Carrie Lee Pierson Schwartz began teaching at Tulane as an Adjunct Professor and was hired in the Media Arts Program in the Summer of 2001 as the first Full-time Lecturer in the in the history of then University College. the College was renamed to the School of Continuing Studies post Katrina and is now the School of Professional Advancement. After several successive contract renewals, she earned the title of Senior Professor of the Practice of Digital Design within the Media Arts Program of Studies, which is now Digital Design. In 2017 she recieved a Distinguished Professor Award.

Carrie was the first Faculty to use Adobe Breeze to teach online courses at Tulane University and she was the first faculty to teach Multi-user interface Second Life as part of her 3D Design and Web Design Instruction. http://enterpriseonline.com/clays_blog/2005/05/19/macromedia-breeze-live-and-tulane-distance-learning/. This past summer of 2018 she used Zoom to teach synchronously and connect her classroom to students who were travelling out of the country. Carrie hosted the first regionally shared & sponsored AIGA student portfolio review at the Elmwood Campus and previously started an AIGA chapter at Tulane. Her former students have been employed in both the local and International Media and Design Industry, including, but not limited to; Gambit Weekly New Orleans, Mudbug Media, Zheno, Not Rocket Science, IDIYA NOLA, Trumpet Media, Zhender Design, Turbosquid, Gameloft, The Times Picayune, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Roulercyling, Where Y'at New Orleans and The Red Cross, as well as their own design studios. Since 2001 she has created many design courses that eventually led to the creation of the Digital Design Degree.

Since 2001, Carrie Lee Schwartz has taught: Three Courses in the Fall Semester Three in the Spring Semester and Two in the first Summer Session Independent Study students as needed. Courses she has created at Tulane University include:

  • Introduction to Digital Design ( the business of design)
  • Graphic Design II
  • Advanced Digital Imaging (Photoshop, Lightroom, Gimp and Sumopaint and Instagram-advanced restoration techniques as well as online and social media image management)
  • Animation I (2D web based animation )
  • Animation II (3D Design and Animation ( Maya, Bryce, Strata, Terragen , Sketchup, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Poser))
  • Sound Editing and Composition ( video and animation soundtracks and preparedness)
  • Digital Design Portfolio (formerly Web Design II as part of the Website development degree)
  • Special Effects ( Adobe After Effects)
  • Video Editing with Final Cut (created the course in 2009 as mdar-499-01 Video editing- Uptown Campus- in an independent study, now offered elective)

Her service as the First Full time Lecturer to the former University College then School of Continuing Studies now School of Professional Advancement has included the creation of graphics, images and logos for publications, television, billboards and the web, some in conjunction with students taking her courses. Most recently she was requested by Mike Wallace, Director of Emergency and Security Studies to create an image for his program.

She has also created visualizations of facades and interiors for the building of former campus locations working with Deans, Assoc. Deans, Directors, architects, interior designers and Tulane representatives in both Louisiana and Mississippi, and has created presentations promoting digital design students work for special events both at the Uptown, Elmwood and Biloxi and former Downtown campuses. Carrie has been asked by colleagues at large to consult on images, presentations, 3d visualizations, websites and she has taken photographs and helped colleagues to create both image and information presentations for faculty in both the School of Continuing studies, as well as other departments on campus, both academic (medical and scientific research as well as history, business and homeland security studies) and administrative departments. Her last presentation at the Innovative learning Center and for The Office of Assessment and Institutional Research was on how to use color, images and design to make visually effective presentations. She has donated her photos and also contributed some select student projects to be considered for inclusion as representative of the School of the Continuing Studies for the year-end initiative from the Office of Stewardship and Donor Relations. 

As an alumna of Newcomb College of Tulane University, She also served as a Board member of the Newcomb College Alumni Association, while there, she also created at the request of the Newcomb Alumnae Office, an118 page Alumnae Website and new design complete with photographs and images from the archives as part of her service. She has also been a Newcomb Town Mom ( alumna liaison to incoming students), and has continued her support of The Newcomb College Institute and Women's Education at Tulane as a Newcomb Faculty Fellow.

