Portfolio Mentors

School of Media Culture & Design Portfolio Mentor Initiative

Are you looking to develop your design and drawing skills and create work for your college entrance portfolio? Get friendly advice on improving your portfolio from an art professional at Woodbury University. Take a look at our portfolio requirements, review our mentor bios, and use the form at the bottom of the page to sign up to be connected with one of our mentors.

Portfolio Requirements & Tip Sheets

While we do not currently require a portfolio for our Filmmaking program, we are happy to review any work that you have and provide feedback.

While we do not currently require a portfolio for our Fashion Design program, we are happy to review any work that you have and provide feedback.

While we do not currently require a portfolio for our Game Art & Design program, we are happy to review any work that you have and provide feedback.

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Meet our Portfolio Mentors

Learn more about the faculty that will be helping you with your portfolio below.

Judy Kriger
Chair and Faculty, Department of Animation

Judy Kriger

Judy Kriger is an independent filmmaker and animator and has been a professional CG artist for two decades. Her credits include: Cats and Dogs, Antz, South Park, Ren and Stimpy and Doughboy, Kraft and Keebler commercials. She teaches senior thesis, introductory through advanced 3D animation and visual effects production courses. Her book, “Animated Realism: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Animated Documentary Genre,” was published by Focal Press and she is currently working on a CG animated PSA and a new book pitch.

Education

BFA, Rhode Island School of Design
MFA, California Institute of the Arts

Email
Judy.Kriger@woodbury.edu
 Anna Leiker
Chair, Department of Fashion Design

Anna Leiker

Anna Leiker is an Assistant Professor and the chair of the Fashion Design department in the School of Media, Culture & Design at Woodbury University. Her professional background is in knitwear, lingerie and swimwear. She specializes in computer applications in fashion design and has utilized knowledge of several CAD systems: Macbeth Eye, Investronica, Tukatech, and PAD. She has presented papers and lectured at both international and national fashion design and educational conferences, on topics including, future of fashion design, interdisciplinarity in fashion design and fashion photography.

She has been a part of the Woodbury community for 20 years. Anna’s scholarship involves fashion technology, specifically digital print on textiles and smart textiles, fashion sustainability, and fashion photography. Her vision for the program is to infuse elements of sustainability and wearable tech into the fundamentals of the curriculum.

Education

Master of Fine Art from Academy of Art University
Master of Science in Textiles and Fashion Design.
Bachelor of Design and Technology in the Apparel Industry from Moscow State University of Technology and Design.

Email
Anna.Leiker@woodbury.edu

 

 

Behnoush McKay
Chair, Department of Graphic Design

Behnoush McKay

Behnoush McKay is an Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Graphic Design at Woodbury University. She joined Woodbury University in 1997 as an adjunct faculty and moved to a full-time position in 2006. She received her BFA in Graphics and Packaging Design from Art Center College of Design, and her MFA in Visual Communication from California State University Northridge. For 20 years, Behnoush was a principal in McKay Consulting Group, Inc. With a solid background in Art, Design, and Visual Communication, she designed and provided art direction on projects involving packaging, multimedia, print, and product design.

She has presented papers and lectured at both international and national design and educational conferences, on topics including, future of graphic design, design education – problem-solving, social responsibility in design, and educational assessment. Read more of her bio here.

Education

California State University, Northridge California June 2007
Graduate School, Master of Fine Arts in Visual Communication, with Distinction

Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California August 1991
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphics/Packaging, with Honors

Email

Behnoush.Mckay@woodbury.edu

George Larkin
Chair, Department of Filmmaking

George Larkin

George Larkin has worked in film, television, and theatre on many award winning and critically acclaimed films and plays. He currently is the Chair of Filmmaking at Woodbury University. He’s a graduate of Yale University, has an M.A of Shakespearean Studies from the University of Birmingham (England), and has Ph.D. in Film & Media Studies at the University of California-Berkeley. He won the Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award at Berkeley. Routledge Research published his book, Post-Production: the Invisible Revolution of Filmmaking, in 2018.

He also actively works in theatre. His last play, The Bastard Son of William Shakespeare, won second in the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards. His plays have won/been nominated for fourteen awards. He also served on the Board of Directors at the Met Theatre in Los Angeles and on the Artistic Board at Sacred Fools.

Read more of his bio here.

Education

B.A. from Yale University
M.A. of Shakespearean Studies from the University of Birmingham
Ph.D. in Film & Media Studies from the University of California-Berkeley

Email
George.Larkin@woodbury.edu

 

 

Elizabeth Yarwood
Assistant Professor, Department of Filmmaking

Elizabeth Yarwood

Elizabeth Yarwood is a Los Angeles-based cinematographer, writer, and director. She is an Assistant Professor of Filmmaking in the School of Media, Culture & Design. Elizabeth holds an MFA in Film and TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts. Her cinematography work spans both narrative and documentary, and has been seen at film festivals including SxSWCinequestDances with Films, Full Frame, and HollyShorts. She has served as cinematographer on award-winning projects such as the feature documentary Pioneers in Skirts by director Ashley Maria, which explores gender inequality in the workplace, and the comedic short film Labor Relations, by writer/director Karisa Bruin, which examines work/life balance for mothers. She has worked as a camera operator or camera assistant on a wide variety of TV shows on network and cable television such as Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on PBS. Elizabeth is currently in pre-production for the narrative feature film Lady Parts, by directors Liz Manashil and Sean Wright, about a woman who must grapple with difficult decisions surrounding preventative care for the BRCA-1 breast cancer gene.  

Read more of her bio here.

Education

B.A. from Bard College
M.F.A. from USC School of Cinematic Arts

Email
Elizabeth.Yarwood@woodbury.edu

 

William Novak
Chair, Department of Game Art & Design

William Novak

William Novak, known professionally as just “Novak”, has been making video games since 1982.  After starting as an assembly language programmer developing early arcade games for SEGA’s Coin-Operated Division, he rose to prominence at Mattel Toys for his work on the “Captain Power” interactive TV series, and as game designer of the 8-bit Nintendo smash hit “Super Glove Ball” for the infamous Power Glove.  Novak went on to start an independent game development company where he created branded properties and original IP’s for Sony, Electronic Arts, Sega, Nintendo, Microsoft, Fox Interactive, Activision, and Virgin Interactive.  Before his life as a video game designer, Novak earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in electronic music composition, working as student assistant to pioneers such as John Cage, Robert Moog, David Tutor and Philip Glass. He then founded the seminal indie record label “Dumb Records” during the San Francisco punk rock explosion of the late 1970’s.

Having worked in the game industry for over 30 years, Novak brought his considerable expertise to the creation of the Game Art & Design program.  His mission at Woodbury is to develop the dreams of students who aspire to work in today’s rapidly evolving and increasingly exciting video game industry, and those dreams are now becoming a reality.

Education

B.A., Electronic Music Composition, SUNY Albany, New York
M.F.A., Electronic Music Composition, Center for Contemporary Music, Mills College, Oakland California

Email
Novak@woodbury.edu

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