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Media and Millennial’s Mindset


Miami Module Profiles

Program: Miami Art Portfolio Summer Studio (MAPS)

                         Instructor: Matthew W. Litteken, Adjunct Professor studied the Fine Arts of ceramics and painting at Miami University in 1995. He teaches drawing,  2-D dimensional design, and painting. 

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“We challenge our students to think critically and creatively about the world and their art-making”.-Matthew W. Litteken

Student Learning: While taking this course students will learn various skills to produce an art portfolio for college admission. Both Sessions include hands on projects that “heighten students’ ability to create an illusion”. In session one they will focus on the visual language of drawing, critical judgement, and precise observation. Students will create 3-D forms in a 2-D space while  Session two will primarily  focus on spatial design (3-D Art) and construction. Students will create various levels of sculptures to give them an insight to collegiate studies and critiques.
What does success look like after college in this field? This varies greatly, especially given the scope of opportunities and the need for creative individuals in all fields, institutions, and businesses. We had past student go on to become artists, illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, etc.

What will your students do for their final presentation?
Display and discussion of the artworks created within the two week program.

Program: Health and How to Change the world


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 “I hope the students get a general understanding of both global health and medical anthropology, and an appreciation of how complex health and health care really are, anywhere in the world”. -Professor Hay-Rollins

Student Learning: While taking this course students will focus primaraly at diseases manifested, transmitted, treated, and experienced  within communites. 

Instructor: Professor Cameron Hay-Rollins, a tenured professor in the Department of Anthropology, she is also a medical anthropologist and teaches medical and psychological anthropology course. In addition she coordinates and directs the global health studies and the Health Research Innovation Center striving to augment global health at Miami.

What was your inspiration to offer this course?

 It is an opportunity for me to make a highlights course merging medical anthropology and global health courses. 


What does success, after college, look like in this field?

In either med anthro or global health, success involves graduate school, and working in academic or with health organizations or non-profits to ameliorate health inequities.  


Program: Miami Fashion Design Module

Della Reams: Instructor of the Fashion and Design Module at Miami University. She is the Visiting Assistant Professor and is developing the space and curriculum for the new Fashion Minor and Co-major, that teaches Fashion and Textile Design courses.

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“I hope they get interested in learning more about fashion, and specifically about fashion design”- Della Reams

Student Learning: The Fashion Design module offers to get news students intrested in learning about fashion and textile design. They will have a Process Portfolio to show their other work, including technical fashion drawing, fashion illustration, a collage of the elements and principles of fashion design, knitting, weaving, etc. Students will work on a tote bag and scarf, inolving sewing and dyeing. In addition they will design, sew and customize their own “little black dress”. For their final presentation students will showcase their clothing by wearing their own dress and scarf and carrying their tote bag. 


What project(s) are your students working in your module?  They are working on sewing a tote bag with industrial sewing machines, and then dyeing the bag along with dyeing silk scarves.  In addition, they will drape a dress and customize it to their own “little black dress” design,make a pattern, cut out, sew and fit the dress to themselves.  


What does success, after college, look like in this field?  This is one of the largest industries in the world.  There are many, many varied jobs in the fashion/textile fields all around the world.  Some students plan to start their own businesses as well.