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Read Smith’s UPDATED plans as of August 5, 2020,
for an entirely remote fall 2020 semester.

Student Employment

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The Imaging Center provides professional training that allows students to translate their interests in art, art history, digital media, or information science into practical skills that will serve them in whichever professional path they choose to pursue. Imaging Center student assistants work on a broad range of projects, including media production, image scanning and editing, cataloging, 3D printing, virtual environment creation, and assisting other students with art and technology problems. Detailed job descriptions are available below.

Course Technology Assistant

The Course Technology Assistant provides close support for Studio Art classes. The assistants are required to attend specific media-based classes and assist the students and faculty as needed. They will also schedule help hours each week to provide ongoing support outside of class time.

  • Help students with a wide array of image and video needs
  • Develop expertise with image and video editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere to support the needs of student projects
  • Support faculty by providing additional assistance as needed
  • Create instructional material and attend class demos and workshops as needed
  • Support the Imaging Center on special projects as needed

Digital Communications Assistant

The Digital Communications Assistant assists with creating and managing content for the Imaging Center website and blog. Duties may extend to include other public relations initiatives. The assistant will work creatively towards increasing the Imaging Center’s public profile and social media presence. They will reach out to and engage with students and faculty of the Art Department, and the broader Smith Community. 

  • Assist in the creation of online content 
  • Upkeep of website and blog, uploading content, removing outdated material
  • Liaise with other departments for outreach opportunities
  • Find new ways to promote the Imaging Center’s range of services and areas of expertise
  • Connect with students to determine new directions for reaching a wider audience

Digital Gallery Assistant

The Gallery Assistant provides support for exhibitions of student artwork, and for visiting artists. The exhibitions that formerly took place in our two gallery spaces, Jannotta Gallery and Oresman Gallery, will be entirely online. The Gallery Assistant will work closely with Imaging Center staff to create and manage virtual exhibitions throughout the semester.

  • Assist students and faculty with documenting artwork, formatting files, and best image practices
  • Ensure that high quality images of artwork are obtained in advance of deadlines
  • Develop expertise with image and video editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop 
  • Manage image files and change out exhibition content in a timely manner
  • Work with staff to maintain virtual exhibition spaces in Wordpress
  • Create instructional and promotional materials 
  • Support the Imaging Center on special projects as needed

3D and VR Specialist

The 3D and VR Specialist will participate in workflows supporting the creation of 3D media for curricular use. Projects will involve 3D modeling, 3D scanning, 3D printing, and other related activities in Imaging Center labs. The student will help to create a library of 3D assets to be used in curricular virtual environment projects, and will provide 3D scanning and printing assistance for faculty and student projects. The student will create instructional materials and assist as needed in classes using 3D digital media.

  • Use 3D modeling software to create 3D models of gallery spaces and objects, to be incorporated in current and future virtual environment projects
  • Develop expertise with 3D modeling software, and adhere to provided best practices regarding geometry, file naming, organization, etc.
  • Assist the Interactive Media Coordinator in digitizing physical 3D objects from Smith collections
  • Assist students and faculty members as needed with the operation of Imaging Center 3D scanners and printers
  • Create instructional material for Imaging Center 3D scanners and printers
  • Occasionally assist with digital media class demonstrations

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