evaluate our skill, knowledge and performance.

-Kamlesh Patel

Posted in Activities, Arena Park Street, Kolkata, Students, Training

How a class is conducted at APS

Bhartesh Jajoo shares how a class is conducted at APS

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At 9am, our class starts with a 30 minutes typing speed practice in MS Word to increase our typing speed.

After that, Somnath Sir talks to us for 10 to 15 minutes to give us all the necessary updates which are important for us like whether there is any seminar or any competition organized by Arena.

Next, we plan with Sir about what we will learn on that day. Sir teaches us according to that plan. At the end of the class Sir conducts a Q&A session to clear our doubts. This is followed by a 10 minute break for refreshment before starting another topic. This is our daily class routine at APS

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Somnath Sir’s Class at APS

We end the session with a group discussion and plan on issues like what to do in next class or for some kind of activities.

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With my classmates at APS

Activity Sessions

When we do any activity, we follow all the things which we have discussed and planned in our group discussion. We reach at 8:30am and start our work. In that activity, each of us has some responsibility. We tell our Respected Somnath Sir that we will complete the work within a specific time. According to that, Sir always reminds us of timing that how much time is left. It gives lot of encouragement from our Sir when he guides us in that manner. He allows us to switch on the music for some refreshment and fun. Activities at APS are lots of fun and enjoyment.

-Bhartesh Jajoo

Posted in Activities, Arena Park Street, Kolkata, Students, Training, Workshops & Seminars at APS

Sharing My Experience on e-Portfolio

Sneha Lakhotia shares her e-Portfolio experience

On 28th September, 2015 , A Seminar on e-Portfolio was held at Arena Multimedia – Park Street under the guidance of Somnath Sir. He shared his view and opinion on e-Portfolio and also discussed the benefits & importance of an e-Portfolio. Here, I want to share and discuss about what is an e-Portfolio…..

e-Portfolio is an electronic portfolio i.e. it is a medium to communicate and showcase skills, experience and learning. In simple way we can say, that it is a way of presenting oneself online.

In an e-Portfolio we can showcase our best work to present evidence of our expertise and accomplishments to a specific audience such as an employer or teacher. An e-Portfolio is a process of learning to achieve our desired goals and activities and also encourage detailed learning through collaboration and reflection. Creating an e-Portfolio is a professional and educational opportunity. It can also prepare you for your Job.

Four steps you should follow to prepare your work and information:

  • Start collecting the experience of your life i.e. the work you have done or thoughts which have been written down. The collection becomes your personal database.
  • Give time to yourself and think who you are and what you want to be. Identify your goals it may be short –term or long-term and come up with action plans.
  • Follow your plans.
  • Prepare your work and reflection, and put them in your database.

An e-Portfolio consist of four different sections:

  1. Profile: Personal details, short description about yourself, values and beliefs, Interest and hobbies.
  2. Summary: Target audience, Purpos, Goals and Action Plans.
  3. Showcase: Show work and share experiences and also organise them with description and reflection.
  4. Qualifications: Educational Background, Scholarships, Awards, Co-curricular Activities, Work Experience and other information.

Overall the Seminar was beneficial to all the Students and we understood the Scenario of e-Portfolio that we intend to implement in our near future.

Thanks to Sir , for conducting this Seminar.

Posted in Activities, Animation, Arena Park Street, Kolkata, Special, Student Success Stories, Students, Training

See beyond and find the real you

Swarnali Mondal had a dream. Did it come true? Read this blog post to find out.

My dream was clear for me – an Astronaut. Well you must be surprised.

Now here comes a U-turn. Curious!!?

Here, who is writing the article is not an astronaut rather she is a learner, few steps away to be an Animator.

My life is not going to be a nerdy one anymore.

Whatever is meant for you, is yours and it comes to your way by hook or crook. Animation came to me as a new hope, it’s a life changing decision I’ve made in my life. I joined Arena Animation Park Street branch since, it has been producing one of the best Animators around the world. I stepped inside a whole new world, whose few particles was already within me; but didn’t realized before.

My interactions with teachers and pupils made me realize the bond between them. The principle goes like – Be YOURSELF, WE are just making you learn the tools, it’s YOU who will choose the path through.

  • I made many new friends here.
  • I got one of the best teachers to guide me.

 

After few months of joining I got to know about an event called ORBIT LIVE. A wonderful experience so far. All kind of exclusive stars of animation are here to welcome your talent. They are ready to gift you the spotlight. The caption is cool – Hear The Stars, Meet The Stars, Be The Stars. This event really raised my confidence up.

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Swarnali receiving a Certificate from Mr. Gurtaj Mangat at Orbit Live, Mumbai
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Swarnali receiving an award at Orbit Live from Mr. Easo Matthews

 

This (APS) is such an institute that will hold up your creativity rise up high. We are always having one or the other event throughoit the whole year. I got so much appreciations and even got inspired from few of my friends’ work.

At the end, it’s like whatever you deserve you will get, may be the better one; so at present it’s a bit tough but in future you may have a blast if you give your 100% to your work (audience).

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A wall painting on our APS classroom wall done by me

 

I MAY NOT HAVE GONE WHERE I INTENDED TO GO,

BUT I THINK I HAVE ENDED UP WHERE I NEEDED TO BE.

– Douglas Adams.

Life doesn’t go the way sometimes you thought it might, you need to go on to see beyond.

-SWARNALI MONDAL

 

Posted in Animation, Kolkata, Special, Students, Training

Unexpected Encounter

Arijit Das shares his experience about an unexpected encounter with “The PJ”

Many a times the best things happens unexpectedly…………

It was 28th September’15, and suddenly during the break we were called upon by our sir to the Rhythm lab.

As we entered, there were all familiar faces except a person who was in T-shirt and quarters and a cap on his head. Till then we also didn’t know who he was, until Ruia sir introduced him to us.

He was Mr. Prosenjit Ganguly aka “PJ”, one of the most popular and liked independent animation film designer of our country. For a moment I was astounded and then something popped in my mind that I previously heard about him and his workshops.

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An animated PJ

Prosenjit Ganguly is an alumnus and former member of the faculty of the National Institute of Design (NID). He is a screenwriter, creative director, IP creator, stop-motion animator, voice artist and media educator. His short films have been showcased in more than 20 countries winning 3 international awards. We were standing with a person of that caliber in the same room of APS was something we could have ever expected for.

Once he started talking, his way of talking with us, body gestures with that smile in his face was noticeable. Is he an animator? Or an animated character himself?? It was blissful to eyes.
Though it was a short span of interaction with him, in that session…..

  • He told us on how to be focused and disciplined to our works and enjoy working on it.
  • He shared some of his experiences from his days in NID and some from the workshops he conducted.
  • How to work in a team, he illustrated it with a very good example and also told how important is team-work for us.
  • He gave us a touch of how professionals works in the animation industry.

His way of telling all this added with humour made it so enchanting for us to listen. We also asked some queries to him and he explained it to us.

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PJ, interacting with us

At the end of that quick session, Ruia sir asked PJ if he can have some time time and conduct a workshop for APS. We were so excited and PJ didn’t let us down. He told next time he comes to Kolkata, he will try his best.

Thank you PJ and thank you Ruia sir for making it one of the most inspiring sessions that I will never forget in my life.

We are impatiently waiting to meet you again.

-by Arijit Das