Art 458 Syllabus
M.F.A. California State University, Los Angeles
B.A. California State University, Northridge
After successful terms as the Interim Dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication, and the chair of the Art Department, Dave has returned to his roots: teaching and working with students as the Managing Director/Professor of The Center for Visual Communication (VISCOM). Dave created VISCOM in 2007 as an on-campus “Think Tank,” providing creative services and solutions to on-and off-campus clients. Dave wanted to create an environment that combines teaching and research with faculty, students and industry professionals...all working together to solve problems and create innovative design solutions. Since 2007, VISCOM has won several awards and received recognition from various industry leaders. In addition to completing many successful projects, the biggest pride for Dave has been that he helped launch the careers of many students from VISCOM and the Art Department by providing them with contacts and referrals. Many of his former students currently hold high-level positions within various companies, both regionally and nationally, and even in other parts of the world.
For more than 20 years, Dave has taught at number of institutions, and he has lectured on several campuses in the United States, as well as in Europe and Asia. Additionally, working with VISCOM students, he has traveled with students to Asia and other institutions to collaborate on projects, providing valuable learning experiences for his students.
Dave is also the co-founder of Crystal Communications, a full-service advertising and graphic design firm based in the San Fernando Valley, California. Along with his business partner, he has provided marketing and visual communication solutions to a wide range of regional and national companies. His client roster includes The Walt Disney Company, DIRECTV, Fox Home Entertainment, Citadel Factory Stores, Westmont Industries, Biopool International, Magnetek and California State University, Northridge. Before establishing his own agency, Dave worked for several prominent agencies in Los Angeles, including James Robie Design, Bright and Associates, and Cimarron/Bacon/O’Brien.
When Dave is not teaching, you can normally find him working with students at VISCOM. Please visit www.viscomcenter.com for more information.