College of Environmental Design

Start-Up Program

Students in the College of Environmental Design

CED Start-Up is a program of workshops designed to provide new graduate students and undergraduate transfer students in the College of Environmental Design with the tools and information needed to make a successful transition into their first semester at UC Berkeley.

The program, held prior to the beginning of fall classes, offers students information on how to manage time and stress, use the college's career-planning resources, improve their presentation skills, and deal with social difference on campus. During this time, students also meet with faculty and advisers in their programs of study.

Start-Up 2013 takes place August 26-28, and comprises the following workshops:

  • Communication by Design. Students learn how to build a presentation narrative, know their audience, and make a compelling presentation.
  • Strategies for Success. Dr. Amy Honigman, CED’s in house psychologist, talks about how to successfully manage time, life–school balance, and stress.
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness. A collaborative effort with the Interactive Theater Program involving performance and audience participation to examine complex human issues and solutions to student-interaction challenges.
  • Jumpstart Your Career. Maria Dawson, CED’s in house career counselor, discusses how to leverage your time at CED to create a strong network of professional contacts and resources, and provides tips for resume-building, job searches, and interviewing.
  • CED Technologies. Information on how to get the best use out of CED technologies, from computing to rendering farms, from fabrication shop to CAD/CAM lab, from access to plotting.

Students are also given information about the computer applications they will be expected to know and use in their coursework, which may include:

  • Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Office (Excel, Word)
  • Rhino

To help students get a jump-start on learning these applications, the College of Environmental Design offers one month of free access to lynda.com. Contact your program adviser to sign up.