Most recently she received a Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant from the Tulane Provost's Office at Tulane University and with it organized several events to call attention to Design and Culture in the Community. See photos in rows 4- 12 to the left. The first was in the Fall of 2017 - a NOMA - Tulane SoPA Design Symposium with the theme of  "Technology & Storytelling: Animation, Special Effects, Virtual & Augmented Reality". The evening included a panel discussion in Stern Auditorium, as well as a digital exhibition of panelists and Tulane SoPA students' works. The "The Technology & Storytelling" evening also featured a first ever open to the public hands-on demonstration of virtual and augmented reality. It was the first time that Virtual Reality was shown in the Great Hall of NOMA and made available to the general public. Carrie moderated a panel with the following participants: Matthew Hales, Vice President of Immersive Technology at TurboSquid, Christofer Dierdorff, Photographer and Visual Effects artist, Simon Blake, animator and Matthew Findley, President, inXile Entertainment

in she 2018 created and organized three more events;

"Combat Photo: The Women Behind the Lens" An exhibition of both on duty military images paired with personal Images of Women Combat Photographers to show both the artistic and technical abilities and the depth and diversity of the work of these photographers. click here for more photos, video and information. Photographers selected included Stacy Pearsall, Holley Baker, Araceli Alarcon, Bethany Bernoski, Rachel Diehm, Kalie Franz, Audrey Graham, Ashley Hayes, Katerina Nelske, Noel Toye, Felicia Welch, Lisa Zunzanyika. The project became a partnership of the New Orleans Photo Alliance and the School of Professional Advancement, Departments of Emergency and Security Studies and Digital Design. Funded in part by the Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant that I was awarded by the Tulane Provosts's Office.https://academicaffairs.tulane.edu/funded-programs/lbgrants The call for entries of Women Combat Photographers was nationwide to all branches of the Military and was shown juried in print and shown at the New Orleans Photo Alliance in New Orleans and also as a Digital Slideshow at all SoPA Tulane Campuses. See image in row nine to the left. 

A 2018 SPRING 2018 NOMA-TULANE-SOPA DESIGN Symposium Wednesday April 4th , 6-7:30pm Freeman Auditorium at the Woldernberg Art Center on Tulane's Main Campus "Creating New Orleans Culture Through Design" with panelists. Funded in part by a Carol Lavin Bernick Facuty Grant from the Tulane University's Provost's office. Tahj Williams, Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian Queen , Ryan Banks, Roux7 Design, and Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and Jennifer M. Williams, Youth and Family Program Manager at the New Orleans Museum of Art. See photos rows ten through twelve to the left.

A 2018 Spring NOMA-Tulane SoPA Design Symposium; "Photography and Fashion: Capturing and Creating Costumes & Couture"

With her first appointment as Full Faculty she served continuously for seven years as a faculty representative and voting member on the University Senate and has served on several Tulane Senate Committees including: The Calendar Committee, The Information & Technology Committee, The University Committee on Assessment, The Faculty & Staff Benefits Committee, The Honors Committee, The Ad Hoc committee on Libraries and Senate representation, The Committee on Committees (current appointment), She also served at the invitation of the Provost's office of the University on the School of Continuing Studies Dean search committee and was part of the candidate interview process for the inaugural Director of the the Newcomb College Institute while serving on the Newcomb College Alumnae Board post Katrina., The University College/ School of Continuing Studies / SoPA Council (voting member since 2001), The Media Arts/ Digital Design Faculty Committee (since2001), Business Studies Faculty Search Committee, Computer Information Systems Faculty Search Committee, School of Continuing Studies Marketing Committee, Advising Minor Committee, CLEP Committee, MS Committee for the Start up of the Biloxi Campus, Full time Faculty Committee, Student Affairs Committee, Search committee for the Academic Dean, Search Committee for the Director of Media Arts/ Digital Design, and the Grievances Committee

LISTING OF CURRENT & PAST COURSES: 

please note: does not include all independent study listings

Fall-2018- Current courses

DDSN 1101-81 Digital Imaging *new course- new program of studies

DDSN 1102-81 Digital Illustration *new course- new program of studies

DDSN 2102-81 Digital Photography *new course- new program of studies

Summer-2018

DDSN 1101-81 Digital Imaging

DDSN 1505-81 Animation Studio I - Intro to Animation

Spring-2018

mdar2200-Digital Illustration 

mdar2300-Digital Imaging 

mdar4300-Animation II ( 3D )

Spring-2017

MDAR-2200-81 Digital Illustration

MDAR-3200-81 Animation I (2D)

MDAR-4300-81 Animation II (3D)

