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Jun 05
Fine arts career fair finds success in virtual realm
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photo supplied, Capilano University Fine and Applied Arts


By Maria Spitale-Leisk, NVSD Communications


Innovative thinking allowed a North Vancouver high school career fair for the creative sector to go ahead during a pandemic.

Original plans called for a small, in-person event at Sutherland Secondary to highlight Capilano University’s Fine and Applied Arts programs, however, COVID-19 challenged career fair organizers to shift to another realm.

CapU Dean of Fine and Applied Arts Ted Gervan and his team choreographed an engaging, virtual career fair for not only North Van high school students but also those from 23 schools across the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast.

“In a short time the scope and sequence of the initial event grew and became even better than what could have been imagined!” says NVSD Career Co-ordinator Jennifer Kinakin.

On May 14, North Van high school students, counsellors, teachers, and parents jumped online and entered a world of possibility.

Webinar topics included acting for the stage and screen, musical theatre, entertainment management, costuming, music and jazz, motion picture arts, Indigenous filmmaking, documentary, 2D/3D animation, and visual effects.  

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Participants had the opportunity to ask questions of CapU faculty and alumni, meet industry professionals, see student projects, and learn how creative industries are coping with COVID-19.

“I appreciated the scope and sequence of the career fair design – overview of programs, more in-depth view of the coursework and breakout sessions that allowed the audience to hear about education and career pathways,” says Kinakin. “The CapU faculty were clearly enthusiastic about their programs and alumni clearly satisfied with their experiences and opportunities presented to them.”


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