"I always look fondly at my time at MCAD as a period of freedom to explore my passions and creativity and make personal connections with people that have lasted years. I'm grateful I had access to so many great professors and tools that were able to prepare me for the real world—it was sort of like living in a cozy and inspiring dream for four years!"

"I choose MCAD for my MFA because of its program flexibility—I could work on what called to me and did not need to follow a rigid schedule. As a working adult with a family, the time flexibility was also important. Absolutely the right choice for me."

"[MCAD] gave me credibility. I proved to myself that I have what it takes to be a successful artist. It gave me a strong starting point, something I reference for confidence in my artistic process."

"The more I looked into MCAD's grad program, the more I knew it was what I wanted. Considering how much my life has transformed since the program (I'm working in my field, teaching, and am part of an amazing community), I know it was the right choice for me."

Huang is a New York-based Chinese illustrator that creates joyful, whimsical work for children's books, magazines, brands, and institutions around the world.

"Comics and graphic design have a lot more in common than some people would be led to believe and having the opportunity to dig into both disciplines to the degree that I did made me a better artist at the end of the day."

Shen Wei
Except for a stopover in San Francisco, Shen Wei went straight from his Shanghai birthplace to attend MCAD. He thought he'd learn to do graphic design, or painting. But then he picked up a camera for the first time.

"[At MCAD], I learned to teach myself anything, to communicate effectively, that community matters, and that I'm a small part of something much bigger."

"I always appreciated how [faculty member Jan Jancourt] was able to find and point out the potential in each students’ work, no matter how small.

Dan Jurgens has drawn and written for Thor, Green Arrow, Spider-Man, and Captain America. But of all those characters and all those artists, he is the only one that got to kill Superman.

Steven Vander Meer
“Learn as many different things about art as you can . . . a little bit of every experience, no matter how small or trivial, stays with you and can come back in unexpected ways.”

"Don't limit yourself by what others are doing, never listen to authorities, and do what you want and work hard and you can get somewhere."

“MCAD has so many fantastic corners to explore. I absolutely love the white tiles, exploring the stacks of design books in the library, and all of the great green space.”

"You have the opportunity to embark on the hardest, most satisfying life you could ever imagine. The moment you let this opportunity fall by the wayside and don't embrace everything about it, you will see it as a job, you will be unhappy, and ultimately, you will fail. So, own it!"

"I think going to a small school and having intimate and fun student activities helped me become more outgoing and social than I was when I started MCAD. I really valued that. Critiques helped with this too, and overall helped me become a better communicator. This has also helped me become more comfortable with taking social risks and sharing my opinion."

"Art moves viewers. When you have experienced viewers’ sheer joy looking at your art, it is worth living for."

"I draw comics for a living, which is a fantastic privilege in itself, but the fact that they're comics I believe in and stories I'm proud to be telling is more than I ever could have asked for. I've gotten to collaborate with people whose work means the world to me, that I've admired since I was a child, and I feel astonishingly lucky to get to call them colleagues."

"There are so many ways to be involved in the design world without necessarily being the one who draws the lines and shapes. For me, MCAD's Bachelor of Science program allowed me to find a career where I could flex my design muscles but with a more technical slant."

"Being an MCAD student gave me resources, a support system, strong work, and mentors, which is everything I needed to go in the right direction. If it wasn't for the faculty and staff I wouldn't be where I am today. I built lifelong friendships and relationships that are invaluable to me—that's what shaped me more than anything else."