Alex Ogden
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Master of Arts in Graphic and Web Design
2018

Tel Aviv, Israel
BA, History and Jewish Studies, University of Minnesota

Why did you choose the MA in graphic and web design program?

I liked that MCAD offered an online-only program because I can work and pursue other interests without worrying about commuting to classes.

Tell us about a favorite project/assignment you've worked on.

I'm really excited about the project I'm working on right now for my typography class. It's our final project, and we get to design a digital publication based on the thesis theme we selected when we applied for the MA program. I really enjoy experimenting with type, which isn't something I ever thought I would like, to be honest, because I always envisioned myself just focusing on coding. For this assignment, we have such open parameters, so I feel that I can get really creative and showcase a lot of the graphic design skills I've acquired during my time with MCAD, which isn't something I felt very confident about when I first started.

Do you lean more toward graphic design or web design?

Web design.

What specific skills are you honing in the program?

Right now, I'm learning an enormous amount about motion graphics and typography. Together, with my previous coursework in web design and development at MCAD, I hope that these more graphic design-oriented skills will provide me with a solid foundation to create interesting/innovative/experimental websites and digital experiences.

Are you also working while in the program?

I'm not currently working because I wanted to focus all of my attention this semester on school work so that I could create a robust portfolio. Last semester I was working for an Israeli startup ad tech company performing web research.

What's the online experience like?

It's really a perfect fit for me, especially since I don't live in Minnesota, or the United States, for that matter. If I'm traveling, I can easily access course material and turn in assignments, and I don't ever have to worry about showing to class late!

Do you interact much with your fellow students/the faculty? Does the program foster a sense of community?

I've been able to connect with other students in the program since a few of us started together and have continued on for almost two years now. The individual feedback from instructors and my peers has been invaluable to me as a student. I feel like there's definitely a sense of shared experience with other students, and many of us have connected outside of class to discuss coursework and share ideas.

What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to get a job working as a web designer/developer.

Name your one biggest takeaway from MCAD?

Inspiration. I find that even when I'm not working on projects for class, I'm constantly thinking about new ways to digitally demonstrate and illustrate concepts. I love seeing what other people come up with in class.

Any advice for others thinking about this program?

Do it! If you have a passion for design, graphic or web or both, this is the right program for you. It's a lot of work, but definitely worth it.