"I got my job by combining my degree at MCAD, my experience in print and experiential advertising, and my perspective as a first-generation Nigerian-American Midwesterner into an art director both clients and artists understand and relate to. My role at every company or on any project is always just being myself. Which is dope."

"[My work] has continued to refine itself and become more honed in on what I love most through hands-on experience. MCAD was a great base and starting point; it, mixed with my career, is what helped me grow into what I am today."

On whether the Bachelor of Science program was the right choice: "Undoubtedly. Team-based projects that are reflected in the real-world, real clients, real opportunities. It all helped lead me to where I am today."

Since graduating from MCAD, Dahl has kept busy working in the digital space and helping to craft unique online experience for a slew of clients.

"There are many ways you can communicate through painting. I start and I can't stop. The challenge of it, the amount of work it brings me, and it’s kind of magic because when it starts clicking, it’s a beautiful experience and it's addicting. I can’t fathom myself doing anything else. If I’m not painting or drawing, I don't feel right."

"I plant seeds everywhere I think something exciting is going on where I would like to collaborate with people and I don’t take it personally when something doesn’t work out and I am grateful when it does."

Since graduating from MCAD, Ganeles has evolved from oil painting on canvas to large-scale public murals.

"Take the classes that interest you, not the ones you think will get you jobs. Being interested in a class means you're motivated, and having motivation is the easiest and best way to do good work, and good work is what gets you jobs."

"Illustration was an easy choice when I quickly realized how many things were under its umbrella: product design, children's books, editorial illustration, and so on."

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"Be resourceful! From the tools you use to the way you do research and present your work. Question the norm, and push yourself beyond expectation!"

"Work really hard. If you work incredibly hard at something you love, there’s a good chance you might find a way to make it transpire into a career."

Hong Kong from Victoria Peak
"MCAD gave me a lot of individual attention and mentorship, and faculty members were often there with us in evening group critiques and gallery openings."

"Take your time at MCAD seriously, learn a lot technically, and don't compare yourself to others because there's an audience and a need for every style and skill set."

"Experiment, and invest as much time in your work as possible. Finding out what doesn't work can be just as valuable as finding out what does."

"I have memories of accessing the 24-hour facilities at MCAD, using the film studio at all hours to make stop-motion films, drawing until two in the morning in the studios, and learning new software in the computer lab."

"Illustration was a no-brainer for me. I loved my education and I loved being in the illustration program. I am without a doubt a stronger illustrator because of it."

"My one biggest takeaway from MCAD was learning how to use a balance of empathy and critical thinking to understand the narratives of other artists. This helped me to better understand my own artistic idiosyncrasies and wield them with greater intention and meaning."

"You have the space, the time, now, to explore your own voice in your work. USE IT."

"The studio-centric curriculum of the MFA program was ideal for me. At this point in my education I appreciated discussions more than lectures and book-learning."

"Creativity is a way of life, and it is possible for it to be your livelihood."