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Digital Arts Instructors

Our instructors are industry experts who enjoy teaching the concepts and skills that are part of their own daily work. Their knowledge of the latest tools and techniques allows them to accurately and effectively respond to your individual and business needs. In addition, our instructors provide valuable opportunities for networking and real-world experience. For more information about our instructors, please see the list below..

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Aaron BarrerasAaron Barreras received his BS in Animation from Westwood University. He is an award winning animator, designer, visual effects artist, filmmaker and educator. With over 16 years professional experience in computer graphics, animation and digital media, he has worked on numerous independent films, commercials and interactive projects for companies such as Sony Pictures Imageworks, Six Flags and Sandia National Laboratories.

Upcoming Classes:

Drawing with Illustrator (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/28/17
Illustrator: Advanced (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/6/17

Joey BelvilleJoey Belville is an award-winning music producer who has many national releases to his credit, several of them recorded in Logic Pro. He was an early adopter of computer based audio recording and has been using it on a professional level for over 10 years. Joey is an Apple Certified Trainer for Logic Pro.

Upcoming Classes:

Podcasting (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/6/17

Pat BerrettPat Berrett received an MBA from UNM Anderson Schools. Pat has worked in commercial photography since 1980. His primary client base includes those in the arts, crafts, and performing arts. He also works with many high tech and emerging technology clients.

Upcoming Classes:

Macro Photography (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/28/17

Mary ElkinsMary Elkins has a BA in mathematics and an AA in commercial photography. A lifelong fan of cameras and lighting gear, Mary has mastered the most complicated style of imagery

Upcoming Classes:

Digital Black and White Photography (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/27/17
Lightroom and Photoshop: Photo Finishing Techniques (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/12/17
From Camera to Computer (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/7/17

Upcoming Classes:

Navigating the iPad (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 12/2/17

Adele GangaiAdele Gangai received a BFA in graphic design from Rochester Institute of Technology, New York. Adele has over 30 years of graphic design experience from working in advertising, newspaper, printing, animation and museum agencies. She has won several awards and was a contributor to the 2010 National Medal for Museum and Library Service as a graphic developer. Adele owns and operates her own graphic design business.

Upcoming Classes:

InDesign: Beginning (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 12/4/17

Henry Lopez

Upcoming Classes:

Getting Started with Immersive Media (Section FAD-PD) ‐ 12/9/17

Joshua Martinez received his BS in Elementary Education and his MA in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology at UNM. Joshua has worked for UNM in several IT capacities since 2008. Joshua has over 10 years experience working in the IT Field on User and Hardware support as well as the Systems Administration level.

Upcoming Classes:

Captivate: Building Instructional Media (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/27/17

Mary Ellen Merrigan received a BA in Speech with an emphasis in Radio/Television from Northwest Missouri State University. Mary Ellen is president of a local marketing business and develops successful D.I.Y. (Do It Yourself) marketing strategies for a wide range of clients. Mary Ellen is certified in Social Media from VA Classroom and a graduate of

Upcoming Classes:

Marketing with Social Media II (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 11/27/17
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 12/19/17

Caroline OrcuttCaroline Orcutt has an MA in Art from UNM with an emphasis in Printmaking and Photography and a minor in Art History. Caroline has over 30 years of experience in graphic design and digital arts. She ran her own business for many years and specializes in teaching graphic design. Caroline originated the current Digital Arts Program (formerly the Graphic Design Program) at UNM Continuing Education in 1996.

Upcoming Classes:

Projects in Digital Arts (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 1/25/18

Chris Paul has a BA in Music from The Evergreen State College. Chris has shot and edited commercials, corporate video and documentaries for Motorola, Sandia National Labs, Peabody Energy, the Multiple Sclerosis Society and many more. He was an early adopter of nonlinear editing and has since expanded his experience to include visual effects, 3D animation and digital cinematography.

Upcoming Classes:

Premiere Pro: Beginning (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/30/17
Premiere Pro: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/12/17

Brad StoddardOwner of a local production and postproduction company, Brad Stoddard produces, directs and is a picture editor with awards and credits in television, documentary and narrative film. Brad is an Apple Certified Trainer in Final Cut Pro and President of the New Mexico Post Alliance.

Upcoming Classes:

Apple Certification Exam Session (Section FAD-PD) ‐ 12/15/17

Upcoming Classes:

Social Media: Marketing Trends (Section FAB-PD) ‐ 11/22/17

The instructor bio is currently being updated.

Upcoming Classes:

InDesign: Expert (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 1/8/18

Denise received her MFA with an emphasis in printmaking from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Denise has been a graphic designer and artist for over 30 years. She has designed everything from advertisements to books, brochures, flyers, manuals, posters, signs, and websites and owns her own graphic design business. She is also a published poet and exhibits regularly as a fine artist.

Upcoming Classes:

Photoshop: Expert (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 1/8/18
Dreamweaver: Intermediate (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/27/17
Photoshop Elements: Digital Scrapbooking (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 11/30/17
Photoshop Elements: For the Digital Photographer (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/11/17
Web Design: Using WordPress (Section FAA-PD) ‐ 12/5/17

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