Summer-2017

MDAR-2300-82 Digital Imaging

MDAR 4230-81 Digital Portfolio Development

Fall-2017

MDAR-2200-81 Digital Illustration

MDAR-2300-81 Digital Imaging

MDAR-3200-81 Animation I (2D)

Spring-2016

MDAR-3200-81 Animation I (2D)

MDAR-2200-81 Digital Illustration

MDAR-4300-81 Animation II (3D

Summer-2016

MDAR 3800-81 SOUND EDITING AND COMPOSITION (* new)

MDAR 4230-81 Digital Portfolio Development

Fall-2016

MDAR 2200-81 DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION   

MDAR 3300-81 DIGITAL IMAGING II (*new)

MDAR 3910-81 ANIMATION I

Spring-2015

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR 4300-81 Animation II

MDAR 3910-81 Animation I

Summer-2015

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR 4300-81 Animation II

MDAR 3910-81 Special Effects

Fall-2015

MDAR-2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR-2300-82 Digital Imaging 

MDAR-3200-81 Animation I

Spring-2014

MDAR-2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR-4300-81 Animation II

MDAR-4320-81 Digital Portfolio

Summer-2014

MDAR-2300-81 Digital Imaging 

MDAR-3200-81 Animation I

Fall- 2014

MDAR-2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR-3200-81 Animation I

MDAR-3910-81 Special Effects

Spring-2013

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR 3810-81 Designing Websites 

MDAR 4300-81 Animation II

Summer-2013

MDAR 2300 Digital Imaging 

MDAR 2200 Digital Illustration

Fall- 2013

MDAR 1020-81 Intro to Digital Design

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR 3200-81 Animation I 

MDAR-4990-01fa12: Independent Study

Spring-2012

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR 3200-81 Animation I 

MDAR 4300-81 Animation II

MDAR-4990-06sp12: Advanced Animation

Summer-2012

MDAR 2300-Digital Imaging 

MDAR 4320- Digital Portfolio

Fall 2012

MDAR 1020-81 Intro to Digital Design 

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR 3200-81 Animation I 

MDAR-4990-01fa12: Independent Study

Spring-2011

MDAR 4300-81 Animation II 

MDAR 1020-81 Intro to Digital Design 

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration

Summer-2011

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR 3200-81 Animation I

Fall-2011

MDAR 1020-81 Intro to Digital Design M/W 

MDAR 2200-81 Digital Illustration 

MDAR 4320-81 Digital Design Portfolio

Spring-2010

MDAR-4300-81 ANIMATION II ( 3D) 

MDAR-2200-81 DIGITAL ILLUSTRATION I 

MDAR-3200-81 ANIMATION I (2D)

Summer-2010

MDAR-2200-81 Digital Illustration I 

MDAR-2300-81 Digital Imaging I 

MDAR-3350-81su10: GRAPHIC DESIGN II*

Fall-2010

MDAR-3200-81 FALL-ANIMATION I 

MDAR-2200-81 FALL-Digital Illustration I 

MDAR-2300-82 FALL-Digital Imaging I 

Spring-2009

MDAR-2200-81 Digital Illustration I 

MDAR-230-82 Digital Imaging I E

MDAR-3200-81 ANIMATION I (2D)

