CASA—Ceramic Artist Student Association
DADA—Digital Art & Design Association
GDSA—Graphic Design Student Association
GDSO—Graphic Design Student Office
Print Club—One of One Printmakers
SNAP—Society of Notoriously Artistic Photographers
SAHA—Student Art History Association
The Ceramic Artist Student Association exists to support, educate, and promote the ceramic arts on the LSU campus and within the larger Baton Rouge community. In its efforts to uphold its mission, CASA holds a biannual ceramics sale outside of the LSU Student Union, the proceeds of which fund student attendance at the yearly National Conference for Education in the Ceramic Arts and an on-campus visiting artists program. CASA is student run, and elected CASA student officers gain valuable experience in organizing, managing, planning, executing, and understanding all aspects of a busy, popular organization and its dynamic operations.
The Digital Art & Design Association aims to develop talent in a variety of fields including animation, visual effects, video games, motion graphics, video production, visualization, and interactive art. DADA members explore innovative approaches to making work at the intersection of art and technology. The group serves as a creative laboratory for making original content, hosting events, and working with clients on various digital media projects.
The Graphic Design Student Association at LSU is a student group that offers its members many design-related activities throughout the year, such as field trips to local design firms, fundraising activities, student competitions, and participation in professional design club activities with the American Advertising Federation of Baton Rouge and AIGA New Orleans. Students may become elected officers in the GDSA, where they learn valuable leadership skills. The GDSA has an active Facebook group page and a blog where competitions, job and internship opportunities are regularly posted.
The Graphic Design Student Office provides professional design services for local community organizations and university departments, giving students the opportunity to gain valuable, real-world experience and build their portfolios. Students who participate in GDSO learn communication skills by interacting with fellow designers, clients, printers, and professionals. They are initiated into the problem-solving and collaborative situations that they will encounter in future professional activities. Through these interactions, students receive first-hand experience with professional practices in graphic design. GDSO projects have won awards from the American Advertising Federation, the International Design Awards, and the American Graphic Design Awards (GD USA Magazine) and have been featured in the Print Regional Design Annual.
Students who are interested in joining GDSO go through a selection process that involves a portfolio review and job interview. Also, students who show talent and potential in the classroom environment can be recruited by their professors to submit portfolios to GDSO. Students are selected not only for their graphic design skills but for their people skills, their teamwork capabilities, and their eagerness to participate and learn. GDSO participation usually begins with volunteer work and progresses to a work study job or internship for which class credit is available.
Visit GDSO’s website at gdso.lsu.edu.
The Print Club exists to build better communication between printmaking students, artists, and alumni through the exchange of ideas, knowledge, art, and constructive criticism. The organization provides networking opportunities for LSU printmaking artists and promotes the art of printmaking to the LSU campus and Baton Rouge community. The Print Club holds biannual print sales outside of the LSU Student Union, the proceeds of which help fund student attendance at conferences and printmaking events and symposiums, such as the Southern Graphics Council International Conference and the Nashville Print Revival. The organization also invites visiting artists to the LSU campus for lectures, demonstrations, and workshops.
The Society of Notoriously Artistic Photographers (SNAP) is a student-run organization dedicated to supporting and promoting artistic development and a sense of community within the College of Art & Design and the Baton Rouge area. The group conducts monthly meetings, open to all students majoring or minoring in studio art as well as graduates and alumni. The club hosts various extracurricular events including artists’ talks, trips to art exhibitions, technical demonstrations, and excursions to regional and national photographic conferences and portfolio reviews. SNAP also participates in a school-wide print sale every semester to fund off-campus exhibitions of members’ work and other special events.
Contact Geren Heurtin, 2014 SNAP president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student Art History Association aims to provide all types of information regarding the art world to students. SAHA supplements the art history program at LSU with fun, educational, and enriching events such as roundtable discussions on graduate school and guest lecturers from museums, galleries, and auction houses. SAHA is an informal, student-run organization open to LSU students interested in learning more about art.