Love Letter To A (Former) Student

Your teachers often say stuff like, “It was a great semester…”

We know that all of our students don’t always agree!

I’m always a little sad when you leave my classroom for the last time. I’ll see you in the halls and on the sidewalk, but we’ll never have another class together again. Many of your fellow instructors feel the same way.

I hope later, when you look back at this experience, you’ll remember it was pretty good. Maybe you developed some new opinions, ideas, plans…

Maybe you learned a bit about yourself. Maybe you learned a hard lesson. Good things come from mistakes, if we learn from the experience. We all make them. It’s part of being human. It’s part of the college experience. We are all finding our center, finding our voice, together.

That’s why I love being a teacher, and I loved being yours.

Enjoy the holidays, the break, the relief from all of this.

I am here –  we are here for you –  if you need anything. All you have to do is ask.

See you soon.

John Scott Academy of Art UniversityJohn Scott is the Career Services Manager for COM. He’s also the instructor of COM 611: The Evolution of Media.


A Salute to Service

Going to college is a challenging experience.

But it’s nothing compared to being a member of the military.

Shane Tidrick

Daniel Mapes













Two COM students (from top to bottom), Lorena, Shane and ( a recent graduate)  Daniel, are part of our AAU family.  They were profiled in the November issue of GI Jobs, a magazine for veterans looking for work, post enlistment.

We’re proud of their service, and proud of the awesome work they have done in their academic careers as well.

Check out the article here.


Check Out These Killer New Class Options

It’s Thanksgiving week – we have some time to chill.

We hope you have a great holiday with your family and friends.

Now, when you get back…

There are some cool  options for you to think about for the spring semester. The great thing about electives is they are low-risk ways to try new things, to test a different path.

Check this list below. If anything speaks to you, get with your advisor and ask about enrolling.

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MPT 498.03 Making Reality TV
The Reality Television industry is thriving
Learn about production from Steve Kotton and Jack Perez
Wednesdays 12:00pm
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COM 630.01 Motion Graphics for Digital Media
Graduate level motion graphics class
Taught by Anton Wannenburg
Wednesdays 3:30pm
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COM 304.01 Hosting
Taught by Liam Mayclem from KCBS’ Foodie Chap segments
Wednesdays 8:30am
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COM 699 Entrepreneurship in Media
How do you run your own business?
Fridays 12:00pm
Can be taken in place of COM 635 Social Media
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COM 206 Play By Play
Learn from Fox Anchor Joe Fonzi
Final project: Go to major game and record play by play live
Thursdays 12:00pm
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COM 141 Storytelling: From Telephone to Transmedia
Crosslisted with LA 141
Option for LA Requirement that focuses on media
Several sections scheduled

Check Out These Ten Tremendous Networks And Get A Job

“Google it.” Back in the day that’s what I used to tell students to do when they wanted to find interesting jobs, internships and opportunities.

Now I just send them to Twitter.

Search on Twitter is awesome. You see relevant stories about the subject you’re interested in, including people who know something about your subject. There are photos, links, infographics – everything you would ever need.

Here’s what came up when I searched using #videoproduction

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A Tricaster Mini.  I got so excited I tossed it up on COM’s Facebook.

I also asked Steve Kotton to buy me one for Christmas! We’ll have to see how that works out.

Twitter is a powerful research and job search tool. If you think it’s for check-ins, food porn and sports hate, it indeed is for that – but you don’t have to use it that way.

I promised you ten. Here are nine more.

  • Career Sushi : You can build a really cool infographic-looking timeline resume on this site, and look for jobs and internships too.
  • Go For Crew : When a production company comes to San Francisco, they’ll send you an email with open positions
  • LinkedIn : Don’t come into my office telling me you don’t have a LinkedIn profile. I will send you away and tell you to not come back until you have one.
  • Glassdoor : Jobs, internships and reviews of companies from people who work (or have worked) there. A great way to learn about a company’s culture.
  • Indeed : Another search engine for COM jobs.
  • AfterCollege : They are a great search engine for students looking for starter jobs right after graduation.
  • InternMatch and
  • Career Builder: I typed the keyword ‘video editor” and this is what came up.

Please let us know about other sites you have found that were helpful. Share your links in the comments below.

You need to start looking now. Use these tools to help make it easier.

Ask me to help. I love watching you succeed.

John Scott

John Scott is your Career Services Manager for COM. He’s also the instructor of COM 611: The Evolution of Media.







When They Say “3-5 Years Experience Needed” They Are Lying (Sort Of)

What’s a fresh college graduate (or freshly reinvented older person) to do? If you were to scour the job boards today you’d discover that it apparently takes three to five years to be good at anything in this life; this realization would make you sad.


Companies say they want three to five years experience for several reasons:

  • They want to limit the amount of applicants
  • They don’t want to spend time training a newbie
  • They want someone who knows their stuff

Okay, fair reasons. But you can and should apply for these jobs, and you can do it ethically. Here’s why:

1) If you’re a student, you likely have experience. Your degree is not your education. Your education is the sum of all things you did at school (your experience)!

2) If you know how to crush this job, prove it. They’ll make you prove it in the interview. Do you have examples the back up your claim that you are an awesome video editor? Can you show evidence you have been a team leader?

Yes, you do.

Let’s imagine I meet you at a networking function. I tell you I’m developing a mobile app and I need a fabulous host for the video content. I have already posted an ad online that says I need an experienced pro to do this. You have little or no professional experience at hosting, but you have a lot of experience because you’ve done it in class. Your resume reel is breathtaking.  You tell me this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, and YOU WANT THIS. I’m impressed – by your confidence. You show me your reel on your mobile and it is indeed epic. I tell you I’d like to discuss this with your further.

So much for the “3-5 years” rule.

Sometimes companies really do need a seasoned expert to fill a job. If they use the words “mandatory” or “absolutely required” the ethical thing to do is not apply. But we don’t see those words very often. You are the solution to a problem or challenge a company has.

Don’t be afraid of a job post.

You can get that job – because you’re that good.

John Scott photo John Scott teaches COM 611 (The Evolution of Media) and he’s your Career Services Manager in the School of Multimedia Communications.

Use This And You’ll Crush Your Classes, Onsite and Online

This is the key to being a success this semester.

You can use paper or mobile or screen.

If you use this, you’ll know how much time you have. You’ll know  when you need to work and when you’ll have time to play.

Time management is the thing that sends most students into the ditch early in a semester – and it’s hard to catch up and do well on assignments.

Create a life calendar. Depend on it. Make it your time boss in FA14.

Watch your grades rise.

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John Scott is the Career Services Manager for the COM department. He’s also your instructor for COM 611: The Evolution of Media. @AcademyArtCOM

The voice of the COM department.


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