Ronnie, Junior, Digital Arts

I’m from Georgia, but I moved to Amarillo, Texas in the middle of my high school career. That’s when I found out about SFUAD. I realized I wanted to go to art school. I was like, “Wow, I can actually do this for a living. I want to do this for the rest of my life!” I looked at SCAD and CalArts, but I liked SFUAD a lot better. You have the room to experiment here. You can combine all the things that you love, and the things that you learn in school, into your future. Getting a scholarship gave me a different confidence in my work. SFUAD invested in me, and that’s really motivated me to do the best I can, and help other students as well.

I’m one of the leaders of a student group on campus called Alexis Collective. I want to create this community where if you have an idea for a show, we’ll help you out. In the real world, you’re not creating art in a vacuum. You have to collaborate with other people and other perspectives. For digital artists and graphic designers, you have to learn how to work on that level. My time at SFUAD has taught me that. Aside from learning to grow as an artist, I really love being involved in helping other people become stronger artists. My professor was like, “You could make a good art director.” I was like, “Wow, I never would’ve thought of that option!”

Aside from the amazing friends and the environment of being here at SFUAD, the biggest reason that I’m here is because of the faculty. My professors are still working in the field, so they bring in tons of examples of projects they’re working on or situations they’ve had with clients. That makes me more comfortable as I get closer to graduation and my career. My professors are like, “Okay, what do you want your portfolio to be, and how can we make that happen with the classes you’re taking right now?” We’re learning the best way for us to market our craft and our services. It’s been a unique experience that I don’t think I could’ve gotten anywhere else.

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