“Check-in” at Van Lang University with Fine Arts and Design students

(VLU22/7/2021– In the second semester, Fine Arts and Design students (FAD) attended an exciting course called “Fundamental Decoration.” Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the FAD students of course 26 witnessed unique experiences from studying virtually and created many beautiful portraits of the university’s landscape.

The “Fundamental Decoration” course is a compulsory subject for all Graphic Design students. By collecting data, formalizing lines and geometries both in black and white, and color to complete the portrait, the students shall acquire practical understanding and experience working on the lay-outs, fragments, and segments applicable for further studies.

vlu lop hoc trang tri co so cua sinh vien thiet ke do hoa van lang mThe process of portraying in the Fundamental Decoration course for the Graphic Design students of course 26 at VLU

STUDYING ARTS ONLINE – IS IT EASY OR HARD?

Studying at home is not entirely comfortable for both the lecturers and students, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Many students had to work on their assignments in the quarantined areas slacking of various drawing tools, some students have to take care of the infants while studying, others had to interrupt the class to get the Covid-19 test, or some could not get a hold on the sketching papers when they were trapped in the high-risk zones. Consequently, the lecturers and students had to think of a way to execute their lessons in the newspaper.

While the in-class lessons only last for a few hours, the online ones have no limit in time. A morning time will not be sufficient to correct the students’ works, so it is not rare for the lecturers to work overtime. During the social distancing, the activities on the Facebook and Zalo chat groups are hustle even until midnights. However, thanks to all days connections that the lecturers and students become more attached.

vlu lop hoc trang tri co so cua sinh vien thiet ke do hoa van lang lThe inspirations of the works were from the familiar corners at VLU main campus, where the students of Course 26 spent their first year at.

Vo Phuong Phi said: “When I heard that the classes would be conducted online, I was worried about the limitation of interaction between the lecturers and students because my major required constant lecturer-student interaction in studying. It was not until I started the first classes that I witnessed the overwhelming enthusiasm of the lecturers. I sometimes finished my assignment late at night, yet I received prompt feedback and instructions.”

On the other hand, Tran Hong An shared her experience: “When studying online, the process of checking and correcting every work of the students was much more complicated than that of the in-class sessions. We had to take pictures of our work and correct the color to submit to the lecturers for each revision. On average, we had to send at least ten pictures to complete our assignments."

DISTANCE LEARNING YET CLOSE RELATIONSHIP

Unlike other Fundamental Decoration sessions with vast selections of topics aiming at the town corners and famous landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City, MA lectured. Ho Dang Bach Ly took inspiration from VLU main campus for the assignments. She said: “Besides helping the students acquire a good understanding of the course, I would like to light the love for Campus 3 – where the students had attended last year. Amid the pandemic outbreak, the portraits of Van Lang University from the students of course 26’s perspective might fire up a boundless inspiration for those who did not have the opportunity to visit the campus in person.”

As the social distancing was practiced promptly, Graphic Design students of Course 26 only had two days to discover the take pictures of the campus. Many students were in their hometown, so they could not collect sufficient materials. However, that was the moment the “Van Lang as our home” spirit shined even brighter. The online classes suddenly became livelier as the students exchanged their materials and worked on their assignments together. Vo Phuong Phi, the “pioneer” of the “share your love” campaign, said: “When we received the topic, all the students in HCMC immediately ventured every corner at Campus 3. Due to the shortage of time, we connected everyone and scattered at various locations to help diversify our material resources. We shared them in the study groups to exchange ideas and allow the out-of-town students to approach the necessary resources.

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To young generations, it was their pride to have their pictures used as the materials, be recognized by others, and enjoy the excitement of sharing and bonding their friendship.

The achievements of the efforts and love during the social distancing were 26 portraits of 26 lively and colorful views. Hong An said: “80% of the works met my eyes because they were the fruits of our hard work and passion.”

To Phuong Phi, the “Fundamental Decoration” course was a unique experience for him. He said: “In my opinion, the topics were interesting and exploited our advantages since our upperclassmen had well portrayed the famous landmarks in Ho Chi Minh City. Eventually, I managed to complete my works in enjoying manner.”

Amid the pandemic situation, online classes are a controversial matter. However, thanks to the persistent effort to improve the quality and the dedication of both VLU lecturers and students at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design or any other faculty will acquire the most exciting experience and memories.

Reporter: Hoai Anh
Photos: Provided by the interviewees


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