"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."

"MCAD most prepared me for life after school by learning to adapt and change as quickly as possible. As an art student, I found myself being thrown curve balls by every teacher, in every class, and every semester. I was always asked to question every aspect of my work from the way I wrote about it, to the overall construction, to its meaning."

"The classes in comics [at MCAD] are tough but they make you really good at your craft. You draw A LOT."

"MCAD instilled the value of success in art requires hard work and persistence, which has kept me motivated to keep pushing forward in my career."

“The amazing facilities are one of the main reasons I chose to attend MCAD. Having unlimited access to all of the facilities was incredible. I spent so many late nights in the darkrooms, digital labs, and painting studios. Even in the middle of the night MCAD is buzzing with creativity. I was constantly surrounded by incredible artists. It was truly a gift. I miss it.”

“MCAD fed my curiosity for art, painting, and making things that spoke to my interests and drive as an artist. This happened through constant critiques from visiting artists and professors. It also connected me to a huge community of people that I still surround myself with three years later.”

“The diligence that happens in my studio is balanced by the inclusion of fun, personal aspects. For instance I like to play I Love Lucy in the background when I build and stretch my canvases, and I listen to a lot of podcasts while painting.”

“MCAD taught me to view art with a wide lens. I am appreciative that I was able to work in many areas of media and art, and not be tied to one specific way of working.”

“Stay engaged, use your work to make the world a better place, and be a voice for others who are often silenced, forgotten, or shut out.”

“MCAD encourages you to be a weirdo, try things, fail, try again . . . you can't get that everywhere and I miss it.”

“I love that what I want to do aligns with how I support myself. I also love seeing people's reactions to my work and that I get to see things I create out in the world.”

“My secret to not getting stuck in the first place is to stay curious and fascinated with the world and to have the confidence to nerd out about stuff that might not be cool until you filter it through your art brain.”

“I look back at MCAD and see it as four years where I learned technical skills, learned about art, and found out who I am.”

“I loved having all of MCAD's resources at my fingertips.”

“The ongoing relationships with [MCAD] alumni and teachers I still maintain to this day is the biggest thing I hold on to. It's enhanced me as an artist and helped me in my career.”

“My inspiration comes from knowledge. I am an avid researcher so when I come across a gem of information, the concepts immediately begin to evolve in my head.”

“I wanted the major with the broadest potential for diverse and interdisciplinary work, where the fewest boundaries would be built in.”

Aaron James Draplin; Portrait by Leah Nash

Draplin is a graphic designer and founder of Draplin Design Co. He has worked with an array of impressive clientele, appeared on WTF with Marc Maron, and recently published his first book Pretty Much Everything.

Hall is a fashion design alum who spent a year studying in Europe during her time at MCAD. She now works as a fashion designer and instructor.

Palacios decided to study sustainable design because he wanted to learn about better design practices and be able to address industry concerns about environmentally conscious solutions.