Summer-2009

MDAR-220-81 Digital Illustration I Elmwood Campus

MDAR-430-81 ADV. 3D ANIMATION Elmwood Campus

MDAR499-22 ADVANCED PHOTO PORTFOLIO Uptown Campus

Fall-2009

MDAR-220-81 FALL Digital Illustration I Elmwood Campus

MDAR-320-81 FALL-Animation I  Elmwood Campus

MDAR-230-81 FALL-Digital Imaging I  Elmwood Campus

MDAR-499-01 VIDEO EDITING  Uptown Campus

Spring-2008

MDAR-220-81 Computer Illustration I Elmwood Campus

MDAR-330-81 Advanced Computer Illustration ( web animation) Elmwood Campus

MDAR-430-81 3D Design & Animation Elmwood Campus

Summer-2008

MDAR-431-81 Advanced Animation Short Subject Elmwood Campus

MDAR-320-81 Advanced Computer Illustration ( web animation) Elmwood Campus

Fall-2008

MDAR-220-81 Computer Illustration I Elmwood Campus

MDAR-320-81 Advanced Computer Illustration ( web animation) Elmwood Campus

MDAR-430-81 3D Design & Animation Elmwood Campus

Spring-2007

MDAR 250-81 Intro to Computer Illustration Elmwood Campus

MDAR 352-81 3D Design & Animation Elmwood Campus

MDAR 357-81 Advanced Computer Illustration ( web animation) Elmwood Campus

Summer-2007

MDAR431-81 Advanced animation Short Subject Elmwood Campus

MDAR432-81 Digital Portfolio Elmwood Campus

Fall-2007

MDAR-220-81 Computer Illustration I Elmwood Campus

MDAR-230-81 Digital Imaging I Elmwood Campus

MDAR-432-10 DIGITAL PORTFOLIO Online LA, MS, & FLA using Adobe Breeze

Spring-2006

UMAR 250-81 Intro to Computer Illustration Elmwood Campus

UMAR 352-81 3D Design & Animation Elmwood Campus

UMAR 357-81 Advanced Computer Illustration ( web animation) Elmwood Campus

UMAR 492-01 3D Animation Short Film Uptown Campus

UMAR492-02 Golf ( Course) Visualizations Uptown Campus( independent study in 3D Golf Course design)

Summer-2006

UMAR 250-81 Intro to Computer Illustration- Elmwood Campus

UMAR452-81 Animation Shorts and Webcasting- Elmwood Campus

Fall-2006

MDAR 250-81 Intro to Computer Illustration Elmwood Campus

MDAR 352-81 3D Design & Animation Elmwood Campus

MDAR 357-81 Advanced Computer Illustration ( web animation) Elmwood Campus

Spring-2005

UMAR 250-81 Intro to Computer Illustration Elmwood Campus

UMAR 352-81 3D Design & Animation Elmwood Campus

UMAR 357-81 Advanced Computer Illustration ( web animation) Elmwood Campus 

UMAR 492-05 Portfolio & Presentation ( w/ Adobe Breeze) Online

Summer-2005

UMAR 470-85 Portfolio & Presentation ( w/ Adobe Breeze ) Biloxi Campus

UMAR 470-05 Portfolio & Presentation ( w/ Adobe Breeze ) Uptown Campus

UMAR 470-81 Portfolio & Presentation ( w/ Adobe Breeze ) Elmwood Campus

Fall-2005 * Directly after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

UMAR 250-83 Intro to Computer Illustration Elmwood Campus

UMAR 352-84 3D Design and Animation Elmwood Campus

Spring-2004 

UMAR250-02 Intro to Computer Illustration Uptown Campus

UMAR357-01 Advanced Computer Illustration Uptown Campus

UMAR 430-01 Designing Websites Uptown Campus

Summer-2004

MAR250-02 Intro to Computer Illustration Uptown Campus 

MAR430-02 Designing Websites Uptown Campus

Fall-2004

UMAR250-81 Intro to Computer Illustration Elmwood Campus

UMAR350-01 Advanced Computer Art Uptown Campus

UMAR357-81 Advanced Computer Illustration Elmwood Campus

UMAR430-82 Designing Websites Elmwood Campus

Spring-2003

UMAR 250-90 Intro to Computer Illustration Downtown Campus NOC

(* NOC-New Orleans Center Campus Downtown- Closed Since Katrina)

UMAR 352-90 Advanced Computer Art Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 430-01 Designing Websites Uptown Campus

Summer-2003

UMAR 357-90 Advanced Computer Illustration Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 430-90 Designing Websites Downtown Campus NOC

Fall-2003

UMAR 250-01 Intro to Computer Illustration Uptown Campus

UMAR 352-90 3D Design & Animation Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 430-01 Designing Websites Uptown Campus

Spring-2002

UMAR 250-90 Intro to Computer Illustration Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 352-91 Advanced Computer Art Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 380-90 Intermediate Graphic Design Downtown Campus NOC

Summer-2002

UMAR 250-90 Intro to Computer Illustration Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 350-90 Computer Art & Digital Imaging Downtown Campus NOC

Fall-2002

UMAR 250-91 Intro to Computer Illustration Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 352-90 3D Design & Animation Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 430=90 Designing Websites Downtown Campus NOC

Fall-2001

UMAR 250-90 Intro to Computer Illustration Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 280-90 Intro to Graphic Design Downtown Campus NOC

UMAR 350-90 Computer Art & Digital Imaging Downtown Campus NOC


Prior to teaching at Tulane University, Carrie taught at Metairie Park Country Day School, NOCCA, Ben Franklin and McMain Magnet Schools and Rhode Island School of